Ground: Vejlby Stadion
Date: 18th September 2010
Match: Skovbakken - Otterup 2-4 (2. Division Vest)
In 2016 Skovbakken changed its name to VSK Århus.
When I couldn´t find any interesting matches/grounds to visit in Sweden this weekend I looked at fixtures in Denmark and to my delight I noticed I could do three games in two days. On a very windy Friday evening I crossed the bridges across Öresund and Store/Lille Bælt before arriving at my hotel i Aarhus around 10 pm. It was so windy it was a bit scary to be honest, the Öresund bridge was closed for "wind sensitive" vehicles and I could understand why.
Anyway, the first game on this trip was in Risskov, which is situated just north of Aarhus. Skovbakken played two seasons in the Danish top flight in the late 70s but has since been relegated several times. Last year they won Danmarksserien (Level 4) and this season they are in 2. Division Vest. With today´s opponents, Otterup, being bottom of the table I expected 5th placed Skovbakken to win quite easy. After the first half Skovbakken were 2-0 up and in total control of events on the pitch. When the referee blew his final whistle 45 minutes later it was the visitors who could celebrate though. Otterup scored four times in the second half and won by 4-2. What a comeback! It was very windy at Vejlby Stadion and I was certainly not expecting six goals under these conditions. The ground itself had a covered (thankfully!) stand on the west side which protected the small crowd from the strong winds. Even if Vejlby Stadion has running tracks the grass bowl around these tracks made the ground look a bit more interesting. In 1978 11 700 turned up for the derby against AGF Aarhus but I guess nowdays those days are nothing more than a nice distant memory. Who knows what will happen in the future though.
Entrance to Vejlby Stadion
A closer look at the West Stand
View of play
View of play
View of Vejlby Stadion