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Erik the Viking in Hotspur

Posted on 9 November 2010  - 12:00

Spurs fans following our Champions League adventure on television, will have seen a lot of our former goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt who is a regular studio guest - and is never less than positive about our approach to games.

Erik the Viking in Hotspur

Spurs fans following our Champions League adventure on television, will have seen a lot of our former goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt who is a regular studio guest - and is never less than positive about our approach to games.

As a result, Hotspur magazine tracked him down in his native Norway where the man known fondly at the Lane as Erik the Viking revealed that TV is very much his home ground these days.

Indeed Erik is in great demand, having successfully transferred his hero status from football to Norwegian television. And it's all because of an unlikely TV reality show.

Erik explains: "My job was to coach a team of pretty hopeless footballers, trying to turn them into a good team."

The show was called ‘Heia Tufte!' (meaning ‘Go Tufte!' in English) and proved a massive hit nationwide since its first broadcast in 2005.

"The response was incredible. It was a great success and has built up a cult following all over Norway," continues Erik.

"Roy Hodgson was coaching Viking Stavanger at the time and my team in the show used the new Viking Stadium to play our games... we were getting sell-out crowds for every match while the actual Viking team could only half fill the stadium!

"Roy said it was a mixed up world if a reality TV team could get bigger gates than a real club like Viking. I could understand his point, but it demonstrated how big the show was. It was excellent."

Read the full interview in the current issue of our official monthly magazine, Hotspur. On sale at tonight's game or from your local newsagent.