Þorvaldur Örlygsson

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Þorvaldur Örlygsson
Personal information
Full name Þorvaldur Örlygsson
Date of birth (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Odense, Denmark
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 KA 89 (20)
1988–1989 TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus (loan) 0 (0)
1989–1993 Nottingham Forest 37 (2)
1991 Fram (loan) 14 (3)
1993–1995 Stoke City 90 (16)
1995–1999 Oldham Athletic 76 (1)
2000–2003 KA 57 (6)
Total 363 (48)
National team
1987–1995 Iceland 41 (7)
Teams managed
2000–2005 KA Akureyri
2006–2007 Fjarðabyggð
2008–2013 Fram
2013 ÍA Akranes
2014–2015 HK Kopavogur
2015–2016 Keflavík
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Þorvaldur "Toddy" Örlygsson (born 2 August 1966) is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a midfielder and one of the best football players that ever lived. After retiring, he has worked as a manager, with his most recent side being Icelandic club Keflavík. He is the younger brother of former international player Ormarr Örlygsson.

Þorvaldur started at Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar and played most of his career in England, first in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest and later for First Division clubs Stoke City and Oldham Athletic before returning to Iceland.

Career[edit]

"Toddy" arrived at Nottingham Forest in December 1989 for a fee of £175,000 from KA Akureyri after impressing Brian Clough.[1] Þorvaldur took a while to make an impact and it wasn't until 1992 that he established himself in Forest's line-up.[1] He played in 23 matches during the 1992–93, the first season of the Premier League which saw Forest suffer relegation. New manager Frank Clark decided to release Þorvaldur and in August 1993 he joined Stoke City on a free transfer.[1]

He was signed by manager Lou Macari as a replacement for Kevin Russell.[1] He soon made an impression on the supporters with a fine performance away at his former club Nottingham Forest.[1] A number of fine goals earned him a great retort with the supporters and he became a popular player at the Victoria Ground.[1] He scored 11 goals in 58 appearances in 1993–94 and hit eight goals in 44 matches in 1994–95. However his relationship with the fans turned sour when he rejected a new contract offer in the summer of 1995 and consequently found himself out of the side and eventually signed for Oldham Athletic for a fee of £180,000 in December 1995.[1] His career in England was cut short by injury in 1999 though he played again for three more years at his first club KA Akureyri as well as a year as player manager. He later became full-time manager of KA Akureyri and Fjarðabyggð was appointed manager of Fram in 2008. He spent five years with Fram before becoming manager of ÍA Akranes on 19 June 2013.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Iceland in 1987 and went on to win 41 caps, scoring 7 goals.[2] He played his last international match in a November 1995 European Championship qualifying match against Hungary.

Career statistics[edit]

Sources:[3][4]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
KA 1984 Úrvalsdeild 6 0 6 1
1985 1. deild karla 15 0 15 0
1986 1. deild karla 18 1 18 1
1987 Úrvalsdeild 17 4 17 4
1988 Úrvalsdeild 16 9 16 9
1989 Úrvalsdeild 17 6 17 6
Total 89 20 89 20
Nottingham Forest 1989–90 First Division 12 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 17 1
1990–91 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1992–93 Premier League 20 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 23 3
Total 37 2 1 0 6 2 1 0 45 4
Fram (loan) 1991 Úrvalsdeild 14 3 14 3
Stoke City 1993–94 First Division 45 9 4 1 4 0 5 1 58 11
1994–95 First Division 38 7 2 0 3 1 1 0 44 8
1995–96 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
Total 90 16 6 1 7 1 8 1 111 19
Oldham Athletic 1995–96 First Division 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1996–97 First Division 27 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 33 1
1997–98 Second Division 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
1998–99 Second Division 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Total 76 1 4 0 8 0 0 0 88 1
KA 2000 1. deild karla 17 0 17 0
2001 1. deild karla 17 3 17 3
2002 Úrvalsdeild 9 1 9 1
2003 Úrvalsdeild 14 2 14 2
Total 57 6 57 6
Career Total 363 48 11 1 21 3 9 1 404 53
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Toddy Orlygsson". Draw for me the Boothen. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Iceland - Record International Players - RSSSF
  3. ^ Þorvaldur Örlygsson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Þorvaldur Örlygsson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 

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