Colin Viljoen
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Colin Viljoen

Colin Viljoen
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-06-20) 20 June 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Johannesburg Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966-1978 Ipswich Town 305 (45)
1978-1980 Manchester City 27 (0)
1980-1982 Chelsea 20 (0)
1982-1983 Southall
National team
1975 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin Viljoen (born 20 June 1948) is a former England international footballer of South African background who played in midfield for English teams Ipswich Town, Manchester City and Chelsea. He won two caps for England under manager Don Revie.


Born in Johannesburg, Viljoen was signed from Johannesburg Rangers' colts team by Ipswich in 1966.[1] He spent 12 years at Portman Road, playing 305 games and won two caps for England, both coming in a four-day spell in May 1975. A goalless draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast was followed by a 2-2 draw with Wales at Wembley, both games in the Home International Championship.[2] Viljoen contributed to Ipswich's victorious 1977-78 FA Cup campaign, making four appearances and scoring twice during the run.[3] However he wasn't part of the squad for the final itself. In 1978, he moved on to Manchester City, before signing for Chelsea for £60,000 in 1980.[4] He was released by the club at the end of the 1981-82 season, and signed for non-League Southall.[1]



See also


  1. ^ a b Colin Viljoen at Post War English & Scottish Football League A-Z Player's Database
  2. ^ "Colin Viljoen". The FA. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Games played by Colin Viljoen in 1977-78". Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Colin Viljoen Football Heroes

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