Wigan Athletic...Big in Norway
The Premier League is massive all over the world as we know and the Scandinavian countries are no different than the rest in their love of English top flight football and there are sports channels showing games on a regular basis especially in Norway.
Norwegian TV has its very own resident Latics expert who happens to be none other than our own Vital Wigan member Kent Rabben aka NorwegianLatic who has starred on Vital`s Latics Speyk podcast previously
I managed to catch a few words with our fast becoming superstar friend read on for the interview with Kent.
How did you become involved in TV ?
I was asked by the former leader of the Norwegian Wigan supporter 's group if i would be a guest in the show.
I thought that it was an exiting offer and said yes.
What channel is it?
Its name is Canal plus and the channel shows matches from the Premier League, Spain, Italian, Sweden and the Netherlands.
In every Premier League rounds the channel shows 6 or 7 matches live.
Is it a national tv station?
It is available nationally but it is a cable channel so not everybody has access to it.
How many people watch the coverage?
Im not sure about the exact number, but around 150 000 - 250 000 people watches it. It depends on which team plays. United and Liverpool attracts more viewers than others.
What is your role …do you commentate live on the match or summarise in the studio?
I'm a studio guest, I talk about Wigan and the game thats being showed, before the game, at half time and after the game.
They have their own commentators at the stadium so I don't have to do that.
Who else is in the studio ?
In the studio there is one host, 2 supporter guests, one for each team and one expert. Sometimes the expert is a former Premier League player.
Ron Atkinson has appeared several times on the show.
How big is the Premier League in Norway ?
Its problably even bigger than the Norwegian league! Because the Norwegian league its quite small, and many Norwegians just want to watch good fotball. Those who supports a Norwegian team has an English team they support as well.
Almost every team in the English league system has a Norwegian supporter's club.
The biggest one is Man Utd with 30,000 members, Liverpool with 25,000 and Arsenal, Leeds and Chelsea with around 6-8,000.
Has your role generated any interest in Latics?
Yes! absolutely. I dont think it has attracted more Norwegians to become Wigan fans, but more people get to know Wigan and become interested and the knowledge of Wigan rises.
Have you been recognised in the street asked for your autograph etc ?
Ive been recognised in the street yes, but I'm not that big to be asked for autographs. Haha.
In my home community, I'm well known and almost everybody knows me and asks how Wigan are getting on all the time.
Thanks very much for the interview Kent, keep those Nordic audiences excited with your passion and commitment for the Latics.