FC Britanico 5 – 5 La Taberna de Pastor

On a rainy Saturday morning as  the cows in the field nestled into the warm grass, Rami Majid’s Bunwer boys awoke to face a well-known Ruper King side, looking to build upon last weekend’s win with another 3 points. In the dressing room, Rami rallied the troops with a heart-warming, and almost touching pre-match speech, spurring the squad on to fight, and put Fletch’s 5P’s from training into practice.

The team lined up: Alvaro, Chaz Boyle, Ally Renucci, Mike Ojo, Nick Boyle, debutant Stuart, Ben, Alex Hyner, Emeka, Olivier the Maverick, and Ismael.

Subs: Silky, Amar, Dave, Jesus, and Zayd.

And so the game kicked off in typical Britanico style as the charismatic, and bountiful Nicolas again, selflessly, headed a ball clear from our 18 yard box to Olivier’s feet who neatly threaded Ish clear on goal. Ishmael then effortlessly slotted the ball past the onrushing RK goalkepper to put FCB 1-0 ahead. Not two minutes later though, although Britanico’s looked good in possession, a silly free-kick reached the far corner through Alvaro’s unsuspecting hands. Alas, the equaliser failed to deter FCB, and more importantly Nick Boyle, who again selflessly whipped a dangerous ball across the front of the RK goal for Ish to slot into the net again. 18 assists for the season and 2-1 to the home side. For the following 15 minutes the game passed by anonymously, the only newsworthy events coming from the Britanico sidelines as the increasingly irate Rami rumbled on. Britanico’s were in control when on the ball going forward, however the pressing and patience in defence seemed to be lacking. Ruper King, and their merry gang of vagrants drew level only 7 minutes before half time through a controversial penalty as Mike was wrongly adjudged to have fouled the opposition no.9. 2-2. Time for calm. Soon after, Ish was released down the left hand side by Stuart, and although taken out by the goalkeeper as the took the ball to his side, no penalty was given despite a clear foul. In a league where most teams exchange simulation after simulation as if it was common currency, this is perhaps an example where Ish’s honesty was perhaps not the best policy. Of course, the referee took no notice of the FCB protests. Although the side knew to keep the ball, another free-kick was then again poorly defended, and the Ruper King frontline found the time to nod the ball across the 6 yard box, and although the initial threat was dealt with admirably by the FCB right back and centre half, a sneaky little niño in yellow luckily put his side ahead with an erratic finish into the top corner.

Half time: FCB 2 – 3 RK. Rami was angry, Fletch was upset, and the players….bloody hell eh?

Finally the rain let up, and with a clear message to attack yet stay compact in defence, debutant Stuart made way for the returning Dave. The effect was almost immediate as some neat play between Ish, Dave, and Emeka resulted in a penalty, banged into the bottom corner by our own number 9 Alex. The ensuing second half followed the classic ‘open football’ pattern that a lot of amateur games do, FCB striking the first blow as Dave slid in to convert Ally’s freekick at the back post, and move the score to 4-3 home advantage. Next Ruper King drew level after another deep free-kick that was not dealt with at the back post only for the opposition to bundle the ball into the corner. The game was scrappy, and although the new/ old comer Dave broke through to put FCB ahead once again with an expert one touch and finish across the front of the Ruper King goalkeeper, FCB were once again punished, with the help of the referee at a set-piece, when  the ball was nearly cleared on 3 separate occasions only for a tame shot to sneak by Alvaro to the bemusement of FCB. In the closing minutes FCB were on top, however in all honesty the game was dead. Ruper King attempted to kick some life into the game with a speculative long range effort however this was met by Alvaro’s outstretched hand the pushed a good effort onto the bar.

One should always remember that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going, Ruper King are a side that we lost to twice last year so its not always going to be that a way, but that’s what makes you beautiful. Never forget, and Fletch will right all wrongs this week at L’Epa!

Forza FCB

Unanimous man of the match: Ismael Majid

S.A.D. Parque Sureste 2 – 2 FC Britanico

FC Britanico headed to S.A.D. PARQUE SURESTE with a depleted squad of 14 players with 3 subs (some with injuries) determined to break this losing streak they were on. With the team morale up, they were certain they could get something out of today’s game. With Lee Armstrong deciding that he will no longer play for the Brits on a full time basis due to personal reasons, there was a big hole in the midfield that needed to be filled. Up stepped the returning ‘Beast’ ( Josh ), showing last season that he is more the capable to fill that hole. Britanico started the game brightly, creating a lot of pressure and a few chances. Britanicos were keeping the ball well and were rewarded with their first goal which started by the Beast and Ben linking up and a clever chip round the corner by Ben which was cleverly finished by Barry hahahaha.


This lead wasn’t to last long as S.A.D. PARQUE SURESTE struck back quickly with a great finish from 20 yards. The Britanicos weren’t disheartened and carried on pushing forward to find another goal. Britanicos looked like they were going to get another break through when a very acute ball by Barry to Zak which his first touch beat the man and the player took him down in the box. We were award a penalty but the Scottish striker (Barry) was denied by a fantastic save from the keeper.


But the pressure finally paid off when Britannic’s broke down the right hand side of S.A.D. PARQUE SURESTE defence the ball was flashed across the box and clumsily found its way towards Zak who again clumsily helped the ball into the back of the net which makes it 4 in 4 for the attacking midfielder.


So the Britanicos went in 2-1 up at half time. The main message at half time was to maintain a sensible head to not to concede any goals.


Britanicos continued to battle and were defending really well and keeping up to the message, until 30 mins into the second half when S.A.D. PARQUE SURESTE found their equaliser after good work by their number 7 on the right wing.


Britanicos made a couple of clear chances towards the end but failed to convert any of them to take all 3 points from the game. But 1 point each was a fair result on the day.


Silky’s final thought 06/10/2012

The headline sums up my thought of the comprehensive win over Torrepista, although the poetry became a bit of a scribble towards the end of the game!! However, well played boys and enjoy the ‘puente’, back on the 20th.

FCB 4 – 1 Torrepista

At the later time of 11am, Rami’s Britanico’s lined up looking to grab 3 points and exorcise the demons of last week’s poor defeat at the hands of last year’s league winners. The team lined up with Rob in goals, a back four of Zayd, Sean, Ally, and Chaz (in a rare starting role), the charismatic and handsome Nick Boyle, Chris Parker, Chris Straddling, and the debutant, Emeka in the midfield, fronted with the powerhouse Ish, and the maverick Olivier up front.

The game started well for Britanicos as they kept possession well across the defence and midfield much to the delight of their erratic manager. Assistant manager Lee Fletcher’s words of wisdom at training and in the dressing room seemed to be working well as through some very patient passing, Emeka found himself free at the edge of the box to loft an acute shot over the head of the Torrepista goalkeeper, nestling nicely into the top corner. 1-0 Britanicos, and a fantastic start to the young man’s FCB career. Soon after, FCB again found themselves in front of goal through some more quick and slick movement across the front. Olivier’s cutback found the rampant Nick Boyle, which he then coolly dispatched into the bottom left hand corner. A dream goal for the lad, and one that was met with delight on the sidelines too. In truth, the first half was quiet, and cool for Britanicos. Defensively, Rob was only called upon to clear up a few speculative efforts from long range, and whenever pressed, the back four were composed and clinical in disposing with any threats. 20 minutes passed, and despite a Torrepista corner that directly skimmed the bar, the game was effectively put to bed 5 minutes before half time when Nick released Olivier to then round the goalkeeper and slot home with ease.

Half time: FCB 3-0

Just as the day was beginning to heat up, the second half started again with the same message. Torrepista had decided to go for broke and play with three centre forwards, each of which consistently enjoyed sitting 5 yards offside, however they soon became undone again by Nick Boyle (15th assist of the season) as he broke down his wing before firing a low cross across the face of the goal to be buried by the impressive Emeka at the back post. Time passed, and changes were made to the defence and midfield as Chaz made way for Silky, and Kostis replaced Chris Straddling. Disaster struck soon after as a result of some complacency, and a miscommunication between defence and goalkeeper allowed for an otherwise redundant number 9 to calmly roll the ball into the unguarded Britanico net. Although Rami had demanded a clean sheet at half time, it was not meant to be. The loss of the goal was soon put into perspective though as Emekas’s replacement, Stuart, was tackled into the side barriers, and smacking his head in the process. After 10 minutes delay, and an ambulance call, the game restarted and was played out well by FCB. The passing and concentration had perhaps faltered through most of a scrappy second half, however in the closing moments FCB were not troubled, and finished off the match professionally and in control.

It must be noted that although the opposition were not great, the important message from today’s game was that the team were able to put the drills from training into practice seamlessly and effectively for most of the 90 minutes. It is early doors yet, and of course there is a long way to go this season however we can take a lot of confidence from the result, especially as most of the team are new to both the club, and the league.The league resumes against Cervezas Mahou in two weeks after the holiday weekend, but if all can make it down to training in the meantime then please do so!As always, all the best and enjoy your weeks.Forza FCB
MOM split vote for Scottish heroes, Nick and Ally

Silky’s final thought 29/09/2012

Welcome back to another season of Silky’s final thought following each Saturday morning Bunwer fixture.

Comedy caper, coach carded contemptuous contest culminates in calamitous collapse!  (Try saying that quickly after a few!!!!)
Third game of the season today against Instalaciones J Uceda and FCB headed south to Getafe in confident mood after a win and a draw in the first two games.  Despite being on the back foot at times due to excellent play by the home side, FCB managed to mop up in defence and the forward players had the lion’s share of the chances so it was a pity when a misjudgement let Instalaciones in to open the scoring just before half time. Second half saw FCB get back into the game at 2-1 down but shortly afterwards the referee ruined FCB’s morning by giving keeper Rob his marching orders for getting too involved in a tangle between Ally and their winger.  Lee Fletch then took the brave decision to stand in as goalkeeper but unfortunately this meant that Olivier had to come off who had been playing very well.  Thanks ‘Arbi’ and from then on FCB’s morning just went to rack and ruin with the home side notching a further 3 goals to run out 5-1 winners.  Handshakes all round then between the Instalaciones players and referee…..anyone get the feeling there was a little ‘arrangement’ there???
So once again, this was another reminder NOT to argue with referees but a spirited performance against 12 men by FCB.

Installaciones Electr J.Uceda 5 – 1 FC Britanico de Madrid

The reigning Bunwer league champions Installaciones, a right good side as Lee Fletcher would rightly point out, lay in wait for FCB in one of the toughest fixtures in the calendar. Despite Rami’s best attempts to leave a few key lads behind at Plaza Eliptica, the team set off on their long journey to Getafe at the allotted time of 8.20. Arriving a full 15 minutes before kick-off, Britanico were buoyed by the conditions which resembled an overcast day in the UK.
After some impressive performances in the opening games of the season, there was yet more competition for places as some familiar faces returned. Much to Rob’s relief, Fletch named the team, he and Rami opting for a 4-3-3 formation with Rob The Gob, Silky, Sean, Mike Ojo, Nick, Alex, Chris, Kos, Olivier, IsmAEl and Stuart in the starting line-up, with 7 subs hoping to make an impression.
Lone striker Ismael consistently pressed high looking for the ball early on, and when FCB managed to get men forward the champions’ defence did not look comfortable. After a few speculative long range efforts from the gallant Nicolas, Olivier engineered a good opportunity but flicked the ball narrowly wide. Unfortunately the first blow was for Installaciones, as a defensive mix-up allowed the impressive centre forward to run in and slide the ball past Rob.
Alex and Chris were doing an admirable job of maintaining possession in the middle of the park and Sean was marshalling the defence well, which allowed FCB to get back into the game. Rob’s presence also helped to settle the team, as he likes to make himself heard and talk his back four through the game. As the boys headed in at the break 1-0 down, there was a confidence that they could get back into it.

Unfortunately Installaciones hit an early goal from the edge of the area. At this point, the game increasingly became a showcase for poor sportsmanship as is regrettably often the case in this league. While the majority of the players wanted to carry on playing football, a select number of the opposition were more inclined to ‘see out’ the win by wasting time and trying to noise up FCB. Much to Chris’s bewilderment, the referee started to hand out cards for well timed tackles. Mercurial presence and apparent insomniac George Gomm was the first sub Rami made, and he had an instant impact spreading the ball wide to Ismael who crossed early, Alex eventually guided the ball into the corner.
At 2-1 with over half an hour remaining, FCB looked likely to gain something from the game. Ally replaced Mike Ojo and Stuart made way for the second of two Chris’s. Ali’s first touch of the ball was to make a well timed tackle, however the Installaciones number 7 reacted badly, as many continental players do, and lashed out. As the game carried on, Rob had found himself surrounded by 3 players who had taken umbrage to Ali’s ability to not get drawn into a handbag fight. Taking a back seat and watching the drama unfold, the referee was of the opinion that Rob’s colourful language, in Spanish no less, had no place on the football park and sent him off. The referee was so shocked and appalled by manager Rami’s protests that he sent him off also, in what is another chequered moment for the hot-headed manager. With Rob still making himself heard from the side of the park, and Rami unsettlingly peering through the fence, it all started to unravel for FCB.
The impressive Installaciones number 21 combined well with his wide men to score a quick hat trick of goals which fully exposed FCB’s 10 men. Despite commendable efforts from all on the park, subs Jesus, Zayd and Chaz and particularly Fletch who manned up to be in goals, the extra man showed and FCB were left to rue a few missed opportunities in the first half as the final score showed 5-1. As all and sundry had noted, the referee possibly did not like the FCB players due to their committed style, or maybe he just had an agenda from the offset, however the lads will have to learn from this and look to adapt better next week at home to Torrepista.
Congratulations to Sean for a MOTM performance in the centre of defence.

Second team fixtures for 2012/13 – Bunwer League

The FC Britanico second team started the season at home against Maycometal on Saturday 15th of September with a 5-2 victory.  The second week of the season see the Brits make the journey to C.D. Banco de España.

Fecha Equipo Casa Equipo Fuera
15/09/2012 FC BRITANICO Maycometal
22/09/2012 C.D.Banco de España FC BRITANICO
29/09/2012 Inst Electr J.Uceda FC BRITANICO
06/10/2012 FC BRITANICO Torrepista
20/10/2012 FC BRITANICO La Taberna de Pastor
27/10/2012 Navidul FC BRITANICO
03/11/2012 FC BRITANICO Cervezas Mahou
17/11/2012 Superefectivo FC BRITANICO
24/11/2012 Cafetería el Francés FC BRITANICO
01/12/2012 Inaem FC BRITANICO
15/12/2012 FC BRITANICO Faustos Ondarreta
22/12/2012 A.A.P.L.A FC BRITANICO
05/01/2013 FC BRITANICO Bar La Santina
12/01/2013 A.S.Carrozas FC BRITANICO
19/01/2013 FC BRITANICO Descansa
26/01/2013 Animales FC BRITANICO
02/02/2013 FC BRITANICO Procarton
09/02/2013 Unión Selección FC BRITANICO
16/02/2013 FC BRITANICO Proyel Duero
23/02/2013 Pinocchio II FC BRITANICO
02/03/2013 FC BRITANICO Bar Los Timbales
09/03/2013 FC BRITANICO Amiviajes
16/03/2013 FC BRITANICO Embutidos La Nuncia


FC Britanico goalkeeper Matt Yeah in action in his last game

FC Britanico 5 – Maycometal 2

So after a summer of intense preparation by both FCB teams it was the Bunwer side who were up first to kick off the new season on a hot morning at the Cage.
As is normal at the beginning of a new season, FCB had a lot of new faces that joined the club over summer so the starting line up only featured 5 players from last season which was: Matt Yea in goal for his last game between the sticks for the club, Silky, Mike Ojo, Sean and Zaed in defence, Stewart, Karim, Alex and Daniel in midfield and Eduardo and Ishmael as strikers.  Subs were Chris, Liam and Amar.
With only 2 pre season friendlies prior to today’s opener, FCB were still getting to know each other’s style of play and even names so Ladbrokes and William Hill both had Maycometal as firm favourites at 4/5 on!  However, once the game started it became clear that FCB were not going to let uncertainties affect their play and settled into a steady controlled game plan using the wide players well, the midfield linking well with each other and the defence mopping up whenever Maycometal threatened all of which must have been a relief to the ever vocal head coach Rami who makes Sam Allerdyce look docile!!  The opening goal of FCB’s season came midway through the first half, Ish burst through from midfield and after jinxing through a couple players found himself closed down on the edge of the Maycometal box by several defenders but Silky had raced into acres of space on the far side calling for the pass to which Ish duly obliged and after controlling the ball the right back let fly with a fierce low shot from 20 yards which the keeper got hands to but just couldn’t handle and the ball was in the back of the net to give the home side a deserved lead.  The relief was evident for the full back as this goal erased the heartbreak of the OG scored last season (and will hopefully lead to his profile being amended accordingly).  The first half action wasn’t finished there as about 3 minutes before half time FCB conceded a needless foul on the edge of the box which was a bad thing to do as Maycometal have a reputation for capitalising on free kicks.  Sure enough the worst fears were confirmed as the kick was curled brilliantly into the top corner, 1-1.  FCB were resigned to going in at the break level but optimistic, however, debutant Alex had different ideas and almost immediatly after the restart picked the ball up in the middle and went on a run at their defence then struck a fine low shot that swerved away from the keeper and gave FCB the advantage once again right on half time, brilliant response and the lads were truly up for turning the screw in the second half.  The only unfortunate part of the half was the loss of Karim due to an ankle injury so on came another debutant Chris to replace him.
Rami rallied the lads at half time and the boys were rightly beginning to believe that we had what it took to win the game.  They didn’t let themselves down as they picked up where they left off and surged into a 5-1 lead, the third, scored by another debutant Daniel, came after Mike Ojo found Ish from a free kick who then crossed for Daniel to slot home from close range.  Alex (him again!) blasted the 4th from a similar position to his first and is looking like a cross between Paul Scholes (style of goals) and Jack Rodwell (looks).  The 5th goal came from the ever present, loveable Marianne Feilani look alike Ishmael Majid who collected the ball on the edge of the box but was forced wide and it looked like his opportunity had been lost, Rami’s cry of $%^&**@~*?# seemed to confirm this but soon changed to a cry of delight as Ish, undeterred, swivelled and cracked home a rasping drive from a tight angle to effectively end the game as a contest. Towards the end of the match Rami brought on Amar for Stewart and Liam for Alex with Amar snapping away at the big Maycometal defenders who clearly didn’t like it.  Matt Yea proved he could deal with free kicks as he pulled off a fine stop from another wicked shot but unfortunately FCB made another silly error by bringing down the player in a dangerous position with about 5 minutes to go and Matt picked up a yellow card for his over exuberant protestations to the referee!  It was clearly too late for Maycometal to stage a comeback but once again they whipped in the ball to make it 5-2.  The frustrating thing for FCB was that had they avoided conceding the free kicks they would have finished this game with a clean sheet as the defence was rock solid otherwise and had a great day, scoring one and assisting with another.
A slightly surprising opening result for the Bunwer side then when you consider the opposition and the fact that we are still gelling as a team but the effort was fantastic and a real desire was there to see, well done lads proud of you!

Just a footnote to say well done to Matt Yeah in your final game for FC Britanico. Two goals conceded but also some fine saves. He is back to the UK Monday 17th but has been a great servant on and off the field in recent years for the club. Good luck in the UK and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

Bunwer finish season with a mauling of Proyel Duero

FCB looked to bring the curtain down on a season of mixed emotions with a home affair against Proyel Duero at the La Elipa Cage. For several the lads, they were keen to end their FCB careers on a high. Adopting a more offensive approach than usual, FCB lined up: Yea, Kiki, Ally, Gary Weir, Nick Boyle. Michael, Nestor, Josh. Ishmael, Zach and Mark.

From the offset, FCB adopted a high intensity, moving the ball around with a composure and patience which had abandoned them in recent weeks. The front three provided the necessary energy, and it wasn’t long until FCB were ahead after a back post finish from Zak. Two minutes later, after a clumsy foul, the lead was doubled from the
spot and FCB were flying. They continued to have the confidence to move the ball around, emboldened by a steady and assured back four which gave Proyel Duero very little to go on. Zack had his hatrick soon after, rounding off some good team play. With FCB four up (Zack, again), Proyel Duero threatened to make a game with a thunderous strike which cannoned in off the upright reducing the arrears to three.

FCB began the second half again with high energy levels, forcing Proyel Duero into several mistakes. Before long, FCB had found goals five and six to end the game as a contest. From here, the quality, on both sides, dropped and FCB continued to add to their tally, despite themselves being well off form by this point. Ultimately, the game was
abandoned at 11-1, with the embarrassment complete and the only issue now was whether both sides could maintain their discipline. It was a sad end to the game, and should not mask that the first forty five minutes were as high a quality as FCB have provided all season. After a Jekyll and Hyde season, FCB did at least sign off on a positive note
and, for those who are staying, next season can be met with fresh relish,

MOTM: Zack

FCB unable to give departing player final hurrah

FCB looked to bounce back from last week’s meek 3-1 reversal to Maycometal with a home game against Superefectivo. Again FCB had strength in numbers, but lined up: Yea, Ally, Ojo, Omar, departing captain Reece, Michael, Josh, Zach, Nick, Ishmael and Mark. FCB began promisingly, causing Superefectivo trouble down the flanks, but unable to find the composure and finesse to make the most of these opportunities. Twenty minutes in, however, Superefectivo did just this, going ahead with virtually their first effort of the game, a fine 20 yard strike well beyond the reach of Yea. Again FCB continued to plug away, but with little success and, after a harsh free kick was given against them, FCB were two down just before half time.

FCB began the second half, much as the first ended- with a lot of toil and very little quality to accompany it. Sadly, their visitors were in clinical form, and were three nothing up following a thunderous strike from the edge of the area. From here, FCB’s heads went down, although the effort remained beyond question. It was not to be their day, and another two avoidable goals consigned them to a heavy defeat on home soil. On certain occasions, FCB have been let down by effort but, today, it was the quality and finesse which proved the real difference and FCB can have no real complaints.
MOTM: Reece Carling
A final note to wish the MOTM (and POTY in waiting) a safe trip back to the UK and to thank him for all his efforts, both at regional and Bunwer level, this year. A great miss, and a great disappointment not to have sent him off on a more positive note.
For FCB Bunwer, the final curtain call comes this week, and the last chance to hoist themselves from the foot of the table which they have again slipped to. The season has had too many up’s, particularly in its formative stages, to end the season at the foot of the table (albeit the Championship table) and a win this Saturday should be enough to avoid it. It will also mark the last game for many in the squad, mainly top club man Matt Yea so defeat really should not be an option.
Kick off is 10.00 at La Elipa, so come on down and give the guys some support in their final game.
However, for now, hasta luego to the handsome Geordie.