Mutiny’s founder, No. 1 fan Hogner returns for playoffs

trum2The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have developed a strong local following during their amazing run to the final eight of the NPSL playoffs, but their biggest fan lives an ocean away.

Norwegian native Trum Hogner, who co-founded the Myrtle Beach Football Club back in 2011 and put the first squad on the pitch in 2012, was forced to turn the team over to Coast FA when he returned to Norway for business reasons before last season. From the other side of the Atlantic he has watched while his dream team has made its historic run.

“(Six) years ago my friend and I came up with this insane idea to create a semi-pro soccer team,” Hogner recently posted on Facebook. “We eventually got it founded in 2011 and on the field for the first season 2012. What started as an idea between two guys 3,000 miles apart turned into a business and had us travel the country for an incredible first season.”

Hogner sank his time and money into his passion before deciding to return to his home country. He has kept abreast of the team’s surprising 11-1-1 season through social media, but he will be on the sidelines for the Mutiny’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Chattannoga FC in the NPSL South Final, and he plans to stay as long as his brainchild keeps winning.

“For two years I put an amazing amount of time, love and energy into Myrtle Beach FC Mutiny,” he wrote. “In the end of all the positives that came from a crazy idea some of the best were meeting my wife Tristin, building some great life-long friendships, and continuing to see the team thrive. … I look forward to following the team to each playoff game this year to watch a ‘crazy idea’ hoist the NPSL Trophy at the end!”

Photo courtesy of MB Mutiny

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