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    In the week we faced Norwegian opposition in the Europa League, our former Norwegian great, Erik Thorstvedt, told us his favourite Spurs moment since retiring in 1996.

    ‘Erik The Viking’ played over 200 games for us between 1989-1996 and became the first Norwegian to lift the FA Cup when he played a key part in our 1991 triumph.

    “When I stopped playing it was all about looking ahead and setting new targets but now my sons are strong Spurs supporters and it was great to be back at Spurs recently, having something in common with everyone at White Hart Lane,” he said.

    “One of my strongest memories is the 125th anniversary, playing Villa, some of us were lucky to be out on the pitch at the start of the match.

    “Every fan had a special flag, but then Villa were 4-1 up. Their fans were singing ‘happy birthday to you’, and then in added time Younes Kaboul smashed it into the top corner for 4-4. I’ll never forget that.”

    Erik described his feelings on returning to the Lane for the home match against Tromso in September.

    “The first thing that hits you is a sense of being appreciated,” he said. “I always tend to remember the bad things, but sometimes it’s good to be reminded that you did have a great time. We need to belong to a tribe and this is my tribe.”