John Sleeuwenhoek

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John Sleeuwenhoek
Personal information
Full name John Cornelius Sleeuwenhoek[1]
Date of birth (1944-02-26)26 February 1944[1]
Place of birth Wednesfield, England
Date of death 20 June 1989(1989-06-20) (aged 45)[1]
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
1959–1961 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1967 Aston Villa 226 (1)
1967–1971 Birmingham City 30 (0)
1971 Torquay United (loan) 11 (0)
1971–1972 Oldham Athletic 2 (0)
National team
1962–1963 England U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Cornelius Sleeuwenhoek (26 February 1944 – 20 July 1989) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half. He made 269 appearances in the Football League, mainly for Aston Villa, and was capped twice for England U23.

Sleeuwenhoek was born in Wednesfield, Staffordshire, the son of a Dutch paratrooper.[2] He started his football career as a junior with Aston Villa, turning professional in 1961, and played regularly for the club for six seasons.[2] While at the club he won two caps for England at under-23 level,[3] and also played for a representative Football League XI.[1] He then moved to Birmingham City, but recurrent knee problems dogged his later career. After spells at Torquay United and Oldham Athletic he retired from professional football at the early age of 28.[2]

He was affectionately known as 'Tulip' due to his Dutch roots.[2]

He died in Birmingham in July 1989, aged 45.[1]


Club statistics


  1. ^ a b c d e "John Sleeuwenhoek". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie (27 March 2004). "England – U-23 International Results– Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 17 March 2017.