Fredensborg – Where Dogs watch Football

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August 2016

As a club you could say we are a bit ‘tin pot’. We don’t pay wages, we don’t have our own training ground and the stadium gets more people attending the cycling club on a Wednesday evening than we get to our home games.

So given all that, we have to make sure that the people working at the football club are the right type of person. Most staff have to do more than one job and they have to want to do it. We need people who are dedicated to improving every aspect of the club. I have remodelled the few members of staff I have and tried to cover all relevant bases.

On the playing staff, a few more faces have arrived. The player I’m most excited about is the fantastically named ‘Emil La Cour’. He’s a creative centre midfielder and will slot straight into the first eleven for the curtain raiser against local rivals and household name Bronshoj Boldklub.


I didn’t mention tactics in the opening post but now is a good chance to quickly run through my plan for this group. I am a big fan of a 3 man central midfield, I like my players to always have a man available for a simple pass even if they choose not to use it. The key man in that midfield three is the right hand sided player who operates in a central midfield attack role. One of my favourite positions, this player needs to have a good engine and the ability to finish off moves by arriving late into the box.


Game Day

We travelled the 25 miles into Copenhagen for our 1st match of the season, Bronshoj would be a real test and should give me an early indicator as to where this team are at.

After 31 minutes the past 8 weeks seemed like a complete waste of time. The army of travelling Fredensborg fans (13 of them) luckily couldn’t make them selves heard as we found ourselves 2-0 down and staring down the barrel of a disaster.


Bronshoj 2 – 4 Fredensborg

Not sure where that came from. Out of nowhere we scored through Austin and then never looked back. It was 2-2 before the break, Austin netted his second and the home side looked shell shocked.

The second half was a joy to watch and two more goals from Marlotha and Shmidt sealed a dream first game in charge. We looked very comfortable on the ball and completed over 500 passes creating 4 clear cut chances.

Next up was our first round Danish Cup tie against Hvidovre, It was our first proper home game and I was little intrigued as to how many fans would turn up. The attendance was 117, 118 if you count the old man’s Alsatian that stood by the dugout all evening. On the pitch It was a very convincing performance and El-Quaz served up a double to seal the game 3-0.

Following our cup exploits we were straight into league action and went on to draw back to back games 1-1, unfortunately we couldn’t take advantage of playing against 10 men on either occasion.

Frem FC came to town the following Saturday and Alfred Austin scored a remarkable 10 minute hat-trick, the third goal was a bit special when he scored with his chest from all of 15 yards.

The month ended with another Danish Cup tie, this time we would entertain First Division HB Koge and face a real test of our abilities. It was a very tight game with both teams missing chances but the boys in green held on and have now got a third round tie against Superliga side Viborg to look forward to. Attendance watch – 133 (It’s creeping up)



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