Trond-Egil Soltvedt

Trond-Egil Soltvedt is a former Norwegian central midfielder who was born in Voss, Norway on 15th February 1967. Soltvedt began his career with Viking FK in the late 1980s. He helped the club win the 1989 Norwegian Cup Final and the 1991 Norwegian Premier League. Soltvedt developed a reputation as a cultured, yet tough box-to-box midfielder. By the time he moved to Brann in 1992 he was one of the top performers in Norway. Soltvedt enjoyed great success in front of goal, until his contract was torn up in controversial circumstances in 1995. Brann never disclosed the exact reasons for the termination. The decision was met with protests from fans. Soltvedt won consecutive league titles with Rosenborg, who he joined in 1995.

In June 1997 Soltvedt signed for Gordon Strachan's Coventry for £500,000. The Norwegian made his Sky Blues debut on 9th August 1997 in a 3-2 win over Chelsea. He scored his first goal in a 1-0 win over Southampton at Highfield Road on 13th September 1997. Soltvedt's form during the latter part of the 1997/98 season was particularly impressive. He formed a high-energy midfield partnership with George Boateng, helping Coventry to seven consecutive wins in early 1998. Soltvedt enjoyed another successful campaign during 1998/99. He scored three goals, including a late winner over Charlton on 6th March 1999.

In August 1999 Soltvedt signed for Southampton for £300,000. The former Coventry man made his debut as a half-time substitute for Matt Le Tissier on 15th August 1999, setting up Mark Hughes for a goal in a 4-2 victory over Newcastle. Soltvedt's finest hour in a red and white shirt came on 13th October 1999, when he netted a last minute winner in a League Cup tie against Liverpool. He latched on to a perfectly weighted Kevin Davies through ball, before finishing calmly into the bottom corner of the net. Ten days later Soltvedt followed that up with another goal against the same opponents, this time in a 1-1 Premier League draw at The Dell. Soltvedt lost his place in the side in early 2000 when Dave Jones was replaced as manager by Glenn Hoddle. He did feature in a few games towards the end of the campaign, with Saints ending the 1999/2000 season strongly.

Soltvedt was only a bit-part player for Saints at the start of 2000/01. He took part in cup matches, scoring a brace against Mansfield on 26th September. Soltvedt also kept up his great record against Liverpool, netting in a 2-1 defeat at Anfield on 1st January 2001. He played his final Saints game on 6th January 2001, a 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United.

In February 2001 Soltvedt signed with Division One strugglers Sheffield Wednesday on loan. The former Coventry man made a decent start at Hillsborough, scoring in a 2-1 win at West Brom on 10th March 2001. Soltvedt signed a permanent deal at Wednesday in March 2001. He was a near ever present during 2001/02 as the Owls just about kept their head above water. Injuries took their toll during 2002/03, with Wednesday suffering a humiliating relegation to the third tier of English football. He was released for his contract in the summer of 2003. Soltvedt saw out his career in the Norwegian lower leagues.