By CHRIS WRIGHT
John and Liz Wilson, Irish ex-pats living and working in Vale da Telha in the north west Algarve, are keen supporters of Juventude Clube Aljezurense.
The team is based in Aljezur and last season was promoted from Algarve Division Two to Division One, a great achievement for the small town with its population of just 5,000.
The club features a number of other sports including boules, cycling, inline skating and last year a brand new handball court was opened. The football club got its synthetic pitch two years ago and is now trying to develop the ground with additional facilities including a stand.
“Our dedicated band of ex-pat supporters, who go to most away games, thoroughly enjoy their travels around the Algarve with all our games being played on a Saturday afternoon.” said John. “We expect this will be a tough season and we will do well to stay up. We welcome anyone who wants to join us and support the local team.”
This season, an opening day defeat at Campinense (Loulé), who are currently top of the league, was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Faro e Benfica. Last Saturday they lost 2-0 away to a strong Quarteirense team. 1-0 down after half-an-hour, the visitors nearly equalised when centre forward Casinhas lob was pushed to safety by the keeper.
With half-time fast approaching, Aljezur gave the ball away just inside their own half. A cross from the right was met with a clever looping header at the far post for an excellent second goal. The second half brought more of the same with Quarteirense having most of the ball but failing to deliver the killer blow. Tomorrow (Saturday) Aljezurense are at home to fellow strugglers Imortal, kick-off 3pm.
For further information, contact John Wilson on 292 997 360 or 913 137 496. Email [email protected]
OTHER EXPAT FOOTBALL SUPPORTER GROUPS?
Do you follow a local team? We would like to hear from you. Email Chris Wright at [email protected]