Osasuna – Alavés 1930: photo album

From the same angle, Galle captures Osasuna’s harassment of the goal defended by Beristin. Observe how the referee watches the game next to one of the sticks,

pamplona – Among the more than 15,000 free consultation images cataloged by the Photo Library of the Royal and General Archive of Navarrafive collect moments of the game played by Osasuna and Alaves in the field of Saint John on April 27, 1930. Both teams, rivals today again in El Sadar, elucidate the second leg of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.

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From the first years of Osasuna’s life, the volume of texts in press articles is much higher than that of published images. However, photographers such as José Galle and Gerardo Zaragüeta left a legacy of plates and negatives in which they portray the soccer players, the public and the stage where the game takes place.

Galle’s eye captures in these five images the first cup confrontation between both clubs; but also the rudimentary layout of the lines that delimit the terrain (they seem to be painted by sprinkling lime with the hand), the square wooden posts with their dangerous edges, the bald spot in the small area covered with sand, the irregularity of the lawn, the stands full of fans and the covered wooden grandstand (which a fire reduced to ashes in 1953) that seen almost a hundred years later gives the venue an unmistakable English aroma. And observing it all, like a lighthouse, with its privileged balconies open to the field, the chalet of the Muguiro family that that day, like many others for more than a decade, had one of their own in the field, leading the red attack. : Martin Jose.

As for the footballers, the main protagonist is the Alavés goalkeeper, Tiburcio Beristáin, who is harassed by the red attackers, including Custodio Bienzobas and Catachú. Beristáin would play in the First Division with Alavés and later defend the Donostia framework (1931-35). Catachú had turned 18 two weeks earlier and no one disputed his ownership on the left wing. Custodio was the first of the three Bienzobas brothers (in addition to Paco and Cuqui) to wear the red shirt. After playing two seasons at Real Sociedad-Donostia he would return to Osasuna in 1932.


Presentation with a win

The Alavés that appeared on that date in Pamplona was a team that had matured quickly. Born in January 1921, three months after Osasuna, he had just achieved promotion to the First Division. In their defense they formed those who would later become two football legends, Ciriaco and Quincoces, who together with goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora were the Holy Trinity of Spanish football, what was called the fury.

It was not the first visit of Alavés to Pamplona nor the first confrontation between the two teams. There is evidence in the press of the presentation of Osasuna in Vitoria. It happened on August 9, 1922 and the meeting took place in the field that the Marian Congregation had in El Mineral. “We have never seen more people watching a football match in this city,” he emphasized. Alaves Herald. The result was 6-1 in favor of the locals. In some newspaper the local team is named not as Alavés but as the Vitorian team. This team did not wear the current Blanquizal clothing but the shirt was white and the pants were black.

Alavés opens in Pamplona on May 9, 1926. His rival was then the so-called Osasuna reserve. The set ended with a goal tied (goals scored by Miqueo for the reds and Juanito) and, according to the brief note he published The Navarrese Thoughtboth teams “pretended to play soccer”.

cup tie

a full history

It is enough to look at the photographs to get an idea of ​​the expectation that the Cup confrontation had raised in Pamplona and throughout Navarra. Alavés, who had eliminated Sporting de Gijón in the round of 32, entered the competition as champions of Vizcaya. The red board – chaired by Natalio Cayuela –, faced with the avalanche of fans that was coming, decided to place an extra stand in the area that was used, in the northern part of the field, as a training space. In the end, it would be a meeting that would leave a record attendance and collection, around 22,204.50 pesetas, a succulent amount for the time.

Added to the closeness between the two cities was the importance that fans and clubs then attached to the Cup (even above the League) and the tense rivalry that had generated the first leg, in which Alavés won 3-1.

Because the game played in Vitoria on April 20 was not very cordial, quite the opposite. The chronicle published by the newspaper ABC stresses that “the game (in the second part) became more violent, rivals coming to blows, supported by their respective supporters, who went out on the field, having to clear the public force.”

The same Madrid newspaper makes it clear that, dissatisfied with the referee’s decisions, “the fans of the Pamplona team also follow the referee on the grass of the field, estimating that his mistakes harm the side of their preferences”. Apparently, the incidents were triggered when the Navarrese fans claimed that the local striker Olivares (nicknamed The blackwho would sign for Real Madrid and would line up in a friendly with Osasuna before the war) had scored a goal with his hand.

This version, which is hard to believe was invented, was refuted by some Pamplona newspapers, which did emphasize the attempted attack, bottle in hand, on the red goalkeeper Urreaga. He was not of the same opinion. Alaves Heraldwhich published the following couplet on the front page: Osasuna from Pamplona/came yesterday as a war plan/and it’s because he eats breakfast/with chocolate from Ezquerra.

The concern for the second leg was twofold; on the one hand, come back from the tie; on the other, that the spirits calm down. To calm the most exalted it did not help much that the Catalan Comorera repeated as referee. “We hope that the public will know how to behave correctly with the players, encouraging their respective sides, without disturbing their opponents,” he emphasized on the day of the match. The Navarrese Thought.

In the field, Osasuna was not up to the task or, simply, Alavés was flying higher then. A goal from Modesto (others attribute it to Calero) shortly after the start of the match was enough. Osasuna, despite the good work of its midline, failed in attack, despite attacking the rival frame with the intensity shown in Galle’s photos.

The match concluded with the intervention of the horse guards. Apparently, the crushes suffered in the localities and the problems for the eviction made many people look for the exit through the field of play. The authority must have interpreted that they were chasing the referee or Alava players “and in an excess of we do not know what the charrascos unsheathed, causing scares and races for this reason,” he collected The Navarrese Thought.

If Galle’s camera caught the upload, it’s on file. Nor was it something extraordinary in that passionate and heated football.