Heart of the City: Oslo Blues
- 30 April 2013 14:49
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
It's time to announce the latest recipients of the Heart of the City award, where we celebrate the best places to meet fellow City supporters around the world!
"Bohemen Bar has been the regular meeting place for City fans around Oslo since we moved from ”Stedet” in Oslo in 1998. Every City game is shown at Bohemen - the home of the Oslo Blues and we have around 150 MCFC OSC members living in and around Oslo, out of a membership of nearly 1800 in the whole Scandinavian Branch.
The Scandinavian branch was originally formed way back in 1974 as the Norway Branch by Nils Martinsen - who is still a very active and now life member of MCFC OSC.
In the eighties, the Norway branch merged with Sweden Branch to become the Scandinavian Branch in order to save costs, as the main project for both was to produce a branch magazine in which to inform their members of all-things City.
The branch magazine was first named Newsletter, and later changed its name to Scandinavian True Blue and has now run since 1976. Sweden branch members’ interest is still looked after by Andreas Larsson, - who has been an active secretary, and looked after the Sweden part of the branch for nearly 40 years now!
Denmark joined the Scandinavian Branch in 1995 where Morten Olesen has been doing a similar role as secretary and contact there for 17 years now.
The total membership in the branch started with around 500 in the early successful years of the club in the seventies, however, it hit its lowest membership in 1989 when Tor Sønsteby took over as branch secretary. Since then the branch has grown from 300 members in 1989 to become the largest MCFC OSC branch with now nearly 1800 members.
Scandinavian branch members attend every home game and have been helped out since the late 1980s by Mr Alan Potter, treasurer in the OSC, ensuring there are between 20 and 60 Scandinavians over to see their heroes live every home game, as well as a few for every away game.
The Norway Branch even helped out with setting up pre-season games and tours for the Blues during the eighties. Uwe Rôsler was an active member of the branch after leaving City as a player and today Mikkel Bishoff, Nicklas Jensen and Kåre Ingebrigtsen are still all members.
On behalf of Bohemen bar and the Scandinavian Blues, we are very proud to receive this award!"
Tor Sønsteby - Norway Blues branch secretary