Renfe: Estación Vallecas (Línea C1)
Metro: Estación Villa de Vallecas (Línea 1)
Líneas de Autobuses: 54 / 58 / 103 / 142 / 143 / 145.
Address: Nuestra Señora de la Torre, calle Puerto de Reinosa, 28031 Madrid

FC Británico de Madrid v Bar Castilla’s

After the news that FCB’s Scottish contingent would be down to just three with the departure of Glaswegian midfielder and good bloke Sean McBride next week, the boys were even more keen than usual to beat arch-rivals Fausto’s in Vallecas and give him a send-off that his contribution to the club over the last year and a half deserved. The line up on the day was Jorge in goal, a back four of Ed, Rama, Ricky and Harry. Christoffer, Oscar, Calum, Sean and Dave made up the midfield with Joe the lone man up front. On the occasion of his last game for the club, Sean was handed the captain’s armband and lead the team out to rapturous applause from a full house of pumped up Brits fans in the bleachers.

The first half saw a largely even contest in terms of possession with neither team dominating for long periods and both sets of players largely cancelling each other out. A couple of half chances for Joe and Calum came to nothing before the opening goal of the came from a familiar situation. FCB conceded a soft free kick in a dangerous spot, the ball was delivered in towards the back past where a Fausto’s player had ghosted away from his marker and stuck the ball past Jorge for 0-1. This was a big disappointment for the lads as despite the experience and professional pedigree of the opposing strike force, the back four had restricted them to speculative long-range efforts. FCB rallied before halftime but couldn’t make their pressure count and get back on level terms before the interval.

The lads came back out more focused and perhaps less nervous after the break and immediately had Fausto’s camped in their defensive third for the first ten minutes of the second half. In typically frustrating fashion, FCB were denied by the lack of a linesman as Dave Kane was wrongly given offside when bearing down on goal after making a great run into the box from the right and being found from midfield with a rapier-like pass. Rami made some changes and brought on Luigi and goal-scorer from last week Matt in an attempt to break down a tiring defence.

The next chance of note was a superb turn and shot from Calum who smashed the ball against the base of the post from 20 yards with the keeper doing excellently to deny Joe from the rebound. Next Dave Kane blazed over from close range after electing to cut back onto his left foot when well placed. The away side were rocking now and barely able to fashion any attacks of their own by this point, and finally the pressure told with 15 minutes to go when substitute Matt sublimely found the back of the net with a marvellous first time shot from all of 25 yards out to bring parity to the scoresheet and set up a frantic end to the game.

As is customary in meetings between these two sides, there was to be a measure of bad blood and needless confrontation as Fausto’s players used all of their experience and pulled all of their time wasting tricks out of their repertoire to cauterize the flow of red shirts swarming all over them. Rami was sent from the dugout after using some threatening language and there was some minor argy-bargy, but ultimately FCB were unable to find the winning goal which would have secured the three points and sent Sean on his way with a smile on his face… (He went out and got drunk later and had a smile on his face then anyway).

Man of the match: Harry
Quote of the Match: Rami  “….Hold my glasses!”

FC Británico de Madrid v Amiviajes

An unseasonably warm Saturday morning and an agreeable kick off time of 11:00 AM made for the prospect of another enjoyable day in the Bunwer League for the 2015/16 Apertura champions as they took on a mid-table side who have proved stubborn opposition in previous campaigns. Amiviajes came into the match having come close to an upset against Bar la Piscina a couple of weeks ago and played in their customary blue and white kits, whilst FC Britanico lined up in red and white sporting a few personnel changes from the previous week on the insistence of gaffer Majid. Jorge retained the number one jersey with last season’s starting keeper Josue still only just back in training after injury; Harry, Ricky, Macca and Rama made up the backline with Christoffer and Calum in central midfield, the London-bound Sean started on the left and chemical enthusiast Dr David Kane was in his customary berth on the right. Luigi and Joe were playing in the forward positions and hoping to renew their rivalry for the golden boot by getting on the scoresheet.

The early stages of this encounter were characterised by loose passes and a lot of ineffective crossing into the box from the home team. The step up in quality of the opposition from previous weeks perhaps resulting in a certain level of hubris from the boys who often looked for a killer pass too soon in the move. Despite the reluctance to recycle possession, it wasn’t long before they were in front thanks to a mistake by the opposition fullback and a calm finish from Joe. They were very nearly pegged back though after the illusive Amiviajes number 10 did very well to sprint through a gap between the defence and chip over the onrushing Jorge only to see a moment of pure bathos as the ball was miraculously cleared over the bar just one metre from the goal-line. The only unusual thing here being that for some reason known only to himself, the clearance wasn’t made by Brits defender but by the hapless strike partner of the man who had just chipped Jorge! Not only was the ball definitely heading into the back of the net, but in inexplicably blasting it over the bar the Amiviajes player negated the whole move by being in an offside position. The relief and laughter on the bench soon gave way to regret that nobody would be becoming a Youtube millionaire as Graeme had not had his camera rolling.

The second half saw Oscar and Ed take to the field for Macca and Luigi and within ten minutes the former would be slamming a loose ball into the back of the net from 6 yards after the men in blue had failed to clear their lines. 2-0 and a tiring opponent meant that FCB started to smell blood, and like the lion on the club badge, they stalked their weary pray around the pitch until pouncing for a third goal. A corner was cleared only as far as Ed who whipped a ball into a dangerous area where Rama, as is customary this season, was on hand to get to the ball ahead of the defender and smash the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle in front of his adoring public in the bleachers. Number four was to follow soon after when two substitutes combined nicely, Jordan setting up Matt to unleash a curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the box and round off a nice win for the lads who will hope to take their good form into a crucial game next week against fierce rivals Bar Castilla.

Man of the match: Rama
Goal of the match: Matt
Quote of the match: Mathi (via google translate) “Put eggs!”

FC Británico v Bar El Trampolín

A wet and windy Saturday morning in Vallecas set the scene for FCB’s home match vs bottom of the league Bar el Trampolín, however, the boys knew they had to be quick out of the traps in order to display early dominance in what had the potential to be a banana skin fixture for the Brits. Manager and professionalism obsessive Rami made sure the lads were switched on from the get-go, even despite his lateness in arriving to the pitch.

The starting line-up featured the ever-reliable Jorge between the sticks, behind a 3-5-2 formation of Rama, Ed and Harry at the back, winger”s” Adi and Matthew; a central midfield of debutant Chris, Calum and Mathi; and forwards Luigi and Nacho. On the bench, to begin with, was new boy Willem, Pete, Cian and Jordan.

The game started in a calm and patient manner from the Brits, who passed the ball around with confidence, as if knowing that the breakthrough was only a second away, provided the right things were done correctly, the boys were focused.

It didn’t take long before a trademark left-foot strike into the bottom corner by Venezuela’s only Ska fanatic Luigi put the boys 1-0 to the good, and deservedly so. The second was added only a few minutes later when Nacho used his pace and strength to break through Trampolín’s defence and casually slotted home after rounding the opposition goalkeeper, 2-0. FCB then added another after a ball over the top of the defence was taken down in style and nodded in by the same man, 3-0. The boys at this point, still looking as composed as they did in the opening 15 minutes, were really begin to enjoy themselves.

HALF TIME

Luigi notched another before Ed realised a pile-driver from at least 25 yards, and the fact was that yes, it was a shot that ended up in the corner from at least 25 yards, 5-0. Shortly after, Nacho netted his hat-trick with a Darren Bent-esque poacher’s finish before Luigi also completed his hat-trick after a good ball from new boy Willem who came on and made a strong case for a starting role, not to mention Pete, Cian, Sam and Jordan who all came on and slotted into the team as if no changes had been mind to keep the FCB Rolls Royce running, and to give manager Rami, even more headaches – always a good problem to have.

The eighth goal came from fresh-legged Jordan Maston who unleashed a powerful shot which was definitely going in anyway, but took a slight deflection to take it past the keeper before Calum slotted one to the keeper’s left, and then lobbing the opposition keeper to make it 10-0. The final and surely the highlight of the game when Luigi, who clearly wasn’t content with just the hat-trick, pulled off a stunning bicycle kick to put the icing on the cake of a very professional
performance from the boys.

What would’ve pleased the manager the most was the enthusiasm and willingness to do the simple but correct things throughout the whole match which, in the end, proved too much for the visitors.

Man of the match:  Christoffer/Luigi
Goal of the match: Luigi
Quote of the match: something from Rami

FC Británico de Madrid v A.D.Carrozas

FCB started the game with another slightly altered line up. Jorge in net, Ricky shifts out to right back, Ed on the left and Rama and Macca (making his first start of the season) combining to make up the middle of the defence. The Midfield had Dave the Kane train on the right and back on his preferred larger pitch, Callum and Oscar making up the middle and Sean shifting out wide. Then there was the attacking due of Joe and Nacho up front.

FCB welcomed back former players to the fold, this time on the opposing team! Alvaro and Liam both started for the opposition and the Brits looked forward to testing their mettle. The game started with some scrappy play and some great play. The back line kept thing quiet and simply shifted the ball into the midfield who had an abundance of playmakers. The difference on the larger pitch was there for all to see with lots of through balls, diagonal passes and chips over the top to the faster and well driller men in red. Once past the 15-minute mark, things settled down and FCB found their rhythm.  The six-second rule as utilised this day to great effect. AD Carrozas barely had a sniff of the ball in the FCB half. Play continued like this until the deadlock was finally broken. Callum brilliantly slipped past the defence, and the man who was man marking him every second, and slots the ball past the keeper. 1-0. Nacho was being his usual pesky self and caused problems on those occasions when he got on the ball. His work and then unselfish play to set up Sean meant it was 2-0. Half-time came with not a shot from the men in white.

Half Time

The half-time team talk was filled with Rami ensuring we knew how he would feel if the clean sheet was lost. “Better 3-0 than 10-1, lads,” was the cry. Some freshening up at the back was made with Ricky coming off and Harry coming on at right back. Other players were informed that the bench would indeed be emptied as there were a few hungry lads chomping at the bit. The second half saw some changes for the opposition as well as they attempted to find a way through the stalwart FCB backline. The next goal came soon after the break, this time Harry broke free on the right and put in a delightful cross for Nacho to latch onto and make it 3-0. Changes were made, Luigi and Sam came on and Joe and Callum left the field. Matthew made his debut and came on for Oscar and Adi came on for Ed. These changes meant that FCB went with 3 at the back and all-out attack. Luigi was buzzing around like a wasp and eventually, this paid off as he struck from outside the box, 4-0. This was responded by some great attacking play from the Spaniards as they came close a few times and even made Jorge make a save. His only one of the match. This pressure was absorbed and dealt with by the three men at the back and FCB pressed once more relentlessly. Sam came close once and to be honest should have scored, but he then redeemed himself by working hard and getting himself on the score sheet, 5-0. And thus the game ended, Rami happy with a clean sheet, as was the defence, and the attackers happy with 5 goals.

MOTM- Macca, even though his own dad didn’t vote for him. Damn you Dave Kane!!!!!
Miss of the match- Sam
Goal of the match- Luigi
Quote of the match- “Better 3-0 than 10-1.” Rami