Dismal Bunwer Gift Win to Ruper King

21/04/2012 – La Elipa

FCB Bunwer 0-3 Ruper King

FCB Bunwer today fell to their second straight league defeat after a poor performance against an average Ruper King. Despite conceding 2 penalties, MOTM and stand-in keeper Matt Yea prevented a cricket score and kept the Brits in with a shout until slack play and poor team defending allowed Ruper King to end the game comfortably. The brits were not without their chances, however their late and speculative long range efforts were the mark of a team short of ideas and confidence. The despondant dressing room will have time off to recover next weekend, with a real need for focus on concentration and being clinical infront of goal.

Match report by Michael Langan

After a creditable away performance last week, FCB returned to La Elipa looking to settle old scores with Ruper King on the upper pitch. Again Rami, in a welcome change, had an abundance of attacking options at his disposal. FCB lined up: Yea, Ally, Ojo, Fletch and Reece (the first unchanged back four since October last year), Michael, Chaz, Nick, Josh, Madris and George.


FCB opened brightly, moving the ball comfortably around, although with no real cutting edge evident. However, after the nervy openings of last week, this was a welcome addition to their game. The danger, however, stemmed from a midfield which looked a little stretched. After twenty minutes, FCB fell behind after Matt Yea scythed down the onrushing Ruper King player, who dispatched the resultant penalty. Yea was in action soon after, making a spate of saves to keep FCB in a game which was threatening to get away from them.  Similar to last week, Reece was again unlucky not to win a penalty for his side, the referee waving play on after he was seemingly brought down. Just before half time, Nick switched off at a corner and, after rushing out to the danger, Yea conceded another penalty which, thankfully, was blazed off the bar and over.


At half time, Steve Cespades replaced the excellent Chaz Boyle, who must have picked up a knock. This change signalled the death knell for FCB, as they lost both their talisman and their sense of purpose and direction. While the second half began brightly, the consternation at this loss was palpable throughout the side, and was a significant factor in the second goal which killed the game. After slack play in the opposition half, FCB were left man for man at the back, and Yea was beaten by a smart finish. FCB’s morning went from bad to worse when, after a poor clearance, a third goal was rifled past Yea as FCB threatened to implode. While FCB finished the game strongly, finally beginning to test the Ruper King goalkeeper, there was to be no consolation as they were soundly beaten. Three nil, in truth, was slightly flattering, but FCB can nonetheless have no complaints over the loss, and desperately need to start picking points up.

As an aside, all the best to Matt Yea on his return from injury, and to Josh on his first start for the club. Today, however, does not make up for the 24 goals conceded in a memorable three weeks for the former two months ago.

FCB Regional Lose out in La Elipa Derby


15/04/2012 – La Elipa

FCB Regional 1-6 Club Juventud Elipa “A”

The Regional lads were taught a harsh lesson on Sunday by a clinical Club Juventud. The second place side took control of the game and were worthy of their victory against the brits.

Bunwer go down to Instalaciones despite battling performance

Reece Carling celebrating with manager Rami Majid14/04/2012 – Getafe

Installaciones 3-2 FCB Bunwer

Another “very nearly” match for the Bunwer lads, with a superb yet fruitless performance away from home.

Match Report by Michael Langan

“FCB Bunwer returned to league action following the Easter break, looking to add points to performances. Facing Instalaciones, FCB were again handed a big task as they travelled to Getafe. FCB lined up: Hutchinson, Renucci, Ojo, Fletcher, Carling, Langlands, Cespedes, N Boyle, C Boyle, Madris and Gomm. FCB started slow, and were soon under sustained pressure from Instalaciones. After five minutes, the home side were awarded a penalty after a clumsy tackle from Michael Langlands in the box. However, Hutchinson was to set the tone for an inspired display by keeping the score levels and sparing blushes. Unfortunately, FCB were unable to capitalise on this, and Instalaciones continued to press forward, with a goal seeming inevitable. After finally managing to acquire a foothold in the game, however, FCB were punished with some slack play at a corner lead to the home side taking the lead. It was a cruel blow having seemingly seen out the initial barrage, but was little more than the home side deserved. However, buoyed by their recent performances, FCB remained undeterred and redoubled their efforts to find the back of the net. Just before half time, they did after some good build up play was turned home, albeit somewhat fortuitously, by Carling at the far post. With half time looming, FCB seemed to have salvaged something to take in at half time, until cruel fortune allowed the home side to seize the advantage once more and send FCB in 2-1 down.

The second half began more evenly than the first, with FCB playing with a real belief they could cause an upset in Getafe. Gomm and Madris both went close with efforts as the league leaders looked somewhat shaken. With the game evenly poised, however, Instalaciones seized a two goal advantage after a fine strike from 25 yards moved past Hutchinson and into the corner. Seeking an alternative means of attack, Rami looked for a more dynamic midfield replacing cunning Cespedes with incoming Josh Franco and bringing the mercurial Ishmael Majid on for Chaz Boyle. Neither however were involved in the second goal, which was wonderful 30 yard strike from Michael, further consolidating his position as top goalscorer and all round top bloke. With 20 minutes to go, FCB had a goal and real momentum. Pushing forward in waves, Josh Franco was unlucky after rounding the goal keeper and Ishmael Majid also unlucky not to see his deliveries met at the far post. The turning point, however, occurred ten minutes from the end. Reece Carling, moving quickly by two men, was inexplicably felled in the box as he was about to shoot, though the referee waved away FCB protests. At this point, the home side resorted to stalling tactics to see down the clock. In fairness, they were ably abetted by some terrific players in possession, as they frustrated FCB and consigned them to a fourth defeat in five. The manner, however of the last three performances, has been inestimably better than the closing games of the first round of Bunwer affairs. With four home games to come, FCB must now seek to push on and propel themselves up a table they are more than capable of competing in.

MOTM: Matthew Hutchinson
Goalscorers: Reece Carling and Michael Langlands

Flat performance from Bunwer lads against stubbern Mahou

31/03/2012 – La Elipa

FCB Bunwer 1-1 Cervezas MahouImage

Rami Majid was left fuming after his side failed to take all three points against the 9 men of ageing side Cervezas Mahou today. The brits had several chances to win the game in the second half, however, they ultimately couldn’t find the net as Mahou ran the clock down.

Match Report by Tom Pope

With a deceptively large squad available to him, Bunwer manager was faced with the difficult selection of stringing together a side largely composed of defenders. The brits started with Hutch in goals, a back line of Ally, Will (y style), Omar (smuggled back from Germany) and Reece, with a midfield four of Nestor, Ish, Steve Cespedes and Nick Boyle. The front line was led by the dubiously late-arriving George and the even later Bini.

Despite a thorough warm up, the brits were sluggish from the off, slack passes, second to the ball and incorrect decision-making. Their poor start was quickly punished when, after 3-men attempted to header the same ball, the Cervezas Mahou number 22 had time to steady himself unchallenged and send a looping 35 yard volley over Hutch. The response from the brits was not great, and it took another 20 minutes for them to get into the game. With increasing pressure on the Cervezas Mahou backline, the brits were beginning to win free kicks around the area, and after a wonderful cross from Steve Cespedes, George Gomm had the simple task of nodding home at the back post to draw the teams level. The goal spurred FCB on and they continued to push before half time. They were unable to add to their tally, although they came close a couple of times including a Bini free kick which struck the Mahou cross-bar.

Rami tried to add some creativity to the second half performance, replacing Nestor with the impeccably handsome Karim, however, Cervezas Mahou continued playing a frustrating game of closing the brits down at every opportunity. The brits dominated the second half in terms of chances and possession. Substitute Karim fired in several excellent shots from distance, whilst the clearest opening fell to George who was unable to connect with a cross from the left inside the Mahou box. Further changes were made, with Steve Cespedes, then Big Willy Style going off to be replaced by Arnar and Kiki.

With time ticking down, Cervezas Mahou were reduced first to 10 and then 9 men, with it looking a certainty that FCB Bunwer’s youth and extra numbers would surely be able to see off their opposition, however, chance after chance was missed. Arnar unable to control when in space in the box, George forcing a good save from the keeper after Arnar’s clever flick on and Bini heading straight at the keeper from a corner. Cervezas Mahou stuck to their game plan of frustration, wasting time and winding the brits up and, to their credit, they won the mental battle on the field. They could have snatched all three points late on too, but for a wonderful block from FCB captain Hutch.

And so it became clear that a goal was not going to come, and Karim compounded the matter by showing his ugly side to the referee and earn himself an unnessecary red card. With no game next week, the Bunwer lads will be practising their shooting.

MOTM Reece Carling

FCB Regional Humbled by League Leaders

25/3/2012 – La Elipa

FCB Regional 1-6 CD Nuevas Palomeras

The Brits had a disappointing Sunday at home to Nuevas Palomeras as they struggled to find any traction in the game. They remain in 13th place, 1 point ahead of C.F Fenix.

Match report to follow

FCB Bunwer Go Close Against Champions

24/3/2012 – The Canodromo

Union Seleccion 2-1 FCB Bunwer

It was the same old story of so near and yet so far once again for the Bunwer lads as 90 minutes of hard work and fine play proved futile. With the points having been returned to 0 after the league split, the Brits were out to prove themselves against a team who finished joint top in the first phase of the season, however, Rami Majid will still need to find the extra spark to keep FCB in the hunt for the championship.

“This was a tale of what might have been, had Silky’s arm stayed vertical, if the ref had awarded FCB a penalty for a trip on Bini they might well have snatched a point or even beaten the champs in their own back yard.  Stirring performance from Rami’s lads who clearly rattled Union Seleccion and banished the memories of the humiliating defeat suffered 2 months ago in the reverse fixture.  If this kind of form can be maintained…….the rest of the league better watch out!!!!”

Match report to follow.

Liga Bunwer “Division de Honor” Fixtures Announced

The Liga Bunwer has released the fixture list for the remainder of the season, with FCB being handed a tough start away from home against a Union Seleccion side fresh from winning the 1st half of the Bunwer season. The points have been set to zero now though, and manager Rami Majid will ensure no respect is wasted on the opposition as the brits aim to show what end of the table they should be fighting at.

Celts win in close fought tri-team tournament

17/3/2012 – Villa de Vallecas

FC Corcoran 1-2 England and Rest of World

Celts 0-1 FC Corcoran

England and Rest of World 0-2 Celts

On a warm Saturday afternoon in Madrid, FC Britanico welcomed their ex-pat counterparts frImageom Paris, FC Corcoran, for a three-way tournament in the Vallecano sun. It was to be a tight affair, with all three teams coming through 2 hours of football with a victory and a defeat, however, FCB’s own Celts won through after a second half goal vs the English in the final match secured a goal difference victory.

There were some fine individual performances on all three teams, as well as some great physical endurance to last the full 120 minutes in the heat. FCB would like to congratulate the Celts for their win, but more importantly, thank everyone who organised the event and came along to get involved. Particular mention to our special guests FC Corcoran, to Phil Mugford for 3 hours of non-stop refereeing and to Stuart Gibb for his tireless efforts in making such a great day happen.


Match report from (an unsurprisingly Scottish) Mick Langan. For “Scotland” real “Celts”.

“A vintage Scotland team arrived in Vallecas, determined to retain a trophy they had won at a canter three months ago. Retaining the majority of their 2011 side, the Scots looked to hammer home their obvious superiority at the club. After a snoozefest between the English side and visiting team, FC Corcoran, ended 2-1 to England (Reece Carling with a notable free kick), the visiting support finally got their wishes as Scotland took to the field. Alas however, the game did not go to plan,. and they fell behind to a shick against the run of play goal. The Scots then laid siege to the Corcoran goal, with playmaker Michael Langan thundering the bar with a sizzling thirty yard free kick. After some underhand tactics from biased referee Phil, the Scots were downed and facing an embarrassing surrender of their not so hard fought title. However, they were well aware that a two goal margin against an appalling English side would still save face. Sadly, the Scots remained well under par and looked a shadow of the footballing side for which they are well renowned. After confusion and calamity reigned in the English box, Scotland found themselves a goal up and right back in the hunt. An appallingly inept defensive English performance was threatening to steal the trophy from the favourites. However, with minutes remaining, Mark popped up to emphatically place the trophy into the waiting Scottish arms. As the full time whistle was blown, it was a mixture of relief and disappointment from the Scots. While a trophy is always nice and spared some blushes, beating the England team is kind of like beating an armless man in an arm wrestling contest, and two goals really is the bare minimum. And this truly was as poor an English side in living memory (since November). That said, you can only beat what is in front of you. Onwards and upwards.

Top goalscorer: Mark
MOTM Scotland: Nick Boyle
MOTM England: Hutch
Best Goalkeeper and MOTM other team: half decent goalie badly at fault for a goal”