In January 2017 the club opened a new East Stand at the stadium which also offered updated facilities. The 2016-17 season ended with a tenth place league finish, as well as a run to the quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey, where they were eventually beaten by Atlético Madrid.
The chances dried up as the game was littered with some poor challenges leading to referee Javier Estrada showing the yellow card on several occasions. Malaga were reduced to ten men when Roberto Rosales received his marching orders for the second of two bad fouls with twenty minutes remaining.
Santos had another effort saved for Malaga in the dying embers but it wasn’t to be his or his side’s evening. Eibar deservedly won. At full time I managed to get into the North Stand to take additional photos before it was time to head down into town via the packed narrow and windy Juan Gisasola Kalea.
The main beer bars looked a bit lively so I decided to have a couple to get in the mood at the very pleasant Ongi Etorri Café Bar on Toribio Etxebarria Kalea, a pedestrianised street with several other establishments.
Heading back to the area around the Town Hall I popped into Guridi Rugby and then Bar Txoko and O’Jay’s Irish Tavern. All places were showing signs of a long day, both in terms of personnel and ambience. It was a bit like an old Boxing Day back in Scarborough.
My first two days had been long, fascinating but ultimately brilliant. I couldn't wait for the next two!