THE appeal of Phil Parkinson's table-topping Altrincham side continues to spread far and wide - with the club's one and only Norwegian fan making his first appearance at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.

Odd Sindre Tonning switched allegiance from Liverpool to Alty six years ago and finally made the pilgrimage to the Robins' Moss Lane home for a 1-1 draw with Buxton he described as 'one of the best days of my life.'

Accompanied by his dad, Odd Snr, he gave an interview to Radio Robins at half-time, attended a Meet The Manager and Players evening after the game and watched Alty Ladies on Sunday before flying home to Norway the following day.

He said: "It was an amazing, unforgettable weekend, one of the best I've ever had.

"I first came across Altrincham when I was playing Football Manager six years ago. I went to the bottom of the football pyramid just as Alty were relegated from the National League, so we seemed a good fit for each other.

'The more I followed the team's fortunes on Twitter and Radio Robins, the more I fell in love with the club. I vowed the get over for a game one day and had a shirt sent over that I wear all the time where I live, between Bergen and Molde.

'Finally, I've made it, and I've been pleasantly surprised by the standard of football.

"We get the ball down and play, and I love that. I can't believe how warm and friendly everyone has been, and I now feel like part of the Alty family.

"I even got to put a question to Phil at Meet The Manager. I asked if he might bring the team to Norway for a pre-season friendly next summer!

"I hope to come over for another game as soon as I can, but in the meantime I'll be telling all my friends about my weekend. They know all about the Robins and are always saying: "Hey, you've got your Alty shirt on again, Odd - that's cool.

"I'm doing my best to spread the word."