Scandinavian Eagles make their annual trip to Selhurst Park
There was a Scandinavian invasion at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
More than 35 fans from the Crystal Palace Supporters of Scandinavia group flew in from Oslo, Norway to watch the Eagles take on league leaders Arsenal.
The group was set up in 1991 and publishes one of the oldest running Palace fanzines Orneblikket three to four times a year.
For more than 10 years the group have made annual trips to Selhurst Park, their first game being the 5-0 win over Brighton on 26 October 2002.
On Saturday, the Scandinavian Eagles met with Palace co-chairman Stephen Browett before the match as well as Norwegian defender Jonathan Parr and midfielder Jonny Williams.
Kenneth Haraldsen Bjorneng, who was the main organiser of the event, said there is a strong Eagles fan base in Norway with some fans even having season tickets.
Jonathan Williams, Espen Olavesen, Kenneth Haraldsen Bjorneng, Stephen Browett and Jonathan Parr.
He said: “It has been a hectic day. There are 37 of us who have come over from Norway and we are making the most of it.
“Meeting the players was great. It was really good to see Parr and Joniesta before the game, they are both really down to earth guys and Parr said he is really fighting to get back into the team which is good to hear.
“We certainly chose a tough game to come and see but it is not every day we get a chance to see Arsenal so it was an easy decision.
“It is a bit like déjà vu as last season when we came over here Dougie Freedman had just left and we met Ian Holloway in the Glaziers bar as that was his first game. Now he has left so it is a bit weird.
He added: “It is a really good feeling to arrive here in Croydon for the game. This is great for us and we have really enjoyed our time despite the result.
Co-chairman Stephen Browett said: “It was great to see our Scandinavian supporters on Saturday. They are regular visitors to Selhurst park whatever league we are in.
“They are very loyal fans to the club as well as being a really friendly bunch of people. I look forward to their next visit.”
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