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Where Are They Now? Part VIII

With the signing of Erik Huseklepp on Thursday, I tried to cast my mind back to other Norwegians to don the royal blue. I can’t remember much about Siggy Rushfeldt and the less said about Bjorn Otto Bragstad the better, so I thought I’d take a look at whatever happened to Thomas Myhre.

Thomas Myhre

Mr Myhre has a special place in my heart. Picture the scene: a sunny April day, and the keeper is making his debut on loan against Wolverhampton Wanderers as Blues fight for their place in the playoffs. Twenty five minutes in, Darren Purse gives away a penalty with a tackle he is lucky to only get yellow carded for. Keith Curle steps up to take the kick, only to see it saved by Myhre, who then turns to the Tilton behind him and raises his clenched fist in salute.

Blues went on to win that game 1-0 despite having two players sent off but the loan spell didn’t end happily for Myhre as he conceded four in the first leg of the playoff semi final to Barnsley. I can’t remember much more about the Norwegian keeper barring that moment in the sun but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.

Myhre was only on loan to us from Everton at the time, and at the end of the spell he returned to Goodison. After being loaned out to Tranmere Rovers, Myhre upped sticks and left for Turkey, where he played for Beşiktaş before returning to England to play for Sunderland for three seasons, notching up a loan spell at Crystal Palace in the process. After a year back in Norway with Frederikstad, Myhre joined his last English club, spending two years at Charlton Athletic before returning home to Norway once more to play firstly for Viking and then his current club, Kongsvinger who play in the Norwegian second division.

Myhre had an unhappy return to Turkey in 2007, where he got the last of his fifty-six international caps with Norway. Norway led by two goals at half time only for Myhre to concede two very soft goals to allow Turkey to pull the tie back level. After those costly mistakes Myhre was dropped and because of his age he’s not likely to get a recall.

I’ll spare his blushes and I won’t link that video here; instead I’ll give you this one where he shows what he can do best – save penalties – this time for his current club, Kongsvinger. Ladies and Gentleman, Mr Thomas Myhre.


6 Responses to “Where Are They Now? Part VIII”

  • DoctorD says:

    “The less said about Bjorn Otto Bragstad the better”?

    Well apparently he weighs 84kg and his nickname is Bob.


  • skareggae72 says:

    I guess it rains there a lot as the river looked incredibly swollen.

  • denis thwaites says:

    Rushfeld played only a handful of games in the Barry Fry era. He was on loan and hardly got a look in probably as a result of being one of ten forwards available to BF and never netted for Blues. I remember catching a glimpse of him on TV scoring for Rosenborg in the Champions League. On checking he was a prolific goalscorer following his spell at Blues.scoring 67 goals in 68 games for them and in his overall career netting nearly 250 goals at goal every other game.

  • Bluenosejohn says:

    We were lucky to get Myhre as he was obviously a top class keeper and the main reason Everton wouldn’t play him was they would have had to find extra cash if he played for them again. The Barnsley defeat was not down to him. He kept for Norway in the 2000 Euros and only conceded one goal but lack of goals by his team meant they went out in the groups ( wonder what the Norweigan is for McLeish? ). Our play off failure meant we could not consider offering him anything further. Shame as he had a good command of his area and only conceded 3 goals in his other 8 appearances for us apart from that home game v Barnsley

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