Sunday 24 June 2012 was the biggest day in the 98 year history of Club Deportivo Binissalem. The club from the centre of the island of Mallorca saw its rival and near neighbour CE Constancia promoted at the end of May and then, just four weeks later, joined them in Segunda B.
|Campo Municipal Miquel Pons awaits Segunda B Football|
Founded in 1914 as Ibérico Foot-ball Club, the club had spells in the Tercera in the 1950's, 1960's and mid 1980's, but never seriously challenged for promotion. They returned to Group XI of the Tercera in 1996 and whilst they recorded a series of respectable finishes, they did not reach the play-offs until the end of the 2008-09 season. Binissalem disposed of Reus and Atlético Monzon before losing to CD San Roque de Lepe in the final phase. They returned to the play-offs two years later, but lost in the first round to the now defunct Sporting Villanueva. A best ever final league position of second was attained in 2011-12 and after victories over Albacete B and AE Manlleu, Binissalem beat Real Madrid C 5-1 on aggregate in the final to win promotion to the third tier of Spanish football for the first time.
|Miquel Pons gets a dusting in 2011|
If promotion wasn't enough, Binissalem also won the Copa RFEF, beating Basque side SD Lemona in extraordinary fashion. The cup appeared to be all but won after a 5-0 first leg victory at the Campo Municipal Miquel Pons on 12 April 2012. However seven days later on a quagmire of a pitch, SD Lemona drastically reduced the deficit with four goals in the first 35 minutes. Just before half-time, Binissalem regained an advantage with a crucial away goal, and whilst Lemona scored two further goals in the second half, the islanders held on to win the tie on away goals. Hold tight, here's the footage of that remarkable 6-6 aggregate final.
|The main cover without optional seating on this occasion|
The Campo Municipal Miquel Pons stands on the original site of the Camp de Can Fetis, the club's home since 1932. It was redeveloped and renamed in 1984 and can be found to the west of the town. It has a capacity of 2,000, which is more than adequate for a town of 7,500 inhabitants. There is a cover over the west side, but to describe it as a main stand is a bit wide of the mark. It consists of three wide concrete steps and from time to time, temporary seating is erected beneath its narrow cantilevered cover. The teams change in the sports centre behind this cover, then run through a gap at the rear onto the artificial playing surface. Opposite on the east side of the enclosure is two rows of open seats, whist narrow strips of hard-standing occupy either end. All very rural and basic, but do Binissalem care? Do they heck as like!
|Some seats... oh and the steeple of Santa Maria de Robines|
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