Einherji

Ungmennafélagið Einherji is an Icelandic sports club, based in Vopnafjörður, Iceland.

Einherji
Full nameUngmennafélagið Einherji
Nickname(s)Einherjar
Founded1 December 1929; 91 years ago, as Íþróttafélagið Einherjar
GroundVopnafjarðarvöllur
Capacityn/a
ChairmanBjartur Aðalbjörnsson
ManagerHelgi Snær Agnarsson
League3. deild karla
20203. deild karla, 9th of 12
WebsiteClub website

The club is named after the einherjar, figures from Norse Mythology.

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in Vopnafjörður on December 1, 1929, as Íþróttafélagið Einherjar. The first chairman was Ingólfur Erlendsson. The name of the club was changed to Ungmennafélagið Einherjar in 1943 and later to Ungmennafélagið Einherji.

In 1974 the club played in the Icelandic 3rd division (2. deild karla) for the first time. The team got promoted to the 2nd division (1. deild karla) for the first time in 1981. In the eighties the team played six seasons in the 2nd division reaching the club's record high; 5th place in 1986. By 1990 the club had been relegated down two divisions; to the fourth tier and hasn't seen promotion to the third tier since then.

In 2013, the club was promoted from the newly formed 4th division (4. deild karla) to the 3rd, by winning the division after a 2–0 victory in the final against Berserkir. This was Einherji's first title in the club's history.[1]

Notable playersEdit

Crest and coloursEdit

CrestEdit

The club crest was designed in 1975 but until that time the club had no crest. The dragon in the crest is a reference to Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla. One of the Landvættir of Iceland was the dragon guarding Vopnafjörður:

King Harald told a warlock to hie to Iceland in some altered shape, and to try what he could learn there to tell him: and he set out in the shape of a whale. And when he came near to the land he went to the west side of Iceland, north around the land, where he saw all the mountains and hills full of guardian-spirits, some great, some small. When he came to Vapnafjord he went in towards the land, intending to go on shore; but a huge dragon rushed down the dale against him with a train of serpents, paddocks, and toads, that blew poison towards him.

The crest is an orange dragon spitting fire. In front of the dragon is a dark green banner with the club's name written in orange letters.

Kit evolutionEdit

The club's colours have been orange and green since the early 1970s. The club's first kit was from the Icelandic kit and sportwear manufacturer Henson. This kit was composed of a light orange shirt with a green collar and green cuffs. The shorts were green but the socks orange.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1974–1978
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1979–1981
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1982–1984
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1984–1987
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1988
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1989
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992-199?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
199?–2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003–2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009–2012
 
 
 
 
 
2013–2016
 
 
 
 
 
2017–2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
2020

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor
1974-1981 Henson Samvinnubankinn Vopnafirði
1982-1984 World Carpets
1985-1988 Tangi hf.
1989-1990 Landsbankinn
1991 Berri
1992-199? Adidas
199?–2002 Errea Tangi hf.
2003-2004 Prostar
2009-2012 Henson Mælifell ehf.
2013–present Nike

ManagersEdit

SeasonsEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1974 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group G) 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Did not participate
1975 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group G) 1 5 3 0 2 14 8 8 Did not participate 4th in promotion playoff Group A
1976 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group F) 3 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5 First round
1977 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group F) 2 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 18 Third round
1978 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group F) 1 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 17 Quarter finals 2nd in promotion playoff Group A
1979 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group F) 1 12 8 2 1 37 13 20 Second round 2nd in promotion playoff Group B
1980 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group F) 1 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21 Second round 2nd in promotion playoff Group A
1981 Third tier – 2. deild karla (Group F) 1 8 7 1 0 36 7 16 First round 1st in promotion playoff Group B. 2nd in Championship playoffs. Promoted to 1. deild karla.
1982 Second tier – 1. deild karla 7 18 6 3 9 24 31 15 Third round
1983 Second tier – 1. deild karla 8 18 5 7 6 17 21 17 Fourth round
1984 Second tier – 1. deild karla 10 18 1 3 14 11 35 6 Second round Relegated to 2. deild karla
1985 Third tier – 2. deild karla (North-East Group) 1 16 11 3 2 35 17 36 Fourth round 2nd in Championship playoffs. Promoted to 1. deild karla.
1986 Second tier – 1. deild karla 5 18 9 2 7 28 24 29 Second round
1987 Second tier – 1. deild karla 9 18 5 4 9 21 35 19 Third round Relegated to 2. deild karla
1988 Third tier – 2. deild karla (North-East Group) 1 14 10 3 1 36 11 33 Fourth round 2nd in Championship playoffs. Promoted to 1. deild karla.
1989 Second tier – 1. deild karla 10 18 4 2 12 21 51 14 First round Relegated to 2. deild karla
1990 Third tier – 2. deild karla 9 18 2 4 12 27 48 10 Third round Relegated to 3. deild karla
1991 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group E) 2 14 8 3 3 38 24 27 Second round
1992 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 2 18 14 2 2 52 22 44 Second round
1993 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 3 12 7 2 3 39 16 23 Second round
1994 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 5 12 4 2 6 34 34 14 Third round
1995 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 4 12 4 2 6 14 19 14 First round
1996 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 3 12 3 2 7 23 30 11 First round
1997 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
1998 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group E) 5 12 2 1 9 26 44 7 First round
1999 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group E) 4 12 1 0 11 7 34 3 First round
2000 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2001 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2002 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2003 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 5 15 5 1 9 24 36 16 First round
2004 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 3 12 7 1 4 20 15 22 First round
2005 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2006 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2007 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2008 Non-League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not participate
2009 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 4 15 5 5 5 33 34 20 Third round
2010 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 4 12 6 1 5 30 26 19 First round
2011 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 4 12 3 6 3 17 23 15 Did not participate
2012 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla (Group D) 4 14 7 2 5 32 20 23 Did not participate Relegated to 4. deild karla
2013 Fifth tier – 4. deild karla (Group C) 1 14 11 1 2 59 14 34 Second round Champions after promotion playoffs. Promoted to 3. deild karla
2014 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 8 18 5 5 8 24 33 20 First round
2015 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 4 18 8 5 5 36 35 29 First round
2016 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 3 18 9 2 7 38 30 29 First round
2017 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 6 18 7 4 7 27 25 25 First round
2018 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 6 18 9 1 8 33 32 28 Third round
2019 Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 7 22 6 6 10 27 35 24 First round
2020* Fourth tier – 3. deild karla 9 20 7 2 11 39 53 23 First round *Rest of the season cancelled due to COVID-19

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Current squadEdit

As of 22 July 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISL Björgvin Geir Garðarsson
2 DF   ENG Ben King
3 MF   ESP Ruben Muños Castellanos
4 MF   ISL Guðni Þór Sigurjónsson
5 MF   ISL Benedikt Blær Guðjónsson
6 DF   BUL Zhivko Dinev
7 MF   ISL Bjartur Aðalbjörnsson (captain)
8 FW   ISL Sigurður Donys Sigurðsson
9 FW   BUL Georgi Karaneychev
10 MF   ISL Heiðar Snær Ragnarsson
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF   ISL Heiðar Aðalbjörnsson (vice-captain)
12 DF   ISL Sverrir Hrafn Friðriksson
13 DF   ISL Árni Fjalar Óskarsson
14 MF   ISL Sigurður Jóhannsson
15 MF   ISL Eiður Orri Ragnarsson
17 MF   BUL Dilyan Kolev
18 FW   ISL Sigurður Vopni Vatnsdal
19 MF   BUL Todor Hristov
20 DF   ISL Víglundur Páll Einarsson
22 MF   ENG Recoe Reshan Martin
23 MF   ENG Connor Furlong

Player recordsEdit

Most league appearancesEdit

Name Years Seasons Total appearances
1   Kristján Davíðsson 1976-1995 20 278
2   Aðalbjörn Björnsson 1974-1998 24 251

Most league goalsEdit

As of October 19th 2020

Statistics are missing from 1974-1981

Name Years Seasons Total goals
1   Sigurður Donys Sigurðsson 2003, 2009, 2012–2020 10 85
2   Todor Hristov 2015-2020 6 69
3   Hallgrímur Guðmundsson 1985-1999 N/A 67
4   Gunnlaugur Bjarnar Baldursson 2009–2018 10 50
5   Kristján Davíðsson 1976-1995 20 40 (From 1981)

ReferencesEdit