C D Montesinos

C D Montesinos

Once upon a time there was a legend being built at the bottom of the Spanish football pyramid. FC Torrevieja, a “preferente” team (level 5) was attracting crowds of up to 6,000 each home game. Attendances were regularly above 2,000 and all was well. That size crowd is absolutely unheard of at this level. Even stranger is the fact that it was all done via the Torry Army Supporters´Club formed almost exclusively of NON-Spanish fans. The vast majority were expats who were flooding into Torrevieja during the Spanish building boom of 2001-2007. Torrevieja was a small coastal town that doubled in size to over 105,000 in those years with the vast majority being North Europeans looking for sun ….and cheap housing. The bubble burst, thousands went back to the UK and Ireland and the football club imploded.

Many of these expats moved 10 kms up the road to enjoy their football at CD Montesinos who play another two levels down in a league where 100 is considered a good crowd. They liked what they saw, they decided to get involved and the Full Monte was born. These loyal fans have been supporting the village team both home and away to the amusement and surprise (initially) of the local Spaniards who think football is Real Madrid and, maybe Barcelona! Following your “regional” team away from home is definitely considered “strange” and yet week by week in hail, rain or snow (actually sun, sun or sun) the Full Monte faithfully flock to see their heroes.

Europa Energy have now heard of this success story and are happy to sponsor the Full Monte. Their first event is a local derby against Redován on 19th February. Let’s hope that both parties enjoy a mutual benefit.

Incidentally, the CEO of Europa is none other than Graham Barber the ex Premiership and Championship League referee!

CD Montesinos ahead of their top of the table 4-4 draw against Benijófar on 15th January 2016.


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