Welcome to my opening post of season 2 in Norway. Has you can see above the Fredrikstad Stadion is looking in good shape ahead of the new season. If you have been following The Aristocrats Of Fredrikstad you will already know that we finished our first campaign in 4th place in the league narrowly missing out on automatic promotion and then failing at the first hurdle in the promotion playoffs. During the close season I have been using my time to analyse our youth set up to make sure we can offer the best development program we can considering our status in the Football pyramid. Youth Development is a major player in the world of football and is very important for a club like ours at Fredrikstad if we are going to achieve our goals long term.
We have had a very good intake of youth, I think the FM gods have been kind to us giving us some very good potential to work with.
A number of first team squad players have gone through the exit door in Fredrikstad. Full back Magne Simonsen has moved to England after joining Millwall. Simonsen has been joined in England by Martin Thørnt Jensen who has joined Birmingham for 175k, I didn’t want to sell Jensen however he continually knocked my door down asking me to allow him to move club. Forward Ulrik Flo has joined AIK for 140k. Andreas Aalbu has moved to Lilleehammer for £600. Other notable departure’s due to contracts expiring are goalkeeper Kristiansund and Defenders Sansara and club caparain Risholt.
- Magne Simonsen 110k to Millwall
- Martin Thornt Jensen 175k to Birmingham
- Ulrik Flo 140k to AIK
- Andreas Aalbu £600 to Lillehammer
- Kristiansen Released End Of Contract
- Sansara Released End Of Contract
- Risholt Released End Of Contract
Transfer Revenue Received = 425k
- Mathias Dyngeland 21 (GK) 57k from Sogndal
- Jo Sondre Aas 27 (AF) 82k from Levanger
- Michael Goncalves 21 (FB) 85k from Neuchatel Xamax
- Tobias Odegard 22 (CB) 9k from Ham Kam
Transfer Revenue Spent = 233k
I am pleased the board have upgraded our training facilities.
We kicked pre-season off with a game against Olympique Lyon Reserves. The French club sent a fairly strong squad which produced a fantastic first half of football. I gave a run out to a mixture of first team squad players and youth team players. We got 2 second half goals via Viktor Gotesson and Patrik Karoliussen which gave us a 2-0 victory. We then had a visit from Jong Ajax who gave us a good test in a game that we ran out 2-0 winners again with two second half goals from Kjetil Ludvigsen and Patrik Karoliussen. A much sterner test next against Premier Division Tippeligaen Champions Strømsgodset. We gave an excellent account of ourselves in a 1-1 draw with Viktor Gotesson scoring our goal. We followed this up with another good performance by beating Danish side Dalkurd 2-1 with both Patrik Karoliussen and Ludvig Begby getting on the scoresheet. We finish our pre-season with an 8-0 morale boosting victory over Fisa. Monir Benmoussa grabbed 5 goals along with Viktor Gotesson 2 and Ludvig Begby.
Players Promoted To First Team Squad
The bookmakers have got us down to finish 4th and reach the playoffs
Well the board seem contempt at us reaching the playoffs and a 4th round Cup appearanc. Personally I would like us to push for automatic promotion.
That concludes my first season 2 post, I am already working on my next couple of post’s has I am aleady in to the season. I should have the next post released later this week so keep your eyes pealed for it.
The Aristocrats Of Fredrikstad Story So Far’