Sunday, 23 November 2014

TLFG: 24-30 November 2014

Hi there and welcome to TLFG.

We're almost a third of the way through the season already and I guess you can tell as the weather in London this week has been poor to say the least.

Quite a few non-league games have fallen by the wayside over the last few days and we could lose some more over the next 72 hours.

One of those was one I was seriously considering going to - the east London derby between Clapton and Ilford. Despite the best efforts of volunteers the pitch remained unplayable and the game was called off not long after 1pm.

The closest I came to a game on Saturday was Arsenal's match against Manchester United as I spent part of morning taking part in the 5km parkrun event in Finsbury Park which the Emirates Stadium casts its shadow over - well it would've done if it wasn't so grey and drizzly.

I've mentioned parkrun here several times before and, if you're a runner, I can't encourage you enough to take part. With 35 events taking place at 9am every Saturday morning all over the London area alone, there's no real reason not to especially when it's also free to enter. You don't even have to pre-register but you get more out of it if you do. So far I've got a free running shirt for completing 50 runs and also won a free pair of running shoes for being a regular runner and volunteer at my local event.

If, like me, you like to football groundhop then you'll also enjoy the 'racehopping' nature of parkrun - the ultimate Saturday for me is to combine the two with a run in the morning and match in the afternoon. Do it!

On the subject of groundhopping, Charlton's 1215pm kick-off against Ipswich on Saturday means you could combine it with a number of other games. Meridian VP are just down the road while public transport should just about be able to get you to Dulwich Hamlet, Thamesmead Town, Erith & Belvedere or Erith Town.

Anyway, that's it from me. Enjoy your week and don't forget that you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' 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 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
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red 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. Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund - the main game in town this week pits two of the biggest names in English and German football against each other. Both have won league titles and made the Champions League final over the 10 years but at the time of writing both are struggling. For the last two decades, a place in the Premier League's top four has been pretty much a given as far as the Gunners are concerned so the fact that they're currently eighth 15 points off top spot is almost unthinkable. With that in mind, Dortmund's current malaise is even more shocking. Given all their recent achievements, they find themselves in the Bundesliga's bottom three with only three wins from 12 games. However, they have been invincible in Group D of the Champions League so far where they've won all four games including a 2-0 win over Arsenal back in September. (Champions League, Wednesday 26 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

2. West Ham United v Newcastle United - both these sides are probably suffering nosebleeds right now, so high are they in the table. After the iffy starts they made, with fans demanding the heads of Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew respectively, the fact they are now both in the top six is quite an achievement. Since getting into the top four after an impressive win over Manchester City, the Hammers have run into a wall and are now winless in three against average opposition. The Magpies, on the other hand, are the league's form team with five wins on the bounce. The Geordies also tend to do rather well at the Boleyn Ground with only three defeats in their last 10 visits. (Premier League, Saturday 29 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City - promoted from the Championship last season, it's no surprise that these two find themselves in the bottom three going into this one. QPR began badly but have improved greatly over the last month. Sadly for them that has coincided with fixtures against some of the best sides in the country so only four points have been picked up when it would probably have been a lot more so they're still bottom. The Foxes had a much better start but haven't won for over two months so are exactly the type of team QPR need to be playing right now. Whoever loses this game will almost certainly go down. (Premier League, Saturday 29 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

4. Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town - England's second tier is incredibly tight at the moment with only nine points separating the top 12 teams. The Addicks and Tractor Boys find themselves in this elite group at the moment so there's plenty to play for. Charlton, although down in eighth, are the hardest team to beat in the division with only two defeats from 18 while Ipswich's five-game unbeaten run has seen them climb to fourth. A good game looks highly likely between these two former Premier League clubs. (Championship, Saturday 29 November, 1215pm. Ticket info)

5. Barnet v Macclesfield Town - there's very little floating my boat in the lower two divisions of the Football League so I recommend this Conference blockbuster instead. Both desperate to return to League Two, the Bees and Silkmen had made their way into the top four. Barnet extended their lead at the top to nine points on Saturday as they drew at third placed Woking while Macclesfield climbed to fourth with a win over Alfreton. The Cheshire club should be further boosted by the knowledge that they've won their last three against Barnet including the reverse fixture last month.  (Championship, Saturday 22 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Staines Town v Poole Town - it's FA Trophy time again this weekend and strangely there's only one tie taking place in the whole London area. The Swans have had a torrid time in the Conference South this season and would have lost 10 league games in a row on Saturday if they hadn't got a morale boosting 1-0 win over Bishop's Stortford. On Saturday they run into a team champing at the bit to replace them should they be relegated. Poole are currently top of the Southern League and have won their last seven in all competitions. The sides also met last season in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie. On that occasion Staines came out on top but only after a replay. (FA Trophy third qualifying round, Saturday 29 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Dulwich Hamlet v Kingstonian - much has been written about Dulwich over the last year as they have grown both on and off the pitch. Having won promotion from the Isthmian League Division 1 South they recorded a top-six finish in the Premier Division last season. This year they look set to repeat it being fifth at the present time. They are also the second best supported club behind only former Football League club Maidstone United. If they could become the kind of club Kingstonian were 15 years ago then I'm sure they'd be overjoyed. The K's, at that time, were a Conference club who enjoyed back-to-back FA Trophy wins at Wembley in front of thousands of fans. Since then things have gone backwards and, although they were runners-up last season, they've become a midtable Isthmian Premier side. This is still a south-London derby though and should produce a competitive game - it ended 1-1 at Kingsmeadow earlier in the season. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 29 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Erith & Belvedere v Phoenix Sports - these two both enjoyed fine away wins in the FA Vase on Saturday as they continued their great seasons. At the time of writing they fill the top two spots in the Southern Counties East League and with games in hand on the teams below them could well turn the title battle into a two-horse-race. On Saturday they continue their cup exploits but at a more local level as they meet in the second round of the Kent Senior Trophy. E&B are eight points ahead in the league but Phoenix have played three fewer games and are unbeaten. Who will win? It's too close to call. (Kent Senior Trophy second round, Saturday 29 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Ashford Town (Middlesex) v Windsor - the Tangerines had a season to forget last year as they slipped out of the Southern League following some dismal performances which saw them finish bottom. This year they are having to rebuild in the Combined Counties League and they're doing a good job sitting second at the present time. Given they have two games in hand on top club Cove, they've got a real title shot. On Tuesday night they welcome Windsor who are a top five club themselves so we could have a decent game on our hands. (Combined Counties League Premier Division, Tuesday 25 November, 745pm. Club info)

10. Banstead Athletic v Farleigh Rovers - in the division below we have a game between two of the current pacesetters. Farleigh are top and Banstead are fourth but there's only five points between them and the hosts have two games in hand. In fact when you factor in games in hand, the top four might all as well be on level points it's that close. The strange thing about this division is that some of its top clubs (Farleigh and Worcester Park) don't, to my knowledge, have the facilities to get promoted so it always surprises me when they do so well. (Combined Counties League Division 1, Saturday 29 November, 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.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

TLFG: 17-23 November 2014

Hello there and welcome to the latest edition of TLFG.

I'm pleased to report that over the last few weeks, readership of this blog appears to have grown steadily. If you're new, then thanks for taking the time to have look and if you've recommended TLFG to someone then you're a top person and I really appreciate it. As for the rest of you, what can I say? Legends, the lot of you. I wouldn't do it if I didn't know you were there.

So how has your 'international break' been? Did you go and watch England at Wembley on Saturday or one of the friendlies we were also blessed with here in London town? Did you take the opportunity to visit a non-league club instead or did you watch nothing at all? Let me know, I want details.

The week ahead is littered with some absolute crackers but unless you're a member of some of our top clubs it's pretty much another international break for casual football watchers as tickets won't be available to them at any Premier League or Championship match over the next seven days.

Nothing unusual about that for our top-flight clubs but the games are of such magnitude in the second tier too that you need a ticket booking history with said clubs at the very least if you want to have any hope of getting in.

So if you are in town and just want to turn up and watch a game, then the highest ranking fixture you'll be able to get into will be the relegation battle between Leyton Orient and Crewe Alexandra in League One.

There are also some ties in the FA Cup and FA Vase, plenty of county cup action and some other non-league derbies too - a pretty decent selection in my view.

Anyway, that's it from me. Enjoy your week and don't forget that you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' 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 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
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red 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. Arsenal v Manchester United - at the top of the bill this week we have this heavyweight clash between two former Premier League champions who are a shadow of their former selves. At the moment both reside outside the top five behind the likes of Southampton, West Ham and Swansea. Who would've thought that a couple of years ago? Putting this aside, these games are usually among the high points of the season, producing some decent entertainment. It will be a particularly big evening for Danny Welbeck who recently joined Arsenal after being discarded by United and is having little difficulty scoring since his arrival both for club and country. I've got a good feeling about the Gunners going into this one and they're due a win having not beaten the Red Devils in the last six attempts. (Premier League, Saturday 22 November, 530pm. Ticket info)

2. Crystal Palace v Liverpool - the last time these two met in May it produced arguably the match of the season. With just 11 minutes to go, title-chasing Liverpool held an almost unassailable 3-0 lead against a midtable Palace side with little to play for. However, the hosts pulled one back, the Reds collapsed and eventually had to settle for a 3-3 draw, a result which went a long way to robbing them of the Premier League crown. This time round Palace are sitting just above the relegation zone and with new boss Neil Warnock in charge should be really fired up. Liverpool have been poor of late and could be there for the taking. They also have a poor record at Selhurst Park where they haven't won (against the Eagles) since 1997. (Premier League, Sunday 23 November, 130pm. Ticket info)

3. Brentford v Fulham once again it's a really big week for all our local clubs in the Championship. To kick-off we've got this west London derby on Friday night. Until really quite recently, a league match between these two would have seemed a distant dream with the Bees down in League Two and Fulham living it up in the Premier League. Not now though as steady progress by the Bees has seen them climb to sixth in the second tier while the Cottagers have fallen from the top flight and were at the bottom of the pile after a dreadful start. Putting Kit Symons in charge has stopped the rot and now the club from SW6 are climbing the table fast, having gone unbeaten in six. The Bees are also in great form with three wins on the bounce against Derby, Forest and Millwall so this could be a cracker. (Championship, Friday 21 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

4. Charlton Athletic v Millwall - the following day it's south-east London derby time. Less than four miles separate these two but strangely neither see each other as their biggest rivals with clubs further away holding that honour. Nonetheless, they're probably number two on each other's list so there should be a decent atmosphere. Over the course of history, the Lions have much the better record with the Addicks winless against them since 1996. It could be different this time though as Charlton have lost only two of their 17 league games this season and are well in the hunt for a play-off spot. Millwall are just two points above the relegation zone but, roared on by their fans, usually give these sort of games a really good go. (Championship, Saturday 22 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Watford v Derby County - the Hornets were top of the Championship a couple of weeks ago but back-to-back defeats have seen them slip to fifth in what is a very tight division. On Saturday they welcome current leaders Derby who they will draw level with if they win. The two have also scored plenty of goals this season - both average the best part of two a game so I'll go for a 2-2 draw. (Championship, Saturday 22 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Leyton Orient v Crewe Alexandra - the O's frequently made the Top 10 last season as they pushed for the League One title. It sadly didn't happen for them, they lost in the play-offs and have had a bit of a shocker so far with three wins from 17 leaving them in the bottom four. On Saturday they have an early relegation six-pointer against Crewe. Unfortunately they're running into Alex at the wrong time. Like Fulham, they were utterly hopeless at the start of the campaign but have now taken 11 points from their last six games to climb off the bottom and become one of the form teams of the division. Contrast this with Orient who have taken five points in the same period and lost to fellow strugglers Gillingham this weekend. A huge game for Mauro Milanese's side. (League One, Saturday 22 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. AFC Wimbledon v York City it's all about the FA Cup on Tuesday in Kingston where this first round replay takes place. The original tie ended in a 1-1 draw and there's little to choose between them when it comes to current league form with both earning a fairly paltry five points from their last five games. The reward for winning is a trip to Wycombe Wanderers which is pretty much a derby for the Dons. Other point to note - all adult tickets have been reduced to £10. Bargain! (FA Cup first round replay, Tuesday 18 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

8. Bromley v Sutton United it's all about Boreham Wood in the Conference South at the moment and you could go and watch their match against Gosport Borough which should be good but I personally think this will be a bigger match. In this division, these two south London clubs are the geographically nearest rivals each other have got. Although the aforementioned Wood are top, Bromley are only five points behind in third and have a game in hand. Sutton are usually right up there too but are struggling by their standards and are down in 16th. It should still be a good occasion though so I strongly recommend it. (Conference South, Saturday 22 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Sun Sports v Stanway Rovers the last two games I've gone for this week are in the FA Vase which has reached the second round stage. Sun Sports have come out of nowhere, relatively speaking, over the last year or so. Prior to last season they were also-rans in the Spartan South Midlands League Division 1 before winning it by a seven-point margin. This year the Watford club have gone from strength-to-strength climbing to the top of the Premier Division. On paper this should make them one of the current favourites for Vase glory but Stanway will provide tough opposition. Hailing from Colchester, they're a top-five club from the parallel Eastern Counties League and have a more prestigious record in the competition having made it all the way to fifth round in 2008. (FA Vase second round, Saturday 22 November, 3pm. Club info)

10. Erith Town v Phoenix Sports the other tie in the London area which really catches my eye is this south-east London derby. If you can't get a ticket for Charlton v Millwall then head down the road to the Badgers Sports Ground in Eltham where Erith currently reside. Both clubs play in the Southern Counties East League and both have been among the title contenders over the last year or two and Phoenix still are. However, little has gone right for Erith this term with only three wins from 18 league games. One bright spot was their 0-0 draw at Phoenix so they know they've got a chance. (FA Vase second round, Saturday 22 November, 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.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

TLFG: 10-16 November 2014

When I put this together last week I cautioned that there might be a delay in getting this up as I might be away, well it never happened and I decided to stay here in Blighty.

I am a little disappointed but I took the decision that dragging a toddler and Mum around Europe watching football probably wasn't going to work and I chose to stay put.

One option I had strongly considered was a trip to Turkey to see a game - one of my long term football ambitions. I've been to the country several times but never seen one of the local sides in action.

Istanbul looked particularly tempting this weekend with Fenerbahce and Kasimpasa both at home and Istanbul BB hosting Besiktas in a derby - all three games were nicely spread over the weekend so I could have seen them all. But how to get tickets? Usually info was quite easy to come by but this year it strangely wasn't.

Then I discovered this thing called passolig - in essence, a new fan card which every supporter has to have in order to get into games. You simply by your ticket online or in a participating shop and it gets loaded on to your card and it's scanned on arrival. Apparently it's all fairly easy, even for tourists.

However, the locals don't like it one bit. They feel spied on and there are other political objections which make the whole thing even more murky. As a result, fan groups are boycotting games so I felt uncomfortable about getting involved and decided not to go.

I also considered going to Ankara and seeing a lower division match where such a scheme isn't in place but in the end lethargy got the better of me.

One day it will happen...

Aside from that, I'd like to give a special mention to Bromley and Dartford who put on a great show in the FA Cup first round on Saturday. I picked it as one of the ties of the round, unlike London's very own Evening Standard newspaper which studiously ignores non-league football as much as possible, and it didn't disappoint. Congratulations to the Darts who edged to a thrilling 4-3 win in front of over 4,000 fans - the seventh highest first-round crowd nationwide.

It's also international week in London which means no Premier League or Championship football. To make up for it, not only do we have England in Euro 2016 action but also two very interesting friendlies between Argentina and Croatia and USA and Colombia. There's also a great selection of non-league games too so there's plenty to choose from.

One last point - Google Maps migrated to a new system this week so the match map below might look a bit different and not work quite as well. I prefer the old set-up but sadly I have no choice and this new one should suffice.

Anyway, that's it from me. Enjoy your week and don't forget that you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' 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 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
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red 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. England v Slovenia - as already mentioned, it's international week and topping the bill we have the Three Lions' latest Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley. So far it's gone really rather well for Roy Hodgson's side as they've won all three of their previous Group E matches. Next up are Slovenia who are currently second in the group after wins over Switzerland and Lithuania. The sides have only met twice before with England winning both but only by a one-goal margin so it should be close. (Euro 2016 qualifier, Saturday 15 November, 5pm. Ticket info)

2. Argentina v Croatia - very little seems to have been made of the fact that two of the world's best teams are playing at West Ham's Boleyn Ground on Wednesday night - I found out about it almost by accident. The last I heard, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was in La Albiceleste's squad so with tickets starting at £25 it could be well worth a watch. Their head-to-head record from three games is one win each and a draw. (International friendly, Wednesday 12 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

3. USA v Colombia - London's mini World Cup also includes this intriguing match-up on Friday at Craven Cottage. Both sides had a better time in Brazil than many had predicted, playing some gutsy and attractive football. The star names are mainly in the South Americans' squad and if fit, we should get to see the likes of Radamel Falcao (unlikely) and James Rodriguez. Apparently tickets are selling well and at £20 I'm not surprised. (International friendly, Friday 14 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

4. AFC Wimbledon v Dagenham & Redbridge - all that international football means there's no action in the top two tiers of the domestic game so next up we have this London derby in League Two. These two have met six times over the last three seasons and it's the Dons who hold the upper hand, having only lost once. That was, however, the last time they played back in January. Wimbledon are having a better season than the Daggers thus far but both have only won one of their last five league games. I can't see the hosts losing. (League Two, Saturday 15 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Dartford v Welling United - after their thrilling FA Cup win over Bromley on Saturday, the Darts are thrown straight back into action on Tuesday night with this crucial league match against fellow strugglers and massive local rivals Welling. For some reason, the Conference decided to schedule both league matches between these two before Christmas and in midweek which is weird to say the least. The last one, at the end of September, produced an entertaining 2-2 draw and I hope we'll get an equally good game here. (Conference Premier, Tuesday 11 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

6. Boreham Wood v Maidenhead United - the Wood moved to the top of the Conference South on Saturday after stealing a dramatic late win over Wealdstone in their derby match. Just two days later they host Maidenhead who are pushing for a play-off spot themselves after a five-game unbeaten run. The most notable thing about the visitors so far this season has been their ability to field striker DJ Campbell who was the second highest English goalscorer, after Wayne Rooney, in the Premier League in the 2010-11 season when he played for Blackpool. Injury and involvement in a match-fixing scandal (he has since been fully exonerated) have derailed things for him of late but hopefully he'll bounce back soon. (Conference South, Monday 10 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

7. Metropolitan Police v Dulwich Hamlet - there seems to be an FA competition taking place every weekend at the moment and this Saturday we've got the FA Trophy. The draw has produced this interesting looking tie between the sides currently ranked sixth and fifth in the Isthmian League. The Met have become a decent side since their promotion in 2011 and have enjoyed good league and cup performances which is impressive given their fairly low average attendance of 195. Dulwich on the other hand are one of the fastest growing clubs in the capital with their crowds up nearly 40% on last season to nearly 1,000. They met in the league three weeks ago and ground out a 0-0 draw. (FA Trophy second qualifying round, Saturday 15 November, 3pm. Club info)

8. Thurrock v AFC Hornchurch - it's derby time in the Isthmian League Cup on Tuesday as these Essex rivals meet at Ship Lane. It's been a turbulent few seasons for these two with two relegations for Thurrock and one promotion and a relegation for the Urchins. Both look set for more upheaval this year with Mark Stimson's side among the frontrunners in the Isthmian League Division 1 North and Hornchurch bottom of the Premier Division. Despite being in different divisions, only three places separate them so there's little in it. (Isthmian League Cup second round, Tuesday 11 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

9. Barking v FC Romania - east London club Barking are one of the first sides I can remember seeing play when I started to watch Harrow Borough in the late '80s. Indeed, the town have had a team in place in one form or other since 1880 so are one of the oldest in the area. Following the death of their chairman in 2006, the club had to start again in the Essex Senior League where they sit third in the table today. On Wednesday they welcome relative non-league newcomers FC Romania who are making rapid strides up the pyramid since their formation from scratch in 2006. Made up primarily of Romanian migrants they play good technical football and are second in the league. (Essex Senior League, Wednesday 12 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

10. AFC Croydon Athletic v Banstead Athletic - another two sides to have experienced more despair than joy in recent years meet on Saturday. The Rams rose as high as the Isthmian League Premier Division in 2010/11 but the whole Mazhar Majeed affair led to their club falling apart and eventually going out of existence midway through the following season. The fans reformed the club and entered it in the Combined Counties League some three divisions below. They had to groundshare at local rivals Croydon during their first season but have now moved back to their old home in Thornton Heath for this campaign where it's going quite well. At present they are fourth, just two points behind leaders Banstead who they play here. (Combined Counties League Division 1, Saturday 15 November, 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.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

TLFG: 3-9 November 2014

Hello again and welcome back to TLFG.

I'm publishing this a bit earlier than normal this week as I'm going away for a few days so wanted to get it up before I left.

I'm also marking a big birthday on Wednesday and there's a good chance I'll be heading out of the country again next weekend so the next blog piece might be delayed. Please bear with me if this does happen.

Anyway, that's it from me, it's late and I need to get some sleep before travelling. Enjoy your week and don't forget that you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' 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 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
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures


View London match map 3-9 November 2014 in a larger map

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. Arsenal v Anderlecht - it's Champions League time again and the Gunners welcome the top team from Belgium. On paper you'd expect this to be pretty straightforward for the hosts but they made heavy weather of the away match the week before last and will need to be a bit sharper here. Anderlecht also start the game knowing that defeat will put them out so should be well motivated to give it a good go. (Champions League, Tuesday 4 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

2. Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City - it's been a promising week for QPR with a win over Aston Villa and a good performance, albeit a losing one, against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Next up it's reigning league champions City. When playing the big clubs, Rangers tend to produce some of their best showings and the last two matches between these sides at Loftus Road have been close. Given QPR's improvement and City's slightly more vulnerable look than normal, I think we could have another competitive game. (Premier League, Saturday 8 November, 530pm. Ticket info)

3. Millwall v Brentford - it's London derby time in the Championship as south-east meets west. Both sides are sat nicely in midtable in positions they'll probably be close to finishing in. Given they are two of the smallest clubs in the division, I would think they'd be more than happy with that. The head-to-head record between these two is very close with the Bees having won only one game more over the course of history. That lead was a lot bigger but since 1998 they haven't managed a single win against the Bermondsey club. (Championship, Saturday 8 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

4. Dagenham & Redbridge v Southport - this Saturday is FA Cup First Round day when the non-league teams to make it through the qualifying rounds get to play against professional clubs from League One and Two. One such side are Southport who are currently in the bottom half of the Conference Premier. Their lower ranking shouldn't deter them in this game as the Daggers aren't having a great time, being just three points and two places above the League Two relegation zone. The Sandgrounders are also in a decent bit of form at the moment so could pose a real threat. (FA Cup First Round, Saturday 8 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers - this tie shows promise too. A couple of seasons ago, this would've been a league match but since then the Bees have been relegated from League Two into the Conference. Last season both sides underperformed with Wycombe almost getting relegated too. This year couldn't be more different as both sides lead the way in their respective divisions. Wycombe also play just outside London so this will have a derby flavour to it too. (FA Cup First Round, Saturday 8 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Bromley v Dartford - most non-league clubs want to draw a Football League side if they get this far but when they don't then a tie against a neighbour is the next best thing and that's what Conference South club Bromley have managed. The Darts play a few miles to the north-east in the division above, only by virtue of a reprieve, and are struggling. The Ravens, however, are well on course for promotion so only seven places separate these two in the pyramid. I fear for Dartford. (FA Cup First Round, Saturday 8 November, 3pm. Club info)

7. Boreham Wood v Wealdstone elsewhere on Saturday we've got a north-west London derby in the Conference South. If I'm honest, I would've expected these sides to be having the reverse of the seasons they've had so far with Boreham Wood down near the bottom and the Stones pushing for promotion. However, it hasn't worked out like that and the Wood are flying high in second and really surprising people. It's a shame that their good play isn't impressing the locals with gates averaging only 290 this season. This should get a significant boost for this game though as the Stones usually travel in decent numbers. Hopefully there won't be any punch-ups as these clubs have quite poor reputations when it comes to anti-social behaviour but it's all relative so don't be put off. (Conference South, Saturday 8 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Wingate & Finchley v Margate - it's been a bad week for big spending table toppers Margate who have lost back-to-back games to Enfield Town and Slough Town in the league and FA Trophy - both teams they would've been expected to beat. Next up is a trip to north London for a match against W&F who have been part of the chasing pack since the beginning. After their brilliant start, October was a disaster for them with five defeats from six in all competitions. They are still well placed though, so if they win here they'll find themselves right back in the race for a play-off place. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Tuesday 4 November, 745pm. Ticket info)

9. Hendon v Grays Athletic - the Greens are currently spearheading London's charge for the Isthmian League title with 10 wins from 18 propelling them to third in the table. Realistically, it looks like it's a two-horse race between Maidstone United and Margate but if they start to slip there's still plenty of time for Hendon to close the seven-point gap and move ahead. Essex club Grays aren't having a bad campaign either and, with games in hand, are well placed to go after a top-five spot too. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 8 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

10. Hanwell Town v Bedford Town - I'm still pinching myself that Hanwell have made such a smooth transition to Southern League football after winning promotion last season. I would never have expected them to be top after 15 games so hats off to all involved. How long they stay there is unclear but it's unlikely to be too long given that Kettering are only a point behind with two games in hand. Get down to Reynolds Field and cheer on the league leaders before it's too late. (Southern League Division 1 Central, Saturday 8 November, 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.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

TLFG: 27 October - 2 November 2014

Hello there one and all and welcome to TLFG.

I've been out of town again this weekend hence the late night publication of this and no weekend football stories of my own to report.

We've got a big week to look forward to with matches in all three FA competitions - the Cup, Trophy and Vase. We've got some big derbies and some county cup matches too. There's even a friendly between Hampton & Richmond Borough and Ipswich Town.

It's a huge seven days for the two clubs closest to my heart. QPR begin the week with a home match against Aston Villa who are in worse form than they are so absolutely must be beaten - anything less should really usher in the end of Harry Redknapp's reign. Then on Saturday they have to go to arch rivals Chelsea who couldn't be in much better condition right now. Tough, tough, tough.

Harrow Borough have also been pretty hopeless in the Isthmian League this season but have made it to the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. On Tuesday night they host a replay against Conference South leaders Basingstoke with the winners facing the likes of former Premier League clubs like Coventry City or Sheffield United. Huge!

Normally I'd go to both but I'm on early shifts again this week (up at 345am) so there's a good chance I might wimp out and miss both.

Anyway, that's it from me. Don't forget, you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' 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 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
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Magenta pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures


View London match map 27 October - 2 November 2014 in a larger map


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 Queens Park Rangers - after a one-season hiatus, this west London derby makes its return. Chelsea are QPR's most hated rivals but the feeling isn't really mutual for most Blues fans as the R's are no real threat to their dominance of this part of town. This is best demonstrated by the current league table which sees Chelsea well clear at the top and QPR bottom. However, the underdogs have taken an impressive seven points from their last four Premier League meetings against the Stamford Bridge outfit so unusual things do happen in this fixture. (Premier League, Saturday 1 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

2. Watford v Millwall - a draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday saw the Hornets continue to hold a share of top spot but Wolves have now caught up. This weekend, south-east Londoners Millwall pay a visit for this match which the Hertfordshire club will use to mark the centenary of World War I. Consequently all tickets have been reduced to £19 and £14 respectively. There will be other charitable activities to raise money for veterans too. (Championship, Saturday 1 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Leyton Orient v Preston North End - after losing out in the League One play-off final last season, the O's have struggled to recover. Manager Russell Slade went to Cardiff and they've taken only 15 points from 15 games. Today the club appointed former QPR player Mauro Milanese as their new manager. His first game in charge will be a tough one against title challengers PNE who have won their last six league games. Be there for the start of a new era. (League One, Tuesday 28 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

4. Dagenham & Redbridge v Shrewsbury Town - elsewhere in east London, the Daggers welcome the Shrews. Despite their nicknames, it is the visitors who have been far more dangerous to their opponents this season as they've moved up to fourth. Dagenham, on the other hand, are fourth from bottom and look set to spend another season fighting the drop. (League Two, Saturday 1 December, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Barnet v Chelmsford City - Saturday was FA Cup fourth qualifying round day - a massive time for non-league clubs. Those teams to make it that far into the competition know they are just 90 minutes away from playing a League One or Two side in the First Round proper which follows. Such a fixture is always prestigious but also brings with it thousands of pounds worth of prize money and gate receipts. Conference South club Chelmsford did superbly well to hold Conference Premier leaders Barnet to a 0-0 draw and earn this replay but with home advantage now lost they'll do really well to progress here. (FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replay, Tuesday 28 October, 8pm. Ticket info)

6. Harrow Borough v Basingstoke Town - given how bad Boro have been in the league this season, I'm still pinching myself that they were one of only seven TLFG clubs to make it to the fourth qualifying round. That they then went to Conference South leaders Basingstoke and forced a 1-1 draw is even more remarkable. As I've said previously, it's usually a case of all or nothing for Harrow in this competition, either going out at the first attempt or going all the way to first round proper. They last made it in 2010 when they hosted Chesterfield. Will they do it again? The odds a still firmly against them but they do have home advantage and anything really is possible at this stage. By the way, the first round draw is on Monday night at 7pm on BBC2. (FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replay, Tuesday 28 October, 745pm. Club info)

7. Enfield Town v Margate - the same night up in north London, improving Enfield face a very tough evening against Isthmian League leaders Margate. A change in ownership has seen the Kent club start to spend big money as they look to get into the Conference South. It seems to be paying off as they've won 14 or their 17 league games. After a slow start, Enfield have now gone on a six-game unbeaten run which has raised spirits around the club. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Tuesday 85 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

8. Whyteleafe v Dunstable Town - this week is unusual in that it sees matches taking place in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase. This tie is in the Trophy. For those who don't know, this is a knockout cup competition for sides who play in the top four levels of the non-league game with the final in the spring at Wembley Stadium. We are still at a very early stage at the moment and I've picked this as it could provide an upset. The Leafe enjoyed promotion from the Southern Counties East League and are doing really well on their return to the Isthmian League and could go up again. Dunstable are a bit like a Bedfordshire version of Surrey club Whyteleafe but one season ahead having completed back-to-back promotions to climb from Step 5 to Step 3. This match will provide a really good yardstick for John Fowler's side. (FA Trophy First Qualifying Round, Saturday 1 November, 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Sun Sports v Harefield United - in the FA Vase we've got a tie between two teams from the Spartan South Midlands League's top five who are also TLFG clubs. Like the Trophy, the final of this competition for clubs primarily in levels five and six of the non-league game is also at Wembley. We're a long way from that stage yet but with Sun Sports currently top of one of the Step 5 leagues, they must be among the favourites. (FA Vase First Round, Saturday 1 November, 3pm. Club info)

10. Wembley v Bowers & Pitsea - another SSML side to be doing better than in recent years are Wembley who are third, three points behind Sun Sports but with a game in hand. They welcome B&P from the Essex Senior League who aren't doing too badly themselves this season. Wembley, despite their name, don't play at the world famous stadium up the road. I think I'm right in saying that they last played there in 1988 losing 3-0 to Hendon in the Middlesex Charity Cup final. Will this be the season they make their return? (FA Vase First Round, Saturday 1 November, 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.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

TLFG: 20-26 October 2014

Well what an afternoon that was!

Nearly eight hours after the game finished, I think I'm starting to get over the trauma of watching QPR play their socks off and lose in dramatic fashion to Liverpool at Loftus Road.

As I predicted last week, the game would be a good one and it didn't disappoint - well for the neutral anyway.

If you haven't seen what happened, read the report here but in a nutshell it went from 1-0 to Liverpool in the 87th minute to 3-2 to the Anfield side at full-time!

QPR prepare for a free-kick during a thrilling match against Liverpool
Rangers had dominated for long periods so to come from behind twice and draw would've have still seemed like two points dropped but then to lose it right at the death was really galling. Some people were in tears and others were left kicking their seats. The Reds' players were all very magnanimous after the game with some saying they were lucky not to lose let alone win.

It's back to the drawing board for Harry Redknapp and his team but they've got a decent chance of getting only their second win of the campaign when Aston Villa visit on Monday week. They were top but are now in worse form than Rangers so there is some hope.

A GOOD WEEKEND FOR A GROUNDHOP

I hope your football-watching week has been more satisfying. If you're prone to a bit of groundhopping then this Saturday there are a few decent 'doubles' available.

On the east side of town you could experience football at completely opposite ends of the scale with a trip to West Ham United v Manchester City in the Premier League at 1245pm and then do your bit for the non-league game by visiting the Old Spotted Dog, the oldest ground in London, for the Essex Senior League game between London Bari and Takeley at 3pm.

How about a fiery lunchtime clash in the Championship between Millwall and Cardiff City at 1215pm followed up with an Isthmian League top-four clash as Dulwich Hamlet host Hendon at 3pm?

If that's not to your liking, how about a trip down south? Here you can see Carshalton Athletic v Guernsey in the Isthmian League at 1245pm before heading over to Gander Green Lane for Sutton United v Bishop's Stortford in the Conference South at 3pm.

All of those have quite a bit to offer so I hope you get to try out one - let me know if you do.

Anyway, that's it from me. Don't forget, you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' 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 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
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Magenta pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red 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. West Ham United v Manchester City - there are Champions League and Europa League games in town this week but this still ranks higher than any of them in my book. With boos ringing out and sections of the crowd wanting manager Sam Allardyce out, who would've thought that a few weeks later the Hammers would be in the Premier League's top four? To be fair, the division is very tight at the moment but they have enjoyed some decent wins so good luck to them. City, as you would expect, are also among the frontrunners but really must win here to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea. (Premier League, Saturday 25 October, 1245pm. Ticket info)

2. Watford v Nottingham Forest - despite being onto their FOURTH boss of the season already, the Hornets have still managed to fight their way to the top of a very competitive second tier. Slavisa Jokanovic's side chalked up a solid 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday to stay one point ahead of Derby. Forest have also topped the table this term but a five game winless run has seen them slip to fifth. A look at previous results between the two suggests no real pattern at all with both sides winning their fair share of games at Vicarage Road. (Championship, Tuesday 21 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

3. Fulham v Charlton Athletic - the Championship really has quite a bit to offer this week with this London derby on Friday night getting the weekend's football watching off to a decent start. The Cottagers pulled off one of the performances of the weekend as they beat leaders Norwich 1-0. Kit Symons has won three out of five since being put in temporary charge to put them within a point of getting out of the bottom three. The Addicks have made a much better start and were unbeaten until Saturday when they finally lost 1-0 to Bournemouth. Strangely, just like Norwich, Charlton haven't won at Craven Cottage since 1986 so they could well be happy with another draw. (Championship, Friday 24 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

4. Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday - both these sides lie just outside the play-off places but the reason I've gone for this is that it marks the 125th anniversary of Brentford and this match is being dedicated to celebrate this historic occasion. The Bees are in better form than the Owls and will hope to win it in front of what should be a bumper crowd. (Championship, Tuesday 21 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

5. AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle - it doesn't sound too impressive when you say the Dons are currently 13th in League Two but this is probably well ahead of expectation and they are only three points adrift of the play-off places in a very tight division. They've also enjoyed some notable victories over some top sides this season so shouldn't be overawed by the visit of fifth-placed Plymouth. Argyle are, however, on a fairly hot streak so they should be wary. (League Two, Tuesday 21 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

6. Barnet v Braintree Town - with Chelsea and Watford topping the Premier League and Championship and Barnet at the summit of the Conference, things are going pretty well for some of our local clubs at the moment. The Bees extended their lead at the top to five points on Saturday after a crucial win at title rivals Gateshead. On Tuesday they host Essex club Braintree who are on the verge of going into freefall after a bad run of results has seen them slide down the table. In theory this should be a routine win for the hosts. (Conference Premier, Tuesday 21 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

7. Dartford v Burgess Hill Town - this weekend sees the staging of the massively important FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round, the final hurdle non-league clubs have to leap before being thrown into the hat with the League One and Two clubs. I would've hoped to dedicate a large section of the Top 10 to this but there's only one tie in the London area and it's a proper David versus Goliath contest. The Darts are the big Conference side with the plush ground whereas Burgess Hill play in the Isthmian League Division 1 South some three divisions below. It looks pretty clear cut until you consider Dartford are struggling and Burgess Hill are one of the most in-form teams in the country - unbeaten in 15 league games (winning 12) and they eliminated Conference South club Sutton United 3-1 on their own pitch in the last round! Now which one was David again? (FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round, Saturday 25 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Sutton United v Bishop's Stortford - talking of Sutton they've got a home game on Saturday that, if won, could get them back into touching distance of the top five. The Burgess Hill result will have been a huge blow for the U's but it may have acted as a wake-up call too as they bounced back with a decent 1-0 win at Farnborough on Saturday. Stortford have been very unpredictable this season and sit in lower midtable as a consequence. Predicting a winner here is tough but my heart says Sutton. (Conference South, Saturday 25 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Dulwich Hamlet v Hendon - last week I recommended you go and watch the Greens take on Margate in a top-three clash. It produced a five-goal thriller which Hendon edged thanks to Leon Smith's hat-trick. This week Gary McCann's side feature in the Isthmian League's top match again as they travel to fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet for another big game. As regular readers know, I have a lot of time and respect for both clubs so I'd heartily encourage you to give this game a go. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 25 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

10. Beckenham Town v Ashford United - elsewhere in south-east London we've got this Southern Counties East League top-five clash. Beckenham are a team I've never been to see but I'm very tempted as they seem to have a good ground and their website is one of the best around - often a good sign of a well run/forward thinking club. They've begun this season pretty well and although Erith & Belvedere are already well clear at the top, second placed Ashford could quite easily be caught. Up the Becks! (Southern Counties East League, Saturday 25 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

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