Pål Lydersen

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Pål Lydersen
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-09-10) 10 September 1965 (age 58)
Place of birth Kristiansand, Norway
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Left-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 IK Start 116 (13)
1991–1995 Arsenal 15 (0)
1994 → IK Start (loan) 21 (2)
1995–1996 IK Start 37 (0)
1996–1997 Sturm Graz 18 (1)
1997–1999 Molde FK 59 (1)
Total 266 (17)
International career
1990–1994 Norway 20 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Pål Lydersen (born 10 September 1965) is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a left-back.[1]


Lydersen played for IK Start, until he was signed by English club Arsenal in November 1991 for a £500.000 fee. He spent the first three months in the reserves, and made his league debut as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Wimbledon 28 March 1992 at Selhurst Park. Then he showed his versatility by appearing at left-back, right-back, in the centre of midfield, and as a sweeper, though he's made most of his first team appearances at right-back. However, he was unable to oust first-team regulars Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn, and played only 16 games in all competitions during his time at the club. His last start in Premier League was against Tottenham Hotspur 11 May 1993.[2][3][4]

In February 1994, Lydersen went on loan to his old club IK Start for the 1994 Tippeligaen season and the move was made permanent when his contract was terminated by Arsenal in March 1995. On 21 February 1995 Arsenals manager George Graham, had lost his job after a Premier League inquiry found he had accepted an illegal £425,000 payment from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge following Arsenal’s recruiting of Lydersen and John Jensen, two of Hauge’s clients.[5]

Lydersen went on to play for Sturm Graz in Austria and then onto Molde, before retiring at the end of the 1999 Tippeligaen season. He also won 20 caps for Norway, scoring one goal.[6][7]



  1. ^ "Pål Lydersen". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  2. ^ Player Database: Pål Lydersen Arsenal FC. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  3. ^ Official Arsenal Handbook 1992 compiled by Kevin Connolly
  4. ^ "premierleague". 1 August 2023.
  5. ^ "news.bbc". 11 September 2023.
  6. ^ "nettavisen". 11 September 2023.
  7. ^ Harris, Jeff (1995). Arsenals Who's Who. Independent UK Sports Pubbications. p. 275.