Celebrations continued into Monday after Bodø/Glimt, the hometown football team in Norway’s northern city of Bodø, secured the northern region’s first national league championship ever. They made everyone so proud that their SAS flight was escorted home by locally based F16 fighter jets.
Bodø/Glimt beat Strømsgodset in Drammen by a score of 2-1 on Sunday, winning gold in Norway’s annual top league football championships. It’s an honour long held by much bigger clubs like Molde or Rosenborg of Trondheim. This year it was Bodø’s turn to prevail: “I’m extra proud because this is so huge that everyone in Norway is cheering for them, except maybe the most hard-boiled Tromsø fans,” claimed football veteran Jahn Ivar “Mini” Jakobsen, who comes from Bodø himself.
Fans had to cheer from parked cars outside the stadium in Drammen, since Corona virus containment rules wouldn’t allow them inside and it was difficult for most to travel south to the final match. But when the Bodø/Glimt team traveled home on Monday, the locally based 331st squadron of F16 fighter jets opted for a special flight pattern while already out on training exercises. The F16s swooped in on both sides of the SAS flight with the Bodø/Glimt team on board, and escorted them in for landing.
Once on the ground at noon, the flight was met by fire trucks spraying water over the aircraft. A decorated British bus from 1960 carried the players into town, where the streets were lined by cheering fans, waving both Norwegian flags and the distinctively yellow Bodø/Glimt flags. Celebrations continued at City Hall.
See the video from the Air Force and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) here (external link to NRK’s website, in Norwegian).