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Ívar Ingimarsson : biography

20 August 1977 -

Ívar Ingimarsson (born 20 August 1977 in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland), is an Icelandic professional footballer.

Club career

Early years

Ívar began his career with his local side Súlan (in Stöðvarfjörður) and played very young for a merged side Súlan participated in, but then joined Valur Reykjavík, making 44 league appearances and scoring five goals. In March 1998, he signed for fellow Icelandic side ÍBV, making a further 36 appearances in the Úrvalsdeild, and scoring five goals, winning the double (Icelandic Premier Division and the Icelandic Cup) in 1998.

Ívar joined Torquay United on loan from ÍBV in October 1999, scoring on his debut in a 2–1 victory at league leaders Barnet on 23 October 1999. Rumours were rife that a deal had already been done to take Ívar elsewhere at the end of his loan spell, and, after four league games for the Gulls, he duly signed for Brentford in November 1999 for £200,000, confirming the fears of Torquay fans that he would never be a permanent fixture at Plainmoor.

While at Brentford, the band The Bluetones named one of their instrumental B-sides Ingimarsson in his honour; Adam Devlin, the guitarist, being a Bees fan. He was released by Brentford in June 2002, the Bees unable to pay his wages. He signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers the following month, but was unable to establish himself at Molineux, resulting in a loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion in February 2003.

Reading

In October 2003, Ívar was linked with a move to Crystal Palace, but snubbed them in favour of a move to Reading, whom he joined in a £175,000 deal on 23 October 2003 as Steve Coppell's first signing as Reading manager.

At Reading, he held a key place in the first team playing alongside Ibrahima Sonko. Together they formed one of the best defences in the English Football League. On occasions he came up with the odd goal and proved vital in some games. He helped Reading to promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and played in Reading's first ever game in the top flight of English League football, a 3–2 win at home against Middlesbrough on 19 August 2006. On 13 November 2006, Ívar signed a contract extension to keep him at Reading until June 2009, and on 5 May 2007 it was announced that he had been voted the 2006–07 Player of the Season by Reading fans.

On 4 July 2007, Ívar signed an improved three-year contract to keep him at Reading until the end of the 2009–10 season.

Following the release of Graeme Murty from Reading, and the arrival of new manager Brendan Rodgers, Ívar was announced as Reading's new club captain on 7 August 2009.

Ívar has played in all of Reading's FA Cup matches in the 2009/10 campaign including their famous 2–1 win over Liverpool FC at Anfield. He asked the new manager, Brian McDermott, to be rested for one game because he had played continuously since returning from injury in September. However, he was rested for two matches which were against Blackpool (which Reading lost 2–0) and for the match against Crystal Palace (which Reading won 3–1). Whilst playing in the 1–1 draw against Middlesbrough in March, Ívar had to come off in injury time at the end of the match due to a hamstring injury. As a result, this injury would keep Ívar out of action for the rest of the season.

Ívar was then offered a new one-year contract at the end of the 2009/10 season which he signed on the 14th May 2010.http://www.readingfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~2052771,00.html It was announced that, after eight years and 282 appearances for the Royals, Ívar had been released from Reading. Former Reading captain Ady Williams stated that "Ivar will go down as a Reading legend".

Ipswich Town

On 13 June 2011, it was announced that Ívar had joined Ipswich Town on a free transfer, following his release from Reading. Manager Paul Jewell announced the deal, with Ívar handed a one-year contract.

Following a disappointing first half to the 2011–12 season, after six starts and two substitute appearances, on 7 January 2012 it was announced that Ívar's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.

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