In a Rut – In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one.
That’s us, a winless run, a team desperate for goals with the inability to defend. How has it ended up being like this, we were so good early in the season and beat all-comers.
First up is a winnable home game against Henrik Larsen’s Skive, it ends 0-0 and it’s about as entertaining as back to back episodes of ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’. In what seams like the bottom of the barrel we lose 1-0 at Fremad Amager.
SonderjyskE have won the league at a canter and we travel to them next. It’s time to risk everything, with Austin finally just about available for selection he will go straight in to the eleven. We revert to year one when football seemed so simple, get the ball, play it down the middle and Austin will score.
SonderjyskE 4-2 Fredensborg
Not all bad. We created five clear cut chances, Austin scored on his return and Stuckler got the other. Yes its another defeat but we did look better, it seems a long time since we created as many chances as we did today. With just four games remaining we need to win at least three of them to guarantee 3rd spot and a play-off place.
Fredensborg 3-0 FC Sydvest
The King has Returned. It can’t be the only reason but Alfred Austins place in this team seams to have rebooted the whole squad. It’s 3-0 before half time and this new front two are getting me and the fans believing again.
FC Fredericia 0-3 Fredensborg
What ever league we end up in I need to ensure Daniel Stuckler either renews his loan or joins permanently. On this occasion Stuckler scored a wonderful brace and Fredericia who not so long ago took us apart were swatted aside like an OAP fly with glaucoma.
Silkeborg 1-3 Fredensborg
Its three wins from three. Stuckler and Austin both find the net and with just one league game remaining we have secured a play-off spot. Its an incredible turn around. As we wait to see who we will meet in the play-offs we can take our foot of the gas for one last match.
Fredensborg 4-1 HB Kog
Two more for Stuckler and a rampaging team score four for the first time in months. From being desolate and watching our season go down the drain we now have 2 games against Superliga side Vejle to earn a spot in the top flight of Danish football.
Fredensborg 4-2 Vejle
This is incredible but it could have been better. At half-time we led 3-0, Mads Falck ran amok netting a hat-trick in just 27 minutes. The Superliga side didn’t lie down though and before I knew it the game was back in the balance at 3-2. It was still a good result but a late goal from Tobias Thomsen has given us the tiniest bit of breathing room heading into next weeks 2nd leg. For the first time in my tenure we have over 300 fans attend a game and with the stadium rocking we actually feel like a proper football club.
With a two goal advantage from the first leg we could have sat in and said break us down but thats not my style. We have won four on the trot averaging three goals a game so as they say “We Go Again”
Vejle 2-2 Fredensborg (4-6 on Agg)
We did it and a goal after just 26 seconds set us on our way. Daniel Stuckler and Alfred Austin had formed my front two for the entirety of our revival and it seemed fitting that they both bagged goal on the greatest day in Fredensborg’s history.
When the dust settles it has been a very strange season. 80% of our points came within the first eleven and the last four matches. We at times looked every part a promotion contender but then again we also looked like the amateur side we were not so long ago.
The summer was a mass of hysteria and calamity, not the ideal preparation for a first tilt at the top flight.
Firstly, The Danish FA tried to block our promotion, stating that the facilities we offer are no where near the standard of the Superliga. Scaffold stands and Porta-Cabins were a none starter so instead we have reluctantly agreed to travel 30km to ground share and play our home games at ‘The Dare to Dream’ stadium, home of FC Nordsjaelland.
The board have now sanctioned a new stadium to be built back in Frednesborg but that will take a minimum of 12 months to construct. To do this they have borrowed £5,500,000 from the bank and gained a further £3,500,000 in sponsorship and grants, I’m not sure a team that has only broken 300 fans once in its history needs a new stadium but I don’t make those decisions.
Secondly, We are now a professional outfit and everything that that entails. The players want full time deals, people who just last week earned £200 a week now want £900 a week and the lads on amateur contracts who were playing for free now want £500 a week.
Thirdly, The staff. We had 6 hard working members who did everything from train the first team to scout for the under 19s. Now every age group has data analysts and sports scientists, the games gone mad. We could easily finish dead last and be playing in a brand new near empty stadium with a wage bill we just simply couldn’t afford. It’s like Peter Ridsdale has taken charge of the coffers.
With all this going on I need to prepare for a new Superliga season. I should be excited but the pressure of the bank balance and what could happen if it all goes wrong is weighing heavy. Three years ago Fredensborg were playing in the bottom tier of Danish football in front of 30 spectators, they had no money or any real aspirations now they are in the top flight and will have to fight tooth and nail to stay there for more than one year.