Theo Snelders

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Theo Snelders
Personal information
Full name Theodorus Antonius Gerardus Snelders
Date of birth (1963-12-07) 7 December 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Westervoort, Netherlands
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1988 FC Twente 176 (0)
1988–1996 Aberdeen 227 (0)
1996–1999 Rangers 13 (0)
1999–2001 MVV 48 (0)
Total 464 (0)
National team
1989 Netherlands 1 (0)
1990 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Theodorus Antonius Gerardus "Theo" Snelders (born 7 December 1963 in Westervoort, Gelderland) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.


Snelders started his career with FC Twente but is mostly remembered in Scotland especially for Aberdeen. He had a very good first season at Pittodrie, winning the Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1989. He saved Anton Rogan's penalty in Aberdeen's penalty shootout win over Celtic in the 1990 Scottish Cup Final.

He was a successful replacement for Jim Leighton but moved on to rivals Rangers in 1996. He made just 20 appearances for the club before he was released in 1999. He played two seasons at MVV before he retired from playing and is a goalkeeping coach in his native Netherlands with FC Twente.

International career

Snelders was a member of the Dutch squad at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship. He made his only full international appearance on 22 March 1989, against the Soviet Union. He kept a clean sheet as the Dutch won 2–0, with the goals coming from a Marco van Basten diving header and a Ronald Koeman penalty. Snelders was an unused substitute with the Dutch team at the 1994 World Cup.

External links

  • Theo Snelders at Soccerbase
  • Theo Snelders at Wereld van Oranje (in Dutch)
  • Season by season appearances

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