Leeds United fans have got a spring back in their step following their side’s hammering of Birmingham City.
But United’s 4-0 win against the Midlanders on Sunday wasn’t the only big football match that took place in Leeds over the weekend.
Kippax Welfare Sports and Social Club played host on Saturday to a clash between Kippax AFC and a side made up of Whites supporters over from Norway for the Birmingham game.
And, happily for local pride, the lads from Kippax ran out even more impressive victors than United, winning the match 13-3.
The fixture was arranged by Leeds superfan Gary Edwards and a supporter from Norway, Rune Roalsvig.
Gary, who was named an honorary ‘Viking’ after the match, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We had a game organised a couple of years ago but it ended up being called off because of bad weather.
“This one went well – everyone seemed to have a really enjoyable time and we’ll definitely be looking to do it again when they come over from Norway in the future.” Kippax’s team included one player who could have been forgiven for experiencing divided loyalties.
Cato Visdal Mikalsen appeared for the home side despite being Norwegian born and bred.
He is also, however, a massive United fan and moved to Leeds in 2012 so he could get to as many matches as possible.
The game was attended by Whites legends Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer.
Current Leeds star Noel Hunt also brought along a signed shirt that was snapped up for £200 by one of the Norwegian fans, with the money being donated to Kippax AFC’s football committee.
United have a huge fanbase in Norway, with hundreds of supporters making regular pilgrimages to Elland Road.
Kippax-born Gary, meanwhile, earned his Leeds superfan tag thanks to his record of missing only one of the club’s games in more than 40 years.