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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 big!!

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.

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Date:Wednesday October 7 2009

Time: 6:35PM

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thanks Kent for taking the time to reply and we look forward to seeing you back at the DW stadium very soon.
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07/10/2009 18:45:00

Great article and interview....Kent is a legend
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07/10/2009 19:16:00

Nice article. Glad Wigan is getting more exposure! Now use your power and put some pressure on Huseklepp! haha
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07/10/2009 21:21:00

Great interview. It's good to see Latics supporters all over the globe...even over here in little old NZ! As a matter of interest, there's a striker over here who plays in the Aussie league and also plays for the NZ national team by the name of Shane Smeltz. He has a fantastic domestic and international strike rate and is an excellent all round striker. I've often wished that one of the Latics scouts would notice him because we really are a bit like on strikers and you would think tht a relatively unknown Aussie would be reasonabley cheap. Anyhow...I can only wish. Anyway, I still love watching the majority of Latics games live on TV or the net and am a Wiganer through and through so, "Come on you Latics!"
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08/10/2009 02:39:00

Good on you NZ lactic im also in NZ but support Spurs and I agree Shane Smeltz is a super talented striker who deserves a serious appraisal also you guys beating Chelsea was a fantastic performance.
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08/10/2009 05:15:00

I can confirm it, the premier league IS bigger than "Tippeligaen" :) I have a bit of a soft spot for Wigan, as I used to play with Wigan in Championship Mananger (Back in the days when you were in league 2 and had Martinez as a player). good luck in the league!
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