We have managed to catch up with former Clipstone F.C. player George Milner who recently signed for Valdres FK in Norway.
George’s blistering pace made him a big hit at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium, having progressed through the ranks with Chesterfield F.C. He made an impact in the second half of the 2015-16 season making 6 appearances for Clipstone scoring 2 goals.
Milner then became a major part of the 2016/17 season when he re-signed with the Cobras in a two way deal with Buxton F.C. of the Evo Stik League. Milner featured in 16 games scoring 6 goals and earning 5 Man of the match awards in the process and going on to sign a professional contract in March 2017 with Valdres FK in Norway.
George commented “I’m loving it in Norway, the people here are really friendly and helpful, at first it was very cold when I got here which was March 28th. Initially, I was very homesick, not least because I was told on Sunday that I needed to fly out on Tuesday morning so everything happened so quickly and I didn’t really have time for it all to sink in.”
“I live with 3 other lads, 2 from England and 1 from Sweden, so there is always something to do, if that is playing some golf, fishing, going on walks or bike rides, or just chilling out in out apartment watching TV and playing some FIFA. They are a good bunch of lads and they’re always making you laugh, which is nice.”
When asked about the standard of football and attendances in Norway George had this to say:
“The standard is very good over here, I was surprised at how good the standard actually is, there are some quality players in our team as well as other teams. Most of them could easily earn a professional contact in England. I would say it’s slightly better than the Evo-Stick level, which is a very good level in England.”
“The furthest travel to a game is about 3 and half hours away. Where I live there are around 4,500-5,000 people, so at our games we get a good attendance of 400 people watching, but we always get 75+ fans watching our away games which is superb. Depending on who we play in our league some of the better supported teams have over 2,000 fans which is always nice to play against.”
I’m sure most of you will have seen one of his goals on social media when he scored a beautifully curled free kick into the top left of the goal, we also asked George what else has been his standout moment?
“Thank you for liking the goal, I enjoyed it too! The other stand out moment for me, was making my debut for Valdres in the 1st game of the season against the title favourites Eidsvold TF, which we won 2-0, so that was a proud moment for me and my family. I hope there are many more moments like that to come in my career.”
We would like to wish George all the very best luck going forward and we will keep an eye on his progress.
Interview by Mark Asher.