Sunday, 12 April 2015

TLFG: 13-19 April 2015

Footballwise it's been a pretty poor one for me this weekend.

As you may well be aware, QPR took on the mighty Chelsea in the west London derby this afternoon (Sunday) and lost 1-0 to virtually the last kick of the game - the Blues' only shot on target.

I thought former England manager Graham Taylor, who was summarising on the radio, was going to cry so aggrieved did he seem with the result.

Before the game I said to friends that I felt this could be the pivotal point of the season - a win or even a draw would have given QPR's players great heart and belief as they went into the final five games. 

Sadly I feel the manner of this defeat, which left some players visibly devastated could have the opposite effect - perhaps more than a comprehensive defeat which most people would have expected.

Only time will tell.

On the non-league side of things, Harrow Borough's lengthy unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday at the hands of bottom club Bury Town - a team so bad, they had already been relegated. Although Boro remain outside the relegation places, it's only on goal difference so the final two league games will be a nervy affair.

Coming soon...
The high point of the weekend, however, was meeting up with German TLFG reader Christoph who was visiting from Freiburg. Along with his friend Daniel from Munich, he's here for a five-day feast of London football spanning last Friday to this coming Tuesday.

With visits to Fulham and AFC Wimbledon completed, I met him ahead of his visit to the aforementioned QPR v Chelsea game and gave him a tour of W12 taking in the sights of Shepherd's Bush Green, Westfield, the now closed BBC TV Centre, the 1908 Olympic heritage at the other BBC campus further up Wood Lane and a general walk around QPR's ground and surrounding streets giving a bit of background to club and the match in question and pointing out my former flat opposite the turnstiles on Ellerslie Road.

As a result of his love of football here in the capital, he's made a move into sports book publishing and has set up his own house/label called 'pretty good books' who among other things will be publishing a German translation of Dutch TLFG reader Paul's book 'Match Days' which I've frequently mentioned on here before.

Not only this but he's working on a German language football guide book to London with the inspired title 'Der London Fussball Guide' - hmmm, maybe I should get royalties?

Anyway, it was a pleasure to meet him and Christoph, if you're reading, good luck and I'm sure I'll see you again soon.

UPDATE 17/04/15: We love a 'Pay What You Want' deal at TLFG and we've only recently discovered that Hampton & Richmond Borough are running such a promotion for their Isthmian League match against Bury Town tomorrow (Saturday) so give it your support if you're free.


GET INVOLVED
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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. 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.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are 90 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. Chelsea v Manchester United - after successfully earning wins in tricky looking derby games on Sunday, these two giants of the English game meet at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Personally I think it's a disgrace that this match has been scheduled to take place at the same time as the FA Cup semi-final mentioned below, it shouldn't even be on the same day but what do the TV barons care? With that grumble out of the way, this match will give Chelsea an almost unassailable 10-point lead over Arsenal if they win with United left even further behind. Quite simply the Blues could effectively, though not mathematically, win the title here and United could lose any chance of catching them. (Premier League, Saturday 18 April, 530pm. Ticket info)

2. Arsenal v Reading - we've come to that time of the year when only four teams remain in the FA Cup. Now played over a weekend, both semi-final ties are held at Wembley and we get under way on Saturday with a match which looks easy to predict - in theory. The Gunners are second in the top flight, reigning FA Cup champions and are in spectacular form with 10 wins from their last 11 in all competitions. The Royals, however, are winless in five in the Championship and are generally having a season to forget. Somehow they've managed to get to the final four of this competition without meeting Premier League opposition and needed a replay to get past League One side Bradford in the last round. Surely there can only be one winner - right?  (FA Cup semi-final, Saturday 18 April, 520pm. Tickets are only available from the participating clubs)

3. Aston Villa v Liverpool - the following day we have what should be a much more closely contested match. For both sides, this represents their only remaining chance of silverware this season. Interestingly, Villa and the Reds have both won seven times so they both have plenty of pedigree in the competition. However, Liverpool must start as favourites - they are the better side and won at Villa Park when they last played in January. Tim Sherwood's team are also not quite safe from relegation so the new man in the hot-seat might  have half an eye on protecting his players for the last few league games - let's face it, for winning the FA Cup you get a cheque for £1.8m which is chicken feed compared to what you get for staying in the Premier League. (FA Cup semi-final, Sunday 19 April, 3pm. Tickets are only available from the participating clubs)

4. Millwall v Wigan Athletic - there are some perhaps more attractive games in the Championship this week but this one will be more decisive for the two clubs involved. Both are level pegging in the bottom three and need to win to have any chance of realistically avoiding the drop. If fellow strugglers Rotherham win at Fulham the following night, the losers of this game will be left nine points adrift. Mathematically defeat won't be terminal for either but with less than a handful of games to go, the writing will be on the wall. (Championship, Tuesday 14 April, 745pm. Ticket info)

5. Bromley v Weston-Super-Mare - with the regular season coming to an end for most of our local non-league competitions over the next two weeks, many big issues could get resolved over the next few days. The first is the Conference South title which, as it stands, looks likely to be heading to Bromley on the south-east side of town. They've been neck and neck with north London rivals Boreham Wood all season and crucially beat them last weekend. Despite this they are only two points clear with two games to go. However, The Wood have played a game more meaning that if the Ravens win here then glory will be theirs and a place in the Conference National will await them next season. West Country side WSM are at the wrong end of the table but have avoided relegation so have nothing to play for. At this stage only nerves can deny Bromley but it is effectively the biggest match in their history as they have never played above this level. It's huge for all concerned. (Conference South, Saturday 18 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Dulwich Hamlet v Maidstone United - a little over six miles to the north west, we have another monster of a game which could see the Isthmian League title decided. Dulwich and Maidstone, in terms of attendance, are the two biggest clubs in the division and a few weeks ago both were in contention for the championship. As a result, the powers that be at Champion Hill declared that this match should be made All-Ticket as demand would probably outstrip supply. Sadly for the Hamlet they went on a pretty dodgy run and fell out of the title race, so much so that this match will actually decide whether or not they make the play-offs! Given their current four-point cushion they'll probably be fine but they can't take any chances. Since losing at second-placed Hendon last weekend, Maidstone have put themselves back in the driving seat and know that all they need to do is better the Greens' result at Grays to claim a place in the Conference South. Matching it will effectively also give them the title as they have a vastly superior goal difference. Don't forget, this is still All-Ticket, which means you need to purchase in advance to attend - online options are available. I've got mine. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 18 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Erith & Belvedere v Phoenix Sports at Park View Road not only have we got another possible title decider but it's a local derby as well. Phoenix have topped the Southern Counties East League for ages but for a long time they were being pushed hard by near neighbours E&B. The latter have fallen away to third but are mathematically still in with a chance of toppling them with four games to go. Really it should all be over already but Phoenix made a right mess of Saturday's home game against second-placed Ashford who came from behind with 10 men to win with an 89th-minute goal. That result means that a win for Ashford in their game against Sevenoaks the previous night will keep the title race alive no matter what happens here but if they drop any points then a Phoenix win will prove decisive. (Southern Counties East League, Wednesday 15 April, 745pm. Ticket info)

8. Haringey Borough v Bowers & Pitsea - as a result of bad weather both these title-chasing sides have three re-arranged league games to play (one for HB and two for B&P) before this match takes place on Saturday. Consequently this could be an Essex Senior League title decider between the top two or a match between the champions and the third-placed team depending on how things go. Aside from a couple of brief weeks, Haringey have led all the way and it would take a spectacular collapse to see them come unstuck. It is, though, still possible. Watch the results as the week progresses to see how significant this match becomes. (Essex Senior League, Saturday 18 April, 3pm. Club info)

9. Molesey v Camberley Town - at the time of writing these are the only two clubs with a realistic chance of winning the Combined Counties League title. Although Camberley are currently six points clear, they have played three games more than the Moles. The hosts travel to Colliers Wood in midweek so could close the gap to three. As above, there are several permutations affecting the significance of this game but defeat for Molesey at The Wibbandune and in this one would effectively hand the visitors the title. (Combined Counties League Premier Division, Saturday 18 April, 3pm. Club info)

10. Farleigh Rovers v Worcester Park in the division below, long-term leaders Farleigh know a draw against third place Worcester Park will be enough to seal the divisional crown. An Easter victory over closest rivals AFC Croydon Athletic made almost sure of things but the Rams' win over CB Hounslow on Saturday kept their hopes alive for another week. If they do get the required result, the celebrations will no doubt be tinged with some disappointment as their ground doesn't meet the standards required for promotion so Croydon will probably enjoy the last laugh as theirs does and three teams can go up. (Combined Counties League Division 1, Saturday 18 April, 3pm. Club info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

TLFG: 7-12 April 2015

Apologies for the late publication this week. I had my first Easter weekend off in years and took full advantage with a couple of live games and some other days out with the family.

How many games did you cram in? It was possible to see three on Monday alone if you'd got yourself well organised.

Personally I spent my time indulging in Isthmian League action as the race for the title and play-off places really hotted up.

On Saturday I took my two-year old daughter to her first ever proper fee-paying football match (i.e. not a kickabout in the park). It was also doubly challenging as I had to take her on public transport in her buggy on a route that was as far from step-free as it was almost possible to be.

The match I chose was the top of the table clash between Hendon and Maidstone United.

The Greens have been in the Isthmian League's top flight without being promoted or relegated since 1963 which I think is some kind of record.

In recent years they have led a nomadic existence since the loss of their Claremont Road home and their support and finances have suffered as a result.

Sam Murphy scores Hendon's winner at Earlsmead
Despite this they have somehow put themselves in a position where if they win their remaining games, the title will be theirs and their 52-year stay in the Isthmian League will be over.

Maidstone started the game as league leaders and being a much bigger club, with regular crowds in excess of 2,000, this was a real David v Goliath contest.

On the day, United's supporters outnumbered Hendon's by approximately three to one (att. 759) and things looked ominous when they took a deserved lead in the 15th minute. It was pretty much one-way traffic until shortly before the interval when the hosts drew level with a fine free-kick.

The second half saw Hendon come much more into it and they took the lead from the spot after a professional foul left Maidstone a goal and a man down.

The Kent club showed little sign of being affected by this disadvantage and created a number of chances to equalise but failed.

The result still left Hendon five points behind but with two games in hand, the title is theirs for the taking.


On Monday, for the second time this season, I headed south to Champion Hill to watch Dulwich Hamlet v Enfield Town.

The Hamlet have been among the leading pack all season but a sticky patch over the last month or so had left them fearing for their play-off place.

A team to have emerged from midtable at the last moment after a pretty average start to the campaign, Enfield were suddenly breathing down their necks only a point behind.

Despite their lower ranking, many would've fancied the in-form north Londoners to have won here to push Dulwich out of the way.

Maybe it was my presence as a lucky mascot but things started really positively for the hosts and they made it to half-time with a commanding 2-0 lead.

Brad Quinton's side didn't give up though and pulled one back during a second half which got increasingly desperate and dirty - a brawl led to one of the visitors being sent off at one point.

Like Maidstone, Enfield kept battling and the nerves around a busy Champion Hill (att. 1,204) were really jangling when the referee announced eight minutes of injury time.

Gavin Rose's side saw the game out though to give themselves a four-point cushion over the non play-off places which with three games to go should be just be enough.

Hendon and Dulwich go head-to-head this Saturday in another massively important game for both so I strongly recommend a visit to Earlsmead if you're looking for something to do. 

GET INVOLVED
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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. 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.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 70 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea - it's west London derby time again. This is the game which QPR fans always look out for in June when the fixtures are revealed. The Blues are without doubt the most hated team for fans of the W12 club and recent unsavoury incidents like that which saw John Terry in court following a verbal exchange with Anton Ferdinand show how heated these games can become. For most Chelsea fans, however, Rangers are becoming little more than an annoying cousin who needs to be put in his place once in a while. However, it doesn't always work out that way and over the last three years or so QPR have been one of the teams that have given them quite a bit of difficulty. Jose Mourinho's side come into this game without top scorer Diego Costa and Rangers put in their best performance of the season on Saturday at West Brom. Chelsea must avoid complacency at all cost otherwise they could come unstuck against what should be a highly motivated QPR. (Premier League, Sunday 12 April, 130pm. Ticket info)

2. Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - this match will have a bearing on both ends of the table but is probably most notable for marking the return of former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood as Villa manager. Having been somewhat harshly removed from his position at White Hart Lane, he will undoubtedly have a point to prove. Having lost eight of their last 10 games, Villa also badly need the points to avoid the drop. Tottenham still have an outside chance of making the top four and have won their last six against the Birmingham club so should triumph here. (Premier League, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Charlton Athletic v Fulham - on Tuesday we've got a derby in the Championship. With the Addicks tucked snugly into midtable and with absolutely nothing to play for, this game is all about the Cottagers and whether they can pick up the points they need to keep them away from the bottom three. Dangling just above it, things look worse than they are as they have a seven-point cushion over Millwall just below them. With six games left they can be caught but a point here would be useful. The good news for the west Londoners is that they are unbeaten in seven against Charlton and triumphed 3-0 when they last met in October. (Championship, Tuesday 7 April, 745pm. Ticket info)

4. Millwall v Watford - the Lions looked finished recently but with Neil Harris now in charge, things have started to pick up. Now undefeated in three and with a derby win over Charlton, Millwall can potentially catch the teams immediately above them. It will take a Herculean effort to pull it off and with title chasing Watford the next to visit it's not getting off to an easy start. The Hornets have become a little inconsistent of late but are still only one point behind leaders Bournemouth and have a very good record against the Bermondsey side. This has real potential to entertain. (Championship, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Barnet v FC Halifax Town - dropping down to Conference level, local side Barnet are still on course for the title and a return to the Football League. After a wobble which let Bristol Rovers and Grimsby Town into the race for top spot, the Bees kept hold of pole position with a 1-0 win at struggling Dartford on Monday. Halifax are unbeaten in nine and consequently also in with a chance of promotion. However, they've drawn eight of those games so are still only down in eighth. They've also done well against the Bees over the last couple of seasons so should be very dangerous opponents. (Conference National, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Dartford v Nuneaton Town - this match represents a last throw of the dice for the Darts who will get relegated if they don't win. Even if they do, if Alfreton draw at Eastleigh it will all be over. Nuneaton are also up to their necks in it and will have to win to ensure they don't also drop down a level too. In short it's a fight to the death which could end up with both combatants snuffing it. The last match between them saw Dartford win 2-1 so they've got hope. (Conference National, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Hendon v Dulwich Hamlet - the Greens had a great weekend as they enjoyed back-to-back wins over league leaders Maidstone and local rivals Wingate & Finchley. These results mean the title is theirs to win because of the games in hand they have. If they do end up winning, it should be one of the sports stories of the year. Averaging crowds of around 200, without their own ground and with meagre finances they are currently on a 16-game unbeaten run which has been crammed into just eight weeks! This match against fellow promotion rivals Dulwich will be their fourth in seven days, all of them against tough opponents. Hamlet, on the other hand, are a much bigger club who regularly pull in crowds of 1,000+ and have been in the leading pack all season. However, of late they've had a major wobble going on a five-game winless streak. They finally stopped this trend with a crucial win over Enfield on Monday but with this and other tough fixtures to come, they can't let up yet. Huge game for both. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Phoenix Sports v Ashford United - the game of the weekend across all our local Step 5 leagues sees the top two in the Southern Counties East League lock horns for what could well be the title decider. Phoenix have been top for most of the season and appear to be a club going places. I watched them three years ago in the season they finished runners-up to Bly Spartans in the Kent Invicta League. A year later they won it and moved up to the SCEFL where they've added floodlights and other ground improvements which will see them almost certainly join the Isthmian League next season. On Saturday a win here will give them the title but anything else will surely just be delaying the inevitable given their 11-point lead. (Southern Counties East League, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Club info)

9. Ilford v Barking - a bit further north across the Thames, this East End derby could decide who wins the Essex Senior League. Barking have pushed leaders Haringey Borough pretty hard this season but got firmly put in their place on Saturday as they were swept aside 4-0 at Coles Park. To be in with a chance of prolonging their title challenge they will have to win at Cricklefields and hope Boro lose. Given Haringey have a midweek game in hand at Basildon, Barking could find themselves eight points adrift coming into this game with only three to play so this really is their last chance. Ilford won't make it easy either - it is a derby and they won the reverse fixture 2-1. (Essex Senior League, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Club info)

10. AFC Croydon Athletic v CB Hounslow United - like the previous game, the result of this match could see the title handed to someone else. The hosts have been there or thereabouts for a while now and I thought either they or Worcester Park would catch Farleigh but it hasn't happened. With two games to go, the Rams are second but six points adrift therefore a win is essential in this one. If Farleigh do implode in their final two games then Croydon's vastly superior goal difference could still see them come out on top so there could be a final twist. (Combined Counties League Division 1, Saturday 11 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Monday, 30 March 2015

TLFG: 30 March - 6 April 2015

What a day! 

If you're a regular reader of this blog then you'll know I've been helping the Football Association promote this season's FA Trophy Final.

Said match was on Sunday at Wembley and featured Conference National side Wrexham from Wales and Conference North club North Ferriby United from Humberside.

Wrexham, as the more senior club, started as favourites and breezed into a 2-0 lead which they held until 14 minutes from the end - then it all went a bit bonkers.

In the space of 10 minutes, the Villagers had drawn level and forced extra-time.

The part-timers then had the audacity to go 3-2 up but with only two minutes of the game remaining the Dragons drew level to salvage a shoot-out.

The teams line up for the national anthems
This also went on and on as several players missed their kicks before North Ferriby finally prevailed 5-4 on penalties

I took a number of friends - some of whom had never been to a football match and some who had no non-league experience but they all left the stadium buzzing. 

One of the newbies, primarily there to escort her kids, was all but pulling her hair out during the shoot-out.

Another claimed that he wasn't usually that bothered about football because most people he knew only watched it on TV and he couldn't get into it at all but the live experience was so much more engaging and would definitely return. There must be many more like him, we've just got to get them into the grounds.

It must surely be a contender for best FA Trophy Final of all time and one of the best of any kind of final that Wembley has hosted, it was that good. The only downside was that only 14,585 turned out to watch it.

This wasn't a great shock though - most neutrals have probably never heard of North Ferriby, the club itself come from a village of less than 4,000 inhabitants, Brazil were playing Chile over at Arsenal and the weather was pretty abysmal. Adult tickets were also £30 which if you're not interested in either team is highly likely to put you off - it was a reason I heard many times from supporters who told me they would not be going.

If that can be addressed and a couple of other tweaks can be made here and there, I genuinely believe the FA Trophy could become a much bigger event which the whole non-league and wider football community could embrace. If the FA invite us (the Non-League Day team) to participate again, which I hope they do, then I believe we could make it a really great day out.

On the subject of Non-League Day, we also announced the date of this year's event today. We've gone for Saturday 10 October.

We've switched from September because England have a Euro qualifier on the Saturday which we don't want to clash with. Now it's just a case of waiting for those fixtures to come out to see who's hosting and whether it's an FA Cup, Trophy or Vase day. 

Talking of the Vase, its final is on Saturday 9 May at Wembley between Glossop North End and North Shields. Tickets go on sale at 10am today (Monday) and I'd highly recommend it after today's fantastic match.

FOOTBALL BONANZA
The fun looks set to continue over the next week or so as we hit the Easter period.

Aside from Christmas, this is the best time to be in London to watch football as there is so much on. Most clubs will play twice between Friday and next Monday and more often than not it will be a derby. There are a few potential title deciders and a couple of minor cup finals too. Clubs could also get relegated during this time so it's a huge few days.

I've done two match maps this week to make sure things don't get too crowded and given you a special Easter weekend one which includes next Monday too. 

On the Monday it will also be possible to see two games in a day with all Combined Counties League games kicking off at 1130am, allowing you plenty of time to get to a 3pm kick-off somewhere else.

As a result of the huge amount of great games and partly due to a lack of time, there won't be a Top 10 this week. However, if I do get a bit of breathing space then I may revisit this decision before the weekend. UPDATE (01/04/15) - I have now put together a list of recommended games towards the bottom of the page.

GET INVOLVED
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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. 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.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP: 30 MARCH-2 APRIL
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures



MATCH MAP: 3-6 APRIL
Claret pin - Good Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Easter Saturday fixtures
Yellow pin - Easter Monday fixtures


TLFG TOP GAMES
In this section I recommend a few games which I think are worth a special mention. Given it's Easter and there are so many good games taking place, I've listed more than the normal 10.

Good Friday
Fulham v Brentford - huge west London derby which has a bearing on both ends of the Championship table.
Millwall v Charlton Athletic - big south-east London derby in the Championship which could see the Lions all but down if they lose.

Easter Saturday
Arsenal v Liverpool - two of the biggest teams in the land battle to secure a Champions League spot.
Barnet v Nuneaton Town - massive game for both Conference clubs as they fight for the title and against relegation respectively.
Bromley v Boreham Wood - top two clash in the Conference South
Hendon v Maidstone United - top two clash in the Isthmian Premier
Enfield Town v Bognor Regis Town - battle for a play-off place in the Isthmian Premier
Metropolitan Police v East Thurrock United - another match between two play-off contenders in the Isthmian Premier and also only £1 to get in
Haringey Borough v Barking - top two clash in the Essex Senior League

Easter Monday
Crystal Palace v Manchester City - the Eagles welcome the reigning Premier League champions and title contenders
Watford v Middlesbrough - second versus third in the Championship
Dagenham & Redbridge v AFC Wimbledon - London derby in League Two
Dartford v Barnet - London derby in the Conference with both sides desperate for points at opposite ends of the table.
Dulwich Hamlet v Enfield Town - two teams scrapping for a play-off place in the Isthmian Premier
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Kingstonian - south-west London derby featuring teams who both have plenty to play for.
Wingate & Finchley v Hendon - north London derby between two teams chasing promotion and the title in the latter's case.
Thurrock v Romford - the hosts take on their tenants as they look to sneak into the Isthmian Division 1 North play-offs.
Barkingside v Redbridge - Ilford area derby between teams who used to groundshare but the original owners (Barkingside) were the ones that ended up moving out.
Walton Casuals v Walton & Hersham - local derby in Surrey, little to play for in terms of promotion or relegation though.


If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

TLFG: 23-29 March 2015

In a bit of a rush this week as I'm heading out of town for a few days. Consequently there won't be a Top 10 which is a bit of a shame as there are quite a few derbies at non-league level so have a good look at the map to make sure you don't miss out.

On Saturday I managed to pull off the parkrun/football double again - I'm living a charmed life at the moment.

Starting the day with a couple of laps of a windy Wormwood Scrubs, the afternoon was spent at Grosvenor Vale for the Conference South clash between Wealdstone and local rivals Boreham Wood.

The Wood are going for the title this season and coped better with the windy conditions as they recorded a vital 0-1 win.

With leaders Bromley inexplicably losing 1-0 at home to Staines, a side so bad that they would've been relegated if they hadn't won, Ian Allinson's side closed the gap to a point.

Boreham Wood (white) go close to opening the scoring at Wealdstone
Last week I kicked off with a bit about the success of 'Pay What You Want' offers and this week I'm going to continue that theme by mentioning that Corinthian Casuals also enjoyed a big increase on their average gate.

Normally the eighth-tier team get around 150 through the turnstiles - yesterday they got 278. So what's that? About an 80% increase - not bad at all.

This Saturday, the March Madness is completed by fellow Isthmian League club Wingate & Finchley who host London rivals Dulwich Hamlet. Just to confirm, they are also running a 'Pay What You Want' promotion as part of a fun-packed community day.

The match kicks-off at 1pm because they've arranged a groundhop double with neighbours Haringey Borough who've pushed their Essex Senior League game against Hullbridge Sports back to 330pm. Not only this but Haringey are laying on a free minibus to transport you between the two (see Wingate's website for details of reserving a place). I'm not sure if Haringey are offering any discount on admission to the game itself but they only charge £5-6 anyway so it's already cheap. Good luck to all involved!

One of the main reasons the clubs chose to arrange this event is because we've got another international break this weekend - if you're hoping to see some Premier League or Championship football this week then you're out of luck.

This week the highest level games will be England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley and Brazil's friendly against Chile at Arsenal's ground. Not bad substitutes and both still have tickets available.

THE FA TROPHY FINAL

Personally though, I'll be off to Wembley on Sunday to the FA Trophy Final which myself and the rest of the Non-League Day team are still continuing our efforts to promote.

If you missed it, we're trying to create a big non-league get-together at the country's national stadium on 29 March at 130pm for what is effectively the non-league cup final.

With it being on the Sunday, aside from a match at Fleetwood Town, there won't be any Premier League or Football League action alongside it. Also, there will be virtually nothing happening lower down the pyramid either so I heartily invite you to join us.

The record crowd since the competition began in 1969/70 is 53,262 which was achieved back in 2007 when Stevenage Borough beat Kidderminster Harriers and getting anywhere near that will be a huge challenge.

This year's final will see North Ferriby United play Wrexham.

Very well done to the aptly named Villagers from the Conference North. They come quite literally from a village near Hull with a population of only 3,893 (2011 Census) so filling Wembley will be tough.

I'm hoping the Dragons will bring a few though. They were a League One side not all that long ago so it will be a real David v Goliath contest which I'm looking forward to.

COMPETITION RESULT
Over the last week we ran a competition giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the FA Trophy Final. To win you had to answer the following question:

The highest attendance in FA Trophy Final history was set in 2007 but which club won it that year?

The answer was of course Stevenage Borough.

We had two pairs to give away and by chance both our winners were called David. I'm not too sure how much more I can announce for data protection reasons but the tickets will be heading out first class over the next day or two.

If you didn't win then there's still time to book tickets online and I'm told you will be able to buy at the stadium on the day if you want to leave it until the last minute.

GET INVOLVED
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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. 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.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 90 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures





If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

TLFG: 16-22 March 2015

At TLFG we love a deal and there's been plenty of great stuff going on. This week we summarise what our local clubs have been up to and there's also news of an exciting competition we're running where you could win a trip to Wembley.

Throughout March, there has been and will be a 'Pay What You Want' deal every Saturday.

Last weekend Sutton United tried it, this weekend it was Northwood. Next week it's Corinthian Casuals' turn and finally Wingate & Finchley the Saturday after that.

On the face of it, 'Pay What You Want' seems to be quite a gamble but in the overwhelming majority of cases it brings great rewards.

Corinthian Casuals become the latest club to offer a 'Pay What You Want' deal
More often than not, you get a much bigger crowd than normal with people happy to pay the going rate anyway and if they don't then they more than make up the difference on programmes, raffles, refreshments, merchandise or all of the above. Usually the club ends up making a decent profit.

In the two games so far this month Sutton drew 861 for the visit of Hayes & Yeading United - their highest crowd of the season, approximately 300 more than usual. While Northwood got 343 which was also their highest crowd by a long way - their average is just 121. So a resounding success in both cases.

Next up it's Isthmian League club Corinthian Casuals. They host promotion contenders Herne Bay on what will be their Family Day. There's lots planned and it's easy to get to. If you don't drive, the ground is a short walk from Tolworth station which is less than half an hour from Waterloo.

Casuals have been averaging crowds of 153 so lets see what kind of boost they receive.

THE FA TROPHY FINAL

In other news, we (the Non-League Day team) are still continuing our efforts to promote an important match which is coming up at Wembley.

If you missed it, we're trying to create a big non-league get-together at the country's national stadium on Sunday 29 March for the FA Trophy Final - effectively the non-league cup final.

It coincides with the next international break and with it being on the Sunday, aside from a match at Fleetwood Town up near Blackpool, there won't be any Premier League or Football League action alongside it. Also, there will be virtually nothing happening lower down the pyramid either so I heartily invite you to join us.

The record crowd since the competition began in 1969/70 is 53,262 which was achieved back in 2007 when Stevenage Borough beat Kidderminster Harriers and getting anywhere near that will be a huge challenge.

This year's final will see North Ferriby United play Wrexham.

Very well done to the aptly named Villagers from the Conference North. They come quite literally from a village near Hull with a population of only 3,893 (2011 Census) so filling Wembley will be tough.

I'm hoping the Dragons will bring a few though. They were a League One side not all that long ago so it will be a real David v Goliath contest which I'm looking forward to.

COMPETITION TIME!!!
If you want to join us at Wembley then we've got two pairs of tickets to give away (travel not included). Simply email us the answer to the following question by 11:59pm GMT on Saturday 21 March and we'll reveal the winners the following day:

The highest attendance in FA Trophy Final history was set in 2007 but which club won it that year?

a) Barrow

b) Ebbsfleet United

c) Stevenage Borough

Good luck!

If you don't win or want to make sure of your place then tickets are still available to buy:

Adults: £30
Senior citizens/Students: £20
U16s: £10

However, these prices drop significantly if you bring a group of 15 or more:

Adults: £15
Senior citizens/Students: £10
U16s: £5

Personally I think these are fair prices, given it's a Wembley cup final. If you're visiting London and want to see a game at one of the best and most famous football stadiums in the world then you won't get a much better chance than this. Hope to see you there.

GET INVOLVED
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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. 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.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 90 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. Queens Park Rangers v Everton - there's nothing particularly awesome going on in the Premier League this week and I've highlighted this because it's the only one with any tickets left. QPR disgraced themselves with a particularly limp display at Crystal Palace on Saturday and are now second from bottom, four points adrift of safety. The Toffees are having one of their poorest seasons for a while and are by no means home and dry but a solid 3-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday suggests Rangers will have to pull their socks up to stand a chance. (Premier League, Sunday 22 March, 4pm. Ticket info)

2. Watford v Ipswich Town - all the most exciting looking stuff appears to be in the Championship where there are at least five games I'd happily recommend. The pick is this one against two promotion contenders. This time last week four teams were sharing top spot, this has now been whittled down to three with Watford still in this elite group. Not only this but they are unbeaten in five, meaning they are the most in-form side in the division. Ipswich were right up there but have slipped to seventh after a 4-1 humbling by Middlesbrough on Saturday. This took their winless run to four so they look vulnerable. (Championship, Saturday 21 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Brentford v Millwall - a little earlier in the day we have this London derby which is of great importance at both ends of the table. After suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Cardiff on Saturday, the Bees have been left in sixth, clinging on to the last play-off spot. Cross-town rivals Millwall, after topping the table at the start of the season, have gone on to have a complete stinker and are now certainties for relegation after their loss to Bolton left them nine points adrift of Rotherham in the all-important 21st place. Unperturbed, the Lions have sold out their allocation and will do their bit to make Brentford's afternoon as uncomfortable as possible.  (Championship, Saturday 14 March, 1pm. Ticket info)

4. The Football League Trophy Final - up at Wembley we've got the second cup final of the season. If you don't know, this is a knockout competition for clubs in League One and League Two and this year it's Bristol City and Walsall who've made it. The Robins are currently runaway leaders of the third tier so you'd expect them to start as favourites. The Saddlers are in lower midtable and have only won one of their last seven league games but will take confidence from the fact that they held City to a 1-1 draw when they last met. Around 70,000 tickets have been sold so far so it looks set to be a big occasion. There are still some tickets left on general sale, mainly in the Walsall end, so don't miss out on your chance of attending a Wembley final.  (Football League Trophy Final, Sunday 22 March, 330pm. Tickets are available directly from the clubs: Bristol City, Walsall)

5. Leyton Orient v Barnsley - if you want some more run of the mill League One action then we've got a game between sides who need the points for differing reasons. The O's won their crucial match against bottom club Yeovil on Saturday as their fight against relegation got back on track. With three wins from five, they've given themselves a real chance of staying up. However, on Tuesday they welcome an impressive looking Barnsley side who moved into the top six with a 3-1 win over Oldham. That win was their sixth on the bounce so Orient are going to have to raise their game another notch to be able to compete. (League One, Tuesday 17 March, 745pm. Ticket info)

6. AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth - how are the might fallen. On Saturday we've got a League Two encounter between two clubs who have won the FA Cup during my lifetime. The Dons famously overcame Liverpool in 1988 while Pompey have won it twice in 1939 and 2008. Both have suffered considerable trauma in the intervening years, which I won't go into here, but they now find themselves a point and place apart in England's fourth tier. Wimbledon have enjoyed the upper hand over the last season and half and won 2-0 at Fratton Park on Boxing Day. Unsurprisingly, a big crowd is expected so tickets won't be going on general sale. (League Two, Saturday 21 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Barnet v Welling United - it was a great weekend for both these TLFG sides as they recorded vital away wins. The Bees' success at fellow promotion hopefuls Eastleigh saw them reclaim top spot from Bristol Rovers who failed to win for the second game running. The Wings, toiling at the other end of the table, under new caretaker boss Loui Fazakerly netted a fine 2-0 win at Lincoln City to keep them in with a chance of avoiding the drop. These derby games tend to be quite tight affairs but Barnet are definitely favourites. (Conference National, Saturday 21 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Wealdstone v Boreham Wood - the Wood managed to match leaders Bromley's result on Saturday meaning they're still just a point behind in second. Given the Ravens face both of the bottom two at home this week, that lead is likely to be extended whatever Boreham Wood achieve. On Saturday they face a short but awkward trip to local rivals Wealdstone whose vocal supporters should create a tough atmosphere in which to try and win. After climbing well away from the relegation zone, the Stones have had a horrible couple of games which have seen them ship seven goals. They should be well up for this one though. Game on! (Conference South, Saturday 21 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Dulwich Hamlet v East Thurrock United - despite being a seventh-tier team, Dulwich are making most of the non-league headlines in London this year. Although decent on the pitch, it's their off-field activities that create most news. Whether it's mammoth crowds on Non-League Day (c.3,000), championing the anti-racist, anti-homophobia and anti-sexist causes in football, collecting for foodbanks or for simply creating arguably the best day out in the game at any level it's been quite a season. They've been occupying a play-off place for most of the campaign but they've suddenly hit a sticky patch. Without a win in five, they face a testing game against another side looking to make the play-offs. Crowds are the highest they've been for years so arrive early as there's bound to be a queue. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 21 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

10. Chelsea U18 v Tottenham Hotspur U18 - if you want a bargain bucket trip to Stamford Bridge then this is the game for you. It's FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg time so it's a huge moment for the youngsters involved. The Blues have dominated this tournament in recent seasons but have their work cut out after losing the first leg 2-0. Adult tickets are only £5 but must be booked by 4pm on the day of the match - no tickets will be on sale on the turnstiles. (FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg, Wednesday 18 March, 7pm. Ticket info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

TLFG: 9-15 March 2015

After managing to do the 'parkrun/trip to football' double last weekend, I only went and pulled it off again this time too!

Not only this but I got my wife and daughter (in a buggy) plus a number of my wife's friends and kids to have a run/walk too as we tried out the new event in Cassiobury Park in Watford. It's an excellent largely flat course and potentially pretty quick so give it a go.

I then took some of the aforementioned kids with me to watch QPR v Spurs later in the afternoon back in Shepherd's Bush.

Like the match against Arsenal in midweek which I also went to, Rangers started well but didn't take their chances and ended up chasing a 2-0 deficit with 20-30 minutes to go.

In both QPR did fightback and get a goal but then failed to find the all-important equaliser and lose 2-1.

TLFG reader Gary paid a visit to the Boleyn Ground and sent in this picture

Given how well my beloved side competed against supposedly superior teams it was a shame they got nothing.

The Tottenham game also offered a great chance to compare the two English strikers who are currently scoring for fun and looking to break into the national side.

Despite being a Rangers supporter and huge fan of Charlie Austin, I genuinely believe Harry Kane is a better and more polished prospect.

Austin is rugged and all about power - perhaps too much at times as his shot which almost knocked the goal down when he slammed it against the bar from point-blank range demonstrated.

Kane appears more versatile, has greater mobility and seems like a more 'international' player. He also scored both of the visitors' goals.

Austin's highlight actually came from his defensive work where he tracked back to block an initial cross-shot and then recovered to stop the rebound on the goal line. It was a stunning bit of play that any top defender would've been proud of let alone one of the best centre-forwards in the country. This is a regular part of his game and shows what a great team player he is.

This week it was also good to hear from TLFG reader Gary from Cheshire who was down in London on business and joined some season-ticket holding friends for the West Ham v Chelsea derby game on Wednesday which the Blues won 1-0. He sent in some photos so thanks a lot Gary, much appreciated.

THE FA TROPHY FINAL

If you didn't already know, the Non-League Day team are trying to promote an important match which is coming up at Wembley.

If you missed it, we're trying to create a big non-league get-together at the country's national stadium on Sunday 29 March for the FA Trophy Final - effectively the non-league cup final.

It coincides with the next international break and with it being on the Sunday, aside from a match at Fleetwood Town up near Blackpool, there won't be any Premier League or Football League action alongside it. Also, there will be virtually nothing happening lower down the pyramid either so I heartily invite you to join us.

The record crowd since the competition began in 1969 is 53,262 which was achieved back in 2007 shortly after the 'new' Wembley opened and getting anywhere near that will be a huge challenge.

This year's final will see North Ferriby United play Wrexham.

Very well done to the aptly named Villagers from the Conference North. They come quite literally from a village near Hull with a population of only 3,893 (2011 Census) so filling Wembley might be tough.

I'm hoping the Dragons will bring a few though. They were a League One side not all that long ago so it will be a real David v Goliath contest which I'm looking forward to. 

Sadly the early-bird deadline for cheaper tickets has passed so tickets now cost:

Adults: £30
Senior citizens/Students: £20
U16s: £10

However, these prices drop significantly if you bring a group of 15 or more:

Adults: £15
Senior citizens/Students: £10
U16s: £5

Personally I think these are fair prices, given it's a Wembley cup final. If you're visiting London and want to see a game at one of the best and most famous football stadiums in the world then you won't get a much better chance than this. Hope to see you there.

GET INVOLVED
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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. 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.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 80 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. Chelsea v Paris St Germain - it's not hard to see why this big cross channel Champions League tie tops the list this week. With the competition down to its last 16, two of the richest sides in the world meet at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of this tie. After drawing 1-1 in the French capital a couple of weeks ago, it's all to play for on Wednesday night. They also met in this last season where only away goals after a 3-3 aggregate score saw Chelsea progress. It could well come down to that again. (Champions League, Wednesday 11 March, 745pm. Ticket info)

2. Arsenal v West Ham United - elsewhere we've got some great derbies to look forward to too. The Gunners are really building momentum at the moment winning seven of their last eight league games to move up to third. This is in stark contrast to the Hammers who started the season superbly but have since slipped badly, picking up only one victory since Christmas.The north London club have won their last nine games in all competitions against the East End's finest and that run looks likely to be extended on Saturday. Home areas for this game are sold out but West Ham's website suggests tickets in their section might still be available. (Premier League, Saturday 14 March, 3pm. Home ticket info)

3. Crystal Palace v Queens Park Rangers - earlier in the day down in SE25 we have London derby number two as my beloved QPR take their relegation fight to the Eagles. These two are similar size clubs and it is therefore of great credit to the powers that be at Palace that they seem to be establishing themselves as a solid midtable Premier League side following their promotion in 2013. They comfortably avoided the drop last season and should do again this time round. Rangers, despite potentially much bigger finances, haven't come close to doing this in their three most recent seasons in the top flight and should try and emulate the Palace model. It ended 0-0 at Loftus Road in December and was a turgid affair but the teams have both improved since then. Tickets for Selhurst Park in the home sections require membership but some are still available on general sale in the away section so contact QPR. (Premier League, Saturday 14 March, 1245pm. Home ticket info)

4. Watford v Reading - in the Championship, two of QPR's other traditional rivals who also yo-yo between the top two divisions meet on Saturday. It's been eight years since the Hornets last competed at the top level but they've got a huge chance of getting back up this time. The division was already tight but after this weekend's results there are now four teams tied for top spot and Watford are one of them. Of that quartet, they are the ones in the best form so it's looking good. Since getting relegated with QPR two years ago, the Royals have struggled and are 18th at the time of writing. Although they will start as underdogs, the Berkshire club are unbeaten on their last three visits to this part of the world so could dig in and frustrate.  (Championship, Saturday 14 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Leyton Orient v Yeovil Town - the struggling O's looked to be mounting a bit of a fightback this time last week but unsurprising back-to-back defeats against promotion contenders Bristol City and Peterborough United have halted their advance. However, they have a huge match against fellow strugglers Yeovil to prepare for on Saturday. Four go down in this division and only three points separate the bottom five so winning this will be crucial for both. Orient can take confidence from the fact they won 3-0 at Huish Park in December, one of the best performances of their season. (League One, Saturday 14 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United - the Daggers have had a great week, notching wins over fellow strugglers Hartlepool and Tranmere in the space of four days. These results have moved them nine points clear of the relegation zone and given them some breathing space. Next up they welcome the Shrimpers for an Essex derby. Phil Brown's side are fourth, just outside the automatic promotion places and will present a stiff test but Dagenham are undefeated in four against their county rivals so shouldn't be overawed.  (League Two, Saturday 14 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Boreham Wood v Whitehawk - the Conference South title race took another twist on Saturday as leaders Bromley lost to fellow Kent club Ebbsfleet while second placed Boreham Wood picked up a 1-0 win at Maidenhead to cut the gap to just a point. The Wood's next league match sees them welcome Whitehawk who still have title ambitions of their own with eight games to go. It's notable that both clubs are in the top four despite averaging crowds of below 300. The hosts are known to be well run financially while the Sussex outfit have an owner who has invested heavily. How either would survive in the Conference National against much bigger clubs, some who attract 10 times as many fans, is hard to imagine. (Conference South, Saturday 14 March, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Hendon v Margate - on Wednesday night two of the Isthmian's top four meet in the semi-final of the league cup. Being two points ahead and on a great run of results, the visitors would've probably started as favourites but a 3-0 home defeat to Enfield Town on Saturday has made them look vulnerable. The Greens are unbeaten in seven and beat Margate 3-2 in the league game at Earlsmead back in October so they've got a great chance. If I was Hendon boss I'd really commit to winning this. Margate are a much bigger club and hence better equipped for promotion - this again could add to their vulnerability as their eyes could be on another prize. (Isthmian League Cup semi-final, Wednesday 11 March, 745pm. Ticket info)

9. Northwood v Uxbridge - I love it when clubs try to do something a bit special to get extra people in and this week it's Northwood who are going the extra mile. The Southern League club are holding a community day on Saturday and are running a 'Pay What You Can' promotion as well as a number of other supplementary events so please take them up on their offer as I may well do. The match itself should be a good one. It's a local derby and the teams are only a place in a part in the table. If you live in Northwood, Ruislip, Harrow or Watford then this could be a fine way to spend your afternoon. (Southern League Division 1 Central, Saturday 14 March, 3pm. Club info)

10. Molesey v Cove - at the time of writing, the Moles are fifth some 12 points adrift of Combined Counties League leaders Cove. Strangely though, this could almost act as title decider between the two clubs. As mentioned, Cove are well clear at the top but Molesey have six games in hand so could surpass them by some distance if they win them. The Hampshire club won the reverse fixture 2-1 in September and are in better form at the present time so are still very much the team to beat. (Combined Counties League Premier Division, Tuesday 10 March, 745pm. Club info)

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