Former Claret Recovering After Fall

Rune Vindheim Recovering After Nine Days In a Coma

Former Burnley midfielder Rune Vindheim, who played for Burnley during the 1998/99 season is in a critical but stable condition in hospital following an accidental fall.

Vindheim who is head coach of Fana IL back home in Norway, suffered a serious head injury after a fall in September on a stairway in the centre of Bergen. The fall left him in a coma for nine days in a Bergen hospital.

Fana IL club chairman Kristian said, “We are delighted that he has awakened. It’s nice to hear that there are so many positive signals, but now we have to respect the fact that this may take time.”

His club has now confirmed Patrik Hansson as their new head coach but added that Vindheim will be given however long he needs in terms of rehabilitation with Hansson signing an initial one year contract.

Rune Vindheim arrived at Burnley on trial in the autumn of 1998. He impressed in a reserve game enough for Stan Ternent to give him an immediate debut in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City at Maine Road.


He scored in each of the next two games, getting our third in a 4-0 win at Colchester and then scoring a stoppage time equaliser at home against Notts County. However, his first team career at Burnley was a short one; he made just eight league appearances plus one in the FA Cup in the ill-fated 3-2 defeat against Darlington at Middlesbrough.

He joined Hartlepool in the following season, before returning to Norway to play for Fana before he became assistant coach at the club at the end of his career.  At the end of the 2010 season the ckub was relegated and Vindheim took the role of head coach and won an immediate promotion.

Rune did make a return to Turf Moor to watch the FA Cup tie against Liverpool which was disappointingly called off due to a waterlogged pitch, travelling from his home land with former Norwegian international and Burnley supporter Gabriel Høyland.

I am sure all Burnley supporters would like to send best wishes to Rune Vindheim for what we hope will be a full and speedy recovery.

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