Funny how things work out. In my first week at Frednesborg I made an impassioned plea to our local neighbours FC Kobenhavn, I asked them to help us out and become our parent club. A link with the biggest club in Danish football would have been a huge boost. A snobby Stale Solbakken told me that a club like ours would never be good enough to send their players on loan to, so when the fixture computer picked them out as our first opponents it brought a little smile to my face.
FC Kobenhavn 3-0 Fredensborg
18,000 people witnessed a comfortable home win, Our first game on the big stage, live on TV and we froze. It was always going to be a tall order but we didn’t take the half chances we made and were a bit naive at the back. It was a tough lesson but one that could prove invaluable. Solbakken looked a little too pleased at the final whistle, one day I would wipe that smile off his face.
Our first home fixture would be against last seasons run away Division 1 champions SonderjyskE, a team we failed to beat on all 3 occasions we met. It would be strange making the trip and playing our home games at Nordesjaelland but we had to give it a go.
Fredensborg 2 – 3 SonderjyskE
Daniel Stuckler struck our first ever goal in the Superliga after just 9 minutes but the celebrations were short lived when we gifted SonderjyskE with an instant equaliser. It was a fairly open game and there a lots of things we need to improve on especially in defence. A goal from Austin put us 2-1 in front but again we conceded to a soft goal and we went in 2-2 at the break. The second half was tough watching and we went behind for the first time in the match. Daniel Stuckler was stretchered off and we threw 3 strikers on for the last 10 minutes in a bid to earn a point, it didn’t happen and as the experts predicted after 2 games we were still to register a point. On the plus side 915 people turned out for the match, hopefully witnessing 5 goals will bring them back next time out.
OB 0-0 Fredensborg
A point on the board and a well earned point at that. It was a stubborn performance but the defence responded magnificently after conceding six in the first two games of the season.
Fredensborg 2-0 Brondby
Our first win in the Superliga was a sweet one. Goals from Nielsen and Rasmussen sealed a fantastic performance in front of 1500 spectators. We were up and running.
FC Nordesjaelland 2-2 Fredensborg
So an away game at our temporary home. The bookies have us priced at 9/1 which tells its own story. We aren’t one for listening to the experts though, Tobias Thomsen gave us the perfect start finishing a lovely flowing move to put us 1-0 up against our landlords. It was a end to end game that ended all square at 2-2, Thomsen doubling his tally for the day and season. The last minute goal we conceded was a real kick in the balls but a points a point.
Fredensborg 1-1 Esbjerg fB
For the second game in a row we throw away 2 points at the death. This time a 92nd minute equaliser leaves me feeling like I want the ground to open up and swallow me whole.
FC Roskilde 1-3 Fredensborg
Roskilde were performing way above preseason expectations and found themselves in second place. Unfortunately for them we were superb and a brace for Austin gave us a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Fredensborg 3-0 FC Midtjylland
Home (Well Nordesjaelland) against top of the league. These are the days we have dreamed about. We are unbeaten since losing the opening two games of the season and go into the game full of confidence. Two Mads Falck goals either side of Thomsen strike seal a commanding victory, What a day.
Vanlose 0-8 (Eight) Fredensborg (Danish Cup 2nd Round)
I made wholesale changes including deadline day signing Samson Iyede, the striker has joined initially on loan with a future £15k fee agreed. Iyede was quick out of the blocks and rounded the keeper to score on his debut. We went on to win at a canter and book our place in the 3rd round.
Aab 1-3 Fredensborg
Aab who are normally flirting at the top end of the table find themselves at the foot of the table without a win this campaign. This didn’t stop them taking a well earned lead and had it not been for a Austin equaliser just before the break we could have been dead and buried. Half -Time rollocking worked wonder s though and Alfred Austin, my very own Jamie Vardy who has scored goals at every level of Danish Football based a second half brace and left with the match ball.
Next up we had two home games against two struggling sides. Maybe I got delusions of grandeur and made too many changes thinking our squad could handle it but in both games we looked decidedly average picking up a solitary point.
AGF 2-2 Fredensborg
We went back to the starting 11 that had done so well in the past. Goals from Anders Nelson and Samson Iyede put us in front twice but we just couldn’t hold on to get the 3 points, A lot more happier with the performance though.
Fredensborg 3-3 Lyngby
Another 2 points thrown away. Our record at conceding early goals is second to none. One down after 4 minutes but our heads didn’t drop and finally we drew level as Tobias Thomsen scored on his third chance of the half. We weren’t level for long though as Lyngby scored from a corner before Thomsen struck on the stroke of half time to leave it 2-2 at the break. 21 passes led up to Thomsen netting his hat trick, one of the team goals of the year but it wasn’t to be and we were punished for wasteful finishing once again when Lyngby scored late on to make it 3-3. There was still time for one last chance but we saw Iyede smash the upright with the last kick of the game.
Been a frantic but incredible opening part of the season. That game meant we had now played one third of the season and duly received a huge cheque for £1,280,000 from the Danish FA.
It’s been a strange opening 13 games and yes we are sat 4th in the table which is well beyond what we expected but a closer look shows we haven’t won in four and we are only 5 points off third bottom. Valuable points had been dropped in games where we had total control but we have to be happy and really try and finish the next section of games in the top 6, both for the financial benefits and the chance to earn a European spot (dream).