Guest blog: Alfie Haaland
- 22 January 2013 12:15
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
Alfie Haaland skippered City during the 2000/01 season but was forced to retire aged 28 in 2003 after sustaining a knee injury in the 2001 Manchester derby.
He made just 38 appearances for the Blues and also played for Nottingham Forest and Leeds as well as earning 34 caps for Norway. Alfie kicks off a regular weekly column featuring ex-players and celebrities…
Alfie Haaland: Norwegian Blue
“I really enjoyed being a City player. It’s ten years since injury forced me to retire and I live back in Norway these days. We moved back in 2004 so I’ve been back home for a few years, now.
“My last full game for City was against Man United in 2001 and I stayed on for another two years after that but it was impossible to play after that with my injured knee, at least at that level.
“People keep me reminding me about the tackle by Roy Keane but I want to stay positive and remember all the good times I had in my career.
"I had many good years in England with three fantastic clubs in Nottingham Forest, Leeds and City and players get injured in football – it’s part and parcel of the game and you have to retire at some stage. I was only 28 when I hung my boots up and I could have maybe had a few more years at the top but it wasn’t to be.
“We used to play at Maine Road which was a great stadium and the fans were really passionate. It was a hard season but we had some really good times and I enjoyed playing in front of the City supporters. They were really good to me and the Club really looked after me.
“I’m really enjoying watching City and the success the Club are having is fantastic and the team are really good to watch. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the last game of last season against QPR, especially when Man United had to put the cork back into their champagne bottle. That made me smile and me and my son Erling, who is a City supporter, were dancing around in the lounge when Sergio Aguero scored the winner.
“City are doing well again this season and Man United will slip up along the way so I’m confident they will be feeling a touch of déjà vu by next May. United are a quality side but I can only see them and City going for the title and if we do it again, it will be even better this time.
“I can’t say I have much time for the Red half of the city - like most Blues - so it was a nice way to win the title. To see the joy on the fans’ faces that day was fantastic and they have never experienced such joy so I was really happy for them.
“I would love to come back over and see a game soon. I was offered a trip to see United v Liverpool on one of three chartered planes that were leaving from Stavanger where I live a few weeks back but I said ‘no way!’ No thanks. If it’s City, I’ll be there all day long.”