27 days until Portugal.With only 27 days remaining until the tour, a few final arrangements have been sorted.

The times for the games have been set. The opening game will take place at 8:30pm on Friday, so we have a full day in Portugal to 'acclimatise.' The referee for all three games is Brian Rogers.

We need everyone to fill out their passport details on the Easyjet website. I've sent everyone a text about how to do this.

We also need to sort out our own holiday insurance. You have the option of covering yourself for injury, but recalling the Malta Tour 2008, the insurance specified that you'd only need injury insurance if we were part of a professional, paid team. Best to contact your own insurance provider for this.

The basics needed will be football boots, shin pads, blue socks and white shorts. I'll provide the tops at the airport. Everyone HAS to wear the black Adidas style track tops and the burgundy polo shirts. No excuses. Anyone who doesn't will not be selected to play.

We need to get to the airport early. Check in opens at around 4:20am, so we need to be there for then in order to avoid anyone being 'bumped' off the flight. EasyJet have assured me this is very rare and that anyone would be on the next flight and fully compensated, but I have made them aware that one or two off the flight would jeopardise the tour.

The principal squad and line up for the opening game against Juventude Campinese is as follows: Mark Cresswell and Scott Hembrough in attack. Paul McConville, Mark Middlemiss, Wayne Greenwell and Tim Gillespie in midfield. Dave Gourlay, Chris Dixon, Mark Muers and Simon Mulvaney in defence. Davinder Sangha and William Harper as substitutes. Bianca Bellizzi and Davinder Sangha will probably share video camera duties.

Portugal Tour | Day 3.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 18th October 2009

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DF FC 6 Sassco.co.uk 4. Day 3, the final day of the tour. I was up at 7:00am and by 8:00am was making my way to McDonalds for breakfast. Nothing was...Read More

Portugal Tour | Day 2.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 18th October 2009

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FC Ferreiras 0 Sassco.co.uk 2. A more relaxed morning. The long day the night before took it out of us. Si and Hembrough were having breakfast at a place called Betty...Read More

Portugal Tour | Day 1.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 17th October 2009

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Juventude Sport Campinense 1 Sassco.co.uk 1. As expected, the paranoia kicked in about 6:00pm on the Thursday evening. I must have sent around seven or eight (or more) texts to everyone...Read More

Portugal weather.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 15th October 2009

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Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Sunny Max: 26°C 79°F Sunrise: 07:40 Sunny Max: 26°CSunrise: 07:41 Sunny Max: 25°CSunrise: 07:42 Sunny Max: 26°CSunrise: 07:43 Wind, humidity, pressure and visibility Wind: ESE 11mphHum: 43% Press: 1017mB Vis: Good Wind: E 17mphHum: 43% Press:...Read More

Venue change for Ferreira's g…

Portugal Tour 2009 - 12th October 2009

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As mentioned earlier, for the second game (on Saturday), we will now be on 3G turf now, as FC Ferreira's first team will be playing on the main pitch. We'll...Read More

Sunday afternoon bar.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 12th October 2009

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We play our host, Gary Thomas' team on Sunday just before lunchtime. Afterwards, we'll be at the Bar Solar Da Palanicie near the football pitch at Alfamar where we can...Read More

In the newspaper in Portugal.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 12th October 2009

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More publicity in Portugal. Algarve Resident, the local newspaper (online and in print) for the area, will be featuring Sassco's tour. Thanks to Inês Lopes at the newspaper and also Gary Thomas...Read More

On the radio in Portugal.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 12th October 2009

Pleased to announce that the local radio station, KISS FM Algarve will be mentioning our tour and also the match details up to and on game days. When we were in...Read More

Hospitality in Portugal on Fr…

Portugal Tour 2009 - 10th October 2009

After our late game on Friday (the day we land in Portugal), we've been invited into the restaurant/bar in the Imortal Stadium, as they have put on chicken and chips for after the...Read More

Portugal Tour flag.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 29th September 2009

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When in Malta, we didn't have any flag or banner to fly from the hotel room or to drape Muers in. For Portugal, we've obtained a two metre wide banner with...Read More

27 days until Portugal.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 18th September 2009

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With only 27 days remaining until the tour, a few final arrangements have been sorted. The times for the games have been set. The opening game will take place at 8:30pm...Read More

Portugal Tour 2009 venues.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 6th August 2009

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Two new pictures of the Municipal 3G pitch, courtesy of tour operator, Gary Thomas. This is the venue for our Friday afternoon game against Juventude Sport Campinense/Loulé. Looks quite impressive...Read More

About the organisers

Portugal Tour 2009 - 13th July 2009

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The driving force behind the tour has been myself (Davinder Sangha) as well as all the players who came on the Malta Tour 2009. I expected Malta to be a...Read More

Portugal Tour pennants

Portugal Tour 2009 - 6th July 2009

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Remember the pre-match handshakes when we played our three games in Malta? We received pennants and emblems from the opponents, while all Dave Gourlay could offer was a handshake and a...Read More

Fixtures

Portugal Tour 2009 - 14th June 2009

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16th October (Friday) Juventude Sport Campinense/Loulé 8:30pm Municipal 3G pitch 17th October (Saturday) FC Ferreiras 5:00pm Estadio Da Nora 18th October (Sunday) Destination Football FC 11:00am Hotel Alfamar pitch  

Full tour costs now published

Portugal Tour 2009 - 14th June 2009

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The costings for the tour are in. The total to pay overall is £258 per person based on the 13 who are travelling. Obviously, you take off the deposit paid...Read More

Opponents and venue changed.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 11th June 2009

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Slight change on the schedule. Friday we play v Juventude on an artificial pitch next to the actual Municipal Stadium, but not in the stadium itself.  Saturday we play v FC Ferreiras...Read More

The venues

Portugal Tour 2009 - 3rd June 2009

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On Friday 16th October, our game will take place at the Municipal 3G venue against Juventude Sport Campinense. The pitch is a third generation artificial turf which is FIFA approved...Read More

Portugal Tour shirt.

Portugal Tour 2009 - 16th May 2009

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The new Portugal Tour 2009 shirt is as shown in the image. The brand is Adidas (obviously) and the sizes are based on the requests made by the individual player...Read More

Flights and hotel

Portugal Tour 2009 - 8th May 2009

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FlightsThe flights are by easyJet and take off from Newcastle. Friday 16 OctoberCheck in opens Fri 16 Oct 04:20
 Closes Fri 16 Oct 05:40 We need to ensure that we...Read More

Squad details

Portugal Tour 2009 - 8th May 2009

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01 Dave SmithReturns as goalkeeper for the tour. Currently playing for Sassco on Saturday when the manager gets one of his sadistic moments and forces Simpson to play outfield. An...Read More

Football venues

Portugal Tour 2009 - 26th March 2009

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Football venues provisionally confirmed in Portugal     Municipal Estadio de Albufeira.It's likely that we'll be playing on this pitch on Friday evening. Municipal Estadio de Albufeira.We'll be on the same pitch on Sunday.     Hotel...Read More

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