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Recreativo Huelva urgently needs help: PLEASE READ!

I know this site is devoted to Villarreal, but Recreativo Huelva is not just any club. They were the first football team in Spain, and amarillos like Ike Uche, Santi Cazorla, and Marcelino have all played or coached there. So please read and if you can help, please do so.

A young Santi Cazorla and Ronaldo in probably Recre's greatest victory, 3-0 at the Bernabeu in December 2006
A young Santi Cazorla and Ronaldo in probably Recre's greatest victory, 3-0 at the Bernabeu in December 2006
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Recreativo Huelva are often referred to as the "dean" or "grandfather" of Spanish football clubs, because they were the first one, formed in 1889 by two Scots who wanted to provide recreational opportunities for the local mineworkers.  In fact, their blue and white colors are a tribute to the Scottish connection.

It has to be admitted Recre's sporting history has been one of length more than of distinction, though they made it to the Copa del Rey final in 2002-03, losing to Mallorca.  Their highest league placing was eighth in 2006-07, which the newly promoted team achieved under the guidance of a certain Marcelino Garcia Toral.   That team had Ike Uche in it, and also Santi Cazorla, who had been sold there for €400,000 with a buyback clause of €1.2m, which Villarreal promptly activated.

Fast forward to the present day, and how Recre could use some of that money.  The team was relegated to the Segunda B in 2015, after finishing close to the Segunda playoffs the year before.  Behind the scenes, matters were worse.  Turned out the club owed lots of money to lots of people, the owners pretty much gave up and the team only was able to finish the season (and, fortunately, stay up) thanks to fans pitching in to pay for electricity at the ground and medical supplies for the players.

The Recre Supporters' Trust is attempting to do what Eibar and Real Oveido did, and use crowdsourcing to reach Spanish football supporters all over the world to contribute.  There is a website (in English as well as Spanish and italian, interestingly enough) which has details of the campaign.

The big deadline is June 30th.  Recre need €2m to pay off debts to players and to the Spanish football federation, or they will be administratively relegated to the Tercera (or even to a regional league) which would spell the end of the club, pretty much.

I encourage everyone reading this with even a casual interest in Spanish football and Spanish football history to please donate to the cause if you can.  It is a lot of money to raise in a short space of time, and it's not going to happen without a big worldwide effort.