Coen Dillen

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Coen Dillen
Voetballers voor archief, Dillen, Bestanddeelnr 906-9835.jpg
Personal information
Full name Coenraad Henrik Dillen
Date of birth (1926-10-05)5 October 1926
Place of birth Strijp, Netherlands
Date of death 24 July 1990(1990-07-24) (aged 63)
Place of death Goes, Netherlands
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1937–1941 Brabantia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1945 PSV 0 (0)
1945–1949 Brabantia
1949–1961 PSV 328 (287)
1961–1963 Helmondia '55
National team
1954–1957 Netherlands 5 (4)
Teams managed
1964–1966 RKSV Nuenen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Coenraad Henrik Dillen (5 October 1926 – 24 July 1990) was a Dutch footballer who primarily played for PSV as well as the Dutch national side. He holds the record of most goals scored in an Eredivisie season.

Club career[edit]

Dillen started his senior career at PSV, but returned to childhood club Brabantia, before joining PSV once more for a prolific period. Nicknamed Het Kanon (the cannon),[1] his goal tally of 43 in the inaugural 1956/57 Eredivisie season remains the highest score by an individual in the Eredivisie.[2] He scored twenty goals in a nine-match period between 27 January and 31 March 1957.[3] He finished his career at Helmondia '55.[4]

International career[edit]

Dillen made his debut for the Netherlands in a May 1954 friendly match against Switzerland and earned a total of 5 caps, scoring 4 goals. His final international was a March 1957 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Luxembourg.[5]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from playing he spent a two-year spell as manager of amateur side RKSV Nuenen. His brother Cor Dillen was a director and CFO for Philips.[citation needed]

He died in 1990 of a heart-attack in Zeeland, aged 63. In 2003, a statue was erected in his honour at the PSV stadium.[6] His wife Mien continued to work in their cigarette store after his death.[7]


  1. ^ De erfenis van topscorer Coen Dillen - Trouw (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Will Suarez be a record breaker?". Soccernet. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  3. ^ John Ashdown (25 January 2012). "Has a player ever been idolised by a club he has never played for?". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  4. ^ Profile - Voetbal Legends (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Intl career stats - EU Football
  6. ^ Onthulling standbeelden Coen Dillen en Willy van der Kuylen - Omroep Brabant (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Weduwe Coen Dillen weer overvallen - Hart van Nederland (in Dutch)

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