Rio Ave were enjoying a relatively successful season, despite poor results against the top sides away from home, so hopes were moderately high for a decent game. Not so, a poor goal-less draw ensued that even a late sending off for the visitors couldn't raise interest.
Saturday was a day off footie and time for seeing the sights of Portugal's second city, but Sunday afternoon gave the opportunity to visit Segunda Liga Leixoes and Porto's second team Boavista with their respective stadia a short metro ride apart and staggered kick-off times.
Leixoes v Madeira was a free entry game and the crowd were buzzing as the home side were looking to force their way into the promotion race in glorious sunshine. The visitors were struggling so the fans thought this would be a piece of cake, BUT a first half own goal and some woeful attempts at goal left the expectant crowd very disappointed.
Boavista v Vitoria Setubal was by far the most technically proficient game although somewhat surprisingly, given the quality on show, the home side had not performed as well as Rio Ave this season. An excellent game ended 4-0 to the Black Panthers in a typically English stadium with most of the crowd seated on the side of the ground opposite the main stand.
A fitting end to the footie triple and whetting the appetite for the next WIlkie Tour when a magnificent seven will be flying to Cologne in April. Watch out for updates on the blog as we confirm the fixtures we will be attending once the TV schedules for the weekend have been finalised.
Also, look out for WIlkie Tours detailed Travellers Tales and photos from the archive in Football Weekends magazine.