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Town Fan Arnt Named Norway's Supporter of the Year
Monday, 16th May 2016 10:42

Town fan Arnt H Nodeland has been named Norway’s Supporter of the Year by the country’s Supporterunionen for Britisk Fotball and television channel TV2.

Arnt, 45, founded the Ipswich Town FC Supporters Club of Norway, which now has more than 500 members, as an 18-year-old back in 1989 and is now its president.

He also started the award-winning fanzine for Norwegian supporters, the News of the Blues, which he initially produced on his own.

“It was very unexpected. I was told Monday and realised nothing. I am thankful and really appreciate it,” Arnt told TV2 in an interview - which can be found auto-translated into English here - in which he also reveals that during a spell living in Ipswich without a fixed postal address he had letters delivered to him at Portman Road.

ITSCON chairman Ole Bernt Krogstad paid tribute to Arnt, who visits Town between five and eight times a season: “Since creating the Supporters Club in 1989 he has supplied thousands of match tickets to other Norwegian fans without taking any profit.

“He paved the way for other supporters to start travelling to Ipswich. He wrote the fanzine at first on his own before other people also got involved and it recently won the Fanzine of the Year.

“He started the trips in which loads of members participate and his connections to Portman Road are tremendously good. Almost every single Ipswich fan in Norway knows Arnt’s name.

“Before Arnt fellow Town fans Lasse Lorentzen [1994], Geir Ingvald Jacobsen [2006] and Inge Haug [2010] also won the prize, which is really tough to win. That means that our Supporters Club is definitely doing something right!”

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MaySixth added 10:54 - May 16
And you still get people born and bred in Ipswich walking around the town in West Ham, Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd etc replica tops.
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megamoth added 11:01 - May 16
What a sensational guy with sensational commitment. I love the Norwegian support base. What happened to Sindre by the way???
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rfretwell added 11:27 - May 16
Brilliant Arnt, well done. I met Sindre after Watford away last season. Great time in the pub afterwards celebrating Chaplows winner
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itsonlyme added 11:36 - May 16
Congratulations Arnt, fans like you are a godsend to clubs like ours! You put to shame some of our so called 'loyal' supporters. Sorry for some of the 'football' you have had to endure this season!
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TR11BLU added 11:56 - May 16
Well done Arnt, hats off to you
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skari added 13:05 - May 16
Good for him, greetings from Iceland
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bigautographs added 13:49 - May 16
well done :)
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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:28 - May 16
Respekt! Gode støttespillere , flott land. Fortsett det gode arbeidet! [Respect! Great supporters, great country. Keep up the good work!] Excuse my Norwegian, but it looks about right from a Swedish perspective.
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whosroundisitanyway added 16:54 - May 16
Great pics!
Butch looks like he's gonna crush him like a wasted beer can & Arnt looks a little bit worried!
Arnt & Sir Bobby modeling jumpers their nan's knitted them, priceless!!
Three legends.
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PJewellisaGod added 17:53 - May 16
Well done to you!

Great to hear stories like this :-)
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runningout added 21:04 - May 16
you get that in most towns and cities MaySixth.. a bit sad but hey
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Cookycrew added 11:13 - May 17
Top Guy! Congratulations from all true blues
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