Monday, 7 December 2020

TLFG: 7-13 December 2020

Apologies for the late publication this week, I've simply been too busy.

My shifts at work have been at really unsociable times and I'm pretty tired so it's a bit of a minimalist effort I'm afraid.

Sourcing match info in the current climate has also been far more time consuming than normal and I readily admit to completely missing several games last week with clubs announcing matches or changes of opponents at very short notice. Thanks to all of you who take the time to alert me to any such alterations, I really appreciate it.

The next few days are likely to be equally turbulent so apologies in advance if I miss anything and keep your updates coming.

Croydon played their first game at the Crystal Palace NSC
(Photo by Mike Smaldon)

To re-cap, clubs at every level are now letting a limited number of fans in but the capacities are so low at Premier League and EFL clubs that you won't get in without a season ticket.

It's the same at some National League clubs but for most in the fifth tier and below, you should be able to get something if you're organised and book in advance.

Sadly, the Isthmian League and Southern League are still suspended but some of their clubs are playing in the FA Trophy, county cups and friendlies.

It's the same in the SCEFL but matches in all our other local ninth and 10th tier leagues are taking place.

Looking back to the weekend just gone, I saw that quite a few of you went to see Croydon's first game at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

What a match it was too with the hosts coming back from 3-0 down against Athletic Newham to win 4-3 with a last-minute goal. 

A friend of mine who's been discovering non-league matches for the first time with me over the last few months is actually from Croydon and this was his first Trams match - hopefully it'll persuade him to become a regular.

That's about all I've got time for at the moment as my next shift is kicking off shortly. 

As I always say, check all match details before you travel and please let me know if you become aware of any short notice alterations.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the National League, FA Trophy, FA Vase, FA Youth Cup and Women's FA Cup. There are also games at higher levels but none of them are open to non-members.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs or youth matches. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.

Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common. However, capacity restrictions are currently in place at all grounds because of Covid-19 meaning only clubs from the seventh tier and below can currently admit spectators.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - blue pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin





GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

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