It’s fair to say the notion of dedicating this feature to Rovers’ upcoming opponents has brought mixed results in recent weeks. Lovely videos of Crystal Palace and Leicester City were followed up by disappointing days out, so in the spirit of Christmas we felt it was best to break with this run of dedications and find some more festive football. And when it comes to festive football there can be no more apt a subject for our 108th episode than Finnish side FC Santa Claus.
Yes, that’s right, FC Santa Claus. Formed in 1993 from the merger of Rovaniemen Reipas and Rovaniemen Lappi, FC Santa Claus have been playing in the third and fourth tier of the Finnish League system ever since and in 2010 enjoyed their best ever season as they finished as champions of the third tier Kakkonen. Next season they will make their debut in the second tier Ykkonen, but for now here’s footage of them in suitably snowy weather taking on RoPS in the Finnish Cup including a guest appearance from the main man himself. Happy Christmas.