The first step of the golden age of Getxo Rugby

Every golden age has a first step and for him Getxo Rugby this came the June 3, 1990, a date engraved with gold letters in the history of the club, which was met last Wednesday 30 years. That day in Getafe, the gualdinegro team achieved its first title, the Copa del Rey, beating the final in the Santboiana for a clear 28-7. Players from that time met on Thursday in Getxo Rugby Tavern to remember that title.

A group of 1990 Getxo Rugby players got together, keeping the sanitary distances, to remember the Cup title won that year (Photo: Getxo Rugby)

The Gualdinegro group formed in the Madrid town with Zuazo, Isidore, Jonadab, Gorka Martínez, Alfonso Jiménez, Laskurain, Etxebarria, Iñaki Pérez, Jabitxin Díaz Paternain, Gaztelurrutia, Urrutia, Aranguren, Gallastegi, Ardeo and Azkargorta in the initial fifteen. During the course of the meeting, Martinez, Saitua and Aurre.

The madrileño Aguiar he was in charge of leading a party in which the Getxo was always ahead. Jabitxin scored the first points in a punishment blow and Azkargorta achieved the first test, completed by the kicker of those of Fadura. After a mark of the Catalans, Laskurain responded by getxotarra to put the 13-4, distance that increased with another blow of punishment passed by Jabitxin. The Santboiana shortened the difference with a drop of Llorca to put the 16-7 with which it came to rest.

In continuation again Jabitxin with a shot to sticks he put the 19-7 and already without him in the field it was Gallastegi the one who passed a punishment blow with which he made the 22-7. Five minutes from the end, the third and last test of the Getxo – that at that time had four points – he did it Etxebarria. Gallastegi with the transformation he placed the 28-7 definitive that made the by then Xerox Getxo register your name for the first time on the competition record.

But the set of Fadura he was ambitious and did not stop there. Became one of the greats of state rugby. The black and white would revalidate the title of Cup the next two years. In 1991, in a Bizkaia rugby party, would be measured at Gernika in a final played in the Cadiz town of The Port of Santamaría, where he Getxo beat by 32-15. In 1992 the third title would come, this one at home, in Fadura, which hosted a ‘Final Four’, in which the getxotarras would defeat by 20-9 to the Mercabarna BUC in the final duel.

In 1992 the third consecutive Cup would come, against Mercabarna BUC (Photo: Iñaki Laskurain)
In 1992 the third consecutive Cup would come, against Mercabarna BUC (Photo: Iñaki Laskurain)

The following year they would reach the final again, but The Savior got in his way (13-6). Mount Rugby, later known as Sciencewould defeat him (37-25) in the end of nineteen ninety fivebut two years later the Getxo he took revenge by beating him for 37-19 in Alcobendas and add their fourth title in eight years.

Further from that golden age, in 2005, another cup final would come, lost before The Savior by 29-8, which places the Getxo at seventh place in the history of the competition, with four titles and three runners-up.

Furthermore, in 1993 touched the sky in the league competition, conquering it ahead of French Lyceum and the Science Seville.

“In those years there were two colors in state rugby, the yellow of Getxo and the blue of Science”, explains Iñaki Laskurain about that stage of the 90s of the last century, in which in addition to the four Cup titles and the two runners-up, Getxo achieved a League and was runner-up in the regularity tournament in 1994, 1995 and 1997. In that period, the Sevillian team, the great rival of the moment, achieved three Cups and two Leagues.

Then, Getxo surpassed 45 league games without losing in Fadura, an unbeatable four years, between 1991 and 1995.

“It was a very beautiful years, the best stage of my life as a player. I was from 89 to 97 and I played all the finals of the Getxo of the time ”, recalls the third line from Eibartar.

Three decades have passed since that glorious stage began for Getxo Rugby, which later suffered with the professionalization of the oval sport in Spain. The black and white team will return this year to the highest category and live a period in which the Division of Honor A alternates with the Division of Honor B.

“Professionalization has hurt Basque clubs, in general,” reflects Laskurain. The former Getxo Rugby player, however, recalls that, “although we have it more difficult than then, the Basque Country continues to have weight in state rugby. Between the first two categories there are six locality teams with less than 30,000 inhabitants and they are all Basque, plus Getxo in the group of up to 100,000 inhabitants and the three teams from the capitals ”.