21 year old defensive midfielder, Ivar Ingimarsson, from Icelandic
club IBV, had a steady game for Norwich City Reserves in their
6-0 victory over Luton on 19th November 1998. He was described
as fulfilling his role with the minimum of fuss. Bruce
Rioch decided not to retain Ivar or his fellow Scandinavian
triallists Jesper Mattson and Rune Johansen. Ivar had played previously for Valur and
IBV in Iceland
Ivar joined Third Division side Torquay on loan in October 1999
and scored on his debut in a 2-1 victory at league leaders Barnet
on 23rd October 1999. However the Evening Standard reported
on 2nd November 1999 that Ivar had signed for Brentford. This
was later confirmed on 17th November and the fee said to be £150,000.
Ivar had made 67 league appearances for Brentford by the end of
2000/01 and had won his first international cap.
Brentford just failed to win promotion from Division Two, losing
in the play off final to Stoke. Ivar's form won him the attention
of various clubs (or at least the section of the media responsible
for speculation). The Sunday People claimed on May 19 2002
that both Ipswich and Watford were keen to swoop whilst Teamtalk
added Sheffield Wednesday to the list of contenders the following
day. Ivar was released on a free transfer in June 2002 as Brentford
could no longer afford to pay his wages. Despite media rumours
in June 2002 linking him with Norwich, their suggestion that he
could also join Wolves came true on 1st July 2002.
Unable to establish himself at Wolves, he joined Brighton on
a month's loan on February 10th 2003 working once again with Steve
Coppell (his manager at Brentford). Returning to Wolbes at the
end of the season, Northampton made an offer to bring Ivar to
the Sixfields Stadium. To the Cobblers' disgust, Wolves asked
for £250000 when they had quopted £50000 during the
previous season. At the end of August 2003, Ivar was linked with
a move to QPR to replace former England Under-21 defender Clarke
Carlisle who had fallen out with Rangers' management.
Despite a rival bid from Crystal Palace, Ivar teamed with his
former Brentford and Brighton manager Steve Coppell on 23rd October
2003 when Coppell made him his first signing for his new club
Reading (Coppell replaced Alan Pardew). Ivar cost £100k
with another £75k based on appearances and a sell-on clause
of 25%. His chances were limited at Wolves and they sought to
cash in on him rather than lose him when his contract expired
at the end of the season.
Towards the end of the 2004/5 season, Ivar was linked with moves
to Wigan and/or West Ham. Rejecting them, he played a key role
in Reading's 2005/6 season which saw them promoted to the Premiership
for the first time in their history following a 1-1 draw at Leicester
on 25th March 2006.
Ivar was released by Reading on 2nd June 2011, shortly following
their Championship play-off final defeat to Swansea three days
previously. He had made 282 appearances for Reading but injuries
took their toll. He signed a one year contract with Ipswich on
13th June 2011.
His contract with Ipswich was terminated by mutual consent on
9th January 2012. He had played eight games for Ipswich.