Santa Coloma de Gramenet – Nou Camp Municipal de Futbol

by Chris Clements | Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

UDA Gramenet was formed in 1945 through the merger of three clubs, namely FC Gramenet, UD Colomense and CF Baleares. It took another decade to reach the Tercera and for the next 15 years, the club flitted between the Tercera and the Catalan Primera. The Seventies saw a decline in the club’s fortunes and between 1970 and 1986, Gramenet spent only two seasons in the Tercera. In season 1986-87 the club returned to the Tercera and after a decidedly wobbly first season when they finished 15th, it began to establish itself, in part thanks to the financial support of club sponsor Ferrolán, a local building merchant.

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The cramped and basic Campo del Fondo

After winning the regional Tercera in 1991-92 but failing in the play-offs, Gramenet finally won promotion to Segunda B at the end of the 1992-93 season. A second place finish in the league saw the club enter the play-offs, where Pinoso CF, CD Mallorca Atlético and Agrupacion Mar Menor were overcome. Their first season in Segunda B was also the last season in which they used their cramped Camp del Fondo home, but what a send off the old stadium was given. Despite being one of the favourites for the drop, Gramenet confounded all and sundry and won the Group 3 Segunda B title by a whopping ten points. In the play-offs for La Segunda, they were pitched against, CD Ourense, Real Jaén CF and Sestao SC, but finished last in the group. Failure to progress via the play-offs would be something that Gramenet would have to get used to in the coming seasons.

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Can Peixauet in the mid 1990’s.

The club moved to the new municipal ground just south of Santa Coloma de Gramenet on the Rio Besos for the start of the 1994-95 season. The official title of the stadium is the rather lengthy and bland Nou Camp Municipal de Futbol, but it was soon shortened to the name of the district – Can Peixauet. Gramenet’s consistency in the league continued with a second place finish. In the Play-offs, Gramenet finished third in the group behind Deportivo Alaves and UD Las Palmas, but above Real Jaén CF. In 1995, the club merged with local team CD Milán and the club’s official and rather lengthy title became Unión Deportiva Atlético Gramenet Milán. A third visit to the end of season play-offs was secured at the end of the 1996-97 season, and whilst it was their best performance to date, a second place finish behind Xerez CD, it was not good enough for promotion.

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Welcome to the cheap seats. Can Peixauet has seen plenty of drama, nearly all with an unhappy ending for Gramenet

The next play-off outing occurred in 1999-00 after finishing in third place in the league. The play-off group featured Real Jaén CF, Gimnástica Torrelavega and CD Ourense and all four clubs entered the final set of matches with a chance of promotion. However, a 3-1 defeat in Torrelavega saw Gimnastica promoted. A second Segunda B title was secured in 2000-01, but five defeats and a draw saw the club finish bottom of the play-off group behind Xerez CD, Cultural Leonesa and CD Toledo. In season 2002-03, Gramenet scraped into the play-offs by securing fourth place on the final day of the regular season. Ironically, their weakest performance in qualifying for the play-offs brought about their strongest showing. Grouped with. Málaga B, Real Unión Club de Irún and UD Lanzarote, Gramenet entered the final set of matches in first place… but you’ve guessed it, a 1-1 draw with Real Union and a 3-0 win by Malaga B over Lanzarote saw the Andalucians promoted at Gramenet’s expense.

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Can Peixauet in 2009. Not a lot has changed since opening in 1993

Away from the league, Gramenet had their best run in the Copa del Rey in 2004-05, beating FC Barcelona, Levante UD and UE Lleida to reach the quarter finals. They finally fell to Real Betis 5-6 on aggregate. The latest visit to the play-offs occurred at the end of the 2005-06 season, but with the new knock-out format, UD Salamanca quickly put Gramenet out of their misery with a 3-6 aggregate victory. The quality players and the money dried up after that, and the club dropped back to the Tercera at the end of the 2010-11 season. Gramenet’s woes have continued and three successive relegations saw the club start the 2016-17 season in the Tercera Catalana (Level 7). The club now play a mile or so to the south of Can Peixauet  in Sant Adrià de Besos.

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Can Peixauet in 2010

The Nou Camp Municipal de Santa Coloma or Can Peixauet, saw its first official match on 4 September 1994 when Gramenet beat CE Premia 2-0. Its dominant feature is a 2,400 seat cantilevered stand on the east side of the complex. In front of the stand and running around the pitch is a ring of three rows of seats. Hard standing behind the seats takes the capacity to 5,000. It is a perfectly functional if somewhat unremarkable and formulaic stadium, but now a world away from the level that Gramenet has fallen to.

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