After a few hectic and worrying days when it appeared that Mazarrón FC may go out of existence, the future of the Club was finally secured just in time to register with the Murcia Federation before the 30th July deadline.

President Diego Arango, who was part of the consortium which took over the club at the start of last season, is now in sole charge at the Estadio Municipal Pedro Mendez and has worked tirelessly to assemble a new squad despite all the problems which occurred behind the scenes. A Colombian by birth, he has brought in a number of players who were born in his country, including last year’s captain Taborda who has signed for another season. 

The squad also includes a number of local born players, including goalkeeper Pablo Lopez, a Spanish Beach Soccer international, and Jose Oliver and Antonio Andreo who both graduated through the junior ranks at Mazarrón. They both played in the first team before leaving for pastures new, but have now returned to help the club regain its place in the Tercera Division. English born Aaron Fothergill, who was with the club last season, has also re-joined. Other new signings at the time of going to press include central defender Lopez who was one of the players for whom international clearance was not obtained in time for him to play last season, winger Alvaro Vera (24), Argentinian striker Lucas Gonzalez (20), midfielders Dany Caicedo (23) and Juan David (22) and striker Carlitos Rivas (27).

Diego Arango with Paco Luna
Diego Arango with Paco Luna

There is a good blend of youth and experience for new Manager Paco Luna to work with. He is a high-profile manager who is an experienced former professional footballer. 50 years old, he played over 400 first class games, scoring more than 100 goals, with spells in Scotland with Hibernian and Dundee. Indeed, he is something of a legend in Hibernian after scoring twice in a UEFA Cup game against AEK Athens. Paco arrived in Mazarrón in time for the first pre-season friendly against Alcantarilla at the Estadio Municipal which Mazarrón won 2-1. At the time of going to press they have played three friendly games winning two and losing one; the return game against Alcantarilla which they lost 4-2. The other game was a 2-0 victory over near-neighbours EF Alhama.

Alcantarilla Away
Alcantarilla Away

At the time of writing the fixture list for the 2022/23 season has not yet been released and we are still awaiting details of season ticket and match day prices from the Club. When the season does start, Mazarrón’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times.  Kick off times are not normally known until the Tuesday before the day of the game. Full details of all games are advertised in the local media, on fb.me/mazarron2016 and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarrón. 

Los Amigos aim to take a supporters’ coach to away games subject to demand, or if the game is played fairly locally we travel in convoy leaving from Camposol B lower car park. Please email janperks1@gmail.com to indicate if you wish to travel by coach well in advance of each away game. Payment can be made at our Thursday meetings.

Membership renewals were due on 1st August and last for twelve months. Membership is €20 and members and a partner are entitled to discount on coach travel to away games and to all Los Amigos social activities. The only stipulation is that members only are allowed to attend the monthly business meetings.

After the success of our night out at Bar Velasquez in Mazarrón in July, another function has been arranged at the same venue on Friday 16th September (7.30pm-11.30pm). Entertainment will be by Rees, a very talented singer.

The meal:

Starters: Salad, Cheese/Ham and croquettes

Main Course: Choice of Roast Chicken Breast, Pigs Cheeks, Cod in Batter, Lamb or Hake with sauce.

Dessert: Apple Cake & Ice Cream

Drink: Wine, beer & soft drinks are included during the serving of dinner only. Any drinks before and after the meal must be paid for when ordering.

If there is sufficient demand a coach will be provided (may be additional cost). The price is €20 for members and €25 for non-members. To book please email dereksocialfc@gmail.com 

We will be re-introducing our President’s Ball which was suspended during Covid. This will take place at The Club House, Camposol Club de Golf on Friday 14th October. There will be a platter meal on each table and a live band Skyfall will be providing the musical entertainment. They are a four-piece rock and roll band from Almeria who have not appeared in the area before. Tickets, including food are €12.50, so please email dereksocialfc@gmail.com as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Los Amigos weekly meetings have now resumed after the summer break every Thursday at Mariano’s Bar & Restaurant, Camposol A at 4pm. All are welcome except at the monthly Business Meeting on the last Thursday in each month which is open to members only.