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13 Jun 2012
One of the best strikers ever to play at Deportivo has passed away. Manuel Fernández Fernández, better known as Pahiño, died on Monday at the age of 89. He earned two Pichichi trophies and was among the best top scorers at Depor.

Manuel Fernández Fernández ´Pahiño´ was a Vigo-born striker that made a prolific career in Spain; he played for RC Celta, Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruña and Granada CF during the 1940’s and 1950’s breaking all kind of marks. At Celta he scored 56 goals in 82 liga meetings being the Pichichi of the season 1947/48.

He was later transferred to Real Madrid and achieved the astonishing mark of 124 goals in 144 Primera matches, earning a second Pichichi trophy during the season 1951/52. Sidelined by the mythic figure of Di Stefano, he later joined Depor and played three seasons there.

Pahiño always had a double-digit mark of goals at Depor; he scored 14 on the Primera season 1953/54, one year later he scored 18 and ended his career at Deportivo with 14 goals on the campaign 1955/56. Those were great years for Depor, ending seventh at Primera in two straight opportunities and with a team composed by names like Juan Acuña, Dagoberto Moll, Luis Suarez or Arsenio Iglesias.

People remember him as the scorer of the winning goal against Athletic Bilbao, goal that meant the first Teresa Herrera for Depor (2-1, 1955), but he also scored another important goals, starting with a brace that meant the historic 2-1 win visiting Real Madrid in 1955, only one of the two opportunities in which the Galicians defeated the Madrilenian giant playing for liga at the Bernabéu or the Chamartin stadium.

Pahiño celebrating one of the goals in the historic 1-2 victory at the Bernabéu (Oct 30, 1955)

He left Depor in order to play with Granada CF, club where he retired in 1957. Fifty-five years later he’s the ninth best scorer in the history of Deportivo, scoring 46 goals in 72 Primera matches. The Galician man is also the seventh best scorer at Primera División with 210 goals in 278 league matches. He only played three times with Spain’s national team, this since he was sidelined due to political reasons. He ended his days living in Vigo surrounded by his family. Requiescat in Pace.

Pahiño in 2002 remembering with Marca his career through Celta, Real Madrid and Depor



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