Jon Olav Hjelde

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Jon Olav Hjelde
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-04-30) 30 April 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Levanger, Norway
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1993 Vuku
1994–1997 Rosenborg[1] 27 (1)
1997–2003 Nottingham Forest 157 (4)
2003 Busan I'Cons 16 (0)
2004–2005 Nottingham Forest 14 (0)
2005–2007 Mansfield Town 59 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jon Olav Hjelde (born 30 April 1972, in Verdal) is a Norwegian former footballer who played as a central defender.

Hjelde began his career at his local team Vuku, which competed in the Norwegian Third Division. He joined Rosenborg in 1994, where he became backup to the team's regular central defenders Erik Hoftun and Bjørn Otto Bragstad. Despite not being a regular in the Rosenborg side, Hjelde was signed by Nottingham Forest in 1997. He soon became a regular in Forest's first-team.

After seven seasons at Forest, Hjelde moved to South Korea in 2003, and joined the Busan I'cons.[2] He rejoined Forest after one year in Korea,[3] but played only sporadically and was released at the end of the 2004-05 season.

At this point, Hjelde was considering moving back to Norway, but instead signed a one-year deal with Forest's lower-league neighbours Mansfield Town in the summer of 2005.[4] He played regularly for the Stags, forming a defensive team alongside Alex Baptiste. Hjelde indicated that he would move back to Norway at the end of the 2005-06 season, but later changed his mind, and signed a new one-year contract with the Stags. In May 2007, he retired from football. He was last credited with investing in a successful chain of Reindeer farms, it was claimed in the Norwegian Press that he was looking to bring fine, free range Reindeer meat to the UK consumer market, he planned to tie this in with his link to Mansfield otherwise known as the Stags.


  1. ^ "Eliteserien |". 30 April 1972. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hjelde til Sør-Korea - VG Nett". Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Sturla Johannessen Tips meg. "Hjelde tilbake til Forest". Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hjelde klar for Mansfield - Fotball". 26 July 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 

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