Rather than traipsing round some random pre-season friendlies or following the mighty Lions in their Northern Irish tour, I was away for a fortnight’s family holiday in Port de Pollensa in Majorca, returning on Saturday afternoon, just too late to make a game.
Pollensa is a lovely place but with it’s maritime focus, it’s hardly the type of footballing hotbed you often find overseas.
The Spanish World Cup win was raucously celebrated in bars during my visit, which made for a blurry Estrella Damm fuelled Sunday night out on my part, but apart from the usual fake Barca and Real shirts in the souvenir shops, there was little obvious enthusiasm for the beautiful game.
I was surprised to discover that Port de Pollensa has it’s own team, playing out of the local municipal ‘camp de futbol’ on the outskirts of the resort, situated on the road to Formentor.
Sadly for me there were no signs of any pre-season games to take in, but I did wander along to see what the ground was like one hot afternoon.
The complex had two 3G pitches, one full sized where Port de Pollensa play their games in the Tercera Regional (Group A) league alongside other clubs from other places on Majorca.
Apart from a few barriers carrying advertising boards there appeared to no structures on three sides of the field, which was laid out for six or seven-a-side games in addition to the normal pitch markings.
The fourth side contained a small stand with three deep rows of backless bucket seats, maybe accommodating 150 punters at most, and a fairly substantial clubhouse containing toilets etc.
The only discernable access to the ‘stadium’ was via an entrance at one side on the street called Calle de Formentor.
Behind this main floodlit pitch was a smaller pitch, presumably used for juvenile football as it was around two-thirds size. Unusually, this also had a couple of rows of seating down one flank to accommodate spectators.
All in all it was a nice set-up, not unlike the kind of thing you find back home.