Drost, receiving the KNVB Cup 1977
|Full name||Eimert Drost|
|Date of birth||September 21, 1945|
|Place of birth||Amersfoort, Netherlands|
|Date of death||May 27, 1995(aged 49)|
|Place of death||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He made his senior debut for FC Wageningen on 23 September 1962 against De Graafschap, then had a short spell with Heracles Almelo, before joining manager Kees Rijvers at FC Twente where he would become one of the best players in the history of the club. Known for his colourful lifestyle and fierce shot, he played 423 league games for the club, only to be surpassed by Sander Boschker in 2006. During his time at the club, Twente would finish 2nd (behind Feyenoord) in 1974 and 3rd in 1969 in the Eredivisie and would reach the 1975 UEFA Cup Final. His only trophy would be the 1977 KNVB Cup, he scored Twente's first goal in the final with a 30-yard piledriver.
He later played for DS '79, where he was joined by long-time Twente colleague Niels Overweg, before returning to Twente for a final season in which he was injured and could not save the club from relegation.
Drost made his debut for the Netherlands in an April 1969 friendly match against Switzerland and earned a total of 9 caps, scoring no goals. His final international was a September 1973 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Norway.
He was a son of former HVC and Wageningen player Selis Drost.
Death and legacyEdit
Drost died in May 1995 of a heart attack during a game with Holland's former internationals players in Rotterdam. He was chosen Twente's player of the century by the club's supporters in 2000 and in 2009, a statue of Mister Twente Epi Drost was erected in FC Twente's stadium.
- Het levensverhaal van een kleurrijke lokale held - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
- Epi Drost 1945 - 1995 - Trouw (in Dutch)
- De bon-vivant en de fanaticus - Tubantia (in Dutch)
- Nico De Vries overleed 25 jaar geleden, herinneringen aan een 'initiator' - FC Dordrecht (in Dutch)
- Intl career stats - OnsOranje (KNVB)
- Epi Drost + 27 mei 1995 Archived 2017-07-29 at the Wayback Machine - Stevo (in Dutch)
- Ex-international Epi Drost (49) overleden - NRC (in Dutch)
- Rijvers en Drost meest populair - FC Twente (in Dutch)
- Standbeeld voor Epi Drost - NU (in Dutch)
- Epi Drost at National-Football-Teams.com