Head north from Benidorm towards the Sierra del Menejador and tucked away in a valley 600 metres above sea level is the city of Alcoy. It has the sixth largest population in Alicante (61,500) and thanks to CD Alcoyano, is one of only three cities in the province to have staged top flight football. That was sixty years ago and you’d be forgiven for thinking that all traces of their last foray in La Primera had been knocked down and replaced with a shopping centre. CD Alcoyano however has A Collao, a time capsule and real throw-back to a time when fans were tightly packed into terraces on all four sides of the ground, and opposition goalkeepers could feel the breath of the home support, and often other things as well, on the back of their necks. The ground pre-dates the club by 6 years, but it was Alcoyano who developed the site and have maintained this little gem.
|Early 1940's at A Collao before the roof and the club went up|
|A Collao in the 1960's|
|Old meets the new. A Collao in 2011|
|A Collao - The main stand in 2010|
|Small but perfectly formed - The new stand at A Collao|