Walking around the western Norwegian city of Bergen the first thing you are likely to see is a red football shirt.

But the red in question won’t be that of SK Brann the local football club. Its more than likely to be a retro shirt of Liverpool or Arsenal.

Mind, you also more than likely to see a 1993 Leeds United shirt worn by the man delivering beer to the local pub.

Or a Spurs shirt worn by a barman that has Iversen on the back.

At the barber shop just off King Oscar’s Gate, a central thoroughfare in central Bergen, the barber offering trims is wearing a Crown Paints Liverpool shirt from 1988.

Apparently its the atmosphere of English football the Norwegians like – the pubs, bars and singing – the whole package.

Norwegian football fans have two teams.

Even the Eliteserien tends to be played at a time when the Premier League is not on TV. One reason being that there would be an impact on domestic attendances should Arsenal or Man City play at the same time as Ham-Kam or Viking.

In Norway many people actively support two teams, one Norwegian and one from the Premier League.

They call themselves Anglophiles, more obsessed with the English model of football than the English themselves.

In some cases if you don’t follow a English team the locals will even invent one for you just to create discussion.

With the Norwegian league being summer based even transfer news from the English Premier League may well “out news” domestic fixtures on Sky Sports. Football coverage on Norwegian television tends to be very English Premier League focused with the pundits former Norwegian players who spent a career in England.

Erik Thorstvedt the former Spurs goalkeeper tends to be the dominant face for lots of the coverage. You get the impression at times he knows more about English football than he does about the Norwegian brand of football.

On a wet, cold and extremely damp Friday evening Brann Bergen were playing Strømsgodset at home.

I would doubt Erik Thorstvedt is at the game.

Ideally the floodlights wouldn’t be needed given that sunset during the summer months is 11.10 pm. But its so overcast and grey that the floodlights are on by the time of kick off.

Brann is one of only two clubs in Norway to average more than 10,000 spectators for every match since 1960.

Recent years have been up and down – they call it a roller-coaster in English football speak. Successive seasons have simply been a case of avoiding relegation and fighting back from a relegation.

At the start it wasn’t just football at Brann.

Like many Norwegian clubs they were actually founded as a multi sport club in its case both a football and skiing club. Other sports like ice hockey, bandy, handball and table tennis were also catered for at the start.

Over the years the club has developed into one of the dominant sides of Norwegian football.

Bergen has always been a center of commerce and the Hanseatic League were residents in the city for several hundred years. Bergen was the Capital of medieval Norway until the 14th century, but the importance of the city never faded and it’s grown into the modern city it is today.

The famous composer Edvard Grieg was from Bergen, just one of numerous names who make up Bergen’s cultural heritage.

They can sing at the Brann Stadium just as performers do at the Opera in the city.

At the Brann Stadium a lot has happened since what was originally a dirt track transformed into a modern noisy stadium.

Although he died in 1987 one man whose legacy has never went away is Brann’s greatest ever player – Roald Jensen.

When he played for the club floodlights were not even in place.

But during the early 1960’s the first grandstand was created and called the Kniksen stand. It was named as such because it was partly built with funds that Roald ‘Kniksen; Jensen had made for the club through the on-field success enjoyed between 1961-1963.

On the hill outside the stadium a statue of Roald “Kniksen” Jensen (1943–87) stands.

Erected in 1995 it stands in the shadow of a stadium that owns so much to the club’s greatest ever performer.

As if a statue was not enough in 2008 it was decided that the square in front of the Stadium’s main stand should be called Kniksens plass.

Its on Kniksens Plass that many fans converge on match night.

Alcohol sales in Norway are extremely strict but here at the bar many are already drinking some 2 hours before kick off.

During the game the rain crashed down almost incessantly. The hills to the north west were shrouded in low level cloud that seemed to touch the top of the stands.

Seagulls flapped around in the sky above.

Inside the travelling fans from Drammen sang about their home city and ‘Godset’ – the club they had come to follow.

Blue smoke canisters went off – twice.

Brann supporters chanted enthusiastically in unison for the first hour than grew frustrated with the teams inability to break down the visiting team.

At the end it ended in a draw which was fair.

Wondering back into Bergen post match its not too difficult to see that outside of the weather this is a lovely city.

‘Tak for Alt’ it says on many of the gravestones.

Despite it ending with no goals ‘thanks for everything’ was my sentiment as well.