Filed: Wednesday, 11th January 2017
By: Staff writer #3
KUMB.com is saddened to hear of the passing of former Hammer Francois Van Der Elst.
The former Belgian international passed away this morning after having a heart attack on New Year's Day.
Van Der Elst was part of the Anderlect side that defeated the Hammers in the 1976 European Cup Winners Cup final, scoring twice in a 4-2 win for the Belgian side playing on home turf.
Van Der Elst left Anderlecht in 1980 to play for New York Cosmos in the then North American Soccer League but he returned to Europe in January 1982, signing for the Hammers for a reported £400,000 fee.
Overall the Belgian winger made 70 appearances for the Irons scoring 17 goals in the process before returning home to Belgium where he played for Lokeren until finally retiring in 1986.
kUMB.com sends its condolences to the Van Der Elst family at this sad time.
Van Der Elst in critical condition [3rd Jan 2017]
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