Pair make trip from Norway to the ABAX Stadium to watch The Posh

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Two Norwegian Peterborough United supporters travelled across the North Sea to catch their team in action at the ABAX Stadium.
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Both Håkon Rolstad Nilsen and Vegar Kleivdal are founder members of the Peterborough United FC supporters club of Norway.

The pair were greeted before the Swindon Town game by representatives from ABAX, a company that originates from Norway and partnered with the football club in 2014.

Vegar and Håkon met while studying in the town of Molde and set up the supporters club to allow then and fellow Norwegians to talk about the fortunes of ‘The Posh’ online, mainly through social media.

Vegar, whose favourite ever player is Lee Tomlin, said: “I used to support Chelsea but my interest waned with all the money being ploughed into the club. I remember watching Posh play in the cup back in the 2009/10 season and decided they would be my new team."

Håkon, whose favourite player is Michael Bostwick, added: “It was similar for me. I used to support Manchester United but got tired when all the money was being invested as it felt like success was being bought. I then started to follow Peterborough United.

“We are not an official supporters club yet, but we hope to be. We have now got more than 150 followers on Twitter and around 20 actively discuss Posh’s fortunes each week."

They are in the UK for a week and will travel north to see this week’s game at Bury. ABAX presented the pair with a signed Peterborough United first team shirt as a memento of their visit.

Peterborough United has forged growing links with the Scandinavian country in recent years. Vehicle technology company ABAX signed an initial five-year partnership and stadium naming rights deal with in 2014.

Teenager Martin Samuelsen became the club’s first Norwegian footballer when he signed on loan from West Ham United this season.

It was the Norwegain pairs’ third visit to see Posh, but the first at the newly named ABAX Stadium.

ABAX UK Chief Executive, Chris Miller, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Vegar and Håkon and learn about their support for the Posh. With ABAX’s partnership with Peterborough United set for the coming years we hope to see both our profiles rise further in not just Norway, but the other European companies in which we operate.

Peterborough United club spokesman Phil Adlam said: “We are delighted to welcome Håkon and Vegar to the fixture with Swindon and thank them very much for their support of the football club.

“We have fans around the world and they are very much valued by everyone. We hope they had a great day with us and can now bring us that bit of luck that we have been needing in recent weeks. "