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Erik The Viking talks Spurs, Norway and Tromso!

Posted on 28 November 2013  - 12:05

As we prepare to face Tromso in the Europa League tonight, our legendary former goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt has explained the love affair between Norwegian football fans and his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

Joy fo Erik and his team-mates as Gary Mabbutt lifts the FA Cup, 1991Erik right in the thick of it as we celebrate our FA Cup win at Wembley, 1991

Capped 97 times by Norway, ‘Erik The Viking’ made over 200 appearances for us in all competitions between 1989-1996.

He was a key part of our FA Cup-winning team of 1991 and in doing so, became the first Norwegian to lift the famous trophy.

“English football is big in Norway and the support for Tottenham is massive," said Erik.

“At the game against Tromso, so many Tromso supporters told me that they had supported Spurs for a long time and Spurs were their first love.

“Going back to the 1960s, I remember there used to be an English match on Norwegian television at 3pm on a Saturday, 4pm Norwegian time.

“That was the highlight of the week, watching that one match and it was my biggest wish, to play in the English league.

“There has always been that link from Norway to England. My mother always went over to England once a year to do her Christmas shopping. The mentality is very much the same. I love coming over and going to a Spurs match is a must!”

As he said, Erik was back at the Lane for our group opener against Tromso.

“It felt like a sense of rejoining your family and a sense of togetherness, because I had fantastic years at Spurs,” he said. “When I stopped playing it was then about looking ahead, setting new targets but now my sons are strong Spurs supporters and I was back at Spurs with them, having something in common with everyone."

As for Tromso, Erik added: “November is late! You could have 100cm of snow, you could have nothing. There is now an artificial pitch, so it’s easy to clean. But it will be cold! It will be an experience! It will be dark almost the whole day. People are so friendly and they will take good care of the Spurs fans.”