Valladolid - Anexo el José Zorrilla

At least Real Valladolid had something to cheer about after a 2013-14 season to forget. Their reserve side, er... Real Valladolid B, won promotion to Segunda B. Formed in 1942 following the union of Club Deportivo Delicias and Recreativo Europa, the newly monikered Recreativo Europa Delicias remained an affiliated club until 1973, when it became Real Valladolid's official reserve side and was renamed Real Valladolid Promesas.
At least the kids are alright - (Photo - Oliver Leisner)
Following the problems surrounding CD Guijuelo in the week leading up to the start of the 2012-13 season, rumours suggested that the RFEF had turned to Real Valladolid, a club who at least had some pedigree at this level. Since first reaching Segunda B in 1990, the reserve side of La Pucela's has clocked up 13 seasons in the third tier. However, the RFEF are not known for their speed of thought & action, so with a day to go to the start of the 2012-13 season, nobody knew if Guijuelo's place was up for grabs or whether reports of their demise had been greatly exaggerated.

In the end, the RFEF cut CD Guijuelo some slack. They eventually scraped together enough money to start the 2012-13 season, albeit a week or so late, and haven't looked back since. Real Valladolid B continued in the Tercera, where they won the title in 2013-14 and then promotion after disposing of Galicians UD Somozas in the play-offs. Here are some more pictures of the Anexo el José Zorilla and its Toblerone shaped stand. (Advertising opportunity missed there, methinks! )

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