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  1. paul murphy
    January 3, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    Matthew

    In the early 80s I lived in Santander and used to watch Racing oscillate between primera and segunda, my hero was Quique- a hoddleesque midfielder.

    I was once summoned to the Racing Boardroom-they wanted to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Borota and needed a translator. Bonuses for staying up were discussed as well as the stringent penalties for boozing and womanising. The transfer fell through and I never got the ticket to a game that was promised as a reward. I once bumped into 3 old men drinking and playing cards in a spit and sawdust ( well spit and snail shells) bar in town. My friend then told me they were Di Stefano, Gento and Marcos, black and white ghostly figures from my past. Marquitos, the son of Marcos, played for Racing for a while but left under a cloud living up to his “baby faced” demeanour!! Great times…Paul

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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 3, 2015 @ 10:49 pm

      What top stories, Paul. We used to watch Vinny Samways play in yellow over here, although we preferred the more stylish Argentinian midfielder going by the name of Walter Pico. Also remember seeing Fernando Torres underperforming for Atletico in a Copa del Rey tie.

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  2. Steve Hall
    January 3, 2015 @ 10:21 pm

    Oh, happy days! The hours I spent on Gillingham’s training pitches. We were rubbish then and we are rubbish now…..still love them!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 3, 2015 @ 10:52 pm

      We’ve never been to Gillingham’s training ground, Steve. But we have been to Priestfield. To watch Ruud Gullit make his debut for the Blues.

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  3. noel
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:39 pm

    It’s always fun to reconnect to your past and enjoy a sport that has so much significance. I’ve started getting back into playing Volleyball and do so 4x weekly at least when I am on island. Football sounds like the ideal pastime for your islands.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 5, 2015 @ 6:17 pm

      They play a lot of volleyball over here too. Walk along the beaches and you’re bound to see a game going on, Noel.

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  4. Meg Jerrard
    January 7, 2015 @ 8:03 pm

    Intersting post, thanks for sharing with some insights into your past. I really do love sports, and want to start making an effort to make it to more local games when we travel and hit new destinations. Really gives you a feel for the place you’re in.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 7, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Meg. We always try and take in a local sports game on our travels. You’re right. It really helps you connect.

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  5. Tawanna
    January 10, 2015 @ 2:48 am

    I think I’ve watched only one European soccer match – in the Netherlands. Try as I may, the entertainment factor evades me but I love watching others’ enthusiasm.

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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 10, 2015 @ 10:54 am

      We feel the same about baseball, Tawanna. But we’re willing to give it another go. How about you?

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  6. Lillie
    January 15, 2015 @ 3:57 am

    How interesting to learn of your love for football! Glad you can still follow that passion, even after a pause.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 15, 2015 @ 10:20 am

      You may have detected a certain bias in what we cover on the site, Lillie. Speaking of which, we’re off shortly to try our hand (or rather our feet) at Bubble Football. Watch this space.

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  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    January 15, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

    Ouch! I can’t believe they used to play on gravel.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      January 15, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

      There are still some gravel pitches left on the island, Mary. Although we’ve never seen anyone using them.

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