Ahead of the Swedish League match between AIK and Gefle, the usual child mascots were replaced with some of the club’s oldest supporters including former UEFA president, 86-year-old Lennart Johansson
Sweden’s AIK swap kids for pensioners in mascot parade
SHOWS: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (SEPTEMBER 18, 2016) (IMG – SEE RESTRICTIONS)
1. FORMER UEFA PRESIDENT LENNART JOHANNSON WALKING OUT ONTO PITCH (WITH WALKING STICK) LEADING OUT TEAMS AND THEIR SENIOR MEMBER MASCOTS
2. CROWD APPLAUDING
3. AIK AND GEFLE TEAMS WALK OUT ONTO PITCH ALONG WITH THEIR SENIOR MEMBER MASCOTS
4. JOHANNSON SPEAKING TO MATCH OFFICIALS
6. AIK TEAM AND THEIR MASCOTS WALKING OUT ONTO PITCH
7. GEFLE SENIOR MEMBER MASCOTS
8. JOHANNSON SHAKING HANDS WITH MATCH REFEREE, TURNS TO CROWD
9. TWO AIK SENIOR MEMBERS STANDING WITH PLAYERS
11. JOHANNSON AND OTHER SENIOR MEMBERS OF AIK ON THE PITCH
STORY: The players’ parade before the Swedish league match between AIK and Gefle on Sunday (September 18) went a lot slower than normal as the Stockholm club replaced the usual child mascots with some of their oldest supporters.
At 86 years old, former UEFA president Lennart Johansson was the youngest of the 11 pensioners who led the AIK players on to the field at the Friends Arena after the club decided to honour their senior members. Ninety-six-year-old Ake Jigstedt, who has been a member since 1936, was the oldest member.
AIK beat Gefle 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Finnish striker Eero Markkanen, 71 years Jigstedt’s junior at the age of 25.