It’s big Smyles at Seel Park for Norwegian visitors

A GROUP of Norwegian football enthusiasts could have headed to Old Trafford on a long weekend break to Manchester, but instead opted for Seel Park.

Norwegian visitors, l-r, Anne Lise Olsen, Ingunn Fuhlendorrf, Dan Fuhlendorrf, Roger Seland, Levi Grinden, Vigdis Grinden and Erik Lohne Reiersen

They contacted Mossley and asked if they could buy a VIP match package that included being match ball sponsors for the home game against Leek Town in Evo Stik League, west division.

The group of seven Norwegians, four men and three women aged between 45 and 60 years, call themselves Smyle Gresset FC.

Levi Grinden, in an email to Mossley, wrote: “We’re going to stay in Manchester from November 23 to November 26 and hope very much to give ourselves an experience, that not every Norwegian tourist gets.

“It would be great, if we could get the opportunity to buy VIP match package, match ball sponsor, for the match against Leek Town on November 24.

“We would be extremely happy and grateful for making our trip in to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“We’re a part of a team named Smyle Gresset FC who enjoy to walk, travel, watch soccer and have fun together.”

Two of the group have been referees, one up to level two in Norway, a couple have coached to level three while Levi has worked at Sandefjord Fotball who play in Norway’s second tier.

As for their name, Levi said: “Smyle gress, is a type of grass. I don’t know what they call it in English.

“Why do we call ourselves Smyle Gresset? That’s because, on one of our walking routes, there’s a bench and the name of that bench is Smyle Gresset. It was there we formed our group.”

Levi told the Correspondent how his group ended up at Mossley: “It all begun five or six years ago, when I started searching for something special.

“After days and hours of searching all clubs in and around Manchester and Liverpool, it suddenly appeared.

“Mossley AFC. Pro’s website, great cultural commitment and great importance to the local community. I just had to fall for this.

“And finally now in 2018, Mossley had a home game, at the time we were staying in Manchester and then we got a great day with you.

“We now appreciate seeing players who play with their heart and bleed for the shirt, than players who play only for money.

“I would like to thank you all for taking so good care of us and making this day especially memorable for us. Would also like to thank you for good food and drinks and next time we hope that we will also experience a home victory.

“Wish you all good for the rest of the season and for years to come. We’d love to be back!” 

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