On This Day: Happy Birthday, Heitinga!

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Former Everton defender John Heitinga turns 34 today and to celebrate, we’ve picked out one of his goals for the Blues in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.

The Dutch international was the Club’s fourth signing of the 2009 summer transfer window, arriving from Atletico Madrid for an initial fee of £6million.

Despite being only 25 when he moved to Goodison Park, Heitinga brought a wealth of experience with him, having come through the ranks at Ajax before moving to Spain with Atletico.

Heitinga quickly became a firm fans' favourite with his tenacious and full-blooded displays.

In the summer of 2010, he played a crucial role in helping Holland to the World Cup final before they eventually lost 1-0 to Spain. 

Heitinga played in all seven matches for Bert van Marwijk's side at the heart of the Dutch defence and became the first Everton player since Ray Wilson in 1966 to play in a World Cup final.

The 2011/12 season was Heitinga’s most memorable in an Everton shirt, a campaign that saw him scoop the Club’s Player of the Season award for consistent performances at centre-back.

On the last day of that term, he scored the final goal in a 3-1 victory over the Magpies - watch it above now!

Everton Football Club has released a special commemorative range of clothing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Goodison Park. 

The Goodison 125 range is available now online at evertondirect.com and in-store at Everton One and Everton Two.

Browse the range or order by clicking here.

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