Age Hareide - Manchester City - Biography of his Man City career.

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Date: 28 August 1982

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      Wednesday, 23 September 1953
      Hareid, Norway
  • Manchester City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 24th October 1981 in a 0-0 draw at home to Nottingham Forest (Aged: 28)
    • Club Career
      17 League apps (+7 as sub), 0 goals Prostate cancer charity The Big Golf Race

Age HAREIDE - Manchester City - Biography of his Man City career.


Central defender Age Hareide was a full Norwegian international when he was signed by John Bond from Molde FK on October 1st 1981 for a fee of £10, 000. That 1981/82 season was the first when three points were awarded for a win and Hareide's debut came as a substitute when he replaced another newcomer that term, Martin O'Neill, in a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest some three weeks after signing. He was City's first ever Norwegian in the ranks and that substitute appearance proved the first of seven times he would wear the number twelve shirt in his debut season. Tall and blond, Hareide looked for all the world like the archetypal Scandinavian and yet despite his international record and pedigree he never really made the grade at Maine Road.


On top of those seven substitute appearances in the league, Hareide made a further one in the League Cup (again replacing O'Neill, this time in a game City won 9-8 on penalties at Stoke), as well as making the starting line-up on nine occasions. Curiously enough for a defender, he wore five different numbered shirts during those nine league starts. Age started every one of the first seven league games of 1982/83, each time at number seven as Tommy Caton and the manager's son Kevin continued to hold down the central defenders berths. In the ninth game, City lost 2-1 at Everton, a game that marked Hareide's final appearance for City, this time at inside-left.


He remained surplus to requirements for the first team after that date, continuing to ply his trade in the reserves for the rest of the season until a transfer to Norwich City on July 7th 1983. Although he was unable to hold down a regular senior spot at Maine Road (his career took in 17/8 appearances) he continued to play international football and won nine Norwegian caps during his time with City. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)


1970–1975    Hødd    37    (2)
1976–1981    Molde    93    (21)
1981–1982    Manchester City    24    (0)
1982–1984    Norwich City    40    (2)
1984–1987    Molde    72    (10)

Total        266    (35 goals)

After playing football he managed many teams including:

Molde, Helsingborgs IF, Brøndby, Rosenborg, Norway (2003 - 2008)
Örgryte IS,  Viking, Malmö FF.