Coen Dillen
Personal information
Full name Coenraad Henrik Dillen
Date of birth (1926-10-05)5 October 1926
Place of birth Strijp, Netherlands
Date of death 24 July 1990(1990-07-24) (aged 63)
Place of death Goes, Netherlands
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1937–1941 Brabantia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1945 PSV 0 (0)
1945–1949 Brabantia
1949–1961 PSV 328 (287)
1961–1963 Helmondia '55
National team
1954–1957 Netherlands 5 (4)
Teams managed
1964–1966 RKSV Nuenen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Coenraad Henrik Dillen (5 October 1926 – 24 July 1990) was a Dutch footballer who primarily played for PSV as well as the Dutch national side. He holds the record of most goals scored in an Eredivisie season.

Club career

Dillen started his senior career at PSV, but returned to childhood club Brabantia, before joining PSV once more for a prolific period. Nicknamed Het Kanon (the cannon),[1] his goal tally of 43 in the inaugural 1956/57 Eredivisie season remains the highest score by an individual in the Eredivisie.[2] He scored twenty goals in a nine-match period between 27 January and 31 March 1957.[3] He finished his career at Helmondia '55.[4]

International career

Dillen made his debut for the Netherlands in a May 1954 friendly match against Switzerland and earned a total of 5 caps, scoring 4 goals. His final international was a March 1957 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Luxembourg.[5]

Personal life

After retiring from playing he spent a two-year spell as manager of amateur side RKSV Nuenen. His brother Cor Dillen was a director and CFO for Philips.[citation needed]

He died in 1990 of a heart-attack in Zeeland, aged 63. In 2003, a statue was erected in his honour at the PSV stadium.[6] His wife Mien continued to work in their cigarette store after his death.[7]


  1. ^ De erfenis van topscorer Coen Dillen - Trouw (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Will Suarez be a record breaker?". Soccernet. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  3. ^ John Ashdown (25 January 2012). "Has a player ever been idolised by a club he has never played for?". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  4. ^ Profile - Voetbal Legends (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Intl career stats - EU Football
  6. ^ Onthulling standbeelden Coen Dillen en Willy van der Kuylen - Omroep Brabant (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Weduwe Coen Dillen weer overvallen - Hart van Nederland (in Dutch)