TV’s Simen nets on United debut

Simen Moller and Guillem Balague.
Simen Moller and Guillem Balague.
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Norwegian football commentator and television personality Simen Møller marked his Biggleswade United debut on Saturday by scoring an 86th minute header.

The 28-year-old, formerly a professional striker in Norway’s top division, swapped Scandinavia for Second Meadow to dust down his boots and link up with the English ninth-tier club.

In exchange for working alongside United director of football Guillem Balague in the Sky Sports studios, the Oslo-born forward will spend his Saturdays turning out for Cristian Colas’ side.

“It was great fun, it’s lovely to get started,” Møller commented after coming off the subs bench to seal victory over Hoddesdon.

“There have been some cancelled games, it’s a long time since I decided to come. I’ve been very excited, it’s good to get the run going.”

Møller, who works for Norwegian national television station TV2 as a Premier League pundit, admits he initially thought Balague was joking when the Spaniard suggested the idea of coming to Bedfordshire.

“It’s kind of a strange story. I used to play in the top league in Norway, just for a year, then the second tier for some years.

“After that, I became a commentator for Norwegian TV, commentating and reporting on Premier League games.

“Bascially, when Guillem Balague came over to Norway to visit us in our studio, he said ‘maybe you should come over.’

“I thought he was just having a laugh, but here I am!”

During his time in Biggleswade, the forward will be the subject of a documentary charting his progress to be televised back in his homeland.

And following his United debut, Møller thanked his new teammates for their warm welcome and revealed his surprise at the standard of football on offer in the fifth-flight of English non-league football.

“It’s a nice club, a family club, what I am used to really. Footballing-wise, I am just here to score goals.​

“They are a lovely group. They speak quick English with the slang and everything so I’m trying to get used to it.

“The physical side was like the third level [in Norway]. I haven’t played since November so maybe I am a bit rusty physically.

“As for the quality, it is very difficult to say because the pitches here are quite poor so the ball bounces a lot.

“Technically, I think these players are as good as the players I used to play with, but they aren’t allowed to play beautiful football here!

“But I am very, very surprised by the level here.”