Arjan van Heusden

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Arjan van Heusden
Personal information
Full name Arjan van Heusden[1]
Date of birth (1972-12-11) 11 December 1972 (age 44)
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 City 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.

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.[2] 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[3] he signed within the club's ten-day limit,[4] though this failed to put an end to speculation over his future.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Arjan van Heusden profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oxford United (loan) 1997–98 First Division 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Port Vale 1994–95 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1995–96 First Division 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
1996–97 First Division 13 0 0 0 4 0 17 0
1997–98 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 27 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
Cambridge United 1998–99 Third Division 27 0 0 0 7 0 34 0
1999–2000 Second Division 15 0 1 0 3 0 19 0
Total 42 0 1 0 10 0 53 0
Exeter City 2000–01 Third Division 41 0 1 0 1 0 43 0
2001–02 Third Division 33 0 3 0 2 0 38 0
Total 74 0 4 0 3 0 81 0
Mansfield Town 2002–03 Second Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Torquay United 2002–03 Third Division 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
2003–04 Third Division 25 0 1 0 1 0 27 0
2004–05 League One 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
Total 47 0 2 0 3 0 52 0
Career Total 206 0 7 0 24 0 237 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arjan van Heusden". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 297. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  3. ^ "Grecians begin clear-out". BBC Sport. 27 April 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Van Heusden stays". BBC Sport. 14 May 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Van Heusden eyes exit". BBC Sport. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Oliver, Pete (26 September 2002). "Van Heusden joins Stags". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Boardley earns Gulls deal". BBC Sport. 30 September 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 

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