The Return Of Kids Football

I know I’ve been banging on about kids football from U-11’s and below returning and I’m pleased to say that after 13 months the authorities have finally decided it’s ok for them to come back. Why now? What’s changed? Well to be honest, nothing that I can see that couldn’t have been done earlier in a controlled environment like they did with the older ones. 

So next week the games start. All of the clubs have been divided into groups of 10 and they will play 9 games between now and June 19th. It will be great to see the kids play a competitive game and my youngest Son cannot wait. 

Real Mallorca once again have failed to put their promotion to bed. After beating Lugo at home comfortably 2-0 last weekend, they went to Castellón yesterday and despite dominating the possession and chances they managed to lose 1-0. They were missing two of their top scorers in Amath and Abdon but they should have had enough to beat a team in 16th place. The only saving grace is that first placed Espanyol are playing third placed Almeria Monday night at 21.00. Mallorca currently lie two points behind Espanyol and eight points clear of Almeria. Looking at it you would want a draw or a win for Espanyol. If and it’s a big IF, Almeria win tomorrow and then again next weekend, they would be just two points behind Mallorca. That’s because Mallorca don’t play Sabadell away until next Monday. Seven games to go for Mallorca and they’re not making easy for themselves or us as fans!

Good win for UD Ibiza against Barcelona B last weekend as they continue their quest for promotion to La Liga Smartbank. Another difficult game away at Gimnastic Tarragona today in one of the best stadiums outside of the top two leagues. 

A good away win for Atlético Baleares 0-2 against Villanovense last week and they seem to be in a much better place now than in the main season. Their quest is to stay where they are currently playing in the new pyramid system. Today they play AD Merida.

Peña Deportiva won again beating L’Hospitalet 2-0 and hopefully maintain their position in the new system. They should have been playing Espanyol B this weekend but the game has been called off due to outbreak of Covid in the team from Barcelona. 

UD Poblense are still struggling, last week they were 3-0 down at UD Melilla but with two late goals they made a fight of it but eventually went down 3-2. They could do with a home win today against Villarrobledo. 

In Tercera it’s got very Interesting as the top three teams merge from each sub group to play each other. Platges de Calvia, Andratx and Constancia from Mallorca, Ibiza Pitiusas and PE Sant Jordi from Ibiza and Formentera make up an exciting play-off push. 

In Division Honor, Real Mallorca, CD San Francisco and Penya Arrabal from Mallorca have been placed in Group 3D with another seven teams. The top four will keep their Division Honor status and the rest will be relegated to Juvenil Nacional. 

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that two Baleares born football players were playing in the Champions League quarter finals. That was increased to three this past week with Mallorca born Marvin Park being part of the Real Madrid squad against Liverpool. Once again showing our islands are producing some top players. 

Take care everyone. 

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 

Radiothon 2021

The Radiothon was set up in 2015 when Jo from the radio office asked the Breakfast Show if they would consider broadcasting for 24 hours. This challenge was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we raised money to help the Pirates Charity Premiere and their charities. When the Premiere stopped in 2016 we decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca and employed Richie in 1994 and he has worked there ever since. In 2019 we decided to extend the hours of broadcasting from 24 to 36 hours starting at 07.00 on Friday morning and going all the way to 19.00 on Saturday evening.

The following charities have benefitted from our previous Radiothons;

2015:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Salvation Army, Shambhala Foundation.

That year we raised, 18,100.20€.

2016:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Calvia Lions, Help 4 Heroes.

That year we raised, 24,474.18€.

2017:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, SOS Animal Mallorca, Fundacion Nazareth, Club Vidalba.

That year we raised, 23,384.60€.

2018:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Asociacion Ondine, Feliz Animal Andratx.

That year we raised 14,878.50€.

2019:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, ASPANOB, ASDICA.

That year we raised 25,363.11€.

2020: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Yachting Gives Back, Cancer Support Group Mallorca.

Last year even in lockdown we managed to raise our record amount an amazing 30,948.82€!

The total raised in our Radiothons so far is 137,149.41€.

This year we have two targets, one is to pass through the 150,000€ barrier and two if possible is to beat last year’s record total. We can only do this with your fantastic support. 

Our 2021 Radiothon Charities are Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care & Pediatric Unit, Yachting Gives Back, Santa Ponsa Food Bank, SOS Calvia.

GOSH: Our relationship with GOSH goes back to 2004 from my work with Pirates. With the donation from last years Radiothon, we are proud to say we have now passed the three quarters of a million euros mark. The total raised for them is 756,541.70.€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects including a Pirates treatment room. More recently the money has been spent in four main areas: rebuilding and redevelopment of the Hospital; research (GOSH are currently embarking on a 5-year research strategy to target rare diseases in childhood); latest and replacement medical equipment; parent accommodation and support services for families and patients.

Your donations can:

  • Provide family accommodation so parents and carers can stay close by while their children undergo treatment
  • Fund vital services including the hospital Play team which helps patients understand their treatment and cope with separation from peers and siblings
  • Support social work and multi-faith chaplaincy teams who provide much needed family advice and support now and in the months ahead 

Son Espases: We have been working with Son Espases for 6 years now and in that time we have raised 33,118.10€. This year we are helping the only Child Intensive Care Unit in the Balearics and the Pediatric Ward. Our first donation to the Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital was used the money to redecorate the doors of each room with cartoon characters making them look less like hospital bedrooms. Something we learned very early on our many visits to Great Ormond Street was the biggest challenge was to make the hospitals look less like hospitals so the children could relax. The second year we helped redecorate a new pirate ship-themed CAT scan in the Paediatric Department. Some 350m² of decorative vinyl wrapping gave Son Espases entry into a very select group of hospitals to implement such an idea, alongside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, the Hospital Municipal Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and Hospital San Juan de Dios in Barcelona. In each case they’ve proven that this fantasy décor creates a warm, inviting, relaxing atmosphere and reduces levels of anxiety – making life easier for patients and professionals alike. Over the last three years we have been helping the intensive care unit firstly with murals above the beds of the children. And for the last 2 years we have helped build a rest room for the parents of the children being treated by the intensive care unit.

The two hospitals we work with every year and then we pick two or three other charities. With the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown things have gone from bad to worse on the island. Many people are struggling and not the people you expect either. All the charities tell me most of the people they are looking after are people who have lost their jobs particularly in the tourist industry. There is also a lot of people out there that need help but aren’t asking for it as their own pride says they shouldn’t. If you are one of those people please don’t be afraid to reach out, there’s no shame in this. With all this in mind we felt that we had to help the food banks as part of the Radiothon this year. Here are the three that we are helping. 

Yachting Gives Back is a registered charity helping to alleviate poverty and hunger in Mallorca. They collect non-perishable food, personal hygiene and cleaning products as well as clothing, bedding, toys and household items in good condition from yachts, marine service companies and the wider community. These are all distributed to local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and children’s charities. One of the associations they work with Associacio Tardor in Palma are feeding meals to 600 plus daily and providing daily provisions to another 600 people too. 

SOS Calvia are a citizen’s initiative that thanks to their collaborators, such as our food collection points, people who donate food and unconditional support from the citizens of Calvia. They distribute food every week to families who, due to the crisis generated by covid, need help to be able to feed themselves in this sad situation. 

Calvià united in one direction that is that no family in the municipality should go hungry. They started in June last year and from nothing they are looking after around 125 families which equates to around 325 people. 

Santa Ponsa Food Bank, Set up by volunteers from Santa Ponsa Community Church, Santa Ponsa Food Bank was created to meet an urgent need in the community caused by the COVID-19 crisis. They happily serve and support those facing food insecurity – often for the first time. Like SOS Calvia, from a standing start they are now looking after 55 families in Santa Ponsa and 25 families in Paguera. Which equates to around 200 people. 

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I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the event. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your 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 

We’re Failing Our Kids!

So the big announcement from Boris Johnson, turned out to be a total waste of time for everyone in the travel industry. Why say you’re going to announce something on the 12th of April, change it and say it will be on April the 5th, say nothing nothing on the April 5th and say it will now be on April 12th? And then leak it to the press before you get to the date you said you would announce it. With the announcement by Jet2 of pushing back their restart date until June 24th, I think it means UK arrivals from May 17th isn’t going to happen. We need to ramp up our vaccination programme here as it looks like it will need to be at least 50% of the total population to be in the green zone. I don’t understand the push back on the Astra Zeneca vaccine and the links to blood clots. 

If you’re not sure you are perfectly within your rights not to take it. But remember there’s a risk in everything and think about these facts about blood clots.

Flying: 1 in 1000

The Pill: 1 in 2000

Astra Zeneca: 1 in 250,000 

I’m pleased to say that my 91yr old Mother has had her second dose of the vaccine without any ill effects. She said she can’t wait to go down the pub and have a pub lunch. I only wish we could get there and buy it for her. That brings me to ask a question, Is there any distinction between people going on holiday or visiting family? We haven’t been able to visit my family or my Wife’s family in over 16 months now, so shouldn’t there be some sort of opportunity for people who want to visit family before people who go on holiday? Not looked at the practicalities but thought it was a question worth asking. 

My two boys play football at CD San Francisco based in Palma. I have moaned(probably wrongly) about the club and their Covid policy before but to be fair they have always put the kids first and are governed by what they are told by Sanidad the medical people here in Mallorca. 

Last Thursday I was alerted to a situation that occurred at the club. A game between one of their Infantil teams was stopped by the National Police because of a reported outbreak of Covid. Infantil is 11 & 12 year olds and it seemed a bit heavy handed for 10 Policeman to converge on the club like it was a raid and immediately called a halt to the game. Apparently four children had tested positive and the police were told by Sanidad to go down to the ground and stop the game. Firstly the police were surprised at how young the children were and secondly they didn’t realise that San Francisco have four different Infantil teams. The team whose game they had stopped didn’t contain the children they were looking for and when the club asked who the children were to try and help, the police said they couldn’t name them due to data protection. So they had the wrong team and the club couldn’t help them as they couldn’t name who they were looking for. You couldn’t make it up. After half an hour, they apologised and left. After the event it turns out that they were looking for one player from another infantil San Francisco team who had tested positive after playing against another team from Palma the previous week. The outbreak had actually come from that team and not San Francisco meaning all the teams that had played each other needed to isolate. 

San Francisco have the strictest COVID policies I have seen. All the boys are temperature checked on arrival and neither team use the changing rooms. We as parents have only just been allowed inside to watch games and we have to sign in all our details as do the opposition and we are temperature checked too. I have been to three other grounds since the restart of football and no other club has all these systems in place. 

The authorities have failed the kids in their dealings with football and all other sports from the get go. My youngest hasn’t played a competitive game in over a year which is mad. 

There are 32,000 licensed football players across the Balearics which represents 3% of the population. If you include the families then you are talking probably 10% of the islands population. I’m not including all the other sports which will run into thousands too. Yet the authorities choose to totally ignore the clubs who are asking the question to why the younger ones cannot return to playing competitive games. 

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going to change soon. Yet they’ve been in school since last September without any major problems. This is not the rant of a father wanting to see his son play football, this is for all the kids under 12 in any sport who are being denied their right to develop their physicality, their mentality, their discipline, their social skills, their self esteem, their confidence, their emotions and channel negative feelings in a positive way. It’s all being stopped by some pen pusher who has absolutely no idea, it’s a disgrace. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your 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 

Balearics Still Producing World Class Players

Real Mallorca are now in second place, two points behind the leaders Espanyol, with Almeria 5 points back in third. Espanyol beat bottom of the table Albacete 0-3, Mallorca drew 1-1 away at Las Palmas and Almeria lost at home 0-1 to Rayo Vallecano.

If i was offered a point before the game, I think i would have taken it. They’d beaten us at home 0-1 and they were fresh from a 6-1 gubbing of Lugo. Mallorca are now five points clear of Almería, which is six if you take in the head to head. It’s Almería v Espanyol in 2 wks so someone or both are going to drop points. There’s nine games to go and you have to say automatic promotion is in Mallorca’s hands. These are the fixtures left with the result they achieved earlier in the season.

Mallorca v Lugo (won 0-1)

Castellón v Mallorca (won 2-0)

Sabadell v Mallorca (won 1-0)

Mallorca v Mirandes (drew 0-0)

Malaga v Mallorca (won 3-1)

Mallorca v Alcorcon (won 0-2) 

Tenerife v Mallorca (won 2-0)

Mallorca v Zaragoza (drew 0-0)

Ponferradina v Mallorca ( won 3-0)

None of the above are in the top 6 and as you can see Mallorca won seven, drew two and lost none in the corresponding game earlier in the season. 

In Segunda B and below we have reached the second round of matches with teams playing to fit into the new pyramid system in Spanish football. They are taking the points accrued in the first half of the season and using a points per game system.  

Atlético Baleares started their next round of games with a 1-0 win over CD Don Benito. They need to finish in the top two to go up and they are currently third. 

UD Poblense had a good 2-1 win over Villarubia. They are currently fifth and need to finish in the top three to avoid relegation. 

UD Ibiza surprisingly lost 1-0 in Andorra but due to their dominating performances in their league in the season they are still top of their league. The top three will go into the play-offs for promotion to Segunda where Mallorca currently play. 

Peña Deportiva got a good 1-2 victory away at AE Prat. They are currently top of their league and need to finish in the top three to avoid relegation. 

In Tercera it’s the last games of the current leagues. In Group A, Ibiza Pitiusas, Andratx and Constancia are in the box seats for the promotion play-offs. Manacor has a chance to knock out Constancia but they must win their last game away against Ibiza to stand any chance.

In Group B, Platges de Calvia, Formentera and PE Sant Jordi currently lie in the play-off promotion places. Santanyi and Mallorca B have a slight chance to sneak in but it doesn’t look likely. 

In Division Honor San Francisco, Rcd Mallorca and Penya Arrabal will need to finish in the top four to play in the top division next season. With points taken into account from the early part of the season, San Fran are top, Mallorca second and Penya eighth. If they don’t they will play in Juvenil Nacional next season. 

It was Champions League quarter finals this past week and it was refreshing to see two players from Mallorca playing for two of the teams. Marco Asensio, who started his career at Playas de Calvia and followed by Mallorca, was starting and scoring for Real Madrid against Liverpool. Mateu Morey who was born in Petra and played for Petra, Manacor and Real Mallorca here on the island. He then went to Barcelona but suffered a serious knee injury and was transferred to Borussia Dortmund. He started at right back for Dortmund against Man City at the Etihad on Tuesday night. 

Take care everyone. 

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 

Red Light Spells Danger!

When will we be able to fly again, like we did before the pandemic? It’s a question doing the rounds right now. May, July, August, 2022 or it will never come back are just some of the answers that have been banded about by keyboard warriors or so called “experts” who have no actual information to give but thrive on writing or saying it anyway. Speculate all you like, Boris Johnson will reveal when the return of international travel for the UK will be next Monday April 5th. Whilst that may or may not reveal the date it hopefully will give us a pathway to freedom and the chance to be able to travel for holidays and visiting family again. 

My view is now we need a clear plan going forward and learn to live with the virus, not let it or the Government completely control our lives. That applies to pretty much any country around the World depending on their vaccination rates, which without doubt are suppressing the numbers. 

The Global Travel Task Force will report on the way forward for International travel in the UK, with the current date that holidays will be allowed is May 17th. You may ask why has he brought it forward a week and also on Bank Holiday Monday? Well it’s a massive announcement and affects so many livelihoods not just in the UK but all over the World. So he wants a captive audience and with most people off work it’s as good a time as any. 

I imagine they will be looking at each destination very carefully, it’s rate of infections and the vaccination programme. A few leaks have started of course with the Telegraph reporting that he is expected to announce plans for a return to travel abroad using a ‘traffic light’ style system.

This would reportedly see travel to ‘red’ countries banned, holidays to ‘amber’ nations needing a negative test and quarantine, with ‘green’ countries giving some form of exemption but with testing.

Malta, Gibraltar, Portugal, Israel, Canada, Barbados, the UAE and the US could all be put into the lowest category because of their plans to vaccinate half the adult population by mid-May.

Three other popular destinations, Spain, Greece and Turkey, would reportedly be on the amber list, which includes quarantine measures.

Now you’d think our National Government would be falling over themselves to get tourists back to Spain. Surely it should be a charm offensive and we should be rolling out the red carpet? No, just 6 days before Boris Johnson reveals the path for UK travellers they come up with……face masks must be worn on the beach! Then 24 hrs later they back track and say as long as social distancing is maintained then it won’t be obligatory. But by then it was out in the British press and the damage was done. Remember when Señor Sanchez said we should have most of our population vaccinated by the end of the Summer? And then another Minister back tracked and said as soon as they could. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, how are these people running our country? How many more times do they want to kick us in the Jacobs(think about it) and not worry about the consequences? This smacks again of a National Government looking after their own in Madrid and not thinking about other destinations, particularly ours that depend on tourism. It’s like the lockdown, when it happened last year our numbers here were about the same as they are now yet we were still put in lockdown. It’s governing for the few and not the many and it should be another nail in the coffin for this coalition. 

I did hear that our Balearic Government pushed back and was asking for it not to be obligatory and said they would find it hard to Police, which was a good thing to hear. We need our Government to push back more and not just agree everything because we are in coalition. Even the calmest of people I know are getting fed up with all these different rules and regulations. It’s the constant changing for me and also the fine culture we find ourselves in. If it isn’t hard enough for a lot of people now, we’ll fine you 100€ for not wearing the mask. I thought I lived in Spain, not North Korea! 

And don’t come up with the, “well you don’t have to live here.” I love this island, it’s my home and has been for 30 years. I don’t like to see it be ruined by people in power that don’t have a clue in what they are saying and doing. But yet we’re supposed to sit back and let it all happen. 

Please be aware that I wrote this on Wednesday, so if they u-turn on anything else I give up! 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Easter 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 

The New Chairman Of The PFA….Or Is He?

Last week I was alerted to the fact that the former CEO of Real Mallorca Maheta Molango had been made the CEO of the Professional Footballers Association(PFA) back in the UK. Firstly I was a little shocked but once I thought about it properly, he is actually a good fit. 

I first met Maheta at the radio back in 2016. At the age of 33, he’d not long taken over as CEO of Real Mallorca who had just been relegated to the lowly depths of Segunda B. They had just been bought by new American owners who included the owner of the Phoenix Suns, Robert Sarver, former NBA star Steve Nash & former Bolton player and Fox Sports soccer presenter Stuart Holden. Maheta was calm and collected in the interview and explained to me the plan that he and the new American owners had to get Mallorca back into the big time. I had also met him on a few occasions at CD San Francisco where my boys play football and his son plays for a team too. In February last year i saw him at a game where he was watching his Son play. We spoke and I said we needed to get him back into the studio. He agreed and asked me to contact him during the following week. Unfortunately that happened to be the week that he was fired by Mallorca, so I never got to speak to him. 

So why was he fired?

I did watch a documentary on Amazon called Six Dreams which followed six different people who were part of the La Liga 2019/20 season. Maheta happened to be one of the six and it was really interesting to watch. One thing that he hasn’t done since is explain the reason on why he was sacked. There was lots of speculation, like falling out with the then coach Vincente Moreno about player transfers and a possible falling out with the owners on the direction they wanted the club to go. But he went quietly and never once went to the media to sell his story as he wanted Mallorca to be successful. My take is that when he was appointed he was involved in everything the club did. They had been relegated to Segunda B so they had to get rid of staff and work on a skeleton basis meaning he was heavily involved in all aspects of the club. Including the first team, B team and academy, as well as the business side, finance, HR, marketing, ticketing, communication, legal, compliance and foundation/CSR areas of the club. As they made their way back into La Liga it became clear he couldn’t do it all himself and needed to let others come in to key positions. Maybe he didn’t agree but you can’t deny he was definitely an important part of the resurgence of Mallorca. 

The Professional Footballers Association or as it’s better known the PFA has been run by Gordon Taylor since 1981. He earns two million pounds a year, yes you heard that right. He’s the highest paid Union Boss in the World. Note that the incoming candidate will earn a quarter of that. 

More than 200 former and current players signed a letter in November 2018 calling for Taylor to quit and urging fresh governance.

Voices of discontent heightened recently amid a perceived slow reaction by the PFA to the incidence of dementia among former footballers.

In 2019, the PFA commenced a “full and open review” into its finances and a new leadership structure would be put in place.

A three person panel which included former Manchester United player and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville chose the people to interview the candidates. The PFA reacted to players’ demands by choosing a racially diverse and gender-balanced selection panel. But of the four independent non-executive directors appointed, only one had any experience in the industry – Women in Football chair Ebru Koksal.

The panel was completed by Head of Business Marketing for Europe at TikTok Trevor Johnson, Amazon managing director Darren Hardman and former karate world champion Geoff Thompson — none of whom have worked in football, leading to concerns that players’ views will not be represented. 

The candidates were Maheta Molango, former Republic of Ireland midfielder Gareth Farrelly, PFA chairman Ben Purkiss, former Stoke striker Jon Walters and former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott. 

Molango and Farelly were invited for another interview, where Molango was eventually chosen. 

There was immediate unhappiness among players that the advisory panel had only put forward one candidate rather than producing options to be voted on in a full election of PFA members.

Gary Neville defended Molango’s appointment, accusing critics of xenophobia. 

‘It’s clear that football is resisting this appointment,’ said Neville. ‘It’s actually the first time there has probably been a truly independent process within English football around the appointment of a CEO.

‘This candidate has the skill-set, he’s representative of the membership and, before he even gets in seat, it’s almost as if it’s been determined whether he’s good enough or not. I wish the new candidate all the best. I hope the members validate and accept his appointment.’

I think Neville was referencing some of the headlines in the papers when Molango was announced. 

The Times said a shock choice and a journeyman footballer. 

The Guardian concentrated on his lack of games in the English League.

But when you go through his career, for me he is a perfect choice. 

Born in Switzerland.

Age 38 

Former footballer, Played at Atletico Madrid youth level, Waker Berghausen (Germany), Brighton, Lincoln, Oldham, Wrexham.

Ran a Football club, Real Mallorca.

Qualified Lawyer, studied in Madrid. Worked in Spain & USA, specialising in Sports law, employment & Labour law.

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French.

In the continuing strive for diversity, the first black chief executive of a leading English football body. Not that that should be a requisite, as I think what I listed before makes him an outstanding candidate.

I spoke last week on the Hawksbee & Jacobs Show on Talksport about his upcoming appointment. In fact they said I should become his agent after the glowing report I gave him. 

I also sent him a message via LinkedIn last week and received the following reply;

‘Hi Richie, many thanks for reaching out. I appreciate it. There are still a few steps that need to be taken before the whole process is completed so let’s chat again once this is done and dusted. In the meantime, I wish you all the best. Maheta’ 

And that’s just it. Despite all the planning that’s gone into this they now have a push back from the members who say they are not happy. I think if they read more about him or in fact read this rather than the negative press then they would decide he is without doubt the Man to lead them forward. I wish him well.

Take care everyone and enjoy your 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 

Consistency Is The Key.

Real Mallorca are struggling. Yes I know they are top of the league but if we’re honest since they beat their promotion rivals Almeria four games ago they’ve stuttered. They’ve won two, drawn one and lost one but the wins were a struggle and so was the draw on Saturday night. The defeat worryingly, was in no doubt against possible automatic promotion outsiders Sporting Gijón. The only thing keeping them at the top is the inconsistency from all the other teams around them. In fact when you look at the last five games amongst the top five, Mallorca are the most consistent! 

  1. Real Mallorca 61 points, last 5 games DLWWW
  2. Espanyol 58 points, last 5 games WDDDW
  3. Almeria 56 points, last 5 games LDWWL
  4. Leganés 53 points, last 5 games LWDLW
  5. Sporting Gijón 52 points, last 5 games DWDDW

So anyone who can find consistency is going to find themselves promoted. Mallorca’s problem is lack of goals and their current top scorer Amath, is out injured. When I say top scorer that highlights another problem, Amath has scored just 8 goals. The leagues top scorer is Djurdjevic of fifth placed Sporting Gijón who has scored 20 goals including two against Mallorca last week. Raul de Tomas of second placed Espanyol has 16 goals and third placed Almeria have two scorers ahead of Amath, Sadiq has 14 and Corpas has 11. 

Mallorca don’t have that Man who can stick the ball regularly into the onion bag. Abdon has 7 but blows hot and cold. Marc Cardona who arrived as part of the loan deal for Budimir to Osasuna hasn’t fired, he’s only got 1 goal. Alvaro Giménez who arrived from Cadiz on loan in the January window has also only got 1 goal, a penalty against Cartagena. 

On the plus side, they have the tightest defence in the whole league. They’ve only conceded 16 goals in 30 games and that may well help their promotion push. 

Segunda B has arrived at its next stage. This where it gets confusing so I’m going to try and explain. The new divisions of Spanish football will look like this.

Tier 1: La Liga run by the National Professional Football League (20 teams)

Tier 2: Segunda Division run by the National Professional Football League (22 teams)

Tier 3: Primera Division run by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (2 x 20 teams)

Tier 4: Segunda Division run by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (5 x 18 teams)

Tier 5: Tercera Division run by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (18 x 18 teams)

This as far as i can work out  is what if facing our teams. 

UD Ibiza are in with a chance of getting into the Segunda Division.

Peña Deportiva are in the play-offs for relegation to the Segunda division RFEF.

Atlético Baleares are in the play-offs to stay in the Primera Division RFEF.

UD Poblense are in the play-offs for relegation to the Segunda division RFEF. 

In Tercera there are two rounds of matches to go. This weekend and then after Easter on the 11th of April. The teams in the promotion places to go to the play-offs of the RFEF Segunda  in Group A are, Ibiza Pitiusas, Andratx and Constancia and in Group B, Platges de Calvia, SD Formentera and PE Sant Jordi. 

In Division Honor, CD San Francisco and Real Mallorca battled out a 1-1 draw, which was no good to either team as CF Damn leapfrogged them both to finish in the final place for the Champions Cup phase. It means San Francisco, Real Mallorca and Penya Arrabal all face a battle in the play-offs to remain in the Division.

I’ll have further news on the youth football from the U-11’s downwards at the weekend. 

Take care everyone. 

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 

Why Risk 5 Days Of Easter For 5 Months Of Summer?

They say that a year is a long time in anything, so how are we going to measure this one? I remember our Head of HR speaking to us in the office at Pirates on Friday March 13th, yes it was Friday the 13th! She said you need to go home and don’t come back to the office until I say. I think we all thought at the time it would be a couple weeks or a month at max. Here we are a full year later, still waiting for that phone call. 

So what has happened in a year? Well here are the numbers;

Balearic Islands Population: 1,149,460

Positive Cases: 56,777

Recovered: 54,986

Deaths: 757

% of deaths against Balearic population: 0.06%

% of Mallorca population fully vaccinated: 3.21%

Figures taken from the IB Salut and Caib websites. 

I think we all know the way forward back to some sort of normality is the vaccine. Whilst our rate of vaccinations has been poor at best, it wasn’t helped this week with the so called problems with Astra Zeneca. Spain was one of the countries that halted their programme despite The World Health Organization, Europe’s drug regulator and the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis saying that they should carry on. 

A statement from Astra Zeneca said, “More than 17 million people in the European Union and the U.K. have received a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with fewer than 40 cases of blood clots reported as of last week. 

The pharmaceutical giant said that across the EU and U.K. there had been 15 events of deep vein thrombosis and 22 events of pulmonary embolism reported among those vaccinated.

This is much lower than would be expected to occur naturally in a general population of this size and is similar across other licensed COVID-19 vaccines.

The European Medicines Agency has also said that the data available so far showed that the number of blood clots in vaccinated people is no higher than that seen among the general population.

There was talk this week that Italy, France and Germany used it as a political move brought about by a Brexit sulk. Seriously? So they’re prepared to put their own people and economies at risk because they are sulking? It’s totally ridiculous and shows what a complete mess the EU have made of their vaccine rollout. 

Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones insisted that Germany and France would be costing lives by banning the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. While speaking to host Susanna Reid, Dr Hilary argued there was no evidence to suggest this vaccine caused blood clots. He listed a wide list of groups that had found no evidence of any link between the vaccine and the blood clot. The physician took particular issue with the decision as he insisted the “vaccine actually protects from blood clots.”

The question I would ask is, Why stop it? Why can’t we be given the chance to make our own decision? I said this before about the virus itself. Given the choice of what has happened over the year, I would prefer to be given the chance to work and take the risk as the numbers just don’t add up for me. Slowly but surely they have admitted their mistake and are restarting their programmes. It’s ironic or maybe moronic that those three countries are seeing an increase in infections again. Apparently we will restart the vaccinations here next Wednesday having totally wasted 10 days. 

Our numbers are without doubt dropping, which is good, but as the Uk are proving the vaccine makes a massive difference. What is a little worrying is the push for Easter opening via Germany. It means the Germans can come as long as they have a negative PCR test but the Spanish are not able to travel into parts of their own country. You might think that is all ok but I’ve had several UK people tell me that they’ve been through customs without having to show their negative test. I do hope this doesn’t come back to bite us on the you know where! I’ve said this before too, why risk 5 days of Easter for 5 months of Summer? The jury is out. 

All the while, countries like Turkey, Greece and Croatia are quietly going about their business and are looking to open at the beginning of May. 

Speaking to travel people I know, bookings remain solid, predominantly from August and favouring the Eastern Med. Bookings for Mallorca remain low and although there is an increase that’s because they’re starting from such a low base. But there is an appetite to extend the season beyond the end of October. 

This is all a balancing act, so let’s hope it all goes well without a hitch. April 12th is the key date in the Uk, when the Global Travel Task Force reports back on the practicalities of restarting International travel. 

We had a meeting at Calvia Town Hall this week with the Deputy Mayor and the Director General of Tourism. It was very positive and they share the same sentiments as some of the things written above like the season will be stronger from June and there could well be an extension to the season. 

Things are more positive and we should be too. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your 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 

All Change At Atlético Baleares

A big upheaval at Atlético Baleares this week as their Coach Jordi Roger left the club by mutual consent. If I’m honest I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before as results just haven’t been good enough. However their 3-2 defeat at Las Rozas last weekend was the final straw. Baleares were 0-2 to the good and let their opponents come back and steal the three points. That means that they won’t make it into the promotion play-offs and if they’re not careful they may end up in the relegation play-offs. Midweek, they decided to take on Xavi Calm who was Assistant Coach to Jordi Roger. Birmingham City fans may remember him as he worked for them in the 2019/20 season. Today is the Balearic Derby, Poblense v Atlético Baleares, the last game just before Christmas saw Poblense beat Baleares 2-3. Last weekend they could only draw 1-1 with Navalcarnero meaning a win for them today is essential. 

Real Mallorca struggled to overcome lowly Cartagena last weekend before eventually winning 2-1. It looked like a draw until VAR gave Mallorca a penalty that most people had missed. The penalty was converted with aplomb by Alvaro Giménez and hopefully that gets him on his way to scoring a few more since joining on loan from Cadiz. 

A tough game today against fifth placed Sporting Gijón who were unlucky not to leave Mallorca with 3 points rather than 1 point when they came to the island back in November. They’ve not lost at home this season and Mallorca haven’t lost away so a good game is expected. They’re on a good run of 7 games without defeat, winning 4 and drawing 3. Mallorca have won all three games since losing to promotion rivals Espanyol and it seems they’re winning and getting the points without playing great football. A good sign, but it would be good to see them click back into the form of early season. They currently lie 5 points ahead of Almeria and Espanyol who could only draw 2-2 at Mirandes last night. In fact they only rescued a point with a 95th minute equaliser. 

UD Ibiza won their league last week and go into the play-offs looking like they’re back to their form of earlier in the season. 

Peña Deportiva got their result of the season by going to second placed Alcoyano and winning 1-2. That more or less cements their place in the same league next season. 

In Tercera Group A, Andratx still lead the way from CD Ibiza in second and Manacor in third. These are the three teams currently in pole position for the promotion play-offs with two games to go.

In Tercera Group B, Platges de Calvia lead from Sant Jordi and Formentera. However Platges lost their first game of the season losing to second placed Sant Jordi 2-0. There’s a four point gap to Real Mallorca B so it looks like they are the three that will move into the play-offs.

In Division Honor, no games this week. 

Matches return in youth football next weekend for Infantiles, Cadetes and Juveniles. The younger players still aren’t able to play and will have to wait until April 9th for a decision. Which is utterly ridiculous. 

Take care everyone. 

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 

What Happened To Free Speech?

Quiet week on the news front! 

The pandemic was relegated to the third story on the news headlines this week. So there must have been some pretty huge news stories when you consider it’s been exactly a year this week when this nightmare started. No I’m not talking about Piers Morgan resigning, although I am going to comment on that soon or our President here in Mallorca telling us we’re going to have a better year than last year! 

It was all about that interview. Now I was going to leave this story alone after writing about it last week but I couldn’t leave it now it has become more intriguing. To be honest, I fell asleep about halfway through, as I did find it a bit boring as most of the juicy stuff had already been leaked out. 

It was all too staged for me, as I said it would be and Oprah “Nothing is off limits” Winfrey wasn’t anywhere near hard enough and for me was actually fawning to both of them at times. Imagine if that was conducted by Andrew Neill, Jeremy Paxman or even Piers Morgan! Yes I’m coming to him in a minute. But none of them would have suited the narrative the couple wanted to portray. 

The two serious allegations were racism and mental health which in my opinion needed to be answered by the Royal family or “The Firm” as Meghan called them. The statement from the Palace was simple and straight to the point. “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.” I said last week that there are two sides to every story and it would be wise to wait before we condemn. That in my opinion is not them hiding but dealing in the way they know how and to try and stop the tit for tat that has already started. 

We live in a democracy that entitles all of us to our own opinion and that for me is refreshing. I conducted a poll on Facebook to find out which team you believed. Team H&M or Team Royal Family. It came out 70/30 in favour of the Royal family. 

There are already cracks starting appear in the accusations made by the couple. Conflicting stories are coming out about a lot of subjects covered. I won’t go into detail but these are easily found online.

The “pre-wedding”, that was actually a rehearsal.

Her half sister she claimed she hadn’t seen in 18 years. 

Royal protocol and Archie not becoming a Prince.

Press holiday parties at the Palace.

Friends saying she knew all about the Royal family.

The family cut them off financially. 

Security cut because Archie wasn’t a Prince. 

The negative press headlines that were shown were mostly foreign media.

Don’t we all speculate on how a baby is going to look? It’s the context of what is said and how it is said that is important. None of us were there so we’re relying on what we’re told. Meghan had said that it had been raised with her several times. Harry said that it had been raised with him once, at a different time from Meghan. So who is right? 

On the mental health issues and the accusations of bullying, you have to ask yourself, where was Harry? Didn’t they confide in each other? Surely this would have come out earlier if it was a constant thing? 

Monday morning it all kicked off on Good Morning Britain, with Piers Morgan saying, that he didn’t believe anything she said. Now I’m not a supporter of Piers, in fact I’ve sent him some tweets disagreeing with him on some of the things he’d said during the pandemic. But on this occasion I did. To then be told by your bosses to apologise as they’d had over 40,000 complaints and apparently one was from Meghan herself! He was probably left with no other option but to resign. How come they can make all these uncorroborated claims but if he disagrees he needs to apologise? He quoted Churchill saying, “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like. But if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.” I totally agree and we are all becoming frightened of saying what we believe, in case we get the social media pile on from the keyboard warriors. I’ve had it but to be honest I ignore it. 

Back to Piers, this is precisely why people tuned into the programme to watch him berate a politician or any other subject he didn’t believe in. Whether or not you agreed with him, you can’t deny it wasn’t great TV. 

He was never going to be your run of the mill interviewer, he left that to everyone else. He said the things that the man in the street wanted to hear. I’m sure he’ll be back very soon, what’s ITV’s loss is somebody else’s gain. There’s a new TV news channel launching with Andrew Neil for instance but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him move into radio. 

After our President Armengol had told us the ground breaking news this week that “We can have a much better season than last year!” 

I’ll add one word here, Sherlock and you can do the rest.

But more importantly to add some facts into her words, that she probably needs to be aware of, that the UK Transport Minister Grant Schapps said on GMB this week after Piers had gone.

1. April 12th: when the Global Travel Task Force reports back on the practicalities of restarting International travel. 

2. May 17th: The earliest date that anyone can legally travel abroad. 

3. How well vaccinated are the destination locations. 

As of today in Mallorca, 2.57% of the total population has been vaccinated. 

With that in mind it’s good to hear that people are starting to be contacted about the vaccine here. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that Spain have decided to use the AstraZeneca vaccine only on people aged 18 to 55 years of age. This is the majority of the working population and the quicker we(yes I am under 55) get vaccinated the better. 

If the above dates don’t move we could be welcoming holidaymakers from the UK by the beginning of June. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your 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