When the CD Castellón was a finalist in Copa
For those who do not know, when we talk about CD Castellón we talk about a historical club of our football. Albinegro whole he has militated 11 First Division occasions and even managed fourth in the years 40. But nevertheless, probably his best season was the 1972-1973 What are we going to talk about today?.
The ‘Orellut complex’ finished the first round in the lower zone of the table. Its objective, how could it be otherwise since he was a recently promoted, it was the permanence. But nevertheless, in the second round of the competition they became a very difficult team to beat and began to score points, thanks above all to his strength as a local. Castalia became a real fortress and the team rose many places in the table.
Fruit of this good second part of the season, the CD Castellón managed to finish the League in fifth position, staying at the gates of qualifying to play the UEFA Cup (then only the first four played it).
But not happy with his good campaign in the domestic competition, the albinegros made history in the Copa del Generalissimo. The orellut set was leaving rivals on the road. Valladolid, Valencia, Real Betis and Sporting they were eliminated at the hands of those of Castalia. Especially epic was the tie against the team of Mestalla, with which there was a great rivalry. The tie had to be resolved at the Valencian stadium in overtime with a goal from Causanilles for visitors.
ATHLETIC 2 CD CASTELLÓN 0
The historic arrived 29 June 1973 in which CD Castellón Y Athletic Club de Bilbao they played the final in the Vicente Calderón before the watchful eye of Franco. According to the chronicles of the time, some 15.000 Castellón fans traveled to the capital to witness the biggest game in the history of their club. On the part of the albinegros they played: Corral, Figueirido, This (C), Oscar, Ferrer, Babylon, Tonin, Forest, Clear, Planelles and Felix.
The Athletic he knew how to play that game better, demonstrating much more seniority and knowing how to be in matches of that caliber, winning his 22nd cup title. Quite the opposite of the Castellón people who paid for the hazing and did not know how to develop the good game that they had been showing throughout the second round of the League..
The Lions they were imposed by 2-0 and they left the Castellón without cup, but nevertheless, that team made history and is still today the best in the history of an almost centenary club.
At the end of the season two of his best players, Forest Y Planelles, they left to Real Madrid and the team accused him to the point of demotion. Nor should we forget the figure of Lucien Muller, Albinegro coach at that time that led the team to that mythical final. Hopefully soon we will see this great team and its great fans in categories more in line with their history and with what they deserve..