18: From the Premier League to a New Life in Oslo

Bobby Madley referee in Norway

Former English Premier League referee Bobby Madley describes his first few weeks in Norway.

Joining me for episode 18 of the Life in Norway Show is Bobby Madley, a former Premier League referee who has recently moved to Oslo and hopes to officiate in the Norwegian game.

Football goal in Norway

At the time of recording, Bobby had been in Norway for just three weeks. He moved to join his Norwegian girlfriend in Oslo and has already met with the Norwegian Football Federation to discuss his hopes for officiating in the Norwegian football system.

Brand new in Oslo

While we do talk about football on the show, we also talk about his first impressions of life in the Norwegian capital.

As I first moved to Oslo back in 2011 it's really difficult for me to advise newcomers because things have changed so much, so I was really keen to hear of Bobby's own experiences in 2018.

Langøyene with Oslo in the background

Read more: Trevor Morley, the former professional footballer now living in Bergen, Norway

Some of the topics we talk about on the show:

  • Why Bobby chose to move to Norway
  • His first impressions of Oslo as a place to live
  • The biggest differences between British life and Norwegian life
  • The differences between football in England and Norway
  • His hopes to referee in Norway and how he plans to deal with the language barrier
  • Bobby's plans for the winter off-season in Norway
  • The surprising reason why Bobby can't ski yet despite being a sports fan

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Life in Norway Show Episode 18: Former Premier League Bobby Madley on his first impressions of life in Oslo.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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