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Knut Anders Fostervold
Knut Anders Fostervold

Knut Forgotten

By: Jostein Jensen
Date: 15/01/2008

THROUGHOUT Grimsby's 130-year long history, only one Norwegian has officially appeared for Grimsby - Knut Anders Fostervold.

Fossi played ten matches for the Mariners during a period from November 2000 - February 2001 when he was on loan with Grimsby.

Grimsby wanted to keep the Norseman, but his then club, Molde, demanded £325,000 for their captain. That was too much for Lennie Lawrence and the board.

It's been seven years ago since Fostervold, now 36, was at the club. He hung up his boots after the 2001 season in Molde. What does he do nowadays?

"Right now I work as a coach/teacher in a folk high school that has got a sports course with focus on stamina and strength exercise. The last two years I have also been responsible for the stamina work out at Molde FK, however this year will I not have the time to do so."

Fostervold's career in sports wasn't restricted to football. Since he playing days he has done well on the bike seat. He got several good results behind him and has also competed in the World Championship. What about Bejing?

"Actually I don't set any targets beyond trying to get better on my own and make my full potential as a cyclist. So far I have got several medals in the Norwegian championship and three Norwegian records, so maybe my focus hasn't been that stupid! I don't think that I will go to the Olympics, the tempo route is too curvy for a man of 85 kilos. 4000 meter on a track is maybe more topical, but I don't stress with it."

Despite his short time there Fostervold has not forgotten his time in the fishing port.

"I often think about the short time I spent in Grimsby, between two Norwegian seasons. Best of all I remember my Danish friend David Nielsen, who I had a lot of fun with. Amongst others I remember a legendary firework shooting incident on New Years Eve that my kids never will forget! David was probably most of all a big kiddo!"

"I also remember how insanely I froze that first month. I was used to wear woollen underwear and long sleeves when the temperature was nearing freezing point. However that was out of the question in Grimsby. I also struggled a bit with my technique and fitness the first time, but that would had come if I had stayed longer. I didn't feel the level in the 1st division was extremely high, but the way of play was not what I was used to and it would take time to gel into it."

A knee injury he struggled with during his time at the club was also the reason why he later was forced to retire.

"It was the knee injury that made me stop. I felt this injury already when I was in Grimsby. It hurt when I trained explosively, and that is quite important in football, so it wasn't ideal..."

The England pro who now lives in Skåla and has got experience, education and a little coaching career. Will we one day see him as a manager at the highest level?

"I enjoy staying in the background, so I will not be a manager, at least not the few years. I have got five kids to take care of and to be coach for in different sports, so I guess my first priority is not to be unemployed!"

Fostervold is registered as a member of the Norwegian fan club of GTFC. Despite not checking the League Two table on teethe every Saturday evening, he now and then checks out how things are going.

"I have noticed that the club has gone downwards for some years now, but I hope that it will sort itself out! I wish all old friends in Grimsby good luck."

PS: Norwegian Stian Thomassen also got to wear the Grimsby kit once, in an unofficial game against Trelleborg during the 2001 preseason.

This article is translated from the Norwegian Version

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