If you’re a football fan who has never been to watch any of our local non-League sides, this weekend is the perfect time to do it.
With no Premier League or Championship matches scheduled because of the international break, and England playing on Sunday, fans who would normally go to the likes of Chelsea, Fulham, QPR and Brentford are being urged to support other local teams.
Non-League Day was conceived in 2010 by QPR fan James Doe and has proved a huge success, receiving widespread national press coverage and increasing crowds at grounds across the country.
This year, a number of our sides are in FA Cup action – meaning you can start the road to Wembley at the likes of Hounslow, Hendon or Uxbridge.
Wealdstone have marked Non-League Day by offering reduced entry prices for their match against Poole Town, in National League South, just two divisions below the Football League.
Here’s where you can find all the action in west London on Saturday.
FA Cup first qualifying round
CB Hounslow United v Met Police
In the FA Cup for the first time this year, CB Hounslow United – of the Combined Counties Premier Division – take on Met Police, two leagues above them. Their opponents have just signed Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup-winning goalkeeper Nathan Baxter.
Ground: The Orchard, Hatton Road, Feltham, TW14 9QT
Admission: £2 for adults, free for children
Hanwell Town v Enfield Town
Draw specialists so far this season, Southern League Division One Central side Hanwell Town are hoping to at least match their run to the third qualifying round last term. Enfield play a level above them.
Ground: Perivale Lane, Greenford, UB6 8TL
Admission: £8 for adults, £4 for concessions
Harrow Borough v Sawbridgeworth Town
Among the highest-ranked clubs to enter at this stage, Harrow have reached the first-round proper twice since 2000, losing to Wycombe and Chesterfield. They are four wins away from that stage, but will be confident against Essex Senior League Sawbridgeworth.
Ground: Earlsmead, Carlyon Avenue, South Harrow, HA2 8SS
Admission: £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and students, £2 for under-16s
Hendon v Cheshunt
Newcastle needed a replay to knock Hendon out in the third round in 1974. How the Greens would love a similar run – it all starts here against unbeaten Ryman Division One North side Cheshunt.
Ground: Silver Jubilee Park, Townsend Lane, West Hendon, NW9 7NE
Admission: £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and students, £1 for under-18s
Uxbridge v Needham Market
Southern League Division One Central side Uxbridge will have to step up a level when they face Ryman Premier Division outfit Needham Market. They warmed up for the game with a 3-0 win over Hanwell on Bank Holiday Monday.
Ground: Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton, UB7 8HX
Admission: £8 for adults, £5 for concessions, free for under-16s
The other local sides…
Three of our teams have been drawn away in the FA Cup. Hayes & Yeading United are at Watford-based Sun Sports, North Greenford United make the long trip to the coast to play Folkestone Invicta, while Harefield United – the oldest club in Middlesex – go to Bedfordshire to face Kempston Rovers.
Northwood are already out and so don’t have a game this weekend.
National League South
Wealdstone v Poole Town
The largest crowd locally is likely to be at The Vale, where Poole Town are the visitors. The Stones, who have been managed by Gordon Bartlett for the last 21 years, are the division’s fourth-best supported side this season but are trying to up their crowds further with a cut-price offer on Saturday.
Ground: The Vale Stadium, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ
Admission: £5 for adults, £3 for under-18s, free for under-16s
Our other local side…
What of Hampton & Richmond Borough? The newly-promoted side are on the road at St. Albans City.
Combined Counties League Premier Division
Bedfont Sports v Walton & Hersham
Unbeaten Bedfont Sports, with 13 points from their first five league games, face a familiar non-League name – Walton & Hersham were in the Ryman Premier Division a decade ago.
Ground: Bedfont Recreation Ground, Hatton Road, Feltham, TW14 9QT
Hanworth Villa v Hartley Wintney
The only side ahead of Bedfont Sports in the table are leaders Hartley Wintney, and they are Hanworth Villa’s opponents.
Ground: Rectory Meadows, Park Road, Hanworth, Feltham, TW13 6PN
Admission: £7 for adults, £3 for over 65s and concessions, free for under-16s with paying adult
Our other local sides…
It’s an away trip to Woking for AFC Hayes, who face in-form Westfield. Bedfont & Feltham don’t have a game.
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
London Tigers v Broxbourne Borough
The Greenford-based Tigers, the football arm of the sports charity helping disadvantaged communities, take on Broxbourne, who have conceded 24 goals in six league games.
Ground: Avenue Park, Western Avenue, Greenford, UB6 8GA
Our other local side…
While others plot their path to the famous arch, Wembley are, aptly, on the road themselves – they travel to Tring Athletic.
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Broadfields United v Biggleswade Town
Harefield United may be away, but there is still a game at their Preston Park ground. Broadfields United, who share it, entertain Biggleswade, who have won three out of three.
Ground: Preston Park, Breakspear Road North, Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6NE
Hillingdon Borough v Langford
Yannick Bolasie’s former side, beaten in a nine-goal thriller by Risborough Rangers last time out, host Bedfordshire-based Langford.
Ground: Middlesex Stadium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, HA4 7SB
Hellenic League Division One East
Rayners Lane v Wokingham & Emmbrook
Hop on a tube, take a little bit of a walk and cheer Rayners Lane on to their first league win of the season.
Ground: Tithe Farm, Rayners Lane, Harrow, HA2 0XH