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Jan 24, 2018, 6:11 PM
Location: North West Lincolnshire
Team(s): Scotter United (Scunthorpe League), AFC Telford(home town club),
Six of us, Veteran, Yorkieexile, Dave R, The Wall, the 'other Steveb' and myself met up at Madrid Airport last Thursday evening for a four night trip to Spain, the main focus being the Atletico Madrid v Girona and Eibar v Malaga games. Our original plans had to be revised as firstly Eibar was moved to Monday evening and then, with only a few days notice, the Atletico game came forward by 24 hours to the Saturday. However Veteran came up with suggestions to suit everyone's needs and we basically split into two car loads with different schedules.
On Friday, while the others remained in Madrid for the evening game at Getafe, Yorkieexile drove The Wall and I to:-
Granada 2 Real Zaragoza 1
Segundo. Adm 25 euros Free 32 page A5 prog. Att 10,579
After absorbing ten minutes of intense pressure the visitors took the lead but Granada struck back quickly and had established a lead by half time after an excellent first half which they had dominated. The second half was more even but still as entertaining, clearly the best of our four games.
The Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes was just under half full for this game. We bought tickets for the 9pm ko when the ticket office opened at 4pm, settling for seats on the halfway line on the top(third) level. The three levels of seats offer good views from all stands but only the main stand has cover. There's a club shop outside the ground but the choice is fairly limited. The ground is served by a team line and buses to the centre. Our hotel was a twenty minute stroll away.
The following morning we headed back northwards, meeting up with the others at the main event after they had been to an u19 game on an outer pitch at Leganes:-
Atletico Madrid 1 Girona 1
Last pig's Adm 30 euros No paper Att 55,076
Tickets were bought online and printed at home, nice and easy. As our base was on the east side of the city at Mejorada de Campos, we parked at San Fernando Renfe station, changing onto metro line 7 after one stop at Cosala, alighting two stops later at the Wanda Metropolitano. Even after the game we waited no longer than ten minutes to get a train so it's easy and stress free. The stadium is indeed impressive and we had seats pretty high up in one corner, testing out ageing joints and lungs! There's plenty of the usual football fodder and an excellent club shop to wander around. As Tomccfc says in his WDYG post, the land around the stadium is mainly scrub but will no doubt be built on as time passes.
The game was dull, not helped by the general lack of atmosphere as the locals haven't yet fallen in love with their new base. Atletico took the lead on 34 minutes through Griezmann but never stamped authority on the game and after both the loathsome Diego Costa and the goal scored were both replaced, they looked toothless and Girona scored on 73minutes to take a point.
After an evening in the narrow one way streets of Mejorada we again went our separate ways for Sunday's games. While Veteran, Dave R and OTB headed for San Blas, Alcorcon(Mostoles for Veteran) and Numancia, we headed to Vitoria-Gasteiz is in the Basque Country for the 12pm ko at:-
Deportivo Alaves 2 Leganes 2
La Liga Adm 35 euros No paper Att 19,637
Tickets bought online, printed at home. Demand for tickets is high and the Estadio de Mendizorroza was a sell out, although a number of season ticket holders' seats were not occupied. I really liked the stadium. It's a compact ground (a bit like Loftus Rd in some ways) which provides a decent atmosphere and good views. There's a car park right behind the stand where we sat and we made good use of it. A small club shop sits on one of the corners and there's a couple of murals to have a look at.
The first half was pretty dire and we all agreed that a double bagel was heading our way but whatever the Alaves manager said at the break worked as they scored two in seven minutes and looked in complete control. All changed however when firstly a penalty was awarded against them for handball, hotly disputed, then went down to ten men, and finally conceded in the last minute after a botched clearance. If they go down they will rue losing these two points!
After a journey of just under an hour we arrived in Logrones for our final match:-
UD Logrones 1 Barakaldo 1
Segundo B Grupo 2 Adm 15 euros Free 4 page colour prog Att 2,903
Arriving two hours before his 5pm ko we took the opportunity to have a meal at a cafe by the ground, looking hopefully around for any signs of life! With an hour gone, the Barakaldo team coach arrived and then a ticket window opened so we relaxed in the sun waiting for the entertainment to start. The game won't live long in the memory, with the hosts taking a 28th minute lead before conceding a penalty on 77 minutes which completed the scoring.
UD Logrones were created in 2009 after the demise of CD Logrones. They play at the 16,000 capacity Estadio Las Gaunas, an all seated stadium with cover on all sides. It's an excellent facility for this level but needs a little tlc. With crowds of this size, parking next to the ground is plentiful. We arrived back at base around 1015 and the other car turned up five minutes later. The Wall and I went for a stroll around the town and boosted the local economy in the usual way.
The following day, prior to heading for the airport, we spent a couple of hours wandering round the attractive town of Alcala de Henares, just twenty minutes drive from the airport. All in all, four excellent ticks and a very enjoyable weekend. Thanks to Yorkie and Veteran for their driving and organisational efforts, and to all for their company.
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(This post was edited by colpic on Jan 25, 2018, 5:47 PM)