Monday 30 August 2021

TLFG: 31 August - 5 September 2021

Bank Holiday greetings dear readers and welcome to the first guide of the autumn as we move into September.

Did you manage a 'double' or even a 'triple' of games on Monday?

I've been working all weekend so haven't seen anything.

As a result, I've only had time to produce the match maps so you'll have to do the digging yourself to find out what's on - if I get the chance to flesh things out a bit later in the week then I will.

I'll hopefully get down to Loftus Road tomorrow lunchtime to watch QPR U23 take on Barnsley at 1pm - it's free to get in although they do have someone with a bucket at the entrance on South Africa Road asking for donations to the club's community trust. 

They usually open a tea bar too and allow you to sit in the best seats in the house so it's a pretty good deal.

On Saturday it's my plan to enjoy a bit of FA Cup action at Harrow Borough as they welcome Kent club Ramsgate to Earlsmead. Will this be the year Boro make it to the First Round? It's been five years since the last time...

On the subject of FA competitions, the FA Youth Cup starts this week and there are ties every day so you'll have plenty to choose from even though it's an international break.

UPDATE - I've now written a few previews for the some of the weekend's best games, see below


With it being an international break the highlights of the next few days include games in the EFL, FA Cup, most of our local non-league competitions and the FA Women's Super League, Championship and National League. There's also an England game at Wembley and the opening round of the FA Youth Cup.

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. 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.

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.

Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin

Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin


Saturday 4 September

League One

AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United @3pm - this week's international break means that the Dons' match against Oxford tops the bill in London. It shouldn't disappoint either as a close to capacity crowd is expected with the U's among the third-tier pacesetters once again. Tickets are pretty much gone but the club said that a few more may get released 

National League

Boreham Wood v Stockport County @3pm - I always bang on about how small a club The Wood are for this division but that's to highlight their impressive achievements. Once again they've come sprinting out of the blocks and are joint top after winning all of their opening three games. Stockport were an established EFL side not that long ago and should bring a decent away following. Tickets for non-members are £20 which is possibly why their crowds are smaller than they could be

Dagenham & Redbridge v Wealdstone @3pm - one of the other sides with a 100% record are the Daggers who currently sit in first place on goal difference. The Stones picked up their first point of the season against Southend on Monday and will hope for more joy against another opponent from Essex. Tickets are available from £15 and there are various deals available on kids tickets for the international break

National League South

Welling United v Slough Town @3pm - neither of these sides have made a great start and are in the bottom four, giving this the look of an early season six-pointer. Tickets are £14

 FA Cup First Round Qualifying

With the Extra Preliminary and Preliminary Rounds behind us, what is effectively the third round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend. At this point, all seventh-tier clubs enter the draw - that's Isthmian Premier and Southern Premier South teams for us. There are lots of ties around London, the ones below are those that have most caught my eye

Hayes & Yeading United v Bognor Regis Town @3pm - the hosts have made a spectacular start to the season, winning all five of their league games to sit top of the Southern League. On Saturday they enter the FA Cup and will look to make the First Round proper for the third season in a row, which would be some achievement for a seventh-tier club. Last year they lost on penalties to Carlisle United and the previous season 2-0 to a very decent Oxford United side. Bognor are one of the bigger sides in the parallel Isthmian League but they haven't made the First Round since 1995 and got stuffed 5-0 by Hayes last season. Tickets are £10 and available on the gate

Walthamstow v Berkhamsted @3pm - I was always going to include this tie as Walthamstow are a club on the up who draw some lively crowds, making Wadham Lodge a good place to visit for any FA Cup tie. However, having now done a bit of research, this is most definitely one of the standout ties of the round. The Stow are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Essex Senior League having won all six of their games whilst Berko also have a 100% record in the Southern League Division 1 Central, one level up. Combined with the decent crowd, this could be a real rip-roarer!

Uxbridge v Chesham United @3pm - the hosts are celebrating their 150th year and have begun their league campaign well. Chesham play a level above them and don't come from that far away so this has all the ingredients to make a decent cup tie

Broadfields United v South Park @3pm - currently groundsharing with Rayners Lane, Broadfields have been making steady progress over the last few years. By beating Cribbs and Reading City, they've made it to the First Round Qualifying for the first time ever and I can see them giving South Park, who play a level above them, a run for their money

Harefield United v Hastings United @3pm - I started off watching Beckenham Town in the Extra Preliminary Round and if I'd followed their route through the draw then I would be heading to this match. Hastings vanquished the Becks in the last round and now head to Harefield where they should start as strong favourites again. Although there's only a division between them, Harefield will have to be at their best to win

Oxhey Jets v Kingstonian @3pm - the David v Goliath tie of the round with ninth-tier Oxhey hosting the side who are currently top of the division two levels above them. The Hertfordshire club have only got past this round twice in their history whereas the Ks have made it all the way to the Fourth Round before. An Oxhey win would be one of the stories of the day

Spelthorne Sports v Bedfont Sports @3pm - back in west London there's a derby to be enjoyed not far from Heathrow. The Spelly play a division below the visitors so will start as underdogs

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Barking v Ilford @3pm - after a very late stewards' inquiry, this tie is being played again after Ilford were adjudged to have fielded an ineligible player in their surprise win. As a result of the late notice, there won't be a replay so penalties will be employed if necessary. The winners will play Aveley

Women's Super League

Tottenham Hotspur v Birmingham City @3pm - the women's top flight returns this weekend and it brings with it some great opportunities for groundhoppers. This match is being played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium so if you still haven't been, then you won't get many better chances. Adult tickets are only £6.50

Women's Championship

Watford v Liverpool @2pm - in the women's second tier, the Hornets are staging this game at Vicarage Road. Somewhat surprisingly, tickets for this are a hefty £12 


England Fans v Lalaha FC @730pm - if one game isn't enough or you're not free in the afternoon, then head down to Bedfont Sports for a bit of Saturday night fun. Lalaha are a side made up primarily of Afghan players and it's free entry too


Sunday 5 September

Fifa World Cup qualifier

England v Andorra @5pm - in theory the biggest match of the week takes place at Wembley on Sunday evening. Having crushed Hungary 4-0 on Thursday amid disgraceful scenes of racist abuse in Budapest, the Three Lions could rack up a cricket score against international minnows Andorra. Tickets are still available

FA Cup First Round Qualifying

Erith & Belvedere v Chertsey Town @12pm - one of the ties of the round, this should draw a decent crowd to Park View Road. The Deres have won all four of their league games and claimed the scalp of the higher-ranked Tooting & Mitcham United in the opening round. Chertsey famously won the FA Vase at Wembley in 2019 so know quite a bit about putting a cup run together. They play a level above the hosts but it really is a tough one to call. Tickets are a very reasonable £8 on the gate

Balham v Merstham @3pm - elsewhere in south London, Balham will look to make it to the Second Qualifying Round for only the second time in their history. They've landed a tough draw though, with Isthmian Premier club Merstham likely to provide very tough opposition. With the hosts playing their matches at AFC Croydon Athletic's ground, it's only a short journey for the visitors so hopefully they'll bring a few fans

FA Women's Super League

Arsenal v Chelsea @1230pm - one of the biggest footballing events of the whole week is this clash of two of the giants of women's football at the Emirates Stadium. Chelsea won the league and made the Champions League final last season so will start as favourites. Tickets are available online for an incredibly reasonable £7.65

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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