""Be careful as there is a bull loose down the road," said the friendly bartender as we supped away on a pre-match beer. She wasn't wrong. We'd pitched up for this top-of-the-table clash in the Spanish second division at exactly the right time, fiesta time. The streets were awash with a riot of colour, happy-smiley faces and a bull - the size of a bus.
As we walked up to El Madrigal we were ushered this way and that into people’s garages for free food and beer sidestepping the bull at intermittent periods as he swung a fast hoof through the narrow streets.
The visitors, Girona, added to the carnival atmosphere with 1800 travelling fans; their biggest ever away turnout for a match. We paid our €20 and got a ticket in with them for added kicks. The best vista of the city you'll get, and probably the worst view of any stadium in the country. Hey-ho.
Villarreal pulled Girona's pants down with a comfortable 4-1 win catapulting them into the box set for a place in La Liga next season. Whilst their fans shuffled back up north with their tales between their legs, we fanned out over town for more fiesta action. Football, eh?"See Danny's pictures from Villarreal v Girona here.