diamond geezer

 Saturday, August 14, 2010

The World Cup finished less than a month ago, and yet the new football season is already well underway. Today the big boys' football kicks off again, with the trumpeted launch of the 2010 Premiership. However did you cope with the withdrawal symptoms?

So it's an ideal time to ask "Where's my nearest London football club?"
This special 2010/11 season map should have the answer.
Every London borough containing a League football club is shaded, using a different colour for each division.
Teams in the Blue Square Premier League (or South) are marked with blue squares.




London has its precise fair share of League football clubs. Thirteen League teams in total - one in every seven, to match having one in every seven of the country's population. But London has more than its fair share of major clubs. A quarter of the entire Premiership is based here, with every single one of these teams located north of the river. Meanwhile residents of south London get to share just three clubs between them, and two of those cling reluctantly close to the Thames. Hammersmith and Fulham's the most football-centric borough with as many as three top flight teams of its very own, whereas no other borough manages more than one. And the eastern half of town definitely likes its football more than the western half, whatever that proves. Perhaps it proves that the Olympic Stadium would be ideally suited as a football ground, one day, for whichever of the surrounding clubs can best be tempted in.

PremiershipChampionshipLeague OneLeague Two
Arsenal
Chelsea
Fulham
Tottenham
West Ham
Crystal Palace
Millwall
QPR
Brentford
Charlton
Dagenham & Redbridge
Leyton Orient
Barnet

• The lower league Blue Square clubs are all in the suburbs, obviously.
• There are plenty of other fine London clubs, of course, playing in even lower divisions.
• There are also several clubs just outside the capital, which you might live even closer to.
• And if you don't care about football, move to Orpington. Or Cornwall.


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