CS Marítimo v FC Arouca
Sunday, 6th April 2014, 4pm
Estádio dos Barreiros
Entrance €20, No Programme
Distance 1575 miles, Attendance 3471
The journey back from the home of “Os Verde-Rubras” was at times a tight-knuckle-steady-yourself unavoidably brisk 10 minute downhill yomp; going up had been a trifle more laboured.
The “short walk” from Funchal’s costal hotels – the “18 minutes” promised by google – is at best 1:3 and at worst, a lung busting hill on which journeying might be better suited to Sherpas, crampons or goats laden with refreshments. Half way up – as I’d drained the last dregs of my bottle – I’d begun to wonder whether this really was the most accessible of the three known matches on offer. It was my wife’s fault of course; she wanted this holiday. I would have been more than happy enjoying the delights at Vicarage Road but NOOOO; SHE wanted warmer climes.