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Re: [colpic] Weekend trip to Spain:
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Jan 25, 2018, 11:04 AM
As Colpic reported we split into two "teams". We stayed in Madrid on Friday and after securing tickets for Alcorcon and Getafe we did some sightseeing before returning to
Re: [colpic] Weekend trip to Spain
Getafe CF 2 Athletic Bilbao 2. Primera Liga. Crowd 11457 although we all thought it was more , also being surprised that the stadium capacity is only 17,393. Admission 40 euros. Free small programme plus a monthly magazine.
This was a revisit for me and the ground has clearly been developed since my previous visit in 2000. Built up quite high on all sides with just the main stand offering any cover.
Very entertaining game with both sides using the wings very well. Athletic lead early but Getafe equalised with the first of three penalties in the game (two converted). Athletic went back in front from the spot just before half time but Getafe deservedly equalised after 73 minutes.
Although I do not normally watch Under 19 games (and they certainly do not "enter records") I was happy to take the other 2 to
Leganes Under 19 0 Atletico Madrid U19 3.. Crowd approx 150 (h/c) Admission 5 euros.
Played on the annex outside Leganes' main stadium. Totally underwhelming game, reinforcing my view not normally to attend such games. .
Then on to Atletico as reported by Colpic.
When abroad I always find it worthwhile to look for lower level games and we were rewarded for getting up early on Sunday for an 0900 kick off at
Racing San Blas 2 Lecio Sport 3. Madrid Region Aficianados Tercera Division Group 6. No admission or programme. Crowd (h/c) 20
Smart set up not far from Atletico - two 3G pitches, with this game on the main one which has an attractive small elevated stand. There is also a cafe so a coffee or tea on arrival was welcome.
Excellent competitive game and a surprisingly good standard for the eighth level of the Spanish pyramid with both teams showing a lot of skill. Home side lead twice but were eventually vanquished by 2 second half goals.
We had by now joined up with John Higgins and he came with me to Mostoles while Steve and Dave watched Alcorcon 1 Cadiz 0 and were distinctly underwhelmed.
John had previously had a P-P at Mostoles and I was glad to accept his recommendation to watch
UD Mostoles 2 El Alamo 0. (National) Tercera Division Group 7.. Admission 10 euros. No paper. Crowd (h/c) 235.
Lovely old ground with several rows of terracing on three sides, about half of the sides having seats on the terraces, and one covered area on the far side.
Poor game which started brightly with Mostoles ahead inside 2 minutes but then became quite sterile. Mostoles late second was just about deserved.
Dropped John at Alcorcon and picked up Dave and Steve then off north to Soruia for
Numancia CD 0 Rayo Vallecano 0. Segunda Diviusion. Crowd.4099. Admission 25 euros (booked in advance). Free newspaper style programme
Stadium is nothing spectacular in itself, with just four rectangular "boxes". However it is given some character by the wooden supports for the stand roofs. Also heaters in all the stands, quite welcome as the temperature dropped.
I used to have long arguments with the late Dave Rattenberry about 0-0s with my contention that on balance they are poor games. To be fair this was an exception, with both play off chasing teams going for it but eventually running out of ideas and lacking a spark of inspiration. .
(This post was edited by Veteran on Jan 25, 2018, 11:07 AM)
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(Man City Transfer Target!) on Jan 25, 2018, 11:07 AM