MATCH TICKET INFO

LATEST TICKET NEWS - WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2018
Here at TLFG we attempt to compile a list of what's on general sale to non-members at London's Premier League clubs and for other notable matches.

MATCHES AT WEMBLEY

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Premier League
Monday 29 October , 8pm

England v USA
Friendly
Thursday 15 November, 8pm

England v Croatia
Nations League
Sunday 18 November, 2pm

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PREMIER LEAGUE

ARSENAL
Membership required for most home games unless listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

Arsenal v Blackpool
Carabao Cup
Wednesday 31 October, 745pm


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CHELSEA
Membership required for most home games unless listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

Chelsea v BATE Borisov
Europa League
Thursday 25 October, 8pm

Chelsea v PAOK Salonika
Europa League
Thursday 29 November, 8pm
General sale from 29 October

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CRYSTAL PALACE
Membership required for most home games unless listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

Nothing currently available

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FULHAM
Membership will pretty much guarantee you a ticket for a Fulham game but tickets usually go on general sale at some point and these matches will be listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

Fulham v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 24 November, 3pm

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Membership required for most home games unless listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City*
Premier League
Monday 29 October, 8pm
*At Wembley Stadium


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WATFORD
Registration for a FAN ID is required for most home games unless listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

Watford v Huddersfield Town
Premier League
Saturday 27 October, 3pm

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WEST HAM UNITED
Membership required for most home games unless listed below. Also, always check whether the away team has any tickets available on general sale as this can sometimes be the case.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Saturday 20 October, 3pm

West Ham United v Burnley
Premier League
Saturday 3 November, 3pm

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BRAZIL v URUGUAY*
Friendly
Friday 16 November, 8pm
*At the Emirates Stadium




TICKET DEALS


Watching one of the big clubs' youth, reserve or women's teams often provides excellent value. Tickets are usually no more than £5 for adults and can even be free.

It is also worth noting that if you are a season-ticket holder at a Premier League or Football League club several non-league sides (e.g. Hendon, Tooting & Mitcham United and Wealdstone) offer discounted admission to all their home league games. Check with your local team to find out if they do.

Throughout the season clubs at all levels run all kinds of promotions so check here every week for updates. If you know of any deals I may have missed or your club is running a promotion let me know.

SOLD OUT MATCHES/CHEAP TICKETS
I often receive emails from readers asking how to get tickets for matches which have sold out. The only official way to do this is to go through a ticket re-sale site like StubHub or viagogo which are fully endorsed by the clubs involved. 

These sites work by letting season-ticket holders re-sell their unwanted tickets on a match-by-match basis and it is the ticket holder who sets the price. For a sold out match they will often be able to command a large premium but conversely you'll often be able to pick up tickets for less popular matches at a significant discount. 

I know some football supporters find these sites totally abhorrent and I understand their reasons but I guess it's better to have an official way of performing transactions like this rather than risk buying a counterfeit or even non-existent ticket from a less trustworthy or even criminal source.

Aside from these, a company called Twickets have also entered the market. They re-sell tickets for no more than face value so you'll be paying the proper price or less (plus a handling fee). QPR and Crystal Palace (members only) seem to be the only official adopters so far but tickets for other clubs do appear occasionally.

It is also worth noting that for some matches home supporters' areas might be sold out or limited to members only. Therefore it is worth investigating whether the away allocation has also sold out and whether or not they are on general sale. This system has seen TLFG readers get into matches at places like Arsenal where home tickets are virtually impossible to get without membership or paying well over face value.

I'm also told by overseas readers that they've managed to get tickets from the big clubs by emailing them directly in advance and playing the tourist card. I've done it myself when going to matches abroad so it does seem to work. There is also always the option, if you're visiting from out of town, of going through your hotel concierge who will often be able to source tickets for you but they won't come cheap.

FOOTBALL ON A BUDGET
Apart from the ticket deals mentioned above, if you're on a tight budget and still want to see some football then check out some non-league action.

The vast majority of the clubs TLFG covers play at this level and provide good entertainment week-in-week-out at great prices. The overwhelming amount of sides charge £10 or less to get in, with many no more than a fiver. 

Several also offer half-price admission for season-ticket holders and members of Premier League and Football League clubs all year round.

Non-league football is also a great way to get kids into watching the sport live with many clubs letting them in for free. 

Check your local club's website to see what they have to offer.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this information! Well as of now there are available chelsea fc tickets. For their fight tomorrow with Tottenham Hotspur this coming Wednesday, December 03, 2014 at Stamford Bridge, London UK.

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  4. how and where do buy tickets for august 8 2015 matches

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    1. Fixtures aren't released until the middle of June. Tickets will then go on sale sometime in July, depending on the club.

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  5. Hi, I'm visiting London end of May for 2 weeks with my two boys. Wanted to bring them to watch the FA cup but realize that it is too expensive and way above my budget. But I'm faced with a challenge and like to know any if there are any live matches to watch (those non-leagues or youth team) playing at end of May/early june period?

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    1. Hi. The FA Cup final is as close to an English equivalent to the Super Bowl as you can get, hence the ticket prices. It also pretty much acts as an end of season finale so there will be very little taking place after this.

      When are you arriving? The Premier League concludes the weekend before and there are also the Football League play-off finals at Wembley which are well worth watching.

      Failing that, you could always watch some cricket.

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    2. James,

      I arriving on 27 May. Just for the exposure for my kids, like to bring them to watch a soccer match in London. Any matches will do as long as I can reach the place on public transport.

      Thanks
      Benjamin

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    3. Benjamin - aside from the FA Cup Final there really is very little on. Even women's football is taking a break for the World Cup in Canada. Sorry. Check back at the start of that week to see if anything comes up but it's likely to only be a 'friendly' or non-competitive match.

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  6. Excellent site for tourists. Cheers, mate

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    1. You're very welcome. Glad to be of help.

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  7. Hi. I am traveling with my 2 teenage sons mid July and they would love to see a football game. Is there anything going on in the summer? Thx.

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    1. Hi Sandy - there should definitely be something going on. July is when teams play their pre-season warm-up games and West Ham may even have a Europa League qualifying match. If you give me your exact dates I can check or just visit this blog from the start of July when I start things up again.

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  8. Thanks very much! We are arriving in London on July 16 and depart July 20, so not much of an opening, but it would be fun!

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  9. Hi James, Do you know of any pre-season games being played 7/16-7/20? Thanks!

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    1. Sandy - it's also possible that West Ham will be playing at home in the Europa League on 16 July but it all depends on whether they win their first tie. Follow their progress closely as I would recommend this above my previous suggestions and it should only be £10 adults and £5 children.

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  10. Hi Sandy,
    I've identified four games that should be worth a watch - a couple in London, a couple just outside it.

    The only Premier League team who will be in action are West Ham United. They have a game at Southend United on 18 July. Southend is a seaside town about 40 miles east of London which can be reached easily by a frequent train service. If the weather is good, it could be fun to see the game and visit the beach, pier and other attractions. Check Southend's website for ticket info as the ground is quite small and there will be a bit of derby feel to this game.

    Elsewhere the same day in London, we do have a derby game between AFC Wimbledon and Millwall - the clubs play in the fourth and third tiers of English football respectively. Wimbledon currently play in Kingston in south-west London and again it's pretty easy to get to by train. Again I would recommend booking in advance as the ground is quite small.

    Lastly on the Saturday, Fulham have a match at Crawley Town. Crawley is outside London but is right next to Gatwick airport so again it's not too far.

    Finally on the 19 July, Boreham Wood (a non-league side) host Brentford from the Championship.

    In my opinion, you're best off going for either Southend or AFC Wimbledon on Saturday and then you can supplement it with the Boreham Wood game on the Sunday if you want to see two games.

    James

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    1. Thanks for a great rundown...Our group will actually be in town right after Sandy... Any suggestions for matches in the july 20-24 window ?

      much appreciated,
      david

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    2. Hi David - things start to get busier during your stay but I've refined what's on offer down to a choice of five:

      21 July:

      Barnet v Peterborough United - two pro clubs at a modern stadium located within easy walk of Canons Park Tube station on the Jubilee Line.

      Bromley v Gillingham - a Kent derby match in south-east London, not as easy to get to but worth a watch.

      22 July:

      Queens Park Rangers v Dundee United - a case of England v Scotland in this one with QPR of the Championship playing the club who came fifth last season north of the border. Strangely, this is being played at Barnet's ground so you could go there two nights running!

      Dagenham & Redbridge v Charlton Athletic - a London derby between two pro clubs at Level 4 and Level 2 respectively. Although Dagenham is far out in the eastern suburbs it is near a Tube station and can be reached easily.

      24 July:

      Boreham Wood v Arsenal XI - another game between two north London clubs. Boreham Wood aren't in the Football League but have a strong relationship with the Gunners hence this match is taking place. However, don't expect to see too many first-team players in the visiting team - it will mainly be made up of the reserves and youth team. There might be one or two though.

      Personally the QPR and Dagenham games look the most enticing, just a shame they're on the same night. The others are well worth a go though.

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  11. Thanks so much for the good info, can't wait to get to a couple of matches...

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  13. Its much needed info, thanks for sharing with us James. I have something which your views may also like to know -
    ISL 2015 Fixtures

    ISL 2015 Time Table

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  14. Just check Watford vs Palace match and I cannot see it goes on general sell yet.

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  15. Hi James, congrats on a great resource that you have here.

    I have some guests from the US who will be in London (N1) Oct 29- Nov 3. They've asked about football matches and it's a bit outside of my knowledge zone!

    Whatever games are on, is it best to buy tickets in advance or are some tickets available on the day?

    Whatever help you can give, would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Enda

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    1. Hi Enda - I'll have a look into it for you. For Premier League games it's always best to book in advance so you've got the best choice. If tickets are still available on the day, they will usually be the restricted view ones or really expensive. Not always the case though.

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    2. Thanks James. Much appreciated.

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  16. Hi Enda - of all the games taking place during that period, the best one you will be able to get tickets for is Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa on Monday 2 November at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now so I'd order some online as soon as you can if you like the sound of that: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/tickets/

    The next best option is Watford v West Ham United on Saturday 31 October at 3pm: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/watfordfc/details/event.aspx?itemref=4799

    The best games in London during that time are Chelsea v Liverpool and Crystal Palace v Manchester United but unless you have membership you'll either have to attempt to buy via the resale/black market or go for a hospitality package both of which will be very expensive and possibly risky in the former case.

    The first two should suffice for a casual fan wanting to see a Premier League game though. Hope this helps.

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    1. James, I really appreciate this. Thank you *very* much.

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  18. Hello,
    Me and my bf will be in London on November 8th and November 20th and 21st. We tried to get tickets to Arsenal game on 8th and Chelsea game on 21st, but they are all sold out. Please recommend which games could we go and see instead? Thank you!

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    1. Hi - you've picked some really bad times to watch Premier League football from a ticket availability point of view - Arsenal v Tottenham is impossible to get a ticket for without membership or spending a fortune on the black market or hospitality. All Chelsea league games are hard to get into and going in the away end looks highly unlikely to be an option. Watford v Man Utd will almost certainly be members only as well but check their website for updates as some games have gone on general sale and that will be well worth seeing.

      If you're desperate for Premier League football you could head about an hour and half out of town to see Southampton v Stoke which I would expect to be available.

      If not, your next best option in London is Brentford v Nottingham Forest in the division below on 21 November.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  19. Hello,
    Thank you so much! We will look into to all your suggestions, we´ll let you know how it goes.
    Btw we are members both with Arsenal and Chelsea, but still- impossible to get tickets! :) It doesnt have to be Premier League, but it would be cool to see an interesting match.

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  20. Hi James,
    I am from Holland and me and my son would like to visit the match QPR - Birmingham City at the 27th of February. Is it easy to get tickets for this game? I saw the general sale starts on the 4th of February. Do I have to be afraid the match will be sold out by then or are there any other options?
    Do you have any other tips for a real father-son QPR day?

    With kind regards, Peter

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    1. Hi Peter - I can't see any issues with you getting tickets for this unless QPR sign some big names and start winning a few games before then.

      Shepherd's Bush is a great place to visit on a match day. Is your son an adult or child? If you're after a pre-match pub, the Queen Adelaide on Uxbridge Rd is a good choice and easy to find. The Crown & Sceptre is also good but a little harder to find and a bit further away.

      If it's food you're after, then there are restaurants of pretty much every cuisine you can think of be they small independent places on the high street or big chains in Westfield shopping mall. Let me know if you've got any favourites and I'll recommend some.

      Any other questions just ask.

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  21. Thank you for the information James. My son is 12 years old, so he thinks he is an aldult :-) Can I go with him to the Queen Adelaide for example? Plane tickets have been booked!

    Peter

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  22. Just checked and yes, that should be fine. If you want to meet up with any supporters on the day then I can put you in touch. Not sure if I'm free to go to that one yet as I might be working.

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  23. I read in the dutch book Matchdays that Jeruzalem is a good place for a proper meal ;-)
    Last question: which stand do you recommend?
    Peter

    Peter

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    1. Ha, ha very funny - steer well clear of that place. I usually go in Ellerslie Rd stand but make sure you get an unrestricted view seat. If you want to go behind the goal, try the School End - it usually has a good choice of seats and is relatively cheap.

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    2. Tickets have been bought for the Ellerslie Rd stand (block S). I'm looking forward to visit Loftus Road. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Holland.

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  24. Peter - excellent news. If you email me your full names and the town/city you're from, I can try and get them put on the big screen when they welcome newcomers at half-time.

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  25. Question - bringing the family to London the week of 6/27 and while in the offseason for soccer in the leagues, was wondering if there are some lower level league friendlies or such to take the family two while in London. Can't seem to find any details online so hoping there is something out there. Thanks

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    1. Hi Jody - I have seen mention of a few friendlies starting that week so you should get to see something. Check back again that week and I should have all the information up on here.

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  26. Hi, any recommendations for games on the 16th July?

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    1. Hi Charlie - the best two games are probably Bromley v Millwall and Sutton United v Portsmouth. All clubs should be fielding their first teams. Boreham Wood are also hosting an Arsenal side made up of U21 & U18 players.

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  27. I will be in London for a few days in November. I was looking for any match to go to on Sunday November 20th but I can't find anything for Premiership or championship. Are there any matching at any level in or near London on November 20th?

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    1. Hi Patrick - it is too early to know at this stage. One or two Premier League games will almost certainly get selected for TV that day but that will probably happen 6-8 weeks before. It's possible a Championship game could also get selected too. There may also be a non-league game as well but none of those fixtures have been published yet.

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  28. Thanks James. I guess I'll keep an eye on the schedules and hope a London games gets moved to Sunday a few weeks before the match.

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  29. In London a short time from Aug 22 to Sept 2 this year but busy the Saturday in between. Any recommendations for a football match worth watching between those dates, excluding Sat the 27th? Cheers!

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    1. Hi AB - the fact you can't do the 27th really does limit your options. However, all is not lost. The 22nd and 23rd should see all the ties in the second round of the EFL Cup get played. The first round is played this week with the draw for the next round probably on Wednesday or Thursday. Tickets for these games are usually cheap and and easy to get hold of so keep your eye on the draw and see what happens.

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    2. This is great, thanks very much for your help!

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  30. Hello James,

    We're coming to London from the states 9/13-9/20 and would love to check out a match. Got a Chelsea membership but missed the tickets for the 9/16 Liverpool match by by 1 day. Since then have been checking the ticket change damned-near obsessively but the scarce tickets that do appear are family/senior/junior, none of which we qualify for, and which disappear in a matter of seconds. One, do you expect that 2 adult tickets together would show up on the Chelsea exchange before the game, or two, if not, is there another team/game where we might get the authentic English football experience (doesnt have to be Premier League)? Ive been wanting to do this for an age and am pissed that I missed getting tickets by such a slim window.

    This is a helpful, site, thanks.

    Dan



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    1. Hi Dan - getting tickets for Chelsea v Liverpool via a legal, risk-free source will be incredibly tough. Keep checking the exchange site and also twickets.co.uk if you haven't already done so.

      As for other Premier League games, Watford v Man Utd will require long-term membership to sit in either end of the stadium so isn't really an option.

      Crystal Palace v Stoke City on 18 September will also require membership but you can buy it for £25. You then get the right to buy a ticket, the most expensive is £35 so this might appeal.

      If you’d prefer to see Tottenham v Sunderland on 18 Sept there is some availability on StubHub starting at £64.

      The standout game in the Championship during your stay will be QPR v Newcastle on 13 September. This will probably sell out and there should be a great atmosphere. Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (23 August) at 10am UK time and can be bought online. As a QPR fan I would strongly recommend this one as a packed Loftus Road at night is usually a decent experience. If this is of interest, get yourself an online account set up today so you can go straight in an order tomorrow when they go on sale.

      On Saturday 17th you could go to Brentford v Preston – I have friends who support the Bees who will be happy to escort you if you’re happy to stand behind the goal. Elsewhere the other big EFL game is the London derby between Charlton and AFC Wimbledon which should be well worth going to.

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

      James

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    2. James, a big thanks to you for the QPR/Newcastle heads up as we got great tickets when they went on sale at 3am our time today. Really excited about it. We're square in the middle of the home stands so will now need to get familiar with the QPR chants.

      Dan

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    3. No problem, really pleased to be able to help. Great effort from you to get up for 3am! Let's hope the game is worth it :-)

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    4. James, the QPR-Newcastle game was awesome. Absolutely fantastic experience. Loved Loftus Road.... I get wanting to upgrade but I can tell you that place has charm and character that is irreplaceable. My wife had no interest in going and she ended up loving it. It was one of the highlights of the trip. Great work.. you have our sincere appreciation.

      Dan

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    5. Hi James, came across your excellent info when searching how to get Qpr tickets .We are Kiwis back in London from NZ first tine since 1970s when we lived in Greenford and QPR our team (Bowles,Francs,Parkes,McKlintock ..wow)
      In London week of Sept 29 th game v Fulham desperate to see game one more time ..advice please on tickets ? Even just one for me wife can go shopping !!!!!!
      Gazza nz Colhoun.clan@xtra.co.nz

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  31. Hi James, we are visiting London from the US from November 6-11 and would love to take our two boys to a football match but not sure where to look. Could you please share if there is any available at that time? Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi - you have picked an awkward time to watch football in London as it coincides with an international break meaning all clubs in the top two divisions take the week off.

      There is one huge game in town on 11th - the highly anticipated World Cup qualifier between England and Scotland at Wembley but tickets are currently restricted to members only and they're unlikely to make it to general sale. Check again on 3 October to see if they do.

      If you want to visit one of the big stadiums, Chelsea's U23 side have an EFL Trophy game against Oxford United on 8 November. Tickets are only £5 for adults and £3 for kids.

      Aside from this you could also watch an EFL Trophy game at Barnet and there are also likely to be a few non-league games.

      Overall, I think the Chelsea U23 game is your best option:

      http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=CHELSEA_PUBLIC&organ_val=24457&schedule=list

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    2. Hi James, thank you so very much for your informative response. Much appreciated. Yes the Chelsea game does make the most sense! Thank you again!

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  32. When do tickets for Christmas week go on sale? Thanks in advance for your help!

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    1. Hi C.O. - there are no set times for when this happens as it varies from club to club. Do you have any specific clubs in mind?

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  33. Hello! I'm very new to all this and my boyfriend is visiting me from November 23 to the 27, are there any football games anywhere during that time? Don't have to be big premiere games, just want to watch one football game with him :) Do you have any suggestions? I've tried finding something but there's so much info that I get a bit confused!

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  34. Just to add to my last comment, I should have clarified-- I'm currently in London and will be in London for most of his stay, anything near London?

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  35. James,
    Great web site & Blog Do you have ticket info for the March 2017 matches inside the M25 Motorway?

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  36. Hello, I will be visiting my son on his semester abroad from March 23 to 27 and would love to take him to a premier league game. I can't seem to find any games in London during that time. Are there any going on? Seems like I find the week before and the week after but not that week.

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    1. Hi. You've picked a week where there's a break for international football which means no Premier League or Championship games.

      The good news is that England have a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley instead. Tickets are available now and easy to get through the FA ticketing website - the link is at the top of this page in the 'Matches at Wembley' section.

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  37. Thanks for replying so quickly. Hmm... Timing is everything! Is that usually considered a good game? Will it be in demand?

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    1. It's not exactly a monster game. England will be expected to win. Nonetheless, you'll get to see lots of Premier League stars playing for the hosts, there should be at least 50-60,000 in attendance and it's being played in arguably the most famous football stadium on the planet. It's also your only option if you want to see some top level football. I would go if I was in your position.

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    2. Thanks for your guidance. I purchased tickets. We are looking forward to it.

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  38. Hi James,

    With a friend of mine we are coming to London on the 21st Mai. Any football available? Thanks

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    1. Hi - the 21 May is the final day of the Premier League season and the three games in London will almost certainly sell out to members only as they all feature big clubs. The best chance you will have is for Watford v Manchester City but it will still be tough.

      It is also Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium. For £25 you will get to see the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals played back-to-back on what is a fun and very good value day out. The semi-finals begin this weekend so we don't know who is playing yet. You can book tickets here:

      https://ticketingcontent.thefa.com//Non%20League%20Finals%20Day

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  39. Thank you for your reply

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  40. Hi, I wanted to take my son to a premier league match for the experience on the 13th May 2017 weekend. Any suggestions? If not premier league then any other match? Prefer to be close to London. Thank you very much.

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    1. Hi. There are three Premier League games in London on 13 May at Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham.

      Palace require membership for you to be able to buy a ticket. This is easy to get but costs £25, match tickets are then £25-35 each on top of this so you'll have to pay around £50-60 (less for a child ticket).

      Tottenham don't require membership for all games but they're playing Manchester United that day in what could be a very important match. Without membership, you will probably have to use the StubHub re-sale website where tickets will be very expensive.

      West Ham do require membership and they also have a big game against Liverpool. They do have a re-sale facility which sometimes opens to non-members and you'll get to pay face value or close to it, if any become available.

      Aside from the Premier League, the two best options that weekend are the Women's FA Cup final and the National League promotion final. These take place at Wembley Stadium on 13 and 14 May respectively. Both represent a great chance to visit arguably the most famous football stadium in the world and tickets will be cheaper than some other games held there (e.g. free entry for kids at the women's final).

      There could also be some EFL play-off games but these haven't been decided and we don't know if any London teams will be involved. If they are, these games will be well worth going to. Fulham and Millwall both have a good chance at the moment.

      If you have any further questions or want more specific information, please let me know.

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  44. Hi - I live in the States and my son 12 year old son been asking to see a Premier League game in London. I'm a teacher and have the summer off. I know the season is winding down and was wondering if there any games we could go to if we attend in July or in August?
    Any input would be fantastic. Thank you,
    Rebecca

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  45. Hi Rebecca - the new season starts in mid-August and for most Premier League teams you will need membership to buy tickets. This is easy enough to get but will typically add £25-30 to the cost of a ticket.

    You can also try re-sale sites like StubHub but these are expensive too.

    Your best option might be to see a pre-season friendly/warm-up game in July or early August.

    Tickets are often cheaper and far easier to get hold of.

    Many Premier League teams actually spend a lot of the summer on tour in the States so you should check that option too.

    Watching a game in the second tier is also well worth doing, with tickets usually available on the day so if your Premier League plans fall through, they provide a good alternative.

    Any more questions, let me know.

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  46. Thank you so much! I am sure I will have some as we get closer to booking a date.

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  47. Hi James. We will be in London from July 12-15 and my niece wondered if there was any chance of seeing a friendly match? I wasn't sure where news of those matches might be posted. Thanks!

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    1. Hi PJ - I will be carrying info on such games week by week from the beginning of July. It's unlikely that the big Premier League clubs will be in action by that stage but Crystal Palace, Watford and most EFL clubs probably will. None are likely to sell out so check the blog during your stay for the latest info.

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  48. Hi James. Great website. I'm from Denmark. We're a group of four buddies going to see Chelsea - Manchester United in London on the 4th of november. We were talking about going to see a lower league match on sunday the 5th to get a real feel for the english fan culture. Is this possible, and if it is, where and how?

    Regards
    Emil

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    1. Hi Emil, thanks for your email.

      It's a bit early to fully know what's on that weekend but the highlight will probably the first round proper of the FA Cup when the last surviving non-league clubs go up against League One and Two teams.

      Keep checking the blog and if you can't find anything, ask me again nearer the time.

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  49. Hi James,
    I am very excited to find your valuable site! We are a family from NZ with 3 teenage boys that are about to visit London 27th Dec-1st Jan and then 11Jan to 15th Jan. We are hoping to take the boys to a lively football match with atmosphere plus but on a budget! Any suggestions? I will continue to check on your weekly postings.
    Hoping you can help, Karen

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    1. Hi Karen - you have picked the busiest and best time to come and watch football in London.

      There are loads of games on so finding one won't be hard.

      The best choice for Premier League tickets is Tottenham - because they're playing at Wembley there are usually always tickets available. The match against West Ham might be restricted to members only but the Everton game on 13 January should be good.

      If you want to go to a passionate London derby, Millwall play QPR play on 29 December. However, this is not one I would recommend for a family day out as there is quite often a tense atmosphere, sometimes leading to trouble.

      As I say, there will be loads of other great games and aside from the Premier League ones, tickets should be easy enough to get so booking way in advance isn't necessary - checking the blog when you get here should be enough.

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    2. Thank you so much for your informative reply......my boys are most excited by your suggestions! Karen

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  50. Hi James,
    My family will be traveling to London this summer from June 6-20, and I was wondering if there would be any games going on at that time that we might catch. We're not tied to London and have thought about traveling a bit while we're there, so we're open to other cities. I know the World Cup will be going on for part of the time that we're there so we'd also be interested in any other World Cup festivities that you might know of. Thanks for any help you can offer.

    Bree

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    1. Hi Bree - the season will be well and truly over by then so there won't be very much on. However, there could be a World Cup warm-up game for England taking place somewhere, probably Wembley, before the team's departure for Russia.

      Also, London is hosting the Conifa World Football Cup between 31 May - 10 June. Conifa is an organisation for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions who are not recognised by Fifa. Teams include the likes of Tibet (Asia), Northern Cyprus (Europe), Abkhazia (Europe) and Cascadia (US/Canada) among others.

      None of the venues or ticket details have been announced yet but check the Conifa website for details as the time approaches if you're interested. You could end up going to a World Cup final!

      More info:

      http://www.conifa.org/en/

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  51. Hi James,

    Heading over to London with my family for my 50th birthday - sightseeing & football. Our dates are: Feb. 14-Feb 20. Looks like the EPL have the weekend off (think it is for FA CUP), but Championship is playing. Provided they don't advance, the following games look good: Fulham v Aston Villa or QPR v Bolton. Thoughts on which is better for the neutral? Fulham has open seats in the Neutral section (Putney)- any experience in this stand?

    Hoping Sunday has an FA Cup game available somewhere in or near London (or easy train ride) on Sunday and add a second game.

    Christopher

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    1. Hi Christopher - as a QPR fan I would always say go to Loftus Road! However, being objective, I'd have to say that as things stand Fulham is the better option.

      Most football tourists really like Craven Cottage and it is unique (so is Loftus Road but it has less charm). Aston Villa should also provide much better opposition than Bolton and consequently will probably sell out their allocation and create a much better atmosphere.

      The best thing about the neutral section is that you will be close to the away fans who are likely to make the most noise. Most fans are generally a bit sneering about the whole 'neutral section' concept and I think Fulham are the only club in the country to have one.

      If you want atmosphere among the home fans, I'd recommend the Hammersmith End or if you want a good overall perspective of the pitch then go for the Johnny Haynes or Riverside. It all depends on what's more important to you.

      Any other questions just ask.

      James

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    2. James,

      Thanks for your reply. I have booked hospitality at Craven Cottage for the Fulham v Aston Villa game. Give you a review afterward if you want? Thanks for the help.

      Christopher

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    3. Christopher - that would be great, please do. Enjoy!

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  52. Hi James,

    First of all thanks for this very helpful website.
    Upcoming easter 2018 (30march - 1 april) we will be visiting London with a group of 11. Even regarding the fact that there are quite a lot of matches we find it hard to find reasonably priced tickets (Arsenal over 110 euro per ticket?) We know it will be hard to sit close to each other, so thats out of the question. 2 questions: what would be our best bet for that weekend and is there any possibility that matches will be played on monday? All EPL matches aren't announced yet. We fly back on sunday night.

    Thanks!

    Adams

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    1. Hi Adams - all the EPL fixtures for this time have been published but their kick-off times are subject to change and some could be moved to another time in the weekend.

      Of the games in London, the matches at Arsenal and Chelsea will be impossible or very expensive to get tickets for so I would rule them out.

      West Ham will also be hard but some could go on general sale via the club's re-sale system but getting 11 is very unlikely.

      Crystal Palace tickets are only available to members but membership is easy to get. However, it costs people from other countries £45 and it's likely that the Liverpool game will be a Category A+ match which means you'll have to buy tickets for another game too - so that doesn't look great for you either.

      That leaves you with Watford v Bournemouth. Tickets for Watford games have gone on general sale several times this season and I would expect this one too as well.They will probably go on sale some time in February so keep checking their website for updates: https://www.watfordfc.com/matches/tickets

      If none of these work out, then consider paying a visit to Brighton & Hove Albion. They are only a short train journey south of London and their game against Leicester City could well have tickets available.

      If you want to stay in London there are games at Brentford and Millwall in the Championship on Friday 30 March. Getting 11 tickets for the Millwall game shouldn't be a problem while Brentford's big game against Sheffield United could be difficult but it's worth checking nearer the time.

      There are also games at AFC Wimbledon and Barnet in League One and League Two on Friday - again these should be easy to get tickets for although Wimbledon's ground is quite small so don't leave it too late to book.

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  53. Hi, this site is fantastic
    As i stay in London 2 more days, pls can you tell me on which venue i will find the game between Wimbledon Res. & Plymouth Res. on Tuesday 12?
    thx martin

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    1. Hi Martin - I'm sorry but I can't find any information on this. They sometimes use Sutton United's ground for these fixtures. Try tweeting the club or giving them a call.

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  54. Hi James!
    Thanks for all the helpful information on this site! We are a family of 5 coming abroad in April. We will be in London from April 19-22. My son would LOVE to see an Arsenal game but it seems like the Premier League tickets are hard to get and very expensive. What other matches would you recommend? We would like to see a Premier League game but are willing to go to one of the lower leagues if thats our best option. Thanks so much for your help already!

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    1. Hi - you're right to say Arsenal tickets are hard to get, probably the hardest of any London club so I would write off that idea unless you want to spend £100+.

      Things are further complicated by the fact that your stay coincides with the semi-finals of the FA Cup which effectively means all Premier League fixtures currently scheduled for that weekend are subject to change.

      The one Premier League game that has the best chance of taking place at that time and for you to be able to get a ticket for is Watford v Crystal Palace. Most of Watford's games go on sale to non-members but restrictions do occasionally occur for big matches and London derbies like this one. If that does happen, then I suggest you register for a free Fan ID now to try and improve your chances. You can do that here:

      https://www.eticketing.co.uk/watfordfc/default.aspx

      In the Championship it is also a big weekend with the four London clubs all playing against each other. Although these are great games to go to, it will make getting tickets quite a bit harder than normal. Brentford v QPR is likely to require membership or a previous purchasing history while the match between Millwall and Fulham will probably become available to non-members but it comes with the caveat that the atmosphere will possibly be quite hostile.

      Millwall's supporters have a very bad reputation for causing trouble and when they're playing local rivals it can be particularly bad. Fulham's supporters are more docile so it shouldn't be as bad as it could be but there will almost certainly be a hefty police presence and I'm not sure I'd recommend this as a great family outing, especially if you don't know the area which isn't particularly great.

      The next best option is AFC Wimbledon's game against Oldham Athletic - this is in the third level, two below the Premier League. They have a small stadium and most games come close to selling out but you should be able to get some for this if you book in advance (check about a month before).

      There will also be lots of games at lower levels than that and I'm happy to make recommendations but I'm not sure that's really want you want.

      Any other questions, please ask.

      James

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  55. james thinking of heading over from july 12th to the 16th for an eminem concert for herselfs birthday, but i want to see a game any pre season games or competitive games on in london that weekend.
    thanks in advance

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    1. Hi. With the World Cup final taking place in Moscow on 15 July, the chances of you seeing any top level football during your stay is virtually zero as most Premier League players will be on their summer break. It is possible that some EFL teams will be in action but we won't know until much nearer the time. Getting tickets for such games won't be hard though so check this blog again during your stay and you should get all the info you need.

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  56. Hi,

    We will be flying from New York to London August 16-24. Just wonder how can we possibly get tickets for the premier league for Chelsea? If not, what other games would you recommend?

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    1. Hi. Getting tickets for Chelsea is usually pretty difficult if you don't have membership.

      You can get hospitality and hotel packages but these are way more than the normal cost of tickets.

      At this stage it's impossible to recommend any games as the current season is still in progress.

      Next season's fixtures are usually released in mid-June so we'll get a clearer picture then.

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  57. Hello, we are from Canada and planning to be in London in August. On the Livefootballtickets website there's a Community Shield gain publicised for August 5, Chelsea vs. Manchester City, at Wembley Stadium, is this website valide - will I get the tickets i order? will the big names be playing? Thank soo much.

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    1. Hi. The match is genuine and the clubs usually field full-strength teams.

      I've never heard of the agency you list and wouldn't use them. The only legitimate source of tickets will be the clubs themselves but membership will probably be required.

      If you are staying in a hotel with a concierge then they might be able to help you out or you could use a re-sale site like StubHub but both of these will probably charge a premium for their services.

      There will be plenty of other games that weekend with it being the opening day of the EFL season and there should also be one or two friendlies involving Premier League and European clubs. Details will be announced over the next month.

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    2. Thanks you very much for your response!

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  59. we will be in london july 30 - august 5 (flying out morning of august 5th). we very much want to see a match while there. anxiously awaiting EFL season fixtures. anything else i should be watching for? sure wish we weren't missing the community shield but we fly out that morning.

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