Jubilation once again as we completed yet another win, hammering our opposition by four goals to nil. We sat comfortably at the top of the table, on course for completing yet another successful season as we continued our rise up the Danish pyramid. Yes, the Danish pyramid, where I am helping Lemvig Gymnastikforening climb to the highest of heights in the domestic game.
The name's Dan, by the way... Dan Thomas. It's a funny old story how I got over here. Born and raised back in England, in the North-West town of Warrington. Being a town predominately of rugby fans, it seemed I was destined to take a love for the game, however it was football that I fell in love with. Not many would support the local club, Warrington Town, especially children like I were when I first started attending, but something attracted me back every week. The rawness, the reality and the sheer passion shown by each player on that pitch, I couldn't get enough.
Years went by and my love for Warrington Town Football Club grew. We were just two divisions away from the Conference North, a league that seemed so far away not too long ago. As I write this, we're still not there yet, but we're just a step away and have made history in the FA Cup in recent years, crowning memories I will certainly never forget. Trust me, Warrington will be in the Football League at some point.
Another ambition of mine was to live abroad. I didn't have a certain destination in mind, I just knew that I wanted to satisfy my urge of exploring a new culture. My decision was made when I met Kristina, a young woman who had lived in England for a number of years but was from the city of Randers in Denmark. Myself and Kristina built an intimate relationship and talked about our plans for the future many times, finally settling on the idea of moving to Denmark and to her birth place of Randers.
I was never disappointed when I arrived. The city dazzled me and I instantly fell in love with it. The culture was fantastic and the things to do were endless, it was a surreal experience. We settled down with Kristina's parents to begin with until we were able to buy our own accommodation. We've now been here in Randers for little over three years and I don't regret a thing.
My family were supportive of the move as they understood my keen desire to travel. They often come to visit, or vice versa. At Christmas myself and Kristina go back to England for a fortnight to celebrate and it does make me miss the feeling of being with my family, however it could never replace the love I have for my new home in Denmark. I simply cannot describe how warm the people make you feel.
Danish football is vastly different to that we are used to back home. I was given the opportunity to manage through studying my coaching badges when I was back in Warrington, prior to my departure to Randers. Management was always the route to go down for myself, as I was not exactly a gifted footballer. Not having the experience can hamper your chances of making it, however not so much here in Denmark. If you show an interest and work hard, you can achieve it.
Since, I have grown with the football club. Lemvig have a place in my heart and I thoroughly enjoy every game. I have built a relationship with the players and with the community of the club. With the club being about two hours away from my home, it is easy to commute to and from and I can often travel with Kristina. I can't see why I would love the project I am working on here, but if I were, I would leave with very fond memories. Very fond memories indeed...