Boiro – Campo Municipal de Barraña
Located on the Barbanza peninsula and tucked away on the northern coast of the Ria de Arosa, the community of Boiro (it’s made up of 8 parishes and about 100 villages) appears to be your archetypal footballing backwater. Famed more for the quality of its seafood and beaches, rather than God’s own game. Whilst football has been played in this area of the province of A Coruña since the 1920’s, it’s local teams have rarely played above the lower reaches of the regional leagues. Clubs came and clubs went, but there has always been one constant; The Campo de Barraña, which has staged football since 1922.
Now, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Juventud de Acción Católica would have gone the same way as its predecessors when they were formed in 1966. They joined the Galician Football Federation a year later, changing their name to Club Deportivo Boiro in the process. The lower levels of the regional leagues remained its domain until they won promotion to the Tercera in 1980. The club dropped back down to the regional leagues a year later, but a more sustained period of success occurred with seven consecutive campaigns back in the Tercera from 1984-91. CD Boiro returned to the Tercera after a 22 year absence in 2013, and marked its fiftieth anniversary with promotion to Segunda B. The club won its first Tercera title in 2016, then saw off the challenge of Asturian side Caudal Deportivo in the Play-offs.
The Campo Municipal de Barraña is situated about a kilometre south of the centre of Boiro and around 100 metres from the town’s beach. Its principal feature is a 60 metre-long stand which houses all the club facilities under a propped roof. Apart from a central directors box and media booth, all the the seating is made up of concrete bench/steps. Barraña has a capacity of 1,500, of which 500 can be accommodated in the stand, with the rest being made up of hard standing. Temporary seating was installed to the south of the main stand for the play-off match with Caudal Deportivo, but this will be replaced with a permanent terrace during the 2016-17 season.