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Ground: Rosvalla Idrottsplats

Visits: 1

Date: 2nd June 2013

Match: Nyköping - Dalkurd  0-2  (Division 1 Norra)

Attendance: 545


Nyköping BIS were promoted to Division 1 Norra at the end of last season when the club won Division 2 Södra Svealand. Being almost 500 km from where I live I wanted to combine the trip to Nyköping with another match. For that reason I visited Oskarshamn on Saturday (where I also stayed for the night) before leaving for for Nyköping around noon on Sunday. Kick-off was at 5pm so I was not exactly in a hurry. On the way I drove through some really nice parts of the Swedish countryside before arriving in Nyköping by 3pm. On my way to the ground I passed Nyköpingshus, the old castle in Nyköping. The castle is most famous for Nyköpings Gästabud (Nyköping Banquet) which took place in December 1317. Nyköpings gästabud was king Birger of Sweden's Christmas celebration December 11, 1317. Among the guests were his two brothers Duke Valdemar and Duke Eric, who later that night were imprisoned and starved to death in the dungeon of Nyköping Castle. As it was quite warm (25 °C) in Nyköping this Sunday I didn´t stay for too long at Nyköpingshus. When I arrived at Rosvalla Idrottscenter (a sporting complex) I had problems finding the actual football ground. Because of building works the normal route was closed and I had to enter the indoor arena before finding a door leading to the ground, very confusing.


Rosvalla IP is quite a basic ground. There are running tracks and only one proper stand. Around 1 000 spectators can sit in East Stand and if there is need for more space there are grass banks on the other three sides of the ground. For today´s match 545 turned up. More than 100 of those (very good away attendance for division 1) supported the visitors from Borlänge. Dalkurd were formed in 2004 and have since then climbed from division 7 to division 1. They have the backing of Kurdish immigrants wherever they play and it was refreshing to experience such a good atmosphere at a division 1 match in Sweden. Before this match Dalkurd were second in the table and they also scored the first goal in this match, 1-0 at half-time. The second half was quite even but with a couple of minutes to go Dalkurd scored from the penalty spot to send the away supporters into wild celebrations. The match finished 2-0 to Dalkurd and they should have a decent chance of promotion to Superettan. I now only have one ground , Jernvallen in Sandviken, left to visit in Division 1 Norra. The plan is to go there in July but I have many more matches planned before then.














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East Stand


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East Stand


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A closer look at the East Stand


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South End


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West side


north end

North End


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Kurdish flag


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East Stand



Nyköping fans



Nyköping fans



Dalkurd fan



Dalkurd fans


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View of Rosvalla IP



View of play





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View of Rosvalla IP



View of play





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