Save Gunnersaurus!


Two wins in a row is not a sentence associated with Real Mallorca lately, but a 2-0 home win against Tenerife last Saturday meant that they climbed into 7th place in La Liga SmartBank. Same story as before the defence is strong but we’re struggling to score goals especially our front players. The goals were scored by centre half Martin Valjent and attacking midfielder Dani Rodríguez from the penalty spot. That’s Mallorca in 7th place with 2 wins, a draw and a loss in the first 4 games. I would have taken that at the start of the season but I’m still worried about where the goals will come from. 

That leads me nicely into the transfer market deadline. We’ve got rid of 2 players, Budimir and Stoichkov, that scored 29 goals between them last season and the forwards that have signed or are already in the squad, Abdon, Alegria, Ndiaye and Cardona that scored just 7! I actually think it’s been quite a good window for Mallorca and let’s remember it’s only 3 months to the January one. 

Segunda B starts next Sunday the 18th of October. 

Atlético Baleares v Dux Internacional de Madrid SL

Penya Deportiva v Villareal 

The following week Sunday 25th of October.

UD Ibiza v CF La Nucia

Ud Poblense v UD San Sebastián de los Reyes

Kick-off times to be confirmed and games to be played behind closed doors as far as I know.

Atlético Baleares drew 1-1 with Penya Deportiva, Penya also lost to 1-0 to UD Ibiza. UD Poblense will play Real Mallorca B this Saturday the 10th at 17.00. They have permission for 1,000 people at a cost of 10€ per person. 

The TV channel Prime has a second series of “Six Dreams” out, which follows the fortunes of people involved in La Liga. Series 2 was released on October 2nd and I’ve just started watching it. I never saw Series 1 which involved players Saúl Ñíguez at Atlético Madrid, Iñaki Williams at Atlético Bilbao and Andrés Guardado at Real Betis. The President of Eibar, Amaia Gorostiza, the Sporting Director at Girona, Quique Cárcel and the coach at Sevilla, Eduardo Berizzo, 

This seasons series follows players Santi Cazorla at Villareal, Aritz Aduriz at Atlético Bilbao and Borja Iglesias at Real Betis. Coach, Paco López at Levante, Director General at Atlético Madrid Clemente Villaverde, and the Chief Executive Officer at Real Mallorca Maheta Molango. It’s absolutely fascinating and well worth a watch. It’s in Spanish which is great if you’re learning the language but also has English subtitles. As soon as I finish series 2, I’ll be watching series 1. 

Congratulations to 19 year old Palma born Adrian Turmo who played here in Mallorca for Penya Arrabal. He came on as substitute for Girona against Fuenlabrada in La Liga SmartBank at the weekend. 

Real Mallorca player Rafel Obrador born in Campos in the middle of Mallorca has moved to Real Madrid. The 16 year old signed a 5 year contract last October and has moved in a deal worth 3 million euros plus add ons. He was called into the first team squad 3 times last season in La Liga by former boss Vincente Moreno. He made his debut in the final game of the season when he came on as substitute in the final few minutes of a 2-2 draw. 

My team Arsenal signed Thomas Partey from Atlético Madrid on the final day of the season. What has gone under the radar is that he was at Real Mallorca on loan in the 2013/14 season. He played 37 games and scored 5 goals. Without doubt it’s a great signing and everyone I speak to tells me he’s a beast of a player. Talking of Arsenal, their loveable mascot Gunnersaurus was sacked  this week after 27 years of service as part of the club’s latest Covid-19 financial cuts. Which I thought was a poor decision. 

Jerry Quy, who has played the role of the dinosaur mascot since its establishment in 1993, has been let go.

Arsenal have felt the absence of fans more than most with the club more reliant on their match-day revenue, and as such Gunnersaurus’ role is no longer deemed essential. The mascot ‘worked from home’ like the rest of the nation during the Covid-19 lockdown. His loyalty to the club even reportedly led to him missing his brother’s wedding in order to attend a home game.

During lockdown the iconic Gunnersaurus suit was kept at Quy’s home, leading to several pictures of the mascot ‘working from home’ – which even involved a Zoom call with other football mascots.

Since this story broke the club have rightly got pelters for the decision. Mesut Ozil has come out and said he will pay his wages as long as he is at the club. Which if the club had their way he would have been off in the transfer window. Nice gesture from Ozil, although the cynic in me thinks he’s done it for PR as basically he’s sat on his backside earning £350k a week. So it’s small change for him. A Go Fund Me page called Save Gunnersaurus has so far raised an impressive £11,614. 

Episode 11 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media. 

Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.