Meet Newcastle-inspired Spanish minnows who are now Europe’s most remote club

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    Newcastle United inspired the creation of a Spanish football club who became part of Europe's most remote top-flight outfit.

    Based 1,000 kilometres from mainland Europe and 100 kilometres east of Morocco but in Spanish territory, Real Club Victoria are proud of their history – which changed dramatically in 1949.

    Founded 17 years after the famous North East club in 1909, the Canary Islands' side initially wore a set of Newcastle kit brought over from the UK by Pepe Goncalves.

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    They swiftly became the most notable football club on the island of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which neighbours Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, then wore their own version of the iconic black and white stripes going forward.

    The club still exists to their day but without the first-team football, which became part of current La Liga outfit Las Palmas when joining forces with four other island clubs in 1949.

    The formation came about in a bid to give the plethora of young footballing talent a reason to stay on the Island rather than moving to the mainland, with black and white making way for the now iconic yellow and blue attire which matches the island flag.

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    The Las Palmas badge includes the five small badges of Victoria as well as rivals Marino and smaller outfits Atletico, Arenas and Grand Canaria.

    Their current headquarters includes a trophy cabinet of their four decades of honours as well as their proud Newcastle connections with a badge displayed on the outside of their clubhouse on the idyllic Las Palmas coast.

    Victoria were proud to be invited to St James' Park on the 100th anniversary of their founder's birth in 1994, with a certificate signed by former chairman John Hall on display to this day.

    The club still exists with teams in chess, dominos and sailing as of 2023, with their crown sat atop the Las Palmas crest.

    The island outfit were promoted back into LaLiga in 2023 and play their home matches at the stunning Gran Canaria Stadium which hosts 32,392 fans while taking on Spain's elite.

    A four hour flight from the UK and three hours from Madrid, the remote nature of the club only strengthens their togetherness and passion for sport.

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    Currently led by president Juan Jesus Ortega Machin, Las Palmas recently paid tribute to the largest club in their formation year with a black and white striped away kit.

    Although Victoria, named after none other than the then Queen of England, can now only play football at a youth level, their history remains a proud part of Las Palmas sport.

    Iconic players born on the island include David Silva and Pedri, with the total population of just over two million continuing to punch above their weight in Spain.

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