Jeroen Boere

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Jeroen Boere
Jeroen Boere.jpg
Boere playing for West Ham United
Personal information
Full name Jeroen Willem Boere
Date of birth (1967-11-18)18 November 1967
Place of birth Arnhem, Netherlands
Date of death 16 August 2007(2007-08-16) (aged 39)
Place of death Marbella, Spain
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Excelsior 5 (0)
1987–1988 De Graafschap 35 (19)
1988 FC VVV 10 (1)
1989De Graafschap (loan) 21 (9)
1989 FC VVV 22 (6)
1990 Roda JC 4 (1)
1990–1991 FC VVV 33 (20)
1991–1993 Go Ahead Eagles 51 (18)
1993–1995 West Ham United 25 (6)
1994Portsmouth (loan) 5 (0)
1994West Bromwich Albion (loan) 5 (0)
1995–1996 Crystal Palace 8 (1)
1996–1998 Southend United 73 (25)
1998–1999 Omiya Ardija 26 (18)
Total 323 (124)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2007

Jeroen Willem Boere (18 November 1967 – 16 August 2007) was a Dutch football player.

He was the younger brother of Remco Boere, who played for clubs including Den Haag and Zwolle.

He started his professional career at SBV Excelsior and went on to play for several teams, mostly at Holland's second level.


A tall striker, Jeroen Boere went abroad in summer 1993 when he was signed by Billy Bonds for £250,000 to play for newly promoted West Ham United in the Premier League. Jeroen, or 'Yosser' as he was known to his teammates, made his debut for West Ham on 25 September 1993 in a 2–0 defeat to Newcastle United but was sent off for a clash with Kevin Scott. Although he struggled to gain a regular place in the West Ham first team, he memorably scored twice for them in a Premier League game at Elland Road on 10 December 1994 to secure a 2–2 draw against Leeds United.[1]

His stay with West Ham lasted two seasons and he was loaned out to Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion. He was recalled back to West Ham because of their striker shortage when they were near the foot of the table; he formed a partnership with Tony Cottee which helped West Ham to avoid relegation that season. He eventually moved to Crystal Palace in 1995 as part of the deal that took Iain Dowie back to the Boleyn Ground. His spell at Palace was short-lived, however, and he moved on to Southend United at the end of the season.


Boere moved to Japan in 1998 to play for the newly formed professional club Omiya Ardija, formerly known as NTT Kantō, in the Japan Football League. He played 15 matches and scored 9 goals in his first season in Japan. In the 1999 season, Omiya joined the newly formed J2 League and he started the season very well, scoring 9 in 11 games. In May 1999, after dinner with his wife at a restaurant in Roppongi district of Tokyo, he was stabbed in his left eye and arm by two unknown men who reportedly appeared to be of Middle Eastern origin.[2] His attacker was later reported to be an Israeli criminal who was later found shot through the head in a Bangkok river.[3] Boere lost his eye in the incident, which forced his retirement from football at the age of 31.[4]


After his retirement, Boere owned the Half Moon pub in Epping High Street from 1999 until 2004.[5]

During an interview in his pub with a Dutch sports magazine in 2001, Boere joked about his artificial eye and said he had no regrets about his career having played, at the peak of his career, for West Ham United. And, as he said, at least he was still alive.


After his pub ownership ended, Boere moved to Spain, in September 2004, to work as a real estate agent. He died on 16 August 2007 at the age of 39.[6][7] There are conflicting reports about the cause of death and place of death. Some media reported that Boere died in a car crash, possibly on Ibiza,[8][9] while other media reported that he was found dead in his home in Marbella.[10] English newspaper Ilford Recorder stated that Boere had committed suicide.[11] Boere left his wife and child as well as two sons from a previous marriage.[12]

West Ham United, Southend United and Omiya Ardija players wore black armbands in memory of Boere in their home games in August 2007.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Netherlands League
1985/86 Excelsior Eredivisie 3 0
1986/87 2 0
1987/88 De Graafschap Eerste Divisie 35 19
1988/89 VVV Venlo Eredivisie 10 1
1988/89 De Graafschap Eerste Divisie 21 9
1989/90 VVV Venlo Eerste Divisie 22 6
1989/90 Roda Eredivisie 4 1
1990/91 VVV Venlo Eerste Divisie 33 20
1991/92 Go Ahead Eagles Eerste Divisie 23 11
1992/93 Eredivisie 28 7
England League
1993/94 West Ham United Premier League 4 0
1993/94 Portsmouth First Division 5 0
1994/95 West Ham United Premier League 20 6
1994/95 West Bromwich Albion First Division 5 0
1995/96 West Ham United Premier League 1 0
1995/96 Crystal Palace First Division 8 1
1995/96 Southend United First Division 6 2
1996/97 36 9
1997/98 Second Division 31 14
Japan League
1998 Omiya Ardija Football League 15 9
1999 J2 League 11 9
Country Netherlands 181 74
England 116 32
Japan 26 18
Total 323 124


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Daily Yomiuri News
  3. ^ Leven op de rand van het ravijn - Volkskrant (in Dutch)
  4. ^ "Dutch striker loses eye in stabbing". 23 May 1999. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Soccer star landlord found dead in Spain". 21 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2007.
  6. ^ Reuters: Former West Ham player Boere dies aged 39
  7. ^ Jeroen Boere tribute – West Ham United statement. Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Oud-speler Jeroen Boere (39) overleden". Trouw (in Dutch). 18 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  9. ^ "Jeroen Boere 18-11-1967 – 16-08-2007" (in Dutch). De Pers. 19 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Oud-spits Jeroen Boere dood aangetroffen" (in Dutch). De Stentor. Retrieved 28 January 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Jeroen tribute evening proves a big success". Ilford Recorder. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Soccer star landlord found dead in Spain - Guardian
  13. ^ "ヨルン選手追悼". Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), 大宮アルディージャ

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