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Retro football: Jan Age Fjortoft and his short stints at Sheffield United and Barnsley

Jan Aage Fjortoft
Jan Aage Fjortoft

Jan Åge Fjørtoft celebrates his 51st birthday today.

The former Norwegian footballer is a well known name in the South Yorkshire football scene, having played for Sheffield United and Barnsley.

He signed at Bramall Lane for £700,000 after his nose was put out of joint by the arrival at Middlesbrough of Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli.

Within a year, though, he was off to Oakwell, who had been promoted Barnsley to the Premiership.

He scored six goals in 15 Premier games as the team slipped back into the second tier - and at that point he signed for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Fjortoft retired from football at the age of 35, finishing his career with Lillestrøm in 2002.