This latest collection of bite-sized tales in our Shorts series is dedicated to 1960s and 1970s happenings from the Netherlands.
Dutch clubs are renowned for selling big rather than buying big, yet it’s often forgotten that PSV Eindhoven did break the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Jan Van Beveren in 1970. The deal for the Sparta Rotterdam player cost PSV £120,000 in cash, Pim Doesburg in part-exchange and the installation of floodlights at Sparta’s ground by PSV’s parent company, Phlilips.
The Dutch Federation (the KNVB) produced alarming statistics that showed 655 players at all levels of the Dutch game suffered broken legs during the 1963/64 season,. The blame for a high percentage of this sizeable number was attributed to a particular dislike by Dutch players for playing in shinguards. The authorities brought in a rule soon after obliging players to wear them and injuries tumbled as a result.
The Feyenoord international Coen Moulijn had an unfortunate history with car crashes and was especially lucky to escape with his life after an incident in 1971. Driving home from training, his car became stranded on a train line at a level-crossing and was hit by a locomotive. He suffered leg, shoulder and head injuries but was very lucky the accident was not fatal. The winger was back playing a couple of months later.