The Galician club has recognised the importance of their travelling fans, following the weekend La Liga trip to Bilbao.
— R.C.Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) May 9, 2015
When your side is losing away at a difficult venue like San Mames, where few teams escape with points against Athletic Club Bilbao, travelling supporters might be forgiven for losing faith, when their side is trailing.
Athletic had the lead through powerful striker, Aritz Aduriz, who rocketed a header beyond the reach of Depor ‘keeper Fabricio, in the 14th minute of Saturday’s encounter.
Not disheartened for a single minute, with the Galician side battling for their lives in La Liga, the Depor fans kept vocally encouraging their team, refusing to accept they were leaving the Basque city with another defeat.
In the 94th minute of the encounter, with the final action of the game, their encouragement was rewarded. The stoppage time equaliser coming from the most unlikely of sources, with a headed goal from centre-back Alberto Lopo.
Although their team had gained just a point, it could prove a crucial one, come the final reckoning at the end of the season, but for now, it’s one that takes Deportivo out of the relegation zone.
Recognising the role the travelling fans played in Bilbao, Deportivo La Coruña showed their public appreciation of the 1,000 fans who made the trip.
— R.C.Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) May 11, 2015
Via their official Twitter account and club website, Deportivo announced that each and every one of those 1,000 fans will be rewarded for their loyalty, and their vocal support at San Mames, ahead of the next La Liga encounter at home.
In an official statement, the club declared: “As a gesture of our appreciation and recognition for your ceaseless support, during the 94 minutes at San Mames, we’re gifting each of our fans who travelled, a free ticket for the match between Depor and Levante.”
Hopeful of filling Riazor for what will be another crucial match, Deportivo are also running additional offers and incentives, to achieve a bumper crowd of over 33,000 for the game next Sunday.