By Chris Wright
Following the wonderful hospitality received by a party of forty Olhanense fans when they visited Funchal in December it was the Algarveans turn to reciprocate at the weekend.
Half-a-dozen supporters had either grown beards or were having their heads shaved to raise money for the Madeira Disaster Appeal.
“We were heartbroken to see the awful loss of life and devastation that the flash floods and mudslides caused recently, and this money will go directly to the local community,” said Neil Richardson.
Richard Birtles had his head shaved while Richard Eustace had only half his beard shaved to earn extra cash for the appeal. Thanks to the generous support of the Central Algarve Ladies Luncheon Group, Mad Hatters Riverside Bar, Tavira who held a Quiz, Beira Rio Restaurant & Irish Bar, Tavira; Restaurant Fonte Nova, Pechco; Mars Bar, Manta Rota; the new furniture warehouse Frontera, on the EN125 at Fuzeta; Cara s Hairdressing Salon, Tavira and numerous individuals, more than 1,200euros was raised. José Francisco M. Nóbrega, President of the Marítimo Supporters Club, and several other fans travelled over from Madeira and joined the Olhanense fans as they prepared for the shave-off prior to the game with Marítimo last Friday. On the Saturday forty fans together with their visitors enjoyed a festive lunch on Culatra Island.
Due to the inclement weather on the Friday evening of the Olhanense v Marítimo game, several of the participants postponed their shave until Monday. Larry Bawden, who has sported a beard for 20 years, Neil Richardson and Chris Wright enlisted the help of local Tavira legend Fernando Josi Dos Santos who has been cutting hair in the town since 1946. Tucked away behind the old market the premises are very much as they were sixty-four years ago and one can only wonder at the thousands of men and boys who have sat in the ancient but magnificent, high backed swivel chairs.