Player #489

Appearances:

260

Starts:

260

Goals:

1

Seasons:

8

John Sleeuwenhoek
John Sleeuwenhoek

Source: Football card #4 John Sleeuwenhoek issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1960s Footballers series, first series.

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John Sleeuwenhoek
John Sleeuwenhoek

Source: Football card #4 John Sleeuwenhoek issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1960s Footballers series, first series.

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John Sleeuwenhoek

Position

Centre Back

From

1960-61

To

1967-68

IMAGE CREDIT

John Sleeuwenhoek

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D2

Appearances

260
1
41
44
44
29
44
44
13

Starts

260
1
41
44
29
44
44
13

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

John Cornelius Sleeuwenhoek

Birth Date

Saturday, 26 February 1944

Birth Place

Wednesfield, Wolverhampton

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

Aston Villa Youth |

From

Transfer in

Wardsbridge schools

From

For

Free

On

March 1961

Previous Clubs

Wardsbridge Schools |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Birmingham City

For

£45,000

On

November 1967

Subsequent Clubs

1967-71 Birmingham City |
1971 Torquay United (L) |
1971-72 Oldham Athletic) |

John Sleeuwenhoek
John Sleeuwenhoek

Source: Football card #4 John Sleeuwenhoek issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1960s Footballers series, first series.

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John Sleeuwenhoek
John Sleeuwenhoek

Source: Football card #4 John Sleeuwenhoek issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1960s Footballers series, first series.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1961-67 Aston Villa, Free, 260 (0) | 1 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Joe Mercer |
Dick Taylor |
Tommy Cummings |

First Squad Appearance

Tuesday, 4 April 1961

Debut Appearance

Tuesday, 4 April 1961

Bolton Wanderers (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 25 March 1967

Final Appearance

Saturday, 21 October 1967

Blackpool (h), Division Two

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 21 October 1967

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

20 June 1989, Aged 45

John Sleeuwenhoek

Player #489 for Aston Villa, John Cornelius Sleeuwenhoek, known as John Sleeuwenhoek and nicknamed Tulip, played as a centre back for the club.

John played for Villa between 1960-61 and 1967-68 making 260 appearances and scoring once.

John was born in Wednesfield, just 13 miles from Villa Park, on 26 February 1944 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Tuesday, 4 April 1961 aged just 17.

Villa had signed John from Wardsbridge schools in June 1959 and he signed professional forms with the club in February 1961.

Villa may have had an up and down time on the pitch during the 1960s however one thing the club got very right was their youth policy of which John Sleeuwenhoek was a key product. Dubbed ‘Mercer’s Minors’ the group included Alan Deakin, Charlie Aitken, John Sleeuwenhoek, Harry Burrows, Mike Tindall and Alan Baker.

John, a precocious talent who forced his way into Villa first team reckoning despite his tender years made just one appearance as Villa finished 9th in their return to Division One but didn’t feature in Villa’s victorious run to the League Cup final in 1960-61 and didn’t play in the two legged final against Rotherham United that was held over to the following season due to fixture congestion.

Thereafter however John became a semi-permanent fixture in the Villa first team.

As a member of the famed ‘Mercer’s Minors’ John contributed to manager Joe Mercer’s dramatic overhaul of an ageing Villa squad.

Unfortunately during John’s tenure Villa spent most of his time helping the club fight against relegation from the top-flight.

However John did help Villa to a League Cup Semi final in the 1964-65 season and was a runner up in the same competition in 1962-63 having made 7 appearances in the cup run.

Villa and John’s luck ran out in 1966-67 as after successive seasons in the bottom 6 Villa were finally relegated to the second tier.

John stayed with Villa to play in the 1967-68 Division Two campaign but played his final game for the club on Saturday, 21 October 1967, still aged just 23.

John moved on to Birmingham City on 1 November 1967 for a huge fee of £45,000 but his love for football had gone without his beloved Villa and he soon drifted into obscurity and out football - some wags have said that happened the day he joined the other Birmingham club.

John had played under Villa managers Joe Mercer, Dick Taylor and Tommy Cummings.

John passed away in Wolverhampton on 20 June 1989 aged just 45. A Villa man who did everything it seems early.