Win­ning team on the pitch – and stage

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - History -

ANY­ONE check­ing the mid­week foot­ball re­sults wouldn’t have paid much at­ten­tion to the for­tunes of Swedish team Oster­sunds.

But the min­nows’ 2-0 away win in Ukraine was the lat­est step on their in­cred­i­ble rise.

They’ve gone from the fourth tier to the top league, win­ning a cup and mak­ing it to the Europa League group stages, all within the decade.

Man­aged by for­mer English non-league player Graham Pot­ter and exHamil­ton boss Billy Reid, the squad has an un­usual way of bond­ing – they have a cul­ture academy.

That’s down to chair­man Daniel Kind­berg, a for­mer army lieu­tenant. The play­ers and back­room staff have done ev­ery­thing from write a book and pro­duce an ex­hi­bi­tion to stage con­certs and per­form Swan Lake.

It’s un­usual but it seems to be work­ing – Scot­tish clubs should take note!

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