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Sweden trip 31/5 - 3/6/19

 



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Jun 6, 2019, 4:49 PM

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When I arrived in Sweden Veteran, Yorkieexile, Dave R and the 'other' SteveB had already seen four games at FC Trollhattan, Tvaakers IF, Kortedala IF and Landvetter making full use of the hire car and Yorkies driving skills. They picked me up at Gothenberg Landvetter Airport and we headed south for our first game of the day:-

Sat 1st June

1330 ko

Vinbergs IF 3 Haltarps IK 0
Div 2 Vastra Gotaland Free Adm Colour Teamsheet Att 145ish

Vinberg is a village on the west coast very near to our next stop, Falkenberg. The ground, Vinavallen, is next to the local sports centre where the teams changed, and there's a large car park attached and a 3g pitch with dug outs running adjacent. There was an admission price list displayed at the entrance but for some reason there was no charge on that day. Free timesheets were given out and badges and pennants were available to buy from the tea bar. There is a covered patio area by the tea bar which not only offered shelter from the passing showers, but also had a waffle station which was put to good use. A wooden stand with four rows of plastic seats straddled the halfway line, with covered standing on either side. On the opposite side, behind the dug outs, is an elevated uncovered standing area.

Vinbergs took an early lead and added a second on 32 minutes. The visitors offered little and it was no surprise when a third went in on 66 minutes. Despite the fairly one sided nature of the game, it was a very enjoyable couple of hours and we then made the short journey to our second game of the day:-

1800 ko

Falkenbergs FF 0 Kalmar FF 0
Allsvenskan 20 No progs or badges Att 3307

We had time to park up and stroll down the road to have a look at the old ground which was used until the current ground opened in April 2017. It looks as though it is still fully maintained but I'm not sure if it's in current use. The new ground has ample parking and has covered seating stands on both sides. The away fans use an uncovered stand behind the far goal while the other end houses a large marquee which contains catering outlets and a small area selling bits of merchandise.

The game was dire. Kalmar were the better side but lacked the final end product. The hosts ended the game well and had an effort struck off, we believe for offside, with almost the last kick of the game. A lengthy drive north east ensued as we aimed to get into position for the next day. We stopped overnight near Granna and then continued on to:-

Sun 2nd June

1500 ko

AFC Eskilstuna 0 IFK Norrkopping 2
Allsvenskan 20 No progs or badges Att 3127

This club have had too many name changes to list here so if you feel the need for more information check out Wikipedia. The ground, Tunavallen, was rebuilt and the current version opened in 2002. Four blocks of flats, one in each corner, form an integral part of the ground and some the residents can view the action from their armchairs. Both sides are made up of covered seated stands and the one we were in had a small but sparsely stocked shop. Both ends were uncovered standing area, the away one pretty full, the home one not so!

Most of the crowd seemed to be wearing the blue and white of Norrkoping and they went h one happy enough with getting the points but probably wondering why they didn't win by a bigger margin. Goals on 43 and 78 minutes did the damage, the first coming from the son of Henrik Larssen. We then had a drive eastwards to the suburbs of Stockholm where Plan B had to come into force:-

2000 ko

BK Gamla Karlbergare 4 Kransen Utd 1
Div 5 Stockholm Mellersta F&n Att 15

Plan A was a game in the same division kicking off at 1900, Fiskatra v Essinge, but heavy traffic on the way into Stockholm caused us to divert to the Stadshagens IP instead. There was a veterans game(not our Veteran though) on the adjacent 3g pitch but our match was on the main floodlit pitch which was fully railed off and had eight steps of uncovered terracing stretching the length of the far side affording a decent view. Although the standard was not high, the effort eclipsed that which had been on display at the previous two Allsvenskan games. The scores were level at the break but three second half goals for the home side provided an accurate reflection of events. Our base for the night was on the south west edge of the city but this put us in a good position to head southward to Vaxjo for our final game:-

Mon 3rd June

1900 ko

Osters IF 2 IK Brage 2
Superettan Adm 15 Att 1500 Free cardboard programme

The Myresjohus Arena was opened in Sep 2012 next door to the main ice hockey arena and to the old football ground,Varendsvallen, which is still there and was being used for women's training session when we passed by. Conveniently there's a restaurant built into the ground, pizza and beer being available! There's also a small but decent club shop which put the top level clubs to shame. Once inside the ground there was minimal security so it was possible to wander and sit wherever you wanted. Fortunately, given the sharp showers, all sides are covered as long as you don't sit at the front. All corners are filled in to so there's a good feel to it all.

This was the best of the five games which I saw. Brage took the lead after a quarter of an hour courtesy of a shocking square pass from a home defender which provided a surprised forward with a straightforward chance. The visitors continued to have the balance of play but the last twenty minutes saw a total turn around. Osters equalised with an excellent move and finish but then conceded three minutes later with a 'Zola back flick'. However they equalised again in the last minute and had a potential winner disallowed for offside with the last action of the night.

Our last night was at the Sure Hotel by Best Western in Vaxjo, highly recommended. Next day we made our way back to Gothenberg via the grounds of Halmstad and Varberg as we headed up the coast. Four of us flew back on Ryanair to Stansted while Steve stayed on another night to do Orgryte. After much head scratching about the various Ullevi grounds, Veteran finally declared a 'Champagne Job' for the Allsvenskan, metaphorically speaking as we didn't actually get any champagne....

Thanks to Veteran for the logistical expertise, to Yorkie for doing the bulk of the driving and to the other lads for the entertainment in the cramped back seat(nothing untoward I'll have you know!)



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