Club de Futbol Vilanova is a small town club who have spent a most of their history in the regional leagues. There was a brief spell of 9 seasons in the Tercera in the 1960's, but they returned to the regional leagues in 1970 and didn't reappear in the Tercera until 2002. Fittingly, this return coincided with their final season at the Camp Municipal de Futbol, a basic ground that had been home since their formation in 1951. It was situated in the east of the town on Carrer de Marcel·lí Gené, and consisted of a short cantilevered stand on the west side and bleachers on the remaining three sides of the ground.
|Camp de Futbol and it's Dirr-tee pitch|
That final season at Camp Municipal de Futbol also saw the club finish fourth in the Tercera and enter the play-offs to Segunda 2b for the first time. Vilanova finished second in a group that featured Onda, Constancia and eventual winners Lorca. In June 2003, the club played out a 1-1 draw with Constancia in the final competitive match at the old ground. In September 2003, Vilanova started the new season at the new Camp Alumnes Obrers, situated to the north of the town and featuring a 70 metre cantilevered stand over 12 rows of seats on the west side. Narrow rows of seats on the 3 other sides make up the rest of this smart if slightly bland stadium.
Vilanova returned to the play-offs after another fourth-place finish at the end of the 2005-06 season. A first round win against Santa Eulalia, pitted them against Valancia Mestalla in the final, but Los Ches' reserves won 2-1 on aggregate and consigned Vilanova to another season in the Tercera. They have remained in the Tercera, coming close to the play-offs in 2007, but have spent the last few years at the wrong end of the table.
|Now that's better. The Camp Alumnes Obrers in 2007|
Labels: Catalunya, Tercera or Below