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R.I.P Jeroen Boere

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West Ham fans everywhere will be saddened by the untimely death of former player Jeroen Boere at the age of 39 after a tragic accident at his home in Spain last week.

Jeroen was born in Arnhem, Holland on 18th November 1967 and was signed for West Ham United by Billy Bonds for £250,000 from Dutch Club 'Go Ahead Eagles' in 1993, following our promotion back to the Premier League.

Jeroen or 'Yozza' as he was known to his team-mates, made his debut for West Ham on 25th September 1993 in a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.

Over the course of the next two seasons, he went on to make 25 appearances for West Ham United, scoring seven goals for the club.

Perhaps the game that most Hammers fans will associate with Yozza was a Premier League fixture away at Leeds United when trailing 2-0 at Elland Road and seemingly out of the game, he scored two bullet headers from crosses by Keith Rowland to earn West Ham a point and send the travelling fans home delirious.

Jeroen was transferred to Crystal Palace in 1995 in part of the deal that saw Harry Redknapp bring Iain Dowie back to the club for a second spell. He later went on to play for Southend United and in the Japanese J-League where in 1999, his career was cut short after an altercation outside a bar in Tokyo led to him losing an eye and retiring from football.

Many will recall that he went on to run the Half Moon pub in Epping, Essex, where he would fondly recall his West Ham days with the supporters that used to drink there.

Jeroen was working as an Estate Agent in Spain when he died.

R.I.P Yozza :(

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