The Sassco flag in Copenhagen

Most had late nights (including the Danes), therefore the games on the second day started at lunchtime. Barker had spent the night gurning in the toilet and the sink, which I had to clean out. He apologised profusely, to which I replied “Sassco on Tour….” I remember blaming my drunken hoying up stupor on Billy Harper back in Portugal in 2009, so I can’t really say a lot.

Breakfast was good. More hot-dogs, with pancakes, fruit, cereal, meats, etc. Gourlay and co. slowly made their way down and eventually we headed towards the venue again.

I was adamant we were going to get something from the games today and elected to drop myself on the bench, to try and avert a late defensive collapse. I did the same in France and keep reminding everyone who wants to know that I came on and snapped at ankles to give us some breathing space.

Confidence from the eventual hat-trick hero.

We had Musa Binici in goal for us and all seemed reasonably fit. Gourlay’s ankle wasn’t too bad, while Arjan’s blisters had been seen to by his daddy. It didn’t start well, though. Sassco suffered a 1-0 reverse for a large part of the first half, but eventually Dixon equalised before the break, with a free-kick. Second half started just as badly, with IFF scoring to make it 2-1, before Dixon again equalised with a low shot. After that, we seemed to dominate. Barker and Dixon scored again, before IFF gained one back. A great victory. Probably a bit more comfortable than the score line suggests, but a victory nonetheless.

The game immediately afterwards saw Sassco race into another tremendous lead. However, the foot came off the pedal, and I was on full verbal form, even to our star goal scorer, Dixon, after he lost the ball three times in a row: "What's the f**king point in that!" to which he replied, "What's the point in you?"

Tim also had a glorious chance to grab a goal, but passed wide instead of shooting from five yards: "What the f**k are you doing?”

Gourlay and Barker, probably the two most talented footballers for Sassco had a set to with Dave’s "For once, during a game, can you admit you did something wrong?" comment to Barker.

We also heard a loud blaring voice shouting “Ha’way lads!” which we discovered was Arjan, who spent 90% of the games pointing and trying to do turns surround by six foot Danes: "Aj, too much, too much, TOO MUCH, for f**ks sake!"

The final score was actually 6-4 and we were around 5 goals ahead. A great set of games with Sassco, after a disastrous opening, coming out on top in three of the four games.

Everyone is in awe as Dave G. steps out of the shower. Dixon's not excited.

The plan for the evening was a trip to the national stadium to watch FC København secure a 2 - 1 victory over FC Nordsjælland. The tickets were kindly provided by Kenneth Holm, who works at the FA. Prior to that, we headed back and then popped out to the beach for an ice cream, before lazily getting a taxi to the stadium.

It was an enjoyable game. The stadium was excellent and afterwards, Me, Arjan and Barker headed back, while the other three, Dixon, Tim and Gourlay heading to party the night away. Dave was getting increasingly irritated as his gammy ankle was playing up, while Tim was constantly muttering about a taxi. We kept bumping into them on the way. Ironically, they did manage to meet up with IFF lads. It was later discovered that Kenneth Holm has a predilection for picking on midgets in night clubs.

Dave and co. also entered a night club, which he described as “entering a Eurovision song contest.” They still can’t get the song out of their head.

Out of this chaos, me, Aj and Baxter were back at the hotel and took in a fantastic pizza from a local place, where I used hand signals and grunts to manage to get in a 12” chicken and ham pizza with chips. Like I said before the tour, when everyone was complaining about Denmark prices, “a pizza and chips costs the same anywhere…”

Sunday was the final full day to relax. No football, so me and Baxter spent a few rounds in the swimming pool at the hotel, before heading out to the city centre to buy some Lego. We floated around museums and the various stunning sights, before showing up at the main train station to pick up Pauline.

Dave shows off the Sassco flag on the hotel in Copenhagen.

It was back to the hotel and then out for a meal around the corner (only six minutes according to Digga). The meal was great and I think the waiter called me or Pauline a princess.

The final day was a bit torturous. Firstly I was panicking that Arjan’s gallons of Faxi Kondi wouldn’t fit into the case (it did) and then the airport chap said we could only put in five suitcases – he was wrong. Overall Copenhagen airport was okay, but in Manchester, the security queue was huge in order to check on the foreigners coming into the country. Once we were out, I headed towards the exit, little knowing that everyone had managed to split up. Me and Aj were outside, but subsequently discovered that the rest had wandered off back into a lift and God knows where. We were delayed by around one hour.

Roma's (or Bradford's) biggest fan in the background.

Usa BallI wasn’t the happiest person on the trip back. This was compounded by an extra couple hours due to a crash on the A66. Then a petrol stop, before eventually returning home (after dropping Barker and Dixon off).

To top it off, my own car wouldn’t start when I went to pick it up. I’ve just about recovered now to do this report. Sassco on Tour. USA next year - Love It! 4 IFF 3 | Sassco…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 2nd August 2014

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Most had late nights (including the Danes), therefore the games on the second day started at lunchtime. Barker had spent the night gurning in the toilet and the sink, which...Read More 5 IFF 12 | Sassc…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 30th July 2014

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It was Sassco on Tour again. This time, six travelled down to Manchester (including the wife, Pauline), and the venue was Copenhagen. The travelling squad list included Davinder Sangha (myself)...Read More

New venue: Denmark (DBU) FA H…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 21st July 2014

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The new venue is the Danish FA (DBU) headquarters, located in Brondby. The pitch is a 3G pitch and is the venue for our four games (two on Friday and...Read More

Denmark Tour squad update.

Denmark Tour 2014 - 19th July 2014

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The updated squad is shown for the Denmark Tour 2014, which takes place in Copenhagen. Sassco have been assigned a local based goalkeeper, Musa Binici, but the remaining players come from...Read More

Adidas, Gildan and Fruit of t…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 17th July 2014

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Delighted to receive our kit, courtesy of Workwear Express (click here to visit their website). The kit comprises of an Adidas AD060 short sleeve top in red (with black stripes), which has a set...Read More

Shirt for the Denmark Tour 20…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 10th June 2014

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It's Adidas again and this time, the AD060 shirt is supplied by Workwear Express, who have a wide variety of sporting garments on their website, They will also be adding...Read More

Workwear Express to sponsor t…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 8th June 2014

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Delighted to announce that Workwear Express ( are sponsoring the Denmark Tour 2014 and will be supplying the team with the kit. More details will be posted shortly, but the kit...Read More

Denmark Itinerary.

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25th July - Friday 05:30 Leave Sunderland/Durham 08:00 Airport Parking (TBC) 10:45 Manchester to Copenhagen - Easyjet 1985 13:40 Arrive in Copenhagen 14:40 Check in hotel Park Inn Radisson 16:00 Travel to DBU Headquarters, Brondby...Read More

Tim Gillespie pays his hotel …

Denmark Tour 2014 - 12th May 2014

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Amazingly, Tim Gillespie transferred £153, which means that (unless it's an expensive fob off) he'll be making a first appearance since his spectacular goal drove Sassco on to victory in...Read More

Official football for Denmark…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 19th March 2014

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Hopefully, we'll be producing a couple of official match balls for the Denmark Tour in the Summer. The balls are being supplied by Kabir Sports Pvt Ltd and one of them...Read More

Venue: Ishøj Idrætscenter Soc…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 2nd January 2014

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The venue for the game against Ishøj Fodbold Forening. There are a set of grass pitches and also one 3G pitch. It is yet to be confirmed which surface we...Read More

Denmark tour map.

Denmark Tour 2014 - 2nd January 2014

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View Denmark Tour 2014 in a larger map The locations for our Denmark Tour are shown above. 

Flights and hotel booked for …

Denmark Tour 2014 - 31st December 2013

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Flights from Manchester. Five flights from Manchester have been booked. Newcastle would have been ideal, but pricing was fluctuating, plus availability wasn't guaranteed. The flights from Manchester were £88 cheaper. Plan...Read More

Ishøj Fodbold Forening - IFF

Denmark Tour 2014 - 10th October 2013

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Delighted to announce our opponents in Denmark, Ishøj Fodbold Forening - IFF. Thanks to Kenneth Holm, who runs the team and is quite enthusiastic about our visit. Their Facebook page is...Read More

Second opponent in Denmark.

Denmark Tour 2014 - 12th September 2013

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Second game likely to be in Ishøj.  Thanks to Kenneth Holm, who works within, we have our second opponents in Denmark. The venue is likely to be Ishøj, outside Copenhagen. More details...Read More

First definite game in Copenh…

Denmark Tour 2014 - 6th September 2013

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Fixture against CBS Sport. Delighted to announce that the first game in Copenhagen, Denmark for our football tour in 2014 has been arranged. Thomas Staalager from Copenhagen Business School Sport has kindly...Read More

Flights for Denmark 2014.

Denmark Tour 2014 - 22nd August 2013

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Initial pricing for flights for Denmark in 2014. Newcastle to Copenhagen return. Fri 25 July 14 Mon 28 July 14 £ 186.68 GBP but there is no guarantee these will be available closer to January 2014...Read More

Denmark Tour for 2014

Denmark Tour 2014 - 27th April 2013

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It's Copenhagen! As Sassco are running out of Southern European nations, we are taking a risk and heading North to Denmark in August 2014. The flights will be from Edinburgh via...Read More

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