Theo Snelders

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Theo Snelders
Personal information
Full name Theodorus Antonius Gerardus Snelders
Date of birth (1963-12-07) 7 December 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Westervoort, Netherlands
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1988 FC Twente 176 (0)
1988–1996 Aberdeen 227 (0)
1996–1999 Rangers 13 (0)
1999–2001 MVV 48 (0)
Total 464 (0)
National team
1989 Netherlands 1 (0)
1990 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Theodorus Antonius Gerardus "Theo" Snelders (born 7 December 1963 in Westervoort, Gelderland) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.


Snelders started his career with FC Twente but is mostly remembered in Scotland especially for Aberdeen. He had a very good first season at Pittodrie, winning the Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1989. He saved Anton Rogan's penalty in Aberdeen's penalty shootout win over Celtic in the 1990 Scottish Cup Final.

He was a successful replacement for Jim Leighton but moved on to rivals Rangers in 1996. He made just 20 appearances for the club before he was released in 1999. He played two seasons at MVV before he retired from playing and is a goalkeeping coach in his native Netherlands with FC Twente.

International career[edit]

Theo was a part of many Dutch squads but made his only International appearance on 22/03/89 against the USSR. He kept a clean sheet and the Dutch won 2-0 with goals from a Marco van Basten diving header, and Ronald Koeman penalty.

Theo's touch onto the post and then turned behind for a corner from an overly powerful headed pass back from the Dutch defense, resulted in a clean sheet for the Netherlands.

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