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Lloyd Doesburg

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Full nameLloyd Doesburg
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Lloyd Doesburg (April 29, 1960 June 7, 1989 in Paramaribo) was a Dutch football goalkeeper. During his career he served Elinkwijk, Vitesse, Excelsior Rotterdam and AFC Ajax. He died at the age of 29, when on June 7, 1989 he was killed in the Surinam Airways Flight PY764 air crash in Paramaribo.

Doesburg lived in Lelystad and played his first professional football matches for Elinkwijk where he played until 1981. After this he was transferred to Vitesse where he played a total of five seasons before joining Excelsior Rotterdam. From August 1987 he was purchased by AFC Ajax to become their second goalkeeper behind Stanley Menzo after Fred Grim left the club. In total he would play five matches in the first team of Ajax.

He was invited by Sonny Hasnoe, the founder of the Colourful 11 to be part of the team and travel to Suriname to play in the "Boxel Kleurrijk Tournament" with three Surinamese teams. Team mates Stanley Menzo and Hennie Meijer were told to stay with their club, but ignored these demands and went as well, but both took an earlier flight. The Surinam Airways Flight PY764 crashed during approach to Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport, killing 176 of the 187 on-board, including Doesburg, making it the worst ever aviation disaster in Suriname's history. Among the deads were a total of 15 members of the Colourful 11, only three of them survived.

Doesburg's funeral was on June 22, 1989 and the complete Ajax squad of these days were present, including Menzo, Meijer, Jan Wouters, Aron Winter, Danny Blind, Bryan Roy, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank de Boer and Ronald de Boer who carried the coffin.

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