Tuktuk Day Two

(Versión en español abajo)

Maybe the next two days blogs are the most important, they are my “Whys.” When I did my 2010 Tour, I can tell you now there were many days when it would have been easier to give up. You may remember that I lost everything in my life in a storage centre fire. Further on I was left to die in a hit and run accident. The hospital stay and recuperation subsequently put a huge drain on my budget as the insurance refused to pay out. So, I needed a strong “Why?” “Why am I doing this?” The why was strong. I was supporting my friend, Bjorn Heidenstrom and I did not want to let him down. Simple.

This time “Why Number One” is my local football club, FC Deportivo Galicia and Leo Decabo kindly updated the club history for me. Why Number Two is Prostate Cancer UK and I will comment on this tomorrow on Tuktuk Day Three. If you would like to support the club please click here and the money goes DIRECT to FC Deportivo Galicia

I started following the team back in 2017 and since then we have enjoyed nice runs in the FA Vase as well as stability and progress in the Combined Counties League. We survived Covid and last season I did not miss a single game home or away. Twelve buses there and back to Farnborough during the tube strike was not a highlight! Seeing players like Victor, Amar and Matty O develop was. Anton’s goals and the commitment of players like Sam, Alejandro and Milkwood (Dylan Thomas!) made the buses, rain and train stations all part of the days out!


Our History (versión en español abajo)

The founding and birth of FC Deportivo Galicia in London came about due to a shared understanding and sentiment by a group of Galician migrants who came to the United Kingdom in the 60s.
The political and economic situation surrounding Spain at the time was so difficult that families found themselves making the choice to settle in an unknown country in the hope of a better and more prosperous future. The most trying thing for these families was the constant nostalgic battle on a day to day basis remembering and missing the land that gave them life, the territory they belonged to.
During the 60’s it was west London that saw the majority of Galician migrants settle down and it was in 1968 that a small group of those migrants saw an opportunity, through football, to help each other and somehow share the longing they felt for Spain.

The club was originally formed under the name ‘Centro Gallego de Londres’ however a few years later it joined forces with another Spanish team called ‘Deportivo’ (a club that was formed in honour and in memory of FC Deportivo in a foreign country) and so came the creation of ‘FC Deportivo Galicia de Londres’. The name, perceptibly capturing not only the essence of the ‘Real Club Deportivo La Coruna’ but also the spirit and heart of the whole of Galicia.
Until 1995 the team played in the ‘Harlseden Sunday League’ and progressed continually and consistently which saw them slowly catapulted into first division for the 1991-1992 season.
This would become the most successful and fruitful era in the clubs history so much so that in the 1993-94 season the team won every competition it took part in. The club did not only win the treble, first division, Premier Cup and the Challenge Cup but they also accomplished the Roundwood indoor football tournament.
The second team that was formed in in the 1991-92 season was also successful during this period winning trophies such as the Dwyer Cup.
The club decided to take the next logical step in progression and move up a level as a result of achieving all they could within their reach.

For the 1995-96 season the team began playing in the Middlesex County league on Saturdays.
In this first year the first team won the second division league and were consequently awarded Intermediate Status by the London FA.

The club continued to prosper until reaching the first division in the 1997-98 season. It is at this point when for the first time there are signs of instability in the club as there is a clear high turnover in coaches without managing to fulfil the clubs potential and never achieving the level expected of them.

As the 2006-07 season drew to an end the club found itself having to make a tough decision of dissolving the club. The toughest moment in our history by far. Two long standing players, Leo Decabo and Jose M Andon, refused to give up on the club that had given so much purpose, life and soul to individuals throughout the years making a mark on the history of Galicians in London and so decided to take charge with the sole purpose of reviving the club and ensuring London was not left without a Spanish club.
The club is recognized, not only Spain but in Europe, for deservedly being dubbed as one of the best Spanish amateur teams in a foreign country. The club has shown strength and belief whilst proving why they should be feared by others by claiming international trophies in Germany, France and Belgium.


Thursday 25th April 2013 proved to be a very significant day for the club as it received one of the most prestigious and important accreditation on behalf of the English Football Federation, the honour of being recognized as a ‘FA Charter Standard Club’. This award and recognition is the result of sheer hard work, determination consistency and team work on behalf of all key parts and members that form part of FC Deportivo Galicia de Londres, players, management, admin and supporters.
The majority of players that are now part of the team are in fact sons and grandsons of those who were once part of the original team.
As the team of Centro Gallego de Londres, Centro supports and provides some sponsorship to the team.
Unfortunately this contribution is not near enough to what a team at this position and of this standard needs in order to keep developing.
This is why we are the only team within our category in which the players and coaches finance the club themselves with monthly payments and season inductions.


Short Term
The main objective at the moment and the most pressing is attaining sponsors for next season that are willing to help the club economically.

We have delved into the world of social networking and have a website www.fcdeportivogalicia.com (over 1,000,000 hits since August 2012!!) a Twitter account @FCDGalicia and a Facebook Page, FC Deportivo Galicia – London. We decided to take this step as a way of building on our reputation and most importantly gaining exposure which may help with acquiring much needed sponsors.

Medium Term

Due to the economic crisis that Spain and the rest of Europe is currently suffering, there has been high interest on behalf of young players who have been forced to migrate in search of a better future and who are interested in signing up with the club.

The club is renowned for its helpful, caring and supportive nature, always carrying a ‘family’ essence with it. We ensure that we help these young players as much as we can regarding their move to a foreign country as we understand what a trying time this can be.

We help them with the language, culture and to generally incorporate and integrate themselves as comfortably and easily as possible into London life.

Long Term

Having earned the accreditation of the ‘FA Charter Standard Club’ on behalf of the English Football Association, the aim long term would be to form sub-categories and possibly land a collaboration and agreement with a Spanish club to allow our players to take trials with teams in Spain.

Curious Fact About The Club

Francis Cagigao, who has played for Arsenal and Barcelona B was player and a coach of FC Deportivo Galicia en Londres before taking his fundamental steps into the world of professional football.

Francis is recognized worldwide as one of the best and most talented scouts on the continent and has undoubtedly been a key figure to some of the best football choices in recent times such as the signing of Cesc Fabregas, Cazorla and Monreal for Arsenal.

And now the Spanish version

El nacimiento del Deportivo Galicia de Londres vino impulsado por un sentimiento compartido por un grupo de emigrantes gallegos que emigraron en los años 60 al Reino Unido.

La situación tanto política como económica que atravesaba España por aquellos tiempos hizo que muchas familias decidieran emigrar en busca de un futuro mejor. Para todas esas familias lo más difícil era combatir esa morriña que tenían de la tierra que los vio nacer.

La zona Oeste de Londres fue durante esos años donde la gran mayoría de emigrantes gallegos decidió asentarse. En el año 1968 un pequeño grupo de esos emigrantes vieron una oportunidad única en el fútbol de ayudarse entre sí y de alguna manera combatir la morriña que tenían de España.

El club fue inicialmente creado bajo el nombre de Centro Gallego de Londres. Unos años después de su creación se unió con otro equipo español llamado Deportivo (equipo el cual se fundó como recuerdo en el extranjero del Real Club Deportivo La Coruña) y se formó el FC Deportivo Galicia de Londres. El nombre, evidentemente, capturando no sólo la esencia del Real Club Deportivo La Coruña sino también de todo Galicia.

Hasta el año 1995 el equipo milito en la liga, “Harlesden Sunday League”, dónde continuamente fue progresando hasta llegar a la Primera División en la temporada 1991-92.

Esta es la época más exitosa en la historia del club ya que en la temporada 1993-94 el equipo ganó todas las competiciones en la que participo. No sólo ganó el triplete; Primera División, Premier Cup y la Challenge Cup sino que también gano el torneo Roundwood de fútbol sala. El segundo equipó que se formó en la temporada 1991-92 también fue exitoso durante esta época ganando trofeos como la Dwyer Cup.

El club decidió progresar y subir de categoría al lograr conseguir todos los títulos a su alcance. Para la temporada 1995-96 el equipo empezó a jugar los sábados en la Middlesex County League. Este primer año vio al primer equipo ganar la segunda división y adquirir el status intermediario por la London FA.

El club siguió progresando hasta llegar a la Premier División en la temporada 1997-98. Es aquí cuando surge algo de inestabilidad en club, ya que llegaron a pasar un gran número de entrenadores pero el club nunca llego alcanzar el nivel que se esperaba.

A finales de la temporada 2006-07 el club pasó por sus peores momentos y estuvo muy cerca de desaparecer. Dos jugadores veteranos, Leo Decabo y José M Andón, decidieron llevar las riendas del club y así asegurar que Londres no se quedase sin equipo español.

El club es reconocido, no solo en el Reino Unido, sino también en Europa como uno de los mejores equipos españoles amateurs fuera de España. Llegó a conquistar varios trofeos internacionales en Francia, Alemania y Bélgica.


El jueves 25 de abril del 2013 el club recibió una de las más importantes y prestigiosas acreditaciones por parte de la Federación Inglesa de Fútbol, el honor de ser un “FA Charter Standard Club”. Este reconocimiento es premio al trabajo continuo y bien realizado por parte del club durante muchos años tanto en lo deportivo como en la gestión y dirección del club.

Muchos de los jugadores que ahora formamos parte del club somos hijos y nietos de aquellas personas que en su día formaron el club.

Al ser equipo del Centro Gallego de Londres, la Xunta de Galicia subvenciona al equipo. Desafortunadamente esta subvención no llega ni a la mitad del importe necesario para llevar a un equipo a este nivel. Por esto, somos el único equipo en nuestra categoría donde los propios jugadores y entrenadores financiamos al club mediante pagos mensuales y la ficha inicial al principio de cada temporada.

-Corto Plazo-

El objetivo primordial a corto plazo es conseguir sponsors para la próxima temporada que puedan ayudar al club económicamente. Estamos intentando dar a conocer al club a través de las redes sociales y tenemos a disposición para todo el mundo una página web del club www.clubwebsite.co.uk/fcdeportivogalicia , una cuenta de Twitter @FCDGalicia y una página de Facebook FC Deportivo Galicia

-Medio Plazo-

El objetivo a medio plazo es intentar formar un equipo reserva para la próxima temporada. Debido al problema económico que afecta en estos momentos a toda Europa y especialmente a España hemos tenido un gran interés por parte de jóvenes españoles, forzados a emigrar en busca de trabajo, en fichar por el club.

El club ayuda a estos jóvenes no solo en lo deportivo pero también en aprender inglés e integrarse en las diferentes culturas de la capital Londinense.

-Largo Plazo-
Tras conseguir la acreditación por parte de la Federación Inglesa de fútbol de “FA Charter Standard Club” el objetivo a largo plazo es formar categorías inferiores e intentar conseguir un convenio con algún club español para mandar a nuestros mejores jugadores a hacer pruebas con equipos en España.

Dato Curioso sobre el Club

Francis Cagigao ex jugador entre otros del Arsenal y FC Barcelona B y actualmente ojeador del Arsenal en toda Europa fue jugador y entrenador de nuestro club antes de dar los pasos al fútbol profesional.

Francis es conocido mundialmente como uno de los mejores ojeadores en el continente y ha sido pieza fundamental en fichajes como los de Cesc Fabregas, Cazorla y Monreal al Arsenal.


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