Monday, 20 February 2017

Five for the Weekend

A handful of matches that may be of interest over the weekend…

I keep meaning to make a visit to Bootham Crescent before York City’s much-delayed new stadium does eventually come to fruition and this Saturday would have been a good opportunity if I wasn’t otherwise engaged.

The Minstermen entertain National League North side Brackley Town in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy and admission prices for the 3pm kick-off have been reduced to £8 Adults and £4 Concessions.

Also in the FA Trophy, Tranmere Rovers have reduced admission prices for the visit of fellow National League side Barrow. Getting into Prenton Park on Saturday will cost £10 Adults, £5 for and £1 for Under-18’s.

The second ‘Football for a Fiver’ match of the season at the Valley sees Charlton Athletic entertain Bury in League One.

AFC Telford United host international action on Saturday as England Women Under-17’s take on their USA counterparts in a warm-up for the Elite Qualifying Round tournament next month that will determine participants in the European Championships.

Admission to the New Bucks Head is £3 Adults, £1.50 Seniors and £1 Children.

And, probably the pick of the week, in the Sydenhams Wessex League Division One, Alton FC are marking half-term by making everything half-price for the visit of Andover New Street to The Enclosure.

That means admission is £3 for Adults (free for Under-18's), tea and coffee is 50p and a jumbo hot dog is just £1.

Don't forget also, 'Pay What You Want' at Fairford Town on Saturday and free football at a trio of Championship grounds on Monday evening.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Belated Mentions And The Week Ahead

Affordable Football isn't a full-time job (I wish) but I still get annoyed with myself when I have missed out on promoting an offer.

So, belated mentions to Mossley FC who reduced admission prices for their Northern Premier League game against Goole Town on Saturday to £4 for Adults and also to Biggleswade United where it was 'Pay What You Want' admission for the visit of Cockfosters FC in the Spartan South Midlands League.

Matches to watch out for in the early part of this week include West Ham United Under-23's in action for the first time at the London Stadium where Fulham are the visitors on Monday at 7pm with admission free for season ticket holders, £5 & £3 otherwise.

And there is free entry to Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday at 7pm when Manchester United Under-23's take on FC Porto in the Premier League International Cup.

Keep up to date on our Twitter page and also by clicking the 'Coming Up' tab at the top of the blog.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Coming Up

February 18: Chelsea Under-23’s take on Manchester City in Premier League 2. The game takes place at Aldershot Town at 1pm and admission is £3 Adults, £1 Concessions and free for both Chelsea and Shots season ticket holders.

February 19: There is free admission as Manchester United Under-23’s take on Reading in Premier League 2. Kick-off at Leigh Sports Village is at 12pm. There is also free admission to the same venue on February 22nd when United host FC Porto in the Premier League International Cup. Kick-off is at 7pm.

February 20: Free admission to Goodison Park for Everton Under-23's against Southampton in Premier League 2. Kick-off 7pm.

February 21: Eastleigh have re-arranged their National League game against Macclesfield Town for this date and have once again made it free admission for all spectators. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.

February 23: Some very attractive prices for the Europa League game between Spurs and Gent at Wembley, kick-off 8:05pm. General sale prices start from £10 for Adults and all Concessions tickets are £5. 

The Upper Tier of the stadium has now been opened for sale after a very good response to the initial sale of Level 1 and 2 tickets.

February 25: Charlton Athletic have their second 'Football for a Fiver' game of the season for the visit of Bury in League One.

February 25: 'Pay What You Want' for the Hellenic League game between Fairford Town FC and Tytherington Rocks, kick-off 3pm.

February 25: Reduced FA Trophy prices at both Tranmere Rovers (£10 Adults, £5 Seniors, Young Persons, £1 Under-18's) for the game against Barrow and at York City (£8 Adults, £4 Concessions) for the visit of Brackley Town.

February 27: Free admission to St James' Park for the FA Youth Cup tie between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur and also to Deepdale as Preston North End host Stoke City in another of the quarter-finals.

It's a good evening for free football as Norwich City host Dinamo Zagreb in the Premier League International Cup. Kick-off at Carrow Road is at 7pm. 

March 17: Group 4 of the Elite Round qualifiers for the UEFA Under-17 European Championship takes place in Scotland on March 17th, 19th and 22nd.

There are six matches in total, taking place at the homes of St Mirren, Dumbarton and Greenock Morton and admission to all of them will be free.

March 30: Manchester City Women host Fortuna Hjorring in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The quarter-final, second-leg tie will take place at the MCFC Academy Stadium with a 7pm kick-off.

Tickets are priced at £6 Adults, £5 Concessions and £4 Under-16’s with a family ticket available, priced £18.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Alresford Town FC, Fairford Town FC

Based in the attractive Hampshire town of Alresford, the Magpies are enjoying a solid season in the Wessex League Premier Division, currently sitting in seventh place in the table after just one defeat in fourteen matches.
And they are inviting supporters to watch this Saturday’s match at home to Hamworthy United for free. Kick-off at Arlebury Park is at 3pm.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, manager Richard Luffman said: “Having a free gate on Saturday is to say thank you to those who come along to support us regularly and to invite new fans along to watch the resurgent Magpies.

“We came to the club with a three to five-year plan to compete with the likes of Sholing and Moneyfields at the top end of the table and this year is our building block.

In existence since 1891, Fairford Town ply their trade in the Hellenic League and are currently pushing for promotion to the Premier Division.
On Saturday 25th February they entertain the superbly-named Tytherington Rocks at Cinder Lane (the club website has an excellent matchday guide) and admission will be on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis.
Anyone paying the usual Adult price of £5, or more, will be entered into a prize draw and the club's charity of the year, League of Friends, will be collecting around the ground.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Five for the Weekend

A handful of matches that may be of interest over the coming weekend.

On Friday evening there is the chance to watch how the Under-16 teams of England and Spain are shaping up when they meet in a friendly at Harrison Park, the home of Leek Town.

Under-16 internationals are usually played behind closed doors but this match will act as a warm up for next year's UEFA European Under-17 Championship in England and admission to the 7pm kick-off is priced at £3 Adults and £1.50 Concessions.

Chelsea and Manchester City Under-23's meet in Premier League 2  at the home of Aldershot FC on Saturday, kick-off 1pm and admission is priced at £3 and £1. (This is a change from the original time of 7:05pm on Friday evening).

Dagenham & Redbridge FC host their annual ‘Daggers Against Racism’ Day when Guiseley are the visitors to East London for a National League clash on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets purchased ahead of the day of the game are priced from just 50p for Concessions (Over 65, 10-16-year-olds) and £2.50 for Adults on the terraces with free admission for Under-10’s when accompanied by a paying Adult.

The Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup takes place on Sunday and Coventry United will be hoping to cause another upset against a team from WSL2 after defeating Oxford United last time out.

Aston Villa Ladies are the opponents this weekend in a 2pm kick-off at Butlin Road, home of Rugby Town FC, with admission priced at £4 Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 Children.

There is also free football on Sunday afternoon at 12pm when Manchester United Under-23’s return to Leigh Sports Village for a Premier League 2 fixture against Reading.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Free Football at Goodison, Carrow Road, Deepdale and SJP

Four good opportunities before the end of February to watch a match under lights at one of these famous old grounds, all kicking off at 7pm so family-friendly as well.

That especially applies to the first game. Everton Under-23's versus Southampton at Goodison Park, as it takes place during half-term on Monday 20th.

The Blues currently top the Premier League 2 table, there will be pre-match activity from 5.30pm in the Fan Zone and funds will also be raised for the city's homeless through the 'Home Is Where the Heart Is' campaign.

Dinamo Zagreb visit East Anglia on Monday 27th for a Premier League International Cup quarter-final against Norwich City Under-23's.

And on the same evening there are two last eight ties in the FA Youth Cup as Preston North End host Stoke City and Newcastle United take on Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park.

Stoke supporters are also being offered free travel up to their game.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Twitter Update

There's plenty going on at the moment in terms of special admission offers, reduced prices and interesting fixtures.

The @AffordableFooty page is updated every day so keep an eye on Twitter for matches that may catch your eye.