February is traditionally seen as a month of celebration in Spain. It is a time when many carnivals begin and an upbeat mood is in the air.
However, one young Spaniard is not in such a happy mood - and it is because of Buxton FC’s awful run of form lately.
David Cantarero, a student from Madrid, lists Martin McIntosh’s side as his favourite English team.
It may sound far-fetched to support a side plying its trade in the seventh tier of English football, but David outlines the reasoning behind his unlikely allegiance to the Bucks.
He said: “I found out about Buxton FC last year.
“I was in my bedroom following a football scores app and suddenly I saw Buxton FC pop up.
“I can remember perfectly it was an FA Cup qualifier which finished 1-0 to the opposition, with the goal coming right at the end of the game!
“Since that moment I started to follow Buxton.
“For me, it is my second home because it’s very special to me.”
The 19-year-old has visited the town three times in the past and each time he stayed at the same host family’s home.
His most recent visit came last summer and coincided with an off-chance visit to the Silverlands along with fellow Spanish students.
Buxton’s commercial manager Mark Shenton explains: “David and a fellow group of students turned up at the ground one day and asked if they could take a look around.
“We got chatting and I then informed them we were staging a match a few days later.
“There was a good bunch of them that came back for the game and they were in fine voice.”
The match in question was the Bucks’ friendly fixture with Macclesfield Town last July.
Mark added: “They had their pictures taken with the players and on the pitch, plus they purchased plenty of scarves and mementoes.
“The noise they created was brilliant and even the players mentioned it after the game.
“It’s great to see the club is becoming known as far away as Spain and we would welcome David and his friends back to the Silverlands any time.”
The visit prompted David to stay in touch with the club upon his return to Spain, where he is studying a history degree at university.
He regularly follows the club on Twitter and even uploaded a picture of himself holding aloft the Buxton scarf whilst attending the Spanish Super Cup final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Because of upcoming exams he says it is “impossible” for him to get to a Buxton match before the end of the season, but he insists he is looking forward to returning in the near future.
He added: “It’s likely that I will come over to Buxton to visit my host family later this year. I also look forward to watching another Buxton match at the same time!”