Groundhopping.se
 
Home Grounds Grounds - Google Maps Planned matches Matches 2021 Matches 2020 Matches 2019 Matches 2018 Matches 2017 Matches 2016 Matches 2015 Matches 2014 Matches 2013 Matches 2012 Matches 2011 Matches 2010 Matches 2009 Matches 2008 Matches 2007 About Contact Twitter Links Guestbook

Parkalompolo

Ground: Palovallen

Visits: 1

Date: 31st July 2021

Match: Parkalompolo - Pålänge  1-3  (Division 5 Norra Norrbotten)

Attendance: 60

In mid-June I looked at options for late July and August. With the uncertainty regarding trips abroad I decided to book a trip to the very north of Sweden. Lombia IP in Kiruna is the northernmost ground in Sweden and on Sunday 1 August Kiruna FF were hosting Norsjö in Division 3 Norra Norrland. To my delight I then noticed I could combine that game with Parkalompolo v Pålänge in Division 5 Norra Norrbotten. Parkalompolo is situated 2 hours east of Kiruna and about 180 km north of the Arctic Circle. Palovallen in Parkalompolo is the northernmost “ground” in Sweden with a grass pitch and in recent years there have been only 2-3 games a year at Palovallen. Two of the biggest trophies in Swedish groundhopping could be captured the same weekend and even though flights were quite expensive I didn´t hesitate in booking this trip.

On Friday morning I went by car to Malmö airport and via Stockholm I arrived in Luleå around 13.40 I was staying for two nights in Tärendö, where my friend Leif nowadays lives. Leif had organized a car bringing players, living in Luleå but playing for Ohtana/Pajala, to pick me up as they were heading to Pajala on Friday afternoon. 16.40 I was inside a car and three hours later I was finally in Tärendö. On the way we stopped at Jockfall, a popular spot for salmon fishing in Kalix älv. From Tärendö it was then another 100 km until we could reach Parkalompolo. Leif was to referee the match at Palovallen meaning I could go with him and the other referees to the game. The referees today are aged 55, 62 and 71 btw. On the way to Parkalompolo we had to stop several times as reindeers were blocking the road. Exotic for me but a daily routine in this part of the world.

Nowadays the population in Parkalompolo is only around 50 but there are plenty of cottages and during weekends and holidays the population is considerably higher. Most of the players in Parkalompolo lives in Kiruna and go by mini bus to home games. The changing rooms at the ground are not in use anymore and players and officials have to change in the clubhouse, situated in the former school around 1 km from Palovallen. A few years ago there was a TV-documentary about Parkalompolo and their 85-year old manager Börje Andersson-Junkka. That resulted in Börje being invited ot Fotbollsgalan (the annual Swedish Football award gala) and he held a speech that never ended. Since that day Börje is quite famous in football circles in Sweden. Palovallen is just north of Parkalompolo and the ground is actually beyond the point where the public road networks ends. I estimated around 60 spectators had turned up at Palovallen this afternoon. To reach Palovallen Pålänge had to travel 250 km and for level 7 that is quite far. Even though Parkalompolo took the lead in the first half Pålänge were by far the better team and deservedly won 3-1. After the match players, officials and visiting groundhoppers were offered sandwiches in the clubhouse. I also purchased a “Starka Parka” shirt from Börje and that is truly a unique football related shirt!

Jockfall.JPG

Jockfall (Kalix älv)

Reindeer.JPG

Reindeer blocking our way

Welcome.JPG

Welcome to Parkalompolo

Clubhouse.JPG

Clubhouse

Pennants.JPG

Pennants and team photos

Road-sign.JPG

The end of public road

Palovallen.JPG

Palovallen

Palovallen1.JPG'Palovallen - Sweden´s northernmost grass pitch'

Reindeers.JPG

Reindeers on their way to football

Boerje.jpg

Börje with a "Starka Parka" shirt

Dug-outs.JPG

Home dug-out

Pitch.JPG

The pitch

East-side.JPG

East side

Avspark.JPG

Kick-off

West-side.JPG

West side

Boerje-coaching.JPG

Börje coaching

North-End.JPG

North End

East-side2.JPG

East side

East-side4.JPG

East side

East-side3.JPG

East side

Spelbild.JPG

View of play

South-End2.JPG

South End

South-End.JPG

South End

Hamburgare.jpg

Burgers

Spelbild2.JPG

View of play

Sandwiches.JPG

Sandwiches - on offer after the match