Day 102

La Liga starts

Guys, if you think I am fanatical about English football think again! La Liga started in Spain this weekend as did the Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera which are the second, third and fourth levels of Spanish football. For the first time in 10 years I am not there willing my two teams on. Yes, as in the UK with Manchester United and Gillingham so in Spain do I have two teams Real Madrid and FC Torrevieja. Actually in Spain I have three who I follow as I moved down to Málaga two years ago and quickly fell in love with the team from La Rosaleda. For the first time in many years I was only 20 minutes away from a top flight club ……. and I was quickly sucked in to the day to day involvement which is simply impossible with Madrid 500 kms away. So, it all felt kind of strange not being in a noisy, smoke-filled bar with 7 screens showing 5 different channels (and often a few radio stations for good measure!) Barcelona won convincingly with Villa scoring on his league debut whilst Madrid struggled on Mallorca. My beloved FC Torrevieja from the Alicante province won and after a few months that are memorable only for off-field “issues” it was great to see the 1-0 scoreline being texted through to me. ¡A por ellos!

I’m all packed up, with (hopefully) emails, blogs, newspaper articles all up to date on what promises to be one of the toughest weeks of my life. At dawn I set off for Yeovil and then I am off to Dorchester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Crawley and Gillingham before I reach Benfleet next Saturday. On Sunday it is “The Big One” AKA The 2 Annual Ecademy Cricket Challenge where I am expected to play for King and Country and where my only intention is to catch up on sleep from the terraces!

Have a great week and if I struggle to keep the blog up-to-date I apologise in advance.


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