ABOUT TLFG

This blog aims to promote football in England's capital city. On a weekly basis I hope to list all games taking place inside the M25 motorway within the top 10 levels of the national system and also give a few recommendations of matches that I think could be worth your while. Whether you're a resident, groundhopper or tourist, I hope you'll find it helpful.

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  1. help, taking my son to london for 1st time 25-27th october... how do i get tickets to any available match... ideally premier league?? Hope you can help... Thank you. Shirley

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    1. Hi Shirley - as it stands, no professional teams are scheduled to have any games during your stay.

      However, the EFL Cup fourth round (featuring most Premier League clubs) takes place that week so there will probably be something, we just won't know until the draw is made. This will probably happen on or around 21st or 22nd September.

      The fourth round sees the competition down to its last 16 teams so interest in it will start to rise, meaning tickets will be harder to get than they are in the very early rounds. Nonetheless, you should be able to get something and they're usually a bit cheaper than Premier League tickets too.

      Keep your eye on the draw and this website at the end of September to make sure you don't miss out.

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      http://cup.efl.com/

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  2. James,

    Me and about 10 mates are looking to go to a Non-League game in London on Sat the 3rd.

    Who would you recommend seeing for a good day out?

    Looks like neither Clapton or Dulwich are playing, so currently trying to figure out where to go!

    Connor

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    1. Hi Connor - Dulwich are playing away in the FA Cup so that won't be an option.

      There is some talk that Clapton will be playing at home to FC Romania, which will be a huge game, but I'm having difficulty confirming that it's going ahead. Keep checking Clapton's website or tweet them to see what the latest is because that will be really worth seeing.

      Failing that, the next best option is probably Wealdstone v Poole Town. It's only £5 to get in which is cheaper than Clapton yet you're going to get National League South football and maybe a sighting of the Raider.

      Dagenham & Redbridge v Boreham Wood is a big game but I'm not aware of any discounts. In the FA Cup, Hanwell v Enfield looks like a good one. There are also discounts in place at Dartford v Maidenhead.

      A lot will depend on your location as quite a few of these are way out in the suburbs.

      Any more questions, let me know.

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  3. Hey guys - I run a site called FlexiFootball.co.uk - Check it out. It's a new way of playing 11 a side games, where we do all the working organising it and promoting it!

    It'd be great to do some cross promotion with you - to raise awareness of it in London.

    Let me know what you think - and what we can do!

    All the best,

    Julian.

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  4. Brilliant site, thanks very much for what is obviously a true labour of love.

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  5. James, I have a question: my fifteen-year-old son and four friends are visiting London from abroad 19-25 October 2016. They would have loved to see a Premier League game but tickets seem unavailable or very expensive, so I was wondering whether you could recommend other options, ideally for this coming weekend, 22/23 October.
    I thought Brentford vs Barnsley might be a good option - any thoughts? Is Griffin Park a welcoming and safe environment for unaccompanied children, would you say? Any other fixtures you think might suit them better?
    Many thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi Rohan - Brentford is a perfectly safe place to go as a family and pretty easy to get to too. It is only a small ground so the atmosphere should be good. Buy in advance if you can and give it a go!

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    2. Thanks for the swift and encouraging response James, I've already registered the kids on the Brentford website so will indeed give it a go. Much appreciated!

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    4. My son and his friends attended the game and really enjoyed it James, thanks for asking.
      They went along on the day, quoted the fan number I registered them for online for free, and got in for the extremely reasonable price of six pounds each. They chose to support the home team and Brentford lost 0-2 to Barnsley, but a good time was had by all nonetheless.
      Thanks for your supportive advice in the run up.

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  6. Hello James! We are 3 guys who are staying in London from the 17th of november to the 20th of november. We are going to watch QPR and Norwich on saturday. Are there any other matches in the lover divisions we can watch on thursday or friday ?

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  7. Hi Hauk - thanks for getting in touch. I've done a bit of research and there's not a lot to choose from on those dates. There's nothing on the Thursday but there are three options on Friday:

    Brighton v Aston Villa - although it's outside London it's not far and easy to get to, with the stadium effectively having its own station (Falmer). It's an impressive stadium and well worth a visit. Brighton is a popular seaside town so you could make a day of it.

    Back in London, if you want to see some U23 football Tottenham have a Premier League 2 game against Arsenal. The match is at 12pm and being played at Spurs' training ground so might not be open to the public but it would be well worth seeing if it is. You could even combine it with the Brighton game and see two games in a day.

    Also that night there is a non-league game in south-east London between Glebe and Eltham Palace. This is a 10th tier match and I would expect only between 50-100 spectators. Glebe are going for the title though and are an ambitious club.

    I hope this helps. It is possible new fixtures will be published nearer the time (cup replays etc) so keep checking the blog. Let me know if you have any other questions and enjoy your trip to QPR.

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  8. Hi,
    Maybe you can help me :)
    Are there any games on 16 December 2016 (Friday) in London?
    Thank you from germany
    Felix

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    1. Hi Felix - as it stands there are no games taking place in the London area in the Premier League, EFL or National League. There might be one or two lower non-league or U23 games - would you be interested in these if I check?

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    2. One other point - Norwich City are playing Huddersfield Town on the 16th. It is a two-hour train ride from London but the stadium is close to the station and there is a return train at 2200 which will get you back into London just after midnight. If you want to do this, book your train tickets as soon as possible to get the best price (try and get on a train before 1630 as it is more expensive after that).

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    3. Would be great if you could check other games!
      thank you!!

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    4. Felix - I've had another look through the U23 fixtures and all non-league games down to the 10th tier and there is nothing at the moment. It could change between now and then so check the blog the week you're here and see if there is anything on.

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  9. Hi James, we, 5 fans, stay from 7 to 10 april in London to enjoy some football. At my joy I saw the QPR match is on Friday 7. Will there be enough tickets available on matchday at the stadium? And ofcourse we will have e few beers in the Australian pub. Please advise. Kind regards Joop Verhoek Holland.

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    1. Hi Joop - I have just replied to you on Facebook. If you are a different Joop please let me know :-)

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  10. Hi James, we are three fans of English football from Holland and planned our next visit to London on 30th september and 1st of october. We would like to visit WHU-Swansea and Arsenal-Brighton, but it seems to be hard to get tickets. Looking at the fixtures we have also the alternative to go to Portsmouth, Leyton Orient or Reading. What would you advice? And do you know if there will be any other games at Sunday 1st october nearby, next to Arsenal? Kind regards, Stijn

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  11. Hi Stijn - you are right to say that Arsenal tickets will be very hard to get so I would forget about that.

    West Ham v Swansea might be possible, especially if you go via the ticket exchange a bit closer to the match. Full ticketing arrangements for this match are set to be published on 14 August so check West Ham's website for the latest info then.

    As for other games on 30 September in London, Millwall play Barnsley in the Championship and AFC Wimbledon host Rochdale in League One - tickets should be easy enough to get for both.

    There are many non-league games as well, including the Leyton Orient one you mention. Elsewhere in the National League Bromley have a big game against Tranmere Rovers whilst Dagenham & Redbridge play Torquay United.

    You also mentioned Portsmouth and Reading - these are both outside London but are good options, particularly Reading's game against Norwich.

    There are also several League One and League Two games just beyond London with Crawley Town, Luton Town, Southend United and Stevenage all at home. There is also a game between Wycombe Wanderers and Barnet which is pretty much a derby.

    On Sunday 1 October there is one non-league game in north London not too far from Arsenal - Wingate & Finchley play Leiston in a Bostik League game at 3pm. I would strongly encourage you to go to this and experience a proper non-league game. I can even put you in touch with people at Wingate if you'd like.

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  12. Hi James, thanks for help. We have decided to visit Fratton Park, if we can get tickets for the game against Oldham. Do you know if there is also a non-league game at Sunday, on our way back to Folkestone?Wingate & Finchley is a bit up north.

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    1. Hi Stijn - Wingate is the only game I know about but that could change by then. Check the blog while you're here, it's not as if it will sell out.

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  13. Hi James , Kiwi couple back I. Londonweekend 29th sept first time since a Greenford 3 yr stint mid 1979s when was big QPR supporter at Loftus rd . Desperate to get even 1 ticket for the Frudaybgsme v Fulham ..please advice ..have registered withQPR site .Any advice appreciated
    Gary C






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    1. Hi Gary - believe it or not, QPR games rarely sell out these days even a derby like this.

      If you want to make absolutely sure of a ticket, get yourself a membership. If you don't want to do that, just be ready to buy the day they go on general sale and you should be fine.

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  14. Hi there
    Family from New Zealand in London 3-10 Jan 2018 and keen to see a decent game if possible, any suggestions? Doesnt look like any EPL games on during that time. Key will be to show the kids a decent stadium and atmosphere which we dont always get at top rugby here in NZ. Thanks, David

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    1. Hi David - there aren't any Premier League games during this period because it coincides with the third round of the FA Cup when all the teams from the EPL and Championship enter the competition.

      As a result there will probably be quite a lot of games for you to choose from with many going to general sale and tickets at lower prices than normal.

      The draw will be made around 3 or 4 December so check then to see what's on.

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  15. Hi James, we are visiting London from 12.10. to 14.10. and would like to see a lot of grounds. But we are struggling and maybe youe can help. It seems that, not like in Germany, all matches are at the same kick-off. So we booked already Fulham on 14.10. and have to leave to Southampton on 15.10. to see 2 matches at least. But maybe you have more information for 12.10. to 14.10. to see other matches in London around the Fulham match. We are Groundhoppers as well and would like to join as much matches as we can :-)
    Thank you for your effort, Michael

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  16. Hi Michael - I've just published the match maps for this week. If you take a look, there are a couple of games you can go to on 12th and 13th. Enjoy!

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  17. Hi my name is Thomas:) on the 11/11-17 iam going to london from Norway primarily for the Harlow town vs Dulwich Hamlet match
    (i support The hamlet) but i have read your list and i wounder if it`s possible to atend the following matches when my "base" is Stansted airport: Redbrigde vs Burnham Ramblers ko 12:00 Harlow town vs Dulwich ko 3( the main event)
    and for desert:) Hakney wick vs Wadham lodge? do you have any sugestions

    superb site for footbal lovers all over the world that is heading for London for somthing spesial:)

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    1. Hi Thomas - Thanks for your kind words about the blog. Sadly, Harlow is too far out to make it between these games. You could see parts of all three games but you'd probably have to miss the end of the Redbridge game and the first half of the Hackney Wick one.

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    2. is there any other options lower leagues, reserves etc?
      tanks, best regard Thomas

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  18. looking to catch the tottenham vs manchester city game for 2 tickets while in london april 14 2018. Any suggestions on how to obtain tickets? will they be available to the public from the tottenham site or will they sell out?

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    1. Hi Kyle - tickets should go on general sale on 1 March through the Spurs website. The only problem you could face is that they might insist on you being on the club's ticketing database by a specific date to qualify to buy one so register an account with them as soon as you can.

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  19. Hi James, me and some of my classmates arrive on the 19-03 and we will be staying untill the 21-03. We will be staying in Elephant and Castle and we are hoping that we can see a match on one of those evenings. It doesn't matter what club or what level. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks, Nick from The Netherlands

    Awesome site by the way!

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  20. Hi Nick - there isn't a huge choice of games during your visit but the best ones are below. On the day you arrive, Millwall and QPR U23 teams have matches at the clubs' main stadiums. The matches start at 2pm. I'm not certain of the price of tickets but it shouldn't be more than £5. Millwall's ground is the closest to where you are staying but the 2pm start might be too early.

    On the other two nights there are a couple of non-league games. Both are easy to reach by train from Waterloo or Vauxhall which are close to where you're staying.

    19 Mar: Millwall v Nottingham Forest & QPR v Sheffield United @2pm
    20 Mar: Hampton & Richmond Borough v Hungerford Town @745pm
    21 Mar: Leatherhead v Needham Market @745pm

    Any other questions, please ask.

    James

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  21. Hi James - Great site! Thanks for all the information. I'm bringing my brother and son over from the US April 21st for the Spurs/ManU semi-final and working to secure tickets. As such, I have a couple questions I'm hoping you can answer since you're not afraid to talk about StubHub (it seems so many folks are). What is the deal with the International site not telling you what row and seat you are looking at in the offerings? And, does an offering that does not mention the team (Spurs or ManU) mean it is in a neutral section or did the re-seller just failed to label it? I'm a Spurs fan and would rather not sit in a sea of red. Finally, as I understand it the teams have not yet actually released tickets. When they do will prices on StubHub potentially go down from an increase of available tickets...or are they just going up from here (which is already expensive!). I don't plan to miss out, but would rather not get ripped off. Any advice you can lend would be very much appreciated!!! I'm a novice and confused as hell. Thank you in advance, Joe

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    1. Hi Joe - without being a member of either club, getting a ticket will be expensive.

      Sellers should be able to command a high price and it will probably stay that way until the last moment.

      I have never used StubHub but I've heard from several overseas readers in the last few weeks that they struggled to use it because they don't have a UK address.

      They've either gone for membership, purchased through a very expensive agency or gone through their hotel concierge.

      Whatever happens, be prepared to be £100+.

      Sorry I can't be more positive than that.

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  22. No problem. I appreciate your input! One follow-up...are there any agencies you would recommend? If it's going to be expensive I might prefer to have a safer deal than StubHub. Thanks again!

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  23. hi james,

    my brother and i are visiting london 4-6 may. is there really not a single game scheduled friday night?

    best regards,
    martin

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    1. Hi Martin - I'm not aware of anything, sorry. Thursdays and Fridays are usually the quietest days of the week for football in London.

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    2. Hi Martin - I've just found out that Charlton Athletic U18s are playing Crystal Palace U18s at The Valley on Friday night in the Professional Development League 2 play-off final. Kick-off is at 7pm and tickets are £3.

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  24. I just checked the premier league schedule for 2018/19 season and we will be visiting. Just wonder if it's possible to buy August 18 (SAT) Chelsea vs Arsenal game ?

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