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Story – Journeyman – 20 – Lille – Don’t cry for me, Argentina

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So it’s club number four (Varbergs, Lillestrøm, Bordeaux and now Lille) and midway through the 2024/2025 season. We touched on a couple of players from the Lille squad already, and one of them in particular is proving to be […]

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Story – Journeyman – 19 – Lille – Every villain is a hero in his own mind

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So I did something terrible. Some of you will agree. Others will say I am looking out for myself, doing what’s right for the journeyman adventure. I tell you what though; it tastes worse than the heartburn from too […]

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Story – Journeyman – 18 – Bordeaux – Little by little

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. The Brasserie St Once has a nice calm ambience with only the odd clink of glasses and rumble of quiet conversation piercing the silence. Nicolas, the maître d, shows me to my seat, opposite our president, Joseph. We swing […]

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Story – Journeyman – 17 – Bordeaux – Don’t stop, believin’

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. “It feels like forever since we caught up.” The words ring loudly in my ear seconds after I instinctively answer the phone with one eye open, half asleep. It’s Gordon, my ex assistant manager at Lillestrøm. I manage to […]

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Story – Journeyman – 16 – Bordeaux – Le garçon star?

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I am sat in the board room opposite Joseph DaGrosa, the Bordeaux owner and president. We’ve not long left the Brasserie St Once after a delicious lunch, I’ve managed my first ten or so games here in the south […]

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Story – Journeyman – 15 – Bordeaux – Je suis Bordelaise

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Welcome to France! First things first, let’s sort out our physiological situation. To suddenly be earning £12,750 a week is quite a shock. Life has really transformed since living in the hotel back in Varberg. As much faith as […]

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Story – Journeyman – 14 – Lillestrøm SK – It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So, I signed off episode 13 (lucky for some) asking if my ‘go’ date was to be the 31st of December 2022… Well, that date has arrived. Mr Christian Johansen (my boss, the Lillestrøm chairman ‘ChriJo,’ of course), gives […]

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Story – Journeyman – 13 – Lillestrøm SK – I heard you paint houses

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I let the news sink in. It’s mid November 2022, and unless a dramatic turnaround happens, I will be leaving Lillestrøm at the end of the calendar year. Granted, leaving having delivered them promotion back to the promised land, […]

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Story – Journeyman – 12 – Lillestrøm SK – Life moves pretty fast

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Everyone’s favourite 1980s truant once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.“ Separately, everyone’s favourite cosmic antagonist once said “I am altering the deal. Pray I […]

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Story – Journeyman – 11 – Lillestrøm SK – You’re the best, around

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. It’s the 29th of May 2022, and man do you start to get used to this fresh Norwegian air. I recently learned that Norway is absolutely mad for cycling, even more so than for their electric cars. In […]