Loek den Noble


August 13, 2022

Simon Johannes (Loek) den Edel (1 December 1933 – 1 August 2022) was a Dutch footballer.


Den Edel grew up as the son of driver Simon Johannes den Edel and Barbara Petronella Elizabeth Speelmans in Boskoop and from 1940 at 41 Retiefstraat in Amsterdam. Loek den Edel played for Ajax from 12 December 1954 in the fifties as an attacker. His debut came as a substitute for the injured Rinus Michels in a match against Be Quick 1887. In the 1955/1956 season he played a decisive role in the match against Excelsior. Ajax won 6-4, four goals with a hat-trick in six minutes and two assists from Den Edel. After the introduction of professional football, he scored the first goal for the Amsterdam club in the Eredivisie on 2 September 1956 against NAC. Incidentally, the same Rinus Michels, Piet van der Kuil and Wim Bleijenberg were declarants. In the competition he played a total of 101 matches for Ajax from 1945 (including training) to 1959, in which he scored 55 times. In 1957, together with Sjaak Swart, he was part of the team that played the first European Cup match. Loek den Edel played his last match for Ajax on March 8, 1959 against PSV. After his Ajax period, Den Edel played a season for Alkmaar '54, where he stood out because of his thunderous shot and many injuries. Then he moved to the Arnhem Vitesse. In 1960 he settled in Heerlen and started a textile shop there. The expectation was that he would play for a Limburg team; it remained Vitesse. He ended his professional football career at Limburgia in Brunssum. In the 1963/1964 season, he was plagued by knee injuries, in particular, which forced him to watch from the bench regularly. Den Edel lived in Hoensbroek. He passed away on August 1, 2022 at the age of 88.

See also

List of most scoring players at Ajax List of Ajax players List of players from Alkmaar '54 List of Vitesse . players List of players from Limburgia