A Norwegian football team who arranged a pre-season tour to Stockport but without organising any games has a full fixture schedule after help from the Stockport Express. Die-hard Stockport County fan Thomas Johnsen will bring his Rolvsøy IF to the borough in March. He had booked flights and hotels but until last week had no opponents. After featuring in the paper his team were inundated with offers and will play Cale Green FC, Stockport Sports and Hazel Grove FC.
The Norwegian season starts in April and manager Thomas, 31, wanted his pre-season preparations to take place in the home of his beloved Hatters.
He said: “I am extremely pleased that within 48 hours we had so many teams interested in playing against us.
“I am a bit sad that we can’t play them all to be honest, maybe next time.
“I am thrilled about the enormous positive response that we have got. I think there even was a team from Liverpool that wanted to play us.
“Thank you to the Stockport Express for helping make this a great trip.”
Thomas has supported County since his teens after former team-mate and Finland international Jarkko Wiss signed to play at Edgeley Park.
He first saw them play at Wembley in 2008 when they beat Rochdale 3-2 in the promotion play-offs.
Since then Thomas has regularly travelled over from Norway to watch, at the cost of £1,000 a time.
His team, who play in the fifth tier of Norwegian football, will visit Edgeley Park as part of a trip to watch the Hatters take on Chorley in the Vanarama Conference North.
He said: “I really hope that everyone living in Stockport will show up at Edgeley Park to support County. I’m sure my team will fall in love with the atmosphere.”