Ground: Vejle Stadion
Date: 28th July 2013
Match: Vejle - Vendsyssel 1-3 (1. Division)
Attendance: 1 766
My main match on this trip was Midtjylland vs FC København. Kick-off for that match was at 7pm meaning I had the chance to visit another match as well. Going through my options I decided for Vejle vs Vendsyssel in 1. Divisionen, the Danish second division. Vejle have won the Danish championship five times and the Danish cup title six times and have produced players like Allan Simonsen and Preben Elkjær. In July 2011 Vejle Boldklub merged with Kolding FC and became Vejle Boldklub Kolding. The merger however was short lived and in June 2013 it was split into Vejle Boldklub and Kolding IF. Vejle play at (Nye) Vejle Stadion. The ground was opened in 2008 and was then called Jokri Park but in time for this season it seems the name changed to Vejle Stadion. Capacity is around 10 000 and the stadium is a another example of a box-like Danish football ground with a main stand for sponsors/VIPs only. It is clearly built to host Superliga matches and feels a bit big for matches in the second division.
Vejle is only 80 km from Odense where I stayed the night and I was outside the ground some 3 hours before kick-off. It was not as warm today as yesterday and with Vejle Stadion being situated on a hill there was a nice cooling wind for me to enjoy. The gates opened an hour before kick-off and I bought a ticket for the North Stand. To my right was the away section but for this match only 25 or so away fans turned up. As the match got under way Vejle looked much the better team and I was sure they were to score the first goal. Despite numerous chances the couldn´t find the net though and it was instead the visitors from Hjørring who scored the first goal. 0-1 at half-time, a very unfair score-line. For the second half I moved so I would sit close to the Vendsyssel goal. That paid off, 1-1 and I was expecting an onslaught from the home team. That never came and instead it was the visitors who once again took the lead. Vendsyssel then made it 3-1 and they could hold on to some very unexpected three points. This was the opening match in the Danish second division and Vejle´s new manager must already feel the heat. I was more concerned about getting away as quickly as possible and I made it out of Vejle without too much problem. Herning was a 50-minute drive for me and by 17.45 I was outside MCH Arena in Herning. Time for my third and final match on this trip.
Vejle Stadion, rear of the North Stand
Vejle fans outside the ground
View of play
View of play
View of Vejle Stadion