Jan Bens

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Jan Bens
Personal information
Date of birth (1921-04-15)15 April 1921
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date of death 12 May 2012(2012-05-12) (aged 91)
Place of death Rotterdam, Netherlands
Youth career
1933–1938 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1940–1947 Feyenoord 76 (25)
Teams managed
1962–1964 DFC
1964–1966 Cambuur
1968–1970 Cambuur
1970–1972 SVV
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jan Bens (15 April 1921 – 12 May 2012) was a Dutch professional association football player and coach; he was also an amateur boxer and trainer.

Football career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Rotterdam, Bens joined hometown club Feyenoord at the age of 12 and made his senior debut at the age of 17.[1] In a match against Ajax on 6 December 1942, Bens became the first player ever to be sent off in De Klassieker, after punching Ajax goalkeeper Gerrit Keizer.[1][2] He scored 25 goals in 76 first team games for Feyenoord.[3] In 2007, he was the last surviving Feyenoord player from before World War II.[2]

He left Feyenoord for EBOH in 1947.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Bens became a manager and coach, working in both the Netherlands and Australia with Go Ahead Eagles, EBOH, DFC, SC Cambuur, Ringwood City Wilhelmina and SVV.[1]

Boxing career[edit]

Bens had a career as an amateur boxer, alongside his football career.[1] He also trained professional boxer Lolle van Houten.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Bens died on 12 May 2012, at the age of 91.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Johan Derksen (5 November 2007). "'De laatste wens van Jan Bens'" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 
  2. ^ a b Jurryt van de Vooren (26 March 2007). "Met Jan Bens naar het jarige Stadion Feyenoord (inclusief historisch dossier)" (in Dutch). sportgeschiedenis.nl. 
  3. ^ Oer-Feyenoorder Jan Bens overleden - Feyenoord
  4. ^ ‘Ik zou haast zeggen, ik ben Feyenoordwaardig’ Jan Bens.. - Volkskrant (Dutch)
  5. ^ "Oer-Feyenoorder Bens overleden" (in Dutch). NOS Sport. 14 May 2012.