That’s why Dave’s gone to Iceland
Veteran goalkeeper David James is set to put on the gloves for his ninth club this week – but where he’s gone he’ll need more than gloves to keep him warm.
April 3rd, 2013
The 42-year old has this week signed for Icelandic side Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja – who for the purposes of brevity will be henceforth referred to as IBV in this story.
After leaving League One promotion contenders Bournemouth by mutual consent last month, James revealed his surprising career move to his near-40,000 Twitter followers last night.
He wrote, “I am going to sign for #ibv in Iceland today. My role is as player/coach…We are both very excited about the journey ahead”. The move will see James link up with former Portsmouth team-mate and current IBV manager, Hermann Hreidarsson.
Two weeks from yesterday, the three-time Icelandic champions will face Portsmouth at Fratton Park in a benefit game to raise funds for the duo’s former club, a game which James relishes.
“I am also looking forward to playing for #ibv in the match at Fratton Park, 16th April. Lets hope the club is sorted, sharpish! #pup”
IBV finished third in the Icelandic League last season, but in a country where football isn’t even the most popular sport – James should try out for his local handball team if he wants to really make a name for himself as an established goalkeeper – it’s not certain just how packed the stands will be in a country with only 322,000 inhabitants.
He has, however, managed to squeeze in a few gigs, and recommends a group called Ásgeir Trausti. We’ll listen out for them at the benefit game, Dave.