No sooner had the 2016/17 football season ended than thoughts turned to 2017/18.
Unlike last summer, when the future of Mazarrón FC was in doubt and there was little activity until just before the start of the season, this July has been a hive of activity for the Club.
The disappointment of missing out on promotion to the Tercera Division in the play-offs was soon forgotten as the Club prepared for a new and stronger campaign to gain promotion. The Council were undertaking renovation work on the playing surface at the Estadio Municipal and work was also promised on the replacement of the many broken seats on the main stand side of the ground.
After the shock decision to dispense with the services of coach Jose Sanchez, the club moved quickly to secure the services of a very experienced new coach, 58 year old Paco Pliego. He has many years service as a coach in both the Preferente Autonomica and the Tercera Division and has gained promotion on a couple of occasions to the Segunda B Division.
Pre-season training began on 25th July and at the time of writing a number of last year's team had agreed to sign for another year, unlike last year when only skipper Juan Andreo from the senior squad re-signed. Boudia, Andreo, Miguel, Javi Torrano, Raul Torrano, goalkeeper Pablo, Adrian and youngsters Pedro and Steven have all been signed along with a number of players from other teams including Monjas from Lorca B and three players from Olimpico de Totana, Alfonso, Joseda and Adrian Perez.
Mazarrón FC also announced that their main sponsor Construcciones Francisco Coy SL had renewed their agreement for the 2017/18 season. A new white away kit was introduced with the main sponsor on the front of the shirt and the support of Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC recognised on the back of the shirt.
Because of the ongoing work at the Estadio Municipal the pre-season friendlies arranged so far will all be played away from home:
4th August v EDMF Churra
12th August v Real Murcia Nacional
16th August v EMF Fuente Alamo
19th August v CF Molina
It is hoped to arrange one more friendly before the season starts in earnest. This is normally in either the last week of August or the first week in September, but details and fixtures have not yet been announced. Mazarrón's home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC organise a supporters' coach to most away games and tickets can be booked at the weekly Los Amigos meetings. Full details of all games, dates and kick off times are advertised in the local media, on www.mazarronfc.es, Facebook, fb.me/mazarron2016 and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarrón.
Season tickets at €35 and can be purchased at the weekly Los Amigos meetings.
Members had a great time at the Annual Quiz and BBQ organised by Alan and Sue Lyle at their home. Thanks to Alan and Sue for their superb hospitality and to quizmaster Bryan Wilde for another entertaining quiz. €300 was raised on the night; a splendid achievement.
The 9th Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Evening and Dinner will be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron on Tuesday 28th March 2018. Comedian Gary Marshall will again be flying out to Spain to act as MC and comedian. A Race Night and a Celebrity Golf Day are planned for the Gala Week which this year raised over €5,500 in support of Mazarrón FC.
The annual President's Bash on Wednesday 25th October at The Club House, Camposol C will have a Motown theme and the guest artiste will be the popular J J Soulman. Further details and ticket prices will be available shortly.
The final Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Luncheon Club outing was on Tuesday 18th July with an evening meal at La Caleta. Because more than 50 people want to book each month, the number of restaurants that can cope with that number in the local area has virtually been exhausted. It is hoped that similar events can be organised in the future on a less regular basis and perhaps with limited numbers to expand the choice of restaurants. Thanks to everyone who has helped to organise the Luncheon Club over the years and to members and friends for their support.
The Membership fee for the 2017/18 season has been increased to €20; the first increase in the eleven years of Los Amigos's existence. Members receive a discount on coach travel to away games and to nearly all social functions organised under the Los Amigos banner.