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Story – Journeyman – 10 – Lillestrøm SK – Starting all over as friends

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. We are heading towards the 2022 campaign. Yes, we had a disasterous season. Yes, we’ve been relegated to the second tier in Norway. Yes, my e-Golf has had “c*ck p*ss Lockhart” sprayed on the side of it, outside […]

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Story – Journeyman – 9 – Lillestrøm SK – Living on a prayer

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I don’t often open with videos (writer’s note – they are gifs, you moron), but I had to present these two moments that typified us this season. It’s the final run in. I look around my lovely little […]

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Story – Journeyman – 8 – Lillestrøm SK – Clipped wings

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. #InViktorWeTrust. But sometimes trust just isn’t enough. Gordo and I (my assistant manager, keep up!) head to the restaurant across from my apartment for an early lunch and a serious chat. Passionate Lillestrøm restaurateurs Jakob and Sofia don’t […]

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Story – Journeyman – 7 – Lillestrøm SK – The Canaries must fly

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So our journey progresses from the second tier in Sweden to the top tier in Norway, and I have a feeling that this will be a good move. This is a bumper read, but hopefully a rewarding one. […]

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Story – Journeyman – 6 – Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap – News team, assemble!

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I know it’s creating an unprecedented double upload day, but gents, I had to do it. As you may know, I have been feeling for some time like my stint in the south west of Sweden in the […]

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Story – Journeyman – 5 – Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap – Hip to be square

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So here we are with another leap forward in time. At the time of writing it is March 2021. This means that I have now not only completed the wee half season when I first joined and finished […]

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Story – Journeyman – 4 – Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap – The turnaround?

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So things have happened. When I last left you, we had just kicked off season two in the Swedish second tier at Varbergs BoIS with a decent 3-1 win over Örgryte IS. I’d been flatly rejected for jobs […]

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Story – Journeyman – 3 – Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap – Deep breath…its season two

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Wow. What a tumultuous time of late. At the time of writing, I’ve only managed 18 games in total, all of which for the Varbergs BoIS in the Swedish second tier. Let’s do what all good stories do, […]

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Story – Journeyman – 2 – Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap – Did we survive?

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. When I took this job at Varbergs, I knew that survival was a long shot. I also knew that keeping the club financially stable would be a terrifying ordeal. I wasn’t wrong. So after the previously reported 1-0 […]

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Story – Journeyman – 1 – Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap – We are the bois

It is July 2019, and Swedish outfit Varbergs Boll Och Idrottsällskap are £50k in debt, have 11 players out of contract at the end of the season (which is in November) and most importantly, they are sitting 12th of 16 teams in the 2nd tier. Out goes previous manager Ulrika Jonsson (probably not accurate, I […]