Club Español de Madrid

Club Español de Madrid was a Spanish football club based in Madrid. The club was originally formed in 1901 after a new conflict between Sky Football members caused some of them to leave and create a new club. Cancelled their activities a bit later to be born again 1903 a split of Madrid Football Club. Club Español were subsequently Campeonato Regional Centro champions in both 1904 and 1909.

Club Español de Madrid
Full nameClub Español de Madrid
LeagueCampeonato Regional Centro

Club Español were one of several football clubs to emerge with a reference to Spain in their title. Others in Madrid included Sociedad Gimnástica Española de Madrid. Many similar named clubs also emerged in BarcelonaHispania AC, FC Espanya de Barcelona, CD España Industrial, Club Español de Fútbol/Sociedad Española de Football. This latter club later became RCD Espanyol. Elsewhere CD Español de Valladolid later merged into Real Valladolid. There was also an España FC in Valencia and a CD Español de Cádiz.

Early yearsEdit

Football was introduced to Madrid by the professors and students of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza. They included several Oxbridge graduates. In 1897 they founded Football Sky, an ad hoc club which played on Sunday mornings in Moncloa. In 1900 a split within this club saw the emergence of a new club Madrid Foot-Ball Club and a new split in 1901 produced Club Español de Madrid.[1]

1904 Copa del ReyEdit

In 1904 Club Español won the Campeonato Regional Centro, a regional league used as a qualifier for the 1904 Copa del Rey.[2] However the subsequent competition, played in Madrid, ended in a shambles. In the opening round Club Español held Madrid-Moderno FC to a 5-5 draw. Both teams refused to play extra-time and a replay was arranged for the next day. However Madrid-Moderno FC did not turn up and Club Español were given a bye. In the semi-final they played Moncloa FC. With Club Español 1-0 up the game was abandoned following a serious injury to a Club Español player. Club Español were then declared winners and progressed to the final. However a mix up over the date of the final resulted in Athletic Bilbao being declared winners without ever playing a game. The president of the Federación Madrileña de Foot-Ball, who was also president of Club Español, tried to declare Club Español, who had turned up on a different day, the winners. However this claim was not recognised by the other participating clubs, who all declared Athletic Bilbao to be the winner.[3]

Copa del Rey Runners-UpEdit

In 1909 Club Español won the Campeonato Regional Centro for a second time and qualified for the 1909 Copa del Rey.[4] In the semi-final they defeated FC Barcelona 3-2 but then lost 3-1 in the final to Club Ciclista de San Sebastian. [5] In 1910 two rival Copa competitions were organised and Club Español played in the Copa FEF along with FC Barcelona and Deportivo de La Coruña. It was played as a mini-league and the deciding game saw FC Barcelona beat Club Español 3-2. Club Español, who had earlier won 3-1 against Deportivo, finished as runners-up.[6]



  1. ^ Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football (2003), Phil Ball
  2. ^ Campeonato Centro
  3. ^ 1904 Copa del Rey
  4. ^ Campeonato Centro
  5. ^ 1909 Copa del Rey
  6. ^ 1910 Copa FEF