The geography of London football
From the mammoths in the middle to the minnows on the margins
The sixth edition of Hidden London’s football map shows the ground locations for all the London clubs in the top six tiers of the English game for the 2017–18 season. The weight of the type and the density of the yellow circles indicate hierarchical status, from the Premier League clubs to those in what is now called the National League South (formerly Conference South). The map also shows the location of Wembley Stadium – the home of cup finals and England games.
The map reflects the following changes from the 2016–17 season:
- Tottenham Hotspur are playing all their home games at Wembley Stadium while their new permanent home is under construction adjacent to the old ground at White Hart Lane.
- Millwall won promotion to the Championship with victory over Bradford in the League One play-off final.
- Leyton Orient were relegated from the Football League for the first time in 112 years.
Spurs are expecting to move into their new stadium – ‘a world class sports and entertainment destination’ – at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
In other ground-shifting news, work has begun on the construction of the Brentford Community Stadium, one kilometre east of the club’s present home at Griffin Park. No firm completion date has yet been announced.
Chelsea seem likely to be moving out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2018–19 season, possibly for as long as four years, while the stadium is entirely rebuilt. They will probably play their home games at Wembley during their absence from home. Twickenham rugby stadium seems the most likely alternative possibility.
AFC Wimbledon hope to move into their new home at their historic address – Plough Lane – in time for the start of the 2019–20 season.
Also, QPR hope to move out of Loftus Road – but at the moment they don’t know where, don’t know when.
These are the 19 London clubs mapped above, listed alphabetically within each division:
|Premier League||Arsenal||Emirates Stadium|
|Premier League||Chelsea||Stamford Bridge|
|Premier League||Crystal Palace||Selhurst Park|
|Premier League||Tottenham Hotspur||Wembley Stadium (temporarily)|
|Premier League||West Ham United||London Stadium|
|Championship||Queens Park Rangers||Loftus Road|
|League One||Charlton Athletic||The Valley|
|League One||AFC Wimbledon||Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingsmeadow|
|League Two||Barnet||The Hive|
|National League||Bromley||Hayes Lane|
|National League||Dagenham & Redbridge||Victoria Road|
|National League||Leyton Orient||Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road|
|National League||Sutton United||Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane|
|National League South||Hampton & Richmond Borough||Beveree Stadium|
|National League South||Wealdstone||Grosvenor Vale|
|National League South||Welling United||Park View Road|