"Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"

The Sassco flag flying high on the 15th floor in Barcelona.

It was the usual one hundred and one texts the night before, but these were all from Tim.

  1. Is the plan to check-in online?
  2. We going to try and get seats together?
  3. Everybody all sorted to go?
  4. Am I making a video again?
  5. We still only got five players?
  6. Who's playing in goal?
  7. Do I need to check-in myself?
  8. You got Sassco stuff for Mark?
  9. Where are we meeting?
Also, as we only have five going on tour, Tim actually asked the same questions to all four other players around four or five times. So instead of in Portugal, where he probably asked all fourteen players a single question, we were hammered with question after question.

In any case, Mark Edmondson kept up the traditions held dear by Cresswell / McDermont / Greenwell / Muers, by staying out until 3am, therefore making himself and Tim late for check-in.

We all got on board easily enough and I couldn't be arsed to video anything. I also forgot my memory card for the camera, so that spared a lot of photography (still can't get used to the damn camera).

We landed in good time and undertook a massive taxi trip to the apartment and barely had time to dump our gear before popping out for something to eat and then passed the local supermarket to get some supplies.

The first game was against Port de Barcelona. A long trip to the port saw us facing a strong looking team playing Futsal. The digital scoreboard and timer was up and the horns announced kick off. They scored early, but Tim fired in the equaliser. We just couldn't get used to the game and were 7-1 down by half-time. Getting the ball out wide and launching it into the box for the big man to nod on didn't work.

By the time we got used to it, we had scored another seven goals, but eventually lost 14-8. We missed loads of chances. Tim's hyperactivity kicked in and he was the star of the show with a hat-trick.

Port de Barcelona 14 Sassco.co.uk 8
Davinder Sangha
Tim Gillespie 3
Scott Hembrough 2
Dave Gourlay 2
Mark Edmondson 1

Afterwards, we took a taxi down to the harbour and watched Mark Edmondson and Tim Gillespie have man-orgasms eating plenty of fish food. I just went for the chicken.

Also, late at night, when Tim returned to the apartment, apparently he just stood staring at a wall for a good few minutes.

Spain Tour 2010 - Day 1

Spain Tour 2010 - 24th October 2010

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"Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" It was the usual one hundred and one texts the night before, but these were all from Tim. Is the...Read More

Spain Tour 2010 - Day 2

Spain Tour 2010 - 23rd October 2010

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Tiring day, but unbeaten! Second day was the difficult day. Two games against lesser opponents; one at around 1pm and the second at 7pm. The opening game saw us play on...Read More

Spain Tour 2010 - Day 3

Spain Tour 2010 - 22nd October 2010

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Professional hammering. The next day, we got a bit of an early morning hammering from our esteemed opponents, UE Sants. They were very good and played quick Futsal. Hembrough was getting...Read More

Spain Tour map

Spain Tour 2010 - 21st October 2010

The map below shows the venues we used in the Spain Tour 2010, around Barcelona. View Spain Tour 2010 in a larger map

Spain Tour 2010 fixtures.

Spain Tour 2010 - 5th October 2010

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22nd October (Friday) Port de Barcelona 6:00pm Pabello Zal, Port de Barcelona, Indoor Gym. 23rd October (Saturday) Ashwan FC 1:00pm Complex Sportius Llars Mundet, Outdoor 3G. 23rd October (Saturday) ALM FC 7:00pm Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Sarrià, Outdoor 3G. 24th October (Sunday) UE...Read More

Espanyol v Levante.

Spain Tour 2010 - 30th September 2010

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Looks like we'll be watching Espanyol take on Levante at 4:00pm on the 24th October. Our tickets (five of them) are for the main stand. They've been reserved by the...Read More

Apartment confirmed in Barcel…

Spain Tour 2010 - 18th July 2010

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This luxury apartment in Barcelona is suitable for 6 people on 72 m2. The apartment has 2 bedrooms with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. In the...Read More

Major changes to the tour.

Spain Tour 2010 - 17th July 2010

Having had six so-called "guaranteed" entrants, we were narrowed down to four, due to two last minute (and expected) drop outs. This means major changes. We can't really afford to pay...Read More

Full pricing for the Spain To…

Spain Tour 2010 - 22nd March 2010

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Now fixed on the  22nd to 25th October, due to cheaper flights. Based on 13 people, the actual flight costs will be £134.60.Accommodation (to be confirmed) is the Oasis Hotel, based...Read More

Spain Tour 2010 shirt.

Spain Tour 2010 - 25th November 2009

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The sleeveless shirt for the next tour. This has been purchased already. Printing and logos have been decided, as Spain is our eventual destination. It's likely that Red Fox will...Read More

Italian option.

Spain Tour 2010 - 19th November 2009

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The only option for Italy is organised by Pierre Azzorpardi, the same person who arranged the Malta Tour. It will be based at Pisa, which has direct flights from Newcastle...Read More

Spanish option.

Spain Tour 2010 - 19th November 2009

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The first option for Spain is organised by Teamlink, who organise similar tours. It will be based at Lloret de Mar, which is close to Barcelona. Tour would be a...Read More

2010 tour destination probabi…

Spain Tour 2010 - 27th October 2009

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Five destinations have been earmarked for Sassco's 2010 tour overseas. They are in order of probability. Cyprus seems to be the most likely choice with Spain a close second. More...Read More

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