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Adrianus De Zeeuw

Adrianus De Zeeuw

Clubs played for: Telstar, Barnsley, Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth, Coventry City, ADO '20 (1992-2009)

Born: 1970

Birthplace: Castricum, Netherlands

Position: Centre-back

Biography: One of the best free transfers in the club's history. Having already gained League experience with Barnsley and Wigan Athletic, the formidable Dutchman signed for Pompey after his contract with Latics had expired. Was an instant hit on the south coast and played his part in the winning of the First Division Championship. The following year, back in the Premier League, he was named Player of the Year and took over as captain when Teddy Sheringham left for West Ham. It was only a falling out with Alain Perrin that prompted him to move back to his previous club in a £90,000 transfer. Arjan returned to his homeland and played for ADO'20 until 2009. Since his retirement he has started a new career as a De Zeeuw began working as an investigative detective, specialising in forensics. In a poll to celebrate the centenary of the PFA fans voted De Zeeuw to be Wigan's best player of all time. In n interview with the Guardian he said that he was only supposed to be taking a short break from his studies (to become a doctor) to play football!

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