Programmes, or team-sheets as they were mostly back then, were introduced in Norway around WW1, with the Norwegian FA producing newspaperstyle programmes for internationals and cupfinals. At club level programmes were issued only on irregular occasions. Our own club produced a single page team sheet for their first game after the club’s foundation in 1919 (picture right), but after a few more team sheets throughout the 1920s the programme did not return on a regular basis until 1969.
Even then the 8-page programme (picture left) only included a line-up on the frontcover and recent results on the back-page. The rest of the programme was made up entirely by small advertisements. The EIK-programme improved considerably from 1976 onwards, with the introduction of a few pictures in each issue, and reached a good level by Norwegian standards in the early 80s when crowds of around the 1000-mark were common.
Later, as crowds declined following relegation, the standard of the programme decreased, with only a single sheet being inserted into a pre printed season programme. However, the standard started to improve around 2000 and over the next seasons we issued a programme second to none at our level, with the 48-pages programme produced for the friendly against Birmingham City (right) in July 2005 being amongst the most comprehensive Norwegian club-programmes ever produced.
In 2006, our 32 page programme was voted Norway’s 3rd best clubprogramme, and after a few years with programmes of only 8-12 pages, our 20 page square format programme for the 2012-season was second to none compared to other Norwegian club programmes.