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John Sleeuwenhoek

Personal information
Full nameJohn Cornelius Sleeuwenhoek
Place of birthWednesfield, Wolverhampton, England
Place of deathBirmingham, England
Playing positionCentre half

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John Cornelius Sleeuwenhoek (26 February 1944 July 1989) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half.

He made 226 appearances in the Football League for Aston Villa and was capped twice for England at under-23 level.

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

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

He died in Birmingham in July 1989, aged 45.

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