La Liga Leganes 1 Real Valladolid 0 Ticket 25 euros Attendance 10185 Programme free Having caught the train from Bilbao to Madrid to make the 5 hour journey we travelled on Line 10 on the Madrid Metro to the end of the line at Puerto del Sur whence we caught a taxi for the 10 minute journey to the satellite city just outside the Madrid metropolitan area - cost 10 euros.What a contrast to the previous night! Leganes have done brilliantly to stabilise at the top level having moved steadily upwards in their history, especially with a ground which only has a capacity of 12450 and which they very rarely sell out. The ground has the look of League One or Two about it, with three sides of the single tier stadium open to the elements, and the fourth which houses almost all the facilities having a roof which only stretches less than halfway over the approximately 15 rows of blue and white seats. These stands all look to be of fairly recent construction and with the average crowds that they have is adequate for their needs. There are some hospitality facilities on the west side of the stadium with some fairly rudimentary media facilities at the rear of the Tribuna Baja where we sat. CD Leganes is picked out in the seats on the west side with 1928 similarly inscribed at the south end and 2018 at the north end. There is a floodlight pylon at each corner of the ground and the seats are very tight to the pitch with hardly any track between the wall and the pitch. The first half was fairly awful and the second half little better as the visitors went deeper and deeper in an attempt to dig out a point from a goalless draw. However, in the additional 30 seconds added on to added time after Valladolid made their third substitution deep into stoppage time so it was poetic justice when, with three seconds left on my watch a wonderful cross from the right was finished by a magnificent header from the far side of the box.
"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".