Sunday, 13 March 2022

TLFG: 14-20 March 2022

It's been another incredibly busy week at TLFG Towers as Non-League Day (NLD) gets ever closer.

With scores of press releases going out to various entities and meetings going on with our partners, this blog has very much taken a back seat.

So regretfully, it's just match maps again this week.

There are now less than two weeks to go

There are some really good games though, so make sure you have a good hunt around to make sure you don't miss them.

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The big news of the week has of course been the sanctioning of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for alleged links to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Essentially this means the club can't receive any revenue but can spend as much as it wants until it runs out of money - which given the huge wage bill, probably won't take too long.

Listening to the radio just now, I heard the word 'administration' mentioned in relation to Chelsea and it seems almost unthinkable.

As a QPR fan, you wouldn't expect me to shed many tears over their predicament and I'm not but as a matter of personal policy, I always try to avoid gloating as it's one of the most pathetic and destructive behaviours imaginable and one that can so easily be thrown back in your face.

The future looks very uncertain but it does for the whole of Europe right now, something which is far more concerning.

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Congratulations to Bromley who have made it through to the FA Trophy Semi-Finals after beating Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Sadly it wasn't to be for Dagenham & Redbridge or Southall who both lost quarter-final ties on penalties in the Trophy and FA Vase respectively.

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On to personal news and I'm pleased to say that I've been given another chance to pick up my QPR Supporter of the Year award for 2020/21 ahead of the R's home game against Peterborough United on Sunday so if you go to the game, you might see me make a brief trip onto the pitch before the action gets underway.

Before that, I plan to undertake another West Country awayday with Harrow Borough as they head down to Devon to play Tiverton Town on Saturday. It'll be a new ground for me, despite my Dad having lived in that region for about 20 years.

Lastly, there was also a nice cameo appearance from yours truly in this month's When Saturday Comes (WSC), which some of you may have seen mentioned on Twitter, something which is always an honour.

I think that's all I've got time for - please help me by spreading the word of Non-League Day if you can.

The match finder is up and running so you can locate a game wherever you are in the country on 26 March and take a full part in the festivities.


THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the Premier League, EFL, most of our local non-league competitions, the Women's Super League and Women's FA 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.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



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




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