Peter Hoekstra (footballer)

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Peter Hoekstra
Personal information
Full name Peter Martin Hoekstra
Date of birth (1973-04-04) 4 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Assen, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
1990 PSV Eindhoven
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 PSV Eindhoven 90 (21)
1996–2001 Ajax 68 (14)
1999–2000 SD Compostela (loan) 21 (0)
2000–2001 FC Groningen (loan) 14 (1)
2001–2004 Stoke City 78 (11)
Total 271 (47)
National team
1996 Netherlands 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Martin Hoekstra (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeː.tər ˈɦuk.stra], born 4 April 1973) is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a winger for, PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Stoke City. Capped 5 times by the Dutch national team, he was a member of the Dutch squad at Euro 1996 in England under manager Guus Hiddink.

Club career[edit]

Hoekstra started his career at PSV Eindhoven where he played for 5 years. Ajax Amsterdam signed him for £2m in 1996 to replace Marc Overmars. Injuries halted his career at Ajax and he was loaned out to Spanish side SD Compostela and Dutch side Groningen in 2000.

Hoekstra signed for English Second Division side Stoke City in August 2001.[1] Hoekstra's skill caused problems for many defences in English football's third tier and he was often subject to heavy tackles from opponents.[2] He made 28 appearances for Stoke in 2001–02 helping them gain promotion in 2002 play-off final. He scored three goals that season against Notts County and twice against Chesterfield.[3][4] In 2002–03 Stoke battled against relegation from the First Division and Hoekstra's experience proved to be a vital asset, playing in 33 matches scoring five goals including a brace against Watford and a winning goal against Preston North End.[5] In 2003–04 Hoekstra played 27 times scoring four goals including a hat-trick against Reading.[6] In May 2004, at aged just 31, he was forced to retire due to a build up of injuries.

He was voted as the best Stoke player to play in the first ten years at the Britannia Stadium in 2008.[7] He is now a youth coach at FC Groningen with whom he made a visit to Stoke in April 2011.[8]

International career[edit]

Hoekstra made his debut for the Netherlands on 24 April 1996 in a friendly against Germany (0–1) in Rotterdam. He was then selected to play for Holland in the 1996 European Championship in England. Hoekstra played 5 times for his country, without scoring a goal.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2001–02 Second Division 24 3 3 0 1 0 28 3
2002–03 First Division 30 4 2 1 1 0 33 5
2003–04 First Division 24 4 2 0 1 0 27 4
Career Total 78 11 7 1 3 0 88 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stoke in double swoop". BBC Sport. 20 July 2001. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Potters' Hoekstra blow". BBC Sport. 10 December 2001. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stoke 1–0 Notts County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chesterfield 1–2 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Watford 1–2 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stoke 3–0 Reading". BBC Sport. 13 December 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hoekstra gets his just reward". thisisstaffordshire.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Stoke's own Dutch master now passing on his wing wizardry to a host of young apprentices". thisisstaffordshire.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 

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