Erik Pedersen Player Profile


  • Full Name: Erik Stensrud Pedersen
  • Born: October 11th, 1967 (Porsgrunn, Norway)
  • Height: 5' 9
  • Position: Defender
  • Signed: November 1st, 1996
  • First Manager: Tommy McLean
  • Career Totals: 84 appearances
  • Also Played For: Odd Grenland, Tromsø IL, Viking Stavenger


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1998-99 8 8 0 2 0 6 0 2 0
1997-98 45 45 0 6 1 32 0 13 0
1996-97 31 31 0 4 1 25 0 6 0
Totals: 84 (0) 0 63 (0) 0 21 (0) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Feb 20th, 1999 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 0
Feb 9th, 1999 09/02/99 3rd Round Replay vs. Queen's Park (H) 1 - 0
Feb 6th, 1999 06/02/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 1
Feb 2nd, 1999 02/02/99 3rd Round vs. Queen's Park (A) 0 - 0
Jan 30th, 1999 30/01/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 None

 List of Goals Scored
None

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Feb 20th, 1999 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 0
Feb 9th, 1999 09/02/99 3rd Round Replay vs. Queen's Park (H) 1 - 0
Feb 6th, 1999 06/02/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 1
Feb 2nd, 1999 02/02/99 3rd Round vs. Queen's Park (A) 0 - 0
Jan 30th, 1999 30/01/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1
Dec 30th, 1998 30/12/98 SPL vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 2
Dec 26th, 1998 26/12/98 SPL vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 2
Dec 20th, 1998 20/12/98 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 2
Apr 25th, 1998 25/04/98 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 0 - 2
Apr 11th, 1998 11/04/98 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Apr 7th, 1998 07/04/98 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 2
Mar 28th, 1998 28/03/98 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 1
Mar 21st, 1998 21/03/98 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 1
Mar 15th, 1998 15/03/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
Mar 8th, 1998 08/03/98 5th Round vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
Feb 28th, 1998 28/02/98 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Feb 24th, 1998 24/02/98 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Feb 21st, 1998 21/02/98 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 2
Feb 18th, 1998 18/02/98 4th Round Replay vs. Inverness CT (A) 3 - 2
Feb 14th, 1998 14/02/98 4th Round vs. Inverness CT (H) 1 - 1
Feb 7th, 1998 07/02/98 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 0
Jan 31st, 1998 31/01/98 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 2
Jan 27th, 1998 27/01/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
Jan 24th, 1998 24/01/98 3rd Round vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 0
Jan 10th, 1998 10/01/98 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 1 - 1
Dec 27th, 1997 27/12/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 4
Dec 20th, 1997 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
Dec 13th, 1997 13/12/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 1
Dec 9th, 1997 09/12/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 0
Dec 6th, 1997 06/12/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 0 - 0
Nov 30th, 1997 30/11/97 Final vs. Celtic (N) 0 - 3
Nov 22nd, 1997 22/11/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 4
Nov 15th, 1997 15/11/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 3 - 1
Nov 9th, 1997 09/11/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 5 - 0
Nov 1st, 1997 01/11/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 1
Oct 25th, 1997 25/10/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 1
Oct 18th, 1997 18/10/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0
Oct 15th, 1997 15/10/97 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 3 - 1
Oct 4th, 1997 04/10/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 3
Sep 27th, 1997 27/09/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
Sep 20th, 1997 20/09/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 2
Sep 13th, 1997 13/09/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 1 - 2
Sep 9th, 1997 09/09/97 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 0
Aug 30th, 1997 30/08/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1
Aug 26th, 1997 26/08/97 2nd Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Trabzonspor (H) 1 - 1
Aug 23rd, 1997 23/08/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 5
Aug 20th, 1997 20/08/97 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 1
Aug 17th, 1997 17/08/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Aug 12th, 1997 12/08/97 2nd Qual. Round 1st Leg vs. Trabzonspor (A) 0 - 1
Aug 9th, 1997 09/08/97 2nd Round vs. QOS (A) 4 - 2
Aug 2nd, 1997 02/08/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Jul 30th, 1997 30/07/97 1st Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Principat (H) 9 - 0
Jul 23rd, 1997 23/07/97 1st Qual. Round 1st Leg vs. Principat (A) 8 - 0
May 7th, 1997 07/05/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1
May 3rd, 1997 03/05/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 0
Apr 22nd, 1997 22/04/97 Semi Final Replay vs. Kilmarnock (N) 0 - 1
Apr 19th, 1997 19/04/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1
Apr 14th, 1997 14/04/97 Semi Final vs. Kilmarnock (N) 0 - 0
Apr 5th, 1997 05/04/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 2
Mar 22nd, 1997 22/03/97 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 2 - 1
Mar 15th, 1997 15/03/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1
Mar 12th, 1997 12/03/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 0
Mar 8th, 1997 08/03/97 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1
Mar 1st, 1997 01/03/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 1
Feb 25th, 1997 25/02/97 4th Round Replay vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 0
Feb 22nd, 1997 22/02/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 3 - 2
Feb 16th, 1997 16/02/97 4th Round vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
Feb 8th, 1997 08/02/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 0
Feb 1st, 1997 01/02/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 0
Jan 25th, 1997 25/01/97 3rd Round vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 0
Jan 11th, 1997 11/01/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 1
Jan 4th, 1997 04/01/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 0
Jan 1st, 1997 01/01/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0
Dec 28th, 1996 28/12/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (A) 1 - 0
Dec 26th, 1996 26/12/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0
Dec 21st, 1996 21/12/96 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
Dec 14th, 1996 14/12/96 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1
Dec 10th, 1996 10/12/96 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 0
Dec 7th, 1996 07/12/96 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 0
Nov 30th, 1996 30/11/96 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1
Nov 23rd, 1996 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 1 - 2
Nov 16th, 1996 16/11/96 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 3
Nov 2nd, 1996 02/11/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1
Oct 26th, 1996 26/10/96 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 63 0 11 2
SC 12 0 1 0
LC 5 0 0 0
UEFA 4 0 0 0
Totals: 84 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Erik played youth football for Storms BK and Eidanger before joining Odd BK in 1984. He moved to Tromsø IL in 1988 where he played regularly for two seasons, gaining international recognition when he made his Norway debut against Russia in December 1990. He went on to make a total of ten international appearances over the following year. In 1991 he then joined United's old European foes Viking Stavanger, where the full-back won a Norwegian Championship medal in his first season. He returned to Odd BK for a short spell in 1994 before returning to Viking.

In October 1996, Erik made a surprise appearance for United as a trialist in a League match against Hearts at Tannadice and impressed enough to be given a contract within the following week. Alongside fellow debutant Kjell Olofsson and Lars Zetterlund, who signed a week later, the Scandanavian trio’s arrival signalled the start of a vastly improved spell of form for United – mirroring the events that happened under manager Jerry Kerr 30 years before.

Erik’s robust style and commitment made him a cult figure at Tannadice, and his man-marking skills saw him nullify the threat of some of the greatest talent in Scottish football at that time. He missed only one match throughout the remainder of the 1996-97 season, helping United to a third-place finish in the Premier Division and a European qualification slot. He continued to be first choice left-back throughout the 1997-98 season, and collected a League cup runners-up medal against Celtic in November 1997. Always availble with a wicked shot from outside the box, Erik unfortunately never scored for United, even missing a penalty against CE Principat in the away leg of the UEFA Cup qualifying tie.

Injuries heavily restricted his appearances throughout his third season with United, and at the end of the 1998-99 campaign he returned to Norway where he re-joined Odd, winning the Norwegian Cup final in 2000. He later joined Pors Grenland, until retiring in 2005.

Even though his time in Scotland was relatively short, Erik's popularity was such that he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2011.

Last updated on Sunday, March 10th, 2024 by N Harkiss.

Squad Numbers


6

Season:
1998-99





Debut

October 26th, 1996
Dundee United 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

League (Premier Division)


International Career (Norway)


Caps: 10

Goals: 0

International Debut: September 12th, 1990 v. Soviet Union


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Erik was born on this date in Porsgrunn, Norway.


  • International Debut


    Erik earned his first International cap for Norway, playing against Soviet Union.


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Hearts
    League (Premier Division)

    Pre-match interest centred mainly round the possible appearance of the two Scandinavians in United's side and when the teams were announced the surprise was not the presence of the pair, but the fact


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • 50th Appearance

    Hibernian 1 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Well in confrol for most of this match, Kjell Olofsson turned home a Lars Zetterlund cut-back to give us the lead after 27 minutes and that was the way it stayed until Crawford cracked in an equaliser


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Hibernian
    League (Premier Division)

    A game of few chances, but totally dominated by us. It was doubly disappointing therefore to make the breakthrough thanks to Andy Dow's own goal from an Erik Pedersen free-kick only to lose the equali


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Aberdeen
    League (SPL)

    We maintained our 100% record over the Dons this season with a third victory and again we prevented the Dons scoring. Although Aberdeen started well, we made the better chances and were unlucky to hav