Arjan van Heusden

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Arjan van Heusden
Personal information
Full name Arjan van Heusden
Date of birth (1972-12-11) 11 December 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993–1994 VV Noordwijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Port Vale 27 (0)
1997 Oxford United (loan) 11 (0)
1998–2000 Cambridge United 42 (0)
2000–2002 Exeter 74 (0)
2002 Mansfield Town 5 (0)
2002–2005 Torquay United 47 (0)
Total 206 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arjan van Heusden (born 11 December 1972) is a Dutch former professional football goalkeeper who played much of his career in the English Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Van Heusden began his career in his native Netherlands with VV Noordwijk, moving to England in December 1993 for a trial with Port Vale, signing permanently in May 1994 for a fee of £4,500.[1] He joined up with fellow Dutchman Robin van der Laan, who had already established himself in John Rudge's squad. However Van Heusden failed to dislodge the ever-reliable Paul Musselwhite and so joined Oxford United on loan in September 1997, playing 11 league games.

In August 1998 he moved to Cambridge United on a free transfer. He played 42 league games before moving to Exeter City in August 2000. After stalling on Exeter's offer of a fresh contract in April 2002[2] he signed within the club's ten day limit,[3] though this failed to put an end to speculation over his future.[4]

In August 2002 he joined Scottish side Clyde on a short-term deal, before returning to England to play for Mansfield Town the following month as Mansfield were in the midst of a goalkeeping injury crisis.[5] In November 2002 he joined Torquay United, initially on non-contract terms, later signing a longer contract after establishing himself as the first choice keeper.[6] He struggled with injury in the 2004–05 season and subsequently retired from professional football and returned to the Netherlands where he resumed his playing career with FC Lisse.


  1. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 297. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Grecians begin clear-out". BBC Sport. 27 April 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Van Heusden stays". BBC Sport. 14 May 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Van Heusden eyes exit". BBC Sport. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. ^ Oliver, Pete (26 September 2002). "Van Heusden joins Stags". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Boardley earns Gulls deal". BBC Sport. 30 September 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 

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