Racing de Ferrol
|Full name||Racing Club de Ferrol, S.A.D.|
Os Diablos Verdes (Green Devils)
|Founded||5 October 1919|
|Ground||A Malata, Ferrol,|
|Head coach||Emilio Larraz|
Founded in 1919, the club currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio da Malata. Club colours are green shirts with white shorts, though during the early years of its existence green and white shirts with vertical stripes were used.
The history of football in Ferrol is associated with the shipbuilding yards, workshops, foundries and drydocks and the British technical advisors, hired to work locally who used to play against each-other at first, but later on, local workers and military personnel stationed in Ferrol. The renewal of the shipyards and the creation, in town of the "school of Naval Engineers" meant that from that from the mid-nineteenth century, a mostly French at first but, latter on mostly British, Engineers and Technicians, a constant influx was developed; bringing to Ferrol not only new technologies (paid for by the Spanish state),but also, political ideas and ways for workers to unite against unfair salaries and working conditions (let's not forget that the creator of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the Spanish General Workers' Union (UGT) was a man born in Ferrol at this time) and of course, football as well. This influx of Britons will increase exponentially from 1909 when Spain signed a massive contract with Vickers-Armstrong, John Brown and a few others though mostly Vickers-Armstrong for the renewal of the local Dry-docks and Dockyards and foundries after the Naval disaster of 1898. From those early years to these days many football clubs came and go over the decades but only one of them actually survived for a considerable time and for that, only as an amalgamation of some other previous teams and this is el Racing de Ferrol.
Racing Ferrol Football Club, can trace back its origins back to July 1919, but starting very strongly from the beginning on a massive winning all matches spree that allow the team to play against the best national squads in the country so only ten years after its creation Racing Ferrol Football Club was taking part on its first national championships competition and fluctuating later over the decades between first and second divisions as follows: the second – first presence in 1939–40 – and third divisions. In 1977–78 the Galicians won the inaugural edition of Segunda División B and promoted again, only to be immediately relegated back.
It would not until the year 2000 that Racing would again reach the second level, going on to spend there five of the following six years. In the 2006–07 campaign the club gained promotion to the category in the playoffs, with a 2–1 aggregate win against Alicante CF. In the following season the team finished fourth from the bottom and dropped back to the third division, and to the fourth only two years later.
Season to season
- As of 8 November 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Honours / Achievements
- Galician Championships: 1928–29, 1937–38, 1938–39
- Campeonato de España / Copa del Generalísimo: Runner-up 1938–39
- Segunda División B: Promotion 1999–00, 2006–07
Notable former players
Note: this list includes players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
Estadio da Malata holds 12,024 spectators, and was built in 1993. The pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres.
Racing used three main stadiums over the years, starting with Campo de Futbol O Inferniño, which was utilized until a move to Estadio Manuel Rivera in 1954 took place. This was an oval-shaped enclosure with a single cantilever stand. In the 1970s, a cover was erected over the popular terrace.
In 1993, the metropolitan area of Ferrol built Estadio da Malata to the west of the town, near the valley of Serantes. The total cost of the development was 1700 million pesetas. The first match on the new grounds was played on 18 April 1993, in a 3–2 friendly win over Atlético Madrid B. The official inauguration took place on 29 August, in a triangular tournament featuring the home side and neighbours Celta de Vigo and Deportivo de La Coruña.
- "SPANISH NAVY: Huge Contract in British Hands" (1909) The Manchester Guardian, 1 February 1909, Page 12: Manchester[permanent dead link] <<... Vickers, Armstrong and Brown... it has been determined to put down a new shipyard at Ferrol in Spain... Mr A J Campbell... has been appointed manager of the Ferrol yard... Mr Peter Muir ... has been appointed assistant manager. A considerable number of expert shipbuilders have sign on to go to Spain... there is a reason to believe that employment will be found to some hundreds of British shipbuilders, engineers, electricians, and other tradesmen in the new Spanish yard for several years to come.>>
- "British Vice-Consulate at Ferrol": General Correspondence FO 63/1041. The National Archives – Official website
- "British Vice-Consulate at Ferrol": General Correspondence FO 72/1689. The National Archives – Official website
- "The Armies of Europe - Spain as a War-making power". The New York Times. 6 February 1858.
- Spain – List of Champions of Galicia; at RSSSF