Sunday 13 February 2022

TLFG: 14-20 February 2022

Welcome one and all to the latest edition of TLFG.

Followers on Twitter will know I've been really pushed for time this week and even ended up doing some work on the match maps on the dashboard of a train (out of service I might add) on Sunday afternoon.

Aside from work, Non-League Day preparations are ramping up even more so I've barely had a spare minute and the week ahead is not likely to get any better.

I got home around 6pm this evening and have to be back at work at around 545am tomorrow.

As a result, I'm not going to be doing a 'Daily Digest' as it just takes too long and I'd quite like to eat and sleep at some point.

On far more serious matters, I couldn't let this week's blog go by without mentioning the very worrying incident that occurred after the match between Stonewall FC and Clapton CFC on Saturday evening.

Fans and members of both teams were enjoying some social time in a bar near the London Marathon Community Track after the game when the mezzanine level collapsed and injured several people - it was declared a major incident by the emergency services and even made the national news.

Some TLFG readers were involved and I'm pleased to report that most, if not all, casualties have now been released from hospital - take care of yourselves folks and ask for help if you need it.


On the subject of Clapton CFC, one of the biggest highlights of this Saturday's fixtures is their Anagram Records Trophy tie against NW London which will be played at Haringey Borough's ground at 745pm meaning a Saturday double is 100% doable and combinable with pretty much any other game in London. 

SSML leaders New Salamis are playing Leighton Town in a hugely important game at the same venue at 3pm or you could pop across the road and watch Park View host Wivenhoe Town at the New River Stadium also at 3pm.

In other words, you could spend pretty much the whole day just groundhopping on White Hart Lane!

It's also pretty convenient if you're going to the London derby between Arsenal and Brentford, whilst Enfield Town and Enfield Borough (who play at Wingate & Finchley) both have games within easy reach of N17.

Right, I think that's about all I've got time for - time to put on some pasta.

Have a great week.

                                                             THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the Premier League, EFL, most of our local non-league competitions and some women's football too. 

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.

Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
Friday fixtures - black pin

Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin

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.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

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