Abe Lenstra 1937-1938 European Season
Author: Davide Basile, 27/10/2018
Overview of the Season: Abe Lenstra started his first season in the Dutch top division (and his second season with Heerenveen) when he was only 16 years old - in spite of this, he was an undisputed starter from the beginning. This was also Heerenveen’s first season in the Dutch first division, or Eerste Klasse. The Eerste Klasse was divided into five groups, the winners of which qualified to the final group - Heerenveen played in the Northern group (Noord). Heerenveen was one of the weakest teams in the group, and lost three of the first four matches. Lenstra, who turned 17 at the end of November, played his first three matches as a forward, but was then deployed as a central midfielder until February. In spite of this, starting from the 7th game he began to score regularly, with a hat-trick in the 9th game and four braces between January and March. In spite of being so young, Lenstra was often described by the newspapers as the best player of his team, scoring himself and often inspiring his teammates’ goals. His ability as a dribbler was also often highlighted. In the end, Heerenveen managed to avoid relegation to the second division by 4 points, but still finished second-to-last in the group, losing ten out of eighteen games and also suffering a humiliating 12-1 defeat at Veendam. Lenstra was his team’s top goalscorer with 13 goals. At the end of the season, Heerenveen also took part in the Dutch Cup (KNVB Beker), reaching the Fourth round - an inspired Lenstra scored 11 goals in just 4 games.
Eerste Klasse Noord
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7th 1x
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TOTAL: Goals = 24 Matches = 21 Ratio = 1,14.. Goals in a match(4 Hat-Tricks): [Note]: Hat-trick = 3+ goals in a single match [Note]: Not counting double Hat-Tricks 6 goals in a match = 0x 5 goals in a match = 0x 4 goals in a match = 1x 3 goals in a match = 3x 2 goals in a match = 4x 1 goal in a match = 3x Victims(11): De Kooi(4), Gorredijk(3), H.S.C.(3), V.V.V.(3), Achilles(2), Be Quick(2), G.V.A.V.(2), Hoogezand(2), L.S.C.(1), Sneek(1), Veendam(1). Positions(-): Incomplete Data. Home & Away: Home matches: 18 goals & 11 matches Away matches: 6 goals & 10 matches Season Turns: 1937: 4 goals & 9 matches 1938: 20 goals & 12 matches Competitions(2): Eerste Klasse Noord: 13 goals & 17 matches KNVB Beker: 11 goals & 4 matches Info: -
Eerste Klasse Noord 1st: 19/09/1937 Velocitas – Heerenveen 2-0 (1-0) Place: Groningen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Kuyt - S. Krikke, P. de Haan - J. Strampel, J. Huizinga, G. v. d. Meulen - J. Lenstra, A. Lenstra, Jonkman, Eikenaar, Hijlkema. Goals: -.
Eerste Klasse Noord 2nd: 26/09/1937 Heerenveen – Achilles 3-3 (0-2) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Kuyt - S. Krikke, P. de Haan - J. Strampel, J. Huizinga, G. v. d. Meulen - J. Lenstra, A. Lenstra, Jonkman, Eikenaar, Hijlkema. Goals: Hielkema(2), Eijkenaar.
Eerste Klasse Noord 3rd: 03/10/1937 H.S.C. – Heerenveen 2-0 (2-0) Place: Sappemeer. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Kuyt - Krikke, de Haan - Strampel, J. Lenstra, v. d. Meulen - Jonkman, Eikenaar, A. Lenstra, Hijlkema, Hamstra. Goals: -.
Eerste Klasse Noord 4th: 10/10/1937 Heerenveen – Leeuwarden 3-6 (0-3) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: G. v. d. Meulen - P. de Haan, Krikke - Witteveen, A. Lenstra, v. d. Meulen - Hielkema, Eijkenaar, Jonkman, Strampel, J. Lenstra. Goals: Hielkema, Strampel, Jonkman.
Eerste Klasse Noord 5th: 17/10/1937 G.V.A.V. – Heerenveen 2-3 (2-2) Place: Groningen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: v. d. Meulen - Hielkema, Eikenaar - v. d. Meulen, A. Lenstra, Strampel - Witteveen, J. Lenstra, Jonkman, v. d. Laan(Joh. Strampel, 46th), Krikke. Goals: Jonkman(3).
Eerste Klasse Noord 6th: 24/10/1937 Hoogezand – Heerenveen 1-2 (0-1) Place: Hoogezand. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: v. d. Meulen - Eikenaar, Hielkema - Strampel, A. Lenstra, G. v. d. Meulen - Heemstra (de Haan), Krikke, Jonkman (Hamstra), J. Lenstra, Witteveen. Goals: Jonkman(2).
Eerste Klasse Noord 7th: 07/11/1937 Heerenveen – Sneek 2-2 (0-0) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: Kool. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Withaar - Hielkema, Eijkenaar - G. v. d. Meulen, A. Lenstra, Joute Strampel - G. Witteveen, J. Lenstra, Jonkman, Joh. Strampel, Sj. Krikke. Goals: Jonkman, A. Lenstra(pen.).
Eerste Klasse Noord 8th: 21/11/1937 Heerenveen – Be Quick 1-3 (0-0) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Withaar - Eijkenaar, Hielkema - Sj. Krikke, A. Lenstra, v. d. Meulen - v. d. Laan, Meijer, Jonkman, Strampel, Boltje. Goals: Jonkman.
Eerste Klasse Noord 9th: 25/12/1937 Heerenveen – H.S.C. 7-2 (3-0) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: Karsten. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Withaar - Eijkenaar, Hielkema - J. Strampel, A. Lenstra, G. L. v. d. Meulen - S. v. d. Laan, J. Lenstra, Jonkman, Meijer, J. Boltje. Goals: A. Lenstra(3), Jonkman(2), Meijer, J. Lenstra.
Eerste Klasse Noord 10th: 09/01/1938 Veendam – Heerenveen 12-1 (3-1) Place: Veendam. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Withaar - Eckenaar, Hielkema - Strampel, A. Lenstra, v. d. Meulen - v. d. Laan, J. Lenstra, Jonkman, Meijer (Boschgra), Boltje. Goals: A. Lenstra(pen.).
Eerste Klasse Noord 11th: 16/01/1938 Heerenveen – Veendam 1-2 (0-1) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: Karsten. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Withaar - Eijkenaar, Hielkema - J. Strampel, A. Lenstra, G. v. d. Meulen - v. d. Laan (Krikke), J. Lenstra, Jonkman, Meijer, Boltje. Goals: J. Lenstra.
Eerste Klasse Noord 12th: 23/01/1938 Heerenveen – Hoogezand 3-6 (1-2) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: Withaar - Eijkenaar (Strampel), Hielkema - v. d. Meulen (Hemstra), A. Lenstra, Witteveen - Postmus, J. Lenstra, Jonkman, Meijer, Boltje. Goals: A. Lenstra(2), Meijer.
Eerste Klasse Noord 13th: 06/02/1938 Sneek – Heerenveen 2-0 (1-0) Place: Sneek. Referee: v. d. Berg. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: -. [Note]: Abe Lenstra played and was sent off. Apparently, Abe Lenstra was sent off by the referee by mistake, because he looked like his brother Jan Lenstra, who had also been sent off some minutes earlier.
Eerste Klasse Noord 14th: 13/02/1938 Be Quick – Heerenveen 3-2 (1-2) Place: Groningen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: A. Lenstra(2). [Note]: Abe Lenstra played as a left winger.
Eerste Klasse Noord 15th: 20/02/1938 Achilles – Heerenveen 1-2 (0-2) Place: Assen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: A. Lenstra(2, 1 pen.). [Note]: Abe Lenstra played as an inside left.
Eerste Klasse Noord 16th: 06/03/1938 Heerenveen – G.V.A.V. 3-3 (3-1) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: A. Lenstra(2), Jonkman.
Eerste Klasse Noord 17th: 13/03/1938 Leeuwarden – Heerenveen 1-1 (1-1) Place: Leeuwarden. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: Jonkman.
Eerste Klasse Noord 18th: 20/03/1938 Heerenveen – Velocitas 0-5 (0-3) //Abe Lenstra didn’t play againts Velocitas.
KNVB Beker – First Round: 10/04/1938 Heerenveen - Gorredijk 9-2 (4-2) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: Jonkman(4), A. Lenstra(3), Boltje, Hielkema. [Note]: One of the goals was simply given to “Lenstra” by the newspaper Hepkema’s Courant, without specifying whether it was Abe Lenstra or his brother Jan. However, it looks like it was scored by Abe and I have assigned it to him.
KNVB Beker – Second Round: 18/04/1938 L.S.C. – Heerenveen 1-1 (0-0) Place: Sneek. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: A. Lenstra. [Note]: Heerenveen advances because it’s the away team.
KNVB Beker – Third Round: 24/04/1938 Heerenveen – De Kooi 7-0 (3-0) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: A. Lenstra 4), Jonkman(2), Strampel.
KNVB Beker – Fourth Round: 08/05/1938 Heerenveen – V.V.V. 4-7 (1-3) Place: Heerenveen. Referee: ?. Attendance: ?. Coach: Sid Castle. Heerenveen: ?. Goals: A. Lenstra(3), Heemstra.