Pre-season training began in earnest for Mazarrón FC on 25th July when players assembled for the start of the new season. Although squad places were still not finalised, a large number of last season's successful team had indicated that they wished to continue for a further year.
A number of new signings from clubs in a higher division gave cause for optimism that 2017-2018 would see another challenge for promotion to the Tercera Division which was narrowly missed after a defeat in the first leg of the play-off Semi-Final last season.
Sadly, long serving club captain Juan Andreo announced that he was 'hanging up his boots'. His decision came as a big surprise to Los Amigos supporters who had again voted him their Player of the Year last season and felt that he still had a few more seasons left under his belt. The news was tempered by the fact that Juan Andreo was staying with the Club as assistant to new Coach Paco Pliego. Juan was popular with players and supporters alike and will hopefully have as big an impact off the field as he had on it.
More bad news was that the very popular Chino, who had initially indicated that he was re-signing for Mazarrón, decided to accept an offer to play in his local city for Real Murcia City. We wish him well for the future and he will be sure of a typical Los Amigos welcome when he plays against Mazarrón FC at the Estadio Municipal.
Work has continued on improving the playing surface at the Estadio Municipal and on repairing and replacing the many broken seats in the main stand and it is hoped that everything will be in pristine condition for the first league game of the forthcoming season.
The first pre-season friendly away to 3rd Division Churra on 4th August ended in a 2-0 defeat, but coach Paco Pliego was encouraged by how the team played after only being together for just over a week. The second friendly away to Real Murcia Nacional on 12th August resulted on a 1-0 win for Mazarrón FC with a goal in the first half scored by Miguel Mena, Other games were played on 16th August away to local rivals EMF Fuente Alamo and at home to CF Molina on 19th August, but the results were not known at the time of going to press.
Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC organise a supporters' coach to most away games at €10 for Los Amigos members and €12 for non-members. Full details of all games, dates and kick off times are advertised in the local media, on www.mazarronfc.es, on Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Facebook page, fb.me/mazarron2016 and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarrón.
Match day admission price for the 2017-18 season is €4 with juveniles free. Season tickets are on sale at €35 and can be purchased at the weekly Los Amigos meetings from either Gerard or Barbara.
3rd September CD Bullense away
10th September CD Jumilla home
17th September CD El Esparragal home
24th September Cartagena FC away
1st October AD Alquerias home
The 9th Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Evening and Dinner at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarrón - Tuesday 27th March 2018.
Comedian Gary Marshall will act as MC and comedian and top guest speaker will be former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney.
After starting his League career at Millwall, where he made 137 senior appearances and a brief stay at Chelsea, Alex joined Manchester United in 1966 and made over 400 appearances during his twelve years at Old Trafford. He played in the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica when United became the first English team to win the European Cup and he has many stories to tell about his team mates such as George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law.
They will be joined by Los Amigos UK Ambassador Tony Currie in the Celebrity Golf Day to be held at Camposol Club de Golf on Monday 26th March. A Race Night is also planned and more information will be give on this at a later date.
Tickets for the Gala Dinner will be €45 which includes a five course meal with local beer, house wine and soft drinks included during dinner. A limited number of VIP places are available at €55 which includes preferred seating and a VIP Reception with the celebrities prior to the dinner.
The annual President's Bash has been arranged for Wednesday 25th October at The Club House, Camposol C with a Motown theme with the popular J J Soulman. Tickets are €10 for members and €12 for non-members including supper.
Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at The Club House, Camposol C at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members' Business Meeting and open to members only. The AGM was held on Thursday 24th August.