Henning Boel

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Henning Boel
Personal information
Full name Henning Boel
Date of birth (1945-08-15) 15 August 1945 (age 71)
Place of birth Ikast, Denmark
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Ikast FS
1968 Boston Beacons 3 (0)
1968 Washington Whips 15 (0)
1969–1972 Aberdeen 105 (2)
1974–1975 Boston Minutemen 27 (1)
Ikast FS
National team
1965–1966 Denmark u-21 5 (0)
1966–1971 Denmark 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henning Boel (born 15 August 1945) is a Danish former football player, who played professionally in the United States and Scotland. He most notably won the 1970 Scottish Cup with Aberdeen, and was inducted into the Aberdeen FC "Hall of Fame" as one of the founding members in 2003. Boel also played 15 games for the Danish national team.

Playing career[edit]

Boel began his footballing career, playing as a defender, for amateur club Ikast FS in his childhood town of Ikast.[1] While at Ikast, Boel became a regular in the Danish national team, earning five Under-21 caps and 13 of his 15 full caps from 1965 to 1967. When the professional North American Soccer League was founded in 1968, Boel moved to the USA, playing three games for Boston Beacons, then fifteen for the Washington Whips. As the Danish FA had a strict rule of amateurism for the Danish national team, Boel was automatically barred from playing any further national team games.

He was recruited by Scottish team Aberdeen in early 1969, having been spotted during the club's tour of the USA the previous summer. During his time in Aberdeen, Boel became a favourite of the Scottish team's fans,[2] and was a part of the Aberdeen team which won the 1969–70 Scottish Cup trophy, beating Celtic 3–1 in the final, which he himself feels is his greatest footballing achievement.[3]

Boel resumed his international career, albeit briefly, in 1971. When the Danish rule of amateurism was abolished in May 1971, Boel was a part of the first Danish national team composed of professional players. The Danish team lost 0–5 to Portugal, and Boel played his 15th and last national team game as Denmark lost 1–2 to Belgium two weeks later. An injury sustained in a UEFA Cup tie against Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1972 signalled the end of his time in Scotland as he found it difficult to regain his place in the Aberdeen side.

Having recovered from his injury, Boel returned to the Boston area after his time at Aberdeen. He went on to play for the Boston Minutemen from 1974 to 1975. He later served as public relations representative[3] and manager[4] for the New England Tea Men. He finished his career where it started, back in Denmark with Ikast. Following his retirement from the game, he worked in the sports equipment and the telecommunications industries.[3]


  1. ^ "A-LANDSHOLDSPILLERE – Henning Boel" (in Danish). Haslund.info. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Smith, Paul (2007). The Legends of Aberdeen. Breedon Books. p. 29. ISBN 978 1 85983 575 3. 
  3. ^ a b c "Telefonmanden og Pelé – Eller berømmelse er noget, der går over" (in Danish). Thyweb. July 2003. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Runde år i morgen", Politiken, 14 August 2005

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