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Feyenoord was saddened to hear the news of Cor Veldhoen’s death Tuesday. After his debut in 1956 he went on to play no fewer than 380 league matches for the club in the fifties and sixties, and was considered by many to be the engine behind the success of his great friend Coen Moulijn. The right-footed left back was technically gifted and fast to boot. Cor Veldhoen was 66 years old.
Cor Veldhoen spent his formative years in Rotterdam South, joining Feyenoord at a young age. Veldhoen went through the entire youth development programme, finally making his debut at the age of 17 under coach Jaap van der Leck on 2 December 1956 in an away fixture at Sparta. Feyenoord won that game 4-0 and Veldhoen never lost his place in the starting line-up.
Cor Veldhoen’s 380 appearances put him in third place in Feyenoord’s all-time list, behind Coen Moulijn and Wim Jansen. He also gained international caps, and won one European Cup, four league titles and two national cup at Feyenoord.
Cor Veldhoen went onto become a member of the Feyenoord board for a couple of years in the late eighties.
‘Cor was a gem for the club,’ says Feyenoord’s senior manager and former team mate Fred Blankemeijer. ‘There were still close ties between the former first-team players from those days. His death is a huge blow for the whole club.’