The geography of London football
From the mammoths in the middle to the minnows on the margins
The seventh 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 2018–19 season. The weight of the type and the density of the yellow circles indicate hierarchical status, from the Premier League clubs to those in the National League South (formerly Conference South). The map also shows the location of Wembley Stadium – the home of cup finals and England games, for the time being at least.
The map reflects the following changes from the 2017–18 season:
- Tottenham Hotspur are moving into a state-of-the-art stadium adjacent to their old ground at White Hart Lane. However, the precise date of this move is yet to be confirmed and the club will continue to play its home games at Wembley until at least mid-March 2019.
- Fulham won promotion to the Premier League with a 1–0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.
- Barnet were relegated from the Football League on goal difference on the final day of the season, leaving League Two without a London representative.
- Dulwich Hamlet won the Isthmian (Bostik) League premier division play-off final to secure promotion to the National League South.
Chelsea might have been playing at Wembley stadium (or maybe Twickenham) this season – and the following two or three – if planning permission had been granted sooner for the redevelopment of their ground at an estimated cost of £1bn. Instead, the project has been put on hold following Roman Abramovich’s departure from London.
Work continues on the construction of a new stadium for Brentford FC, one kilometre east of the club’s present home at Griffin Park. The Brentford Community Stadium is due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Millwall FC have a lease on their ground that will last until 24 June 2143, yet there are doubts regarding the club’s future here, owing to the redevelopment of the surrounding area.
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.
In 2014 property developers bought Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill ground, proclaiming a new era for the football club in a stylish stadium that would be at the heart of a neighbouring residential development. But in March 2018 the developers ejected the Hamlet from their home – and briefly even tried to stop them using their own name. Thereafter the club played home games at Tooting & Mitcham United’s Imperial Fields ground but on 22 October an agreement was reached and the Hamlet returned to Champion Hill on Boxing Day, when a record crowd of 3002 saw them beat Eastbourne Borough 2–1. The map above shows the location of both Champion Hill and Imperial Fields.
These are the 20 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||Fulham||Craven Cottage|
|Premier League||Tottenham Hotspur||White Hart Lane (new stadium)|
|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|
|National League||Barnet||The Hive|
|National League||Bromley||Hayes Lane|
|National League||Dagenham & Redbridge||Chigwell Construction Stadium, Victoria Road|
|National League||Leyton Orient||Breyer Group Stadium, Brisbane Road|
|National League||Sutton United||Knights Community Stadium, Gander Green Lane|
|National League South||Dulwich Hamlet||Champion Hill|
|National League South||Hampton & Richmond Borough||Beveree Stadium|
|National League South||Wealdstone||Grosvenor Vale|
|National League South||Welling United||Park View Road|
Playing in the Premier League in 2018–19, for the fourth consecutive season, Watford football club is based at the Vicarage Road stadium, which is located two-and-a-half miles (4km) beyond the north-west edge of Greater London.