Angel Gómez Benito “Bolao” (Bilbao, 1935) died last weekend in Palma at the age of 86. The former Real Mallorca footballer got two promotions to the First Division. The Basque player arrived on the island in the 1959/60 season from Badajoz until the 66/67.
His teammate, Julià Mir, remembers the figure of the former defender of the island team. “He was a man with a lot of character, he was a relentless center-back, a good marker and as I recall, he paid his absence from Badajoz to come to Mallorca “.
Due to a problem in the League’s protocol, a minute’s silence in memory of Ángel Bolao and the club’s partner number 4, Miquel Busquets, was not possible in the previous match against UD Almería. Mir, has regretted what happened and hopes that it can be done in the club’s next league match. “The intention was to do what is humanly possible so that the minute of silence is fulfilled. These are things that happen and should not happen.”
Regarding the figure of his friend, Mir has a recrimination against him and Antonio Oviedo. “I never got them to speak Mallorcan,” he laughs. Finally, the former president of the Mallorca Veterans Association recalls that the Bilbao native always said: “When I die, I don’t want tears or sadness.”
Finally, Mir remembers the treatment that Ángel Gómez “Bolao” gave him upon his arrival. “In our time we were a bunch of friends. Ángel was very outgoing and tough in his way of speaking and he made a big mark on me because he made me rectify a lot and he said to me:” You’re a kid and you have to change. “