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colpic
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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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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

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.
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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.

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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. .


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To complement Veteran's report :

CD Leganes U-19. This was played in the Estadio Anexo De Butarque Jesus Polo, in honour of Jesus Polo who was President of Leganes 1978-2005. Spectating is on one side only, a covered stand accommodating about 1,300. The competition was Division de Honor Juvenil Group 5.

AD Alcorcon - we had collected our tickets on the Friday morning though the notice on the ticket office window showed a sell out. The attendance was 3,873; Steve reckoned there were at least 250 spare seats in the ground.

CD Numancia - after blazing sun at Alcorcon we arrived at Numancia a couple of hours later to find snow piled up in the car park. According to Wiki, the ground is 1,000 metres above sea level and notoriously cold. The Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos sits next to the old stadium which is now used for athletics but still has a football pitch in the middle.
We noticed an unexpectedly large police presence outside the ground and when we walked a few hundred metres towards the town centre we were met by police escorting a couple of hundred very noisy Rayo fans; they were marching behind a banner 'Working Class'. This was the first time I'd seen away fans in Spain mobbed up.

Badges were available in the club shops at Alcorcon (2), Getafe and Numancia (1 each). Didn't try at Leganes or Atletico as I'd got these on previous visits.

Overall a cracking weekend with excellent company from all on the trip. Thanks to Veteran for driving our 'team' around.


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Sounds a great trip, can imagine the conversations over breakfast when finalising the itinerary!

Must get back to Madrid again, good variety of grounds at every level of football



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Dave R.... You mentioned the Alcorcorn game being a "sell out". How did you pre purchase your tickets? Did you get them before you went or did you just get lucky by getting there early?
Looking at highlights of their games it seems hard to think of them having a sell out ( the capacity is 7k and attendance of 3k-4k approx. )? I am going in a few weeks time and want to ensure I don't miss out. Any info pre my trip would be appreciated. Thanks


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Went to Alcorcon last season v Reus attendance 2,400.Ticket bought on the day 20 euros.


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Thanks. presume my game ( V Tenerife) will of similar attendance and as I cant see anywhere online to buy a ticket I think I will have no problem getting one on the day ( unless anyone knows of any reason that I will have a problem ? )
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Dave R.... You mentioned the Alcorcorn game being a "sell out". How did you pre purchase your tickets? Did you get them before you went or did you just get lucky by getting there early?
Looking at highlights of their games it seems hard to think of them having a sell out ( the capacity is 7k and attendance of 3k-4k approx. )? I am going in a few weeks time and want to ensure I don't miss out. Any info pre my trip would be appreciated. Thanks


Dave R had previously been in E mail contact with the club who had advised tickets would be available on the day.
With time possibly short on the day he and Steve wanted to get tickets in advance and we were all gobsmacked to see sold out signs. Luckily Dave was able to gain access to the inner sanctum and indeed spoke to the guy he had been in touch with. He happily sold him tickets for the "semi VIP/WAG ?" section.
He was also able to explain to Dave that only a certain number of tickets are initially available to the public but after a certain time (day before ?) if members have not "claimed" the tickets they are entitled to buy these then go on public sale. I think this system is quite common in Spain.


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perfect, thanks very much for the reply and explanation. sure I will be fine but think i'll give them a quick email also. Thanks again.


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 Only just seen your first post, so thanks to Veteran for responding.
The guy's name in the office at Alcorcon is Antonio. He replied in English to my email.
Good luck.


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To follow up on your comment about capacity........either the capacity of 7,000 is overstated or the attendance of 3,873 was understated. I agreed with Steve that there seemed to be about 250 untaken seats.

 
 


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