Koninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club (Royal Haarlem Football Club) is a football club based in Haarlem, Netherlands. It is the oldest existing club in Dutch football, founded by Pim Mulier in 1879. During the club's early years, the team only played rugby, but due to financial problems, they then switched to association football. The first official football match in the Netherlands was played in 1886 between HFC and Amsterdam Sport.

Koninklijke HFC
Full nameKoninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club
Nickname(s)Koninklijke HFC
Founded15 September 1879; 144 years ago (1879-09-15)
GroundSpanjaardslaan, Haarlem
Coordinates52°21′49.7″N 4°37′22.4″E / 52.363806°N 4.622889°E / 52.363806; 4.622889
ChairmanGert-Jan Pruijn
ManagerGertjan Tamerus
LeagueTweede Divisie
2022–23Tweede Divisie, 7th of 18
WebsiteClub website

The club currently play in the Tweede Divisie (Second Division), a semi-professional tier re-established for the 2016–17 season, which is the third tier of the Dutch football pyramid and the highest non-pro league.

History edit

Koninklijke HFC was the first Dutch Rugby club, established on 15 September 1879 by the 14-year-old Pim Mulier, who first encountered the sport in 1870. However, HFC switched to association football in 1883. (The Delftsche Studenten Rugby Club was the first official rugby club on 24 September 1918.)

In 1899, they moved from their original ground "De Koekamp" to the "Spanjaardslaan", where they still play their home matches to this day. In that period, the Spanjaardslaan (Spaniard's Lane), the east–west road at the southern edge of the oldest public park of the Netherlands, was part of the neighbouring town of Heemstede, but switched back to be part of Haarlem in 1927.

The beginning of football in the Netherlands

The Netherlands national football team have played two international matches at the Spanjaardslaan. Both matches were versus Belgium, resulting in a 1–2 loss and a 7–0 win. In the past, HFC has contributed several players to the Netherlands national football team. Of those players, goalkeeper Gejus van der Meulen obtained the most caps, 54. At present, his grandson still plays for HFC.

Before the Dutch championship was officially established, HFC won three unofficial national titles:

Three times in the club's history they have won the KNVB Cup (1904, 1913 and 1915). In the cup competition of 1903–04, HFC beat VVV from Amsterdam 25–0, which still remains a record score in the Dutch cup competition.

The club was named Koninklijk (Royal) in 1959, 80 years after the club was founded.[1] Since 1923, the first team of HFC plays the opening match of a new year versus a selection of former Dutch international players on 1 January.

Current squad edit

As of 11 November 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   NED Danny Hols
3 DF   NED Oscar Wilffert
4 DF   NED Peet van der Slot
5 DF   USA John Hilton
6 FW   NED Sietse Brandsma
7 FW   NED Daniël van Son
8 DF   NED Kevin van Gasteren
9 FW   NED Khalid Tadmine
10 MF   NED Franklin Lewis
11 FW   NED Jordy Hilterman
12 FW   NED Jeffrey van der Heijden
13 DF   NED Kane Prins
14 MF   NED Jacob Noordmans (captain)
15 MF   SOM Liban Abdulahi
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   NED André Morgan
17 FW   NED Roy Castien
18 DF   NED Wessel Boer
19 DF   NED Teun Versteeg
21 GK   NED Richard de Groot
22 GK   NED Tom Boks
23 DF   NED Deron Payne
25 FW   NED Noud Kaagman
27 DF   NED Roy Deken
28 MF   NED Lans Bovenberg
33 MF   NED Bram van de Wiel
38 MF   NED Taye Lee
51 MF   NED Mitchell Honkoop

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "H.F.C. voortaan 'koninklijk'". De Telegraaf. Amsterdam. 14 September 1959. p. 8. Retrieved 20 September 2020 – via Delpher.