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Norwegian benefactor gives Scarborough Athletic hope of a new home

Are Guttelvik is a lifelong Scarborough fan

While it's not uncommon for some of England's top clubs to have support from all around the world, international support for clubs in the 8th tier of the game extends beyond the realms of most niche fans.

However, one Norwegian fan has claimed the Queensgate Stadium in Bridlington as his own footballing holy grail.

Are Guttelvik fell in love with North Yorkshire's Scarborough F.C. in his early years but was devastated to see his club go bust in 2007.

I came to Yorkshire in 1971 and I'd heard and read about Scarborough. Then, in 1987, when the club was promoted from the Conference and into the Football League then I realised that would be the club I'd support. I fell in love with Yorkshire and Scarborough.

– Are Guttelvik

The club, reformed by a supporter's trust in the same year as Scarborough Athletic, but had to relocate down the East coast to Queensgate in Bridlington, as the club no longer had a suitable stadium to call home. For the last eight years, the Seadogs have been ground sharing with Bridlington Town A.F.C.

Scarborough Athletic hope to be in their new home by the end of 2016 Credit: Artist Impression

Are, who runs the Norwegian branch of the Scarborough Athletic Supporter's club - boasting 130 members, had enough of the club's fans not having a place to call their own and put his hand in his pocket, stumping up £20,000 of his own money to help run the club as they move to a new stadium.

We have a football club, but now we need a football ground that we can call our own. I just hope it means more people will come to support us then.

– Are Guttelvik

Plans have now been approved for a 2,000 seater stadium, which Scarborough Athletic hope to move into by the end of 2016. Scarborough Athletic's chairman, Dave Holland, says the aim now is to head to their new home on the back of promotion as division champions.

The Seadogs start in the Evo-Stik League Division One North on Saturday against Derbyshire club, New Mills A.F.C. and Are, who has travelled from Norway to see his side 14 times so far this year, hopes that he has played his part in their own journey home.