A day at . . . UD Lanzarote
A growing number of expat residents are widening their football horizons beyond satellite TV coverage by cheering on UD Lanzarote. The club, which plays in the Spanish leagues fourth tier, regularly attracts around 100 foreign fans to their Sunday morning matches in Arrecife. Brigg Ford and Shaun Addison took their seats for last months clash against fellow Secunda B side Ourense.
Match tickets, available from the window booth near the main entrance, are 12 for adults and 5 for 12 to 17-year-olds. Under- 12s go free. Programmes (28 pages of player and club stats, league tables and interviews) are also free, a refreshing change from Premier League grounds where they now cost almost as much as paperbacks best-sellers.
All tickets are either for the main stand with backless plastic seats, disappointingly for Luton Town fans, firmly bolted to the floor or the scoreboard stand where fans sit on concrete terracing. There is what appears to be a walled VIP section however, its open to anyone and there is no prawn sarnies served at half-time. Segregation fencing to keep rival fans apart is also absent. Whilst this is testimony to the good-natured off-field climate, its made possible largely by the fact that away teams often have to travel long distances todays opponents Ourense hail from north-west Spain, about 1,000km from Lanzarote and so only the hardiest supporters tend to make the trip.
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