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Trip to Sweden 19-24 July 2018

 



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Veteran, The Wall, Stan and I met up at Stansted for the 0830 Ryanair to Stockholm Skavsta where we picked up our hire car and Veteran drove us to our overnight base in Norrkoping and then on about an hour south to game 1:-

Thu 19

Atvidabergs FF 3 Grebbestads IF 1
Div 1 Sodra Adm 100 Sk Prog 30Sk Att 812

With only the top and third levels in action our options were limited but we started off with a bit of a gem on a hot sticky evening(and that's how it remained for the whole trip).....

It's 46 years since the hosts knocked holders Chelsea out of the 1971/72 Cup Winners Cup and as the town's main factory and club sponsor fell on hard times so the club has slipped to the third level(south) where they now prop up the table. This was only their second win of the season and after a hesitant start a superb opening goal on 33 minutes - 25 yarder after beating 2 men - they grew in confidence, adding 2 more in the second half before conceding in the 94 minute.

The ground is excellent for this level with terracing at both ends, the far end being covered, and covered seating stands down both sides, the old stand being a striking wooden effort. There is a small club shop behind the new seated stand.

Fri 20

After having a quick look at the stadium in Norrkoping described on here by Mark just a couple of days ago, we managed to kill time before our Friday game very close to Skavsta Airport:-

Nykopings BIS 4 Assyriska FF 4
Div 1 Sorra Adm 100Sk Prog 30Sk Att 282

Useless fact - apparently this was the first ground visited on the first Swedish hop. It's not a classic venue by any means. It is located behind two ice hockey rinks and is basically an athletics stadium with one covered seated stand running down one side and grass banks on the other three sides. Very friendly locals - I asked if they sold any club memorabilia and they gave me 4 pin badges. The others didn't want them so I offloaded one onto a passing German hopper called Jens( no, not him!) from Hamburg but I still have two looking for a good home so if you are reading this and want a free badge message me.

As for the game, well, thirty minutes of snail paced dross elapsed and a goalless draw was the logical result when the visitors scored twice before the break, the first a defensive howler of major proportions. After the break it was a different spectacle with both sides putting effort in and goals going in at regular intervals 1-2 1-3 2-3 3-3 3-4 then in the dying minutes a magnificent chip into the top corner to tie the game.

We then had a lengthy drive northwards through Stockholm to Gavle, our base for the next two nights either side of our longest trip.

Sat 21

Ostersunds FK 4 Trelleborgs FF 1
Allsvenskan Adm 210Sk Prog 30Sk Att 5724

A long day especially for Veteran behind the wheel. 4 1/2 hours, 390 km, each way to tick off the most awkward ground in this league. The Jamtkraft Arena is on the edge of town in a fairly open area with plenty of parking. A bus stop outside the ground takes fans back into the town. There's plenty of food outlets and a small club shop opposite the main entrance. Both ends have uncovered terraces and both sides are made up of covered seated areas.

Despite having lost their manager Graham Potter to Swansea the home team are still a decent outfit and outclassed the visitors from the outset scoring 3 early goals to lead 4 -1 at the break. The second half was a damp squib in comparison with both sides seemingly content with the status quo. We made a quick getaway and after a pit stop for a pizza, we got back to Gavle in time for a nightcap.

Sun 22

With time to kill, both the old and new grounds in Gavle were visited(Dalkurd are groundsharing here this season) before we headed south to Uppsala for our 5pm ko:-

IK Sirius FK 3 IFK Goteborg 2
Allsvenskan Adm 210Sk Prog 30Sk Att 4112

The visitors are not used to being in the bottom half of the league but still brought a decent following with them to give a bit of atmosphere. They went into a 2 goal lead but conceded before half time and then seemed to lose confidence at the break. They gave away two penalties, both converted, one extremely dubious and allowed the points to slip away to move Sirius off the bottom of the table.

The bulldozers and cranes are in at the Studenternas. The whole of one side is a building site with a new stand under construction. Both ends are uncovered terraces and the main stand runs the length of the other side. Again there's a small club shop, this one located under a gazebo. Parking around the ground is free on Sundays.

We then drove into northern Stockholm where we stayed overnight before our final full day:-

Mon 23

The other three had visited the old Olympic Stadium but I hadn't so they kindly took me there and we managed to find someone with a key to get in to see, among other things, the lists of medallists from the 1912 Olympics. We then parked up on an industrial park near the stadium on the south side of the city before killing time until our final match:-

Hammarby IF 4 Dalkurd FF 1
Allsvenskan Adm 260Sk Prog 30Sk Att 19969

The Tele2 Arena opened in 2013 and Hammarby share it with Djurgardens and was described on here by Mark last week. It's very smart with excellent lines of sight as you would expect. The ticket office opened two hours before ko and the surrounding area includes a shopping centre with eating and drinking options and a couple of other smaller as arenas for ice hockey, concerts etc. It's linked to the city centre by metro and bus.

Another game which was basically over by the break with Hammarby scoring four times without reply. Dalkurd scored during a second half in which they regained some pride but the result was never in doubt.

We then travelled back down to Skavsta to return the hire car and check in to the airport hotel prior to our 0635 return flight. Back to Stansted by 0800 to find a car with a flat battery!

A couple of observations(the other three might well have more to add):-

Exchange rate 1 = 11.3 Swedish Krone

Three all weather pitches, grass at Nykoping and Sirius

Increasingly difficult to use cash. Card is king, even at parking meters

Print at home tickets available on all three Allsvenskan clubs websites

Decent local beers available at an average of around 5-6 a pint

English widely spoken

Decent roads, few road works, very few lorries

It was as hot as in the UK with air conditioning not widely available.

All in all, a very enjoyable trip. Thanks to Veteran for his driving efforts and to Stan and Eddie for their company. I will definitely be back for more.



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