Altonaer FC 93

Founded 1893, this club represents the Altona district of Hamburg. This enclave is also known as the Danish section, as it was once under Danish rule. Around the turn of the century, it was essentially an independent municipality.

It was originally started as Altonaer Cricket-Club, but switched to soccer a year later. In the early years, Altonaer FC was perhaps the no.1 club in the city, and well-known throughout Germany. The first final of the German Championship was hosted in the club's old Exerzierplatz stadium, in 1903, between VfB Leipzig and DFC Prague.

However, the rise of the other Hamburg clubs meant also the slow but steady decline of Altona as anything but a local club.

Although a charter member of the original Regionalliga in 1963, Altona soon retreated back to the environs of the Hamburg based leagues. It was not until 1996 that they made the jump back up to the now 3rd division Regionalliga. The adventure in "pro" conditions lasted only one season, and after relegation, the club voluntarily withdrew back down to the Verbandsliga.

Fullname Altonaer Fußball-Club von 1893 e.V.
City Hamburg (Hamburg). Pop: 1,700,000 (2002)
Altona was absorbed by Hamburg in 1938. Until then, it was the largest city of Schleswig-Holstein, some 270,000 citizens.
Address Griegstraße 62, 22763 Hamburg
Phone: (040) 8806314
Colors Black-red-white horizontal striped jersey, white shorts, white socks.
Stadium Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn. Capacity: 10,000 (1,500 seats)
Built in 1908, it was expanded to hold up to 27,000 in 1927. It was known as the AFC-Kampfbahn until 1944 when it was officially named after the legendary player. A few weeks after the ceremony, Jäger was killed in an air-raid.
Tickets Readily available. Bring the whole family! The recent derby with ETSV drew only 350. The last real big pay day was about 15,000 for a DFB Cup match against Borussia Dortmund in 1996.
Supporters A few dedicated ones. During the 1950s, large crowds for matches against St.Pauli and HSV were common, but those are long gone. Averaged 570 in 2004 (Oberliga).
Friends FC St.Pauli. Many of the original fans had similar roots with the Paulistas, i.e. dock workers and merchant seamen.
Foes ETSV Altona are the local rivals, along with Union 03
Heroes Adolf Jäger. Jäger was the club's greatest player, capped 18 times for Germany in the early years of 1908-24.
Beer Astra from Bavaria St.Pauli and Holsten, both popular Hamburg brewskis. "3 beers for 10 DM" was the highlight of the 1999 derby against ETSV.
Grub and Pub The club maintains it's own pub, which has been recommended.
The Net is an "independent fan site" that enjoys quasi official status. Another fan site is

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Nord	4th
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Nord	3rd
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Nord	10th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Nord	8th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Nord	16th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Hamburg	6th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Hamburg	10th
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Hamburg	16th
1971-72	(IV)	2.Amateurliga Hamburg	1st
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Hamburg	7th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Hamburg	5th
1974-75	(IV)	Landesliga Hamburg	2nd
1975-76	(IV)	Landesliga Hamburg	2nd
1976-77	(IV)	Landesliga Hamburg	2nd
1977-78	(IV)	Landesliga Hamburg	3rd
1978-79	(IV)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	6th
1979-80	(IV)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	13th
1980-81	(IV)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	16th
1981-82	(V)	Landesliga H-Hammonia	2nd
1982-83	(V)	Landesliga H-Hammonia	1st
1983-84	(IV)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	2nd
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	11th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	4th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	11th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	11th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	5th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	10th
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	12th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	14th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord	14th
1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	7th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg/SH	3rd
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg/SH	1st
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	15th 
1997-98	(V)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	13th
1998-99	(V)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	13th
1999-00	(V)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	2nd
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	3rd
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Hamburg	1st
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg/SH	8th
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg/SH	2nd
2004-05 (IV)    Oberliga Nord		12th
2005-06 (IV)    Oberliga Nord		7th
2006-07 (IV)    Oberliga Nord		5th
2007-08 (IV)    Oberliga Nord		2nd
2008-09 (IV)    Regionalliga Nord	16th
2009-10	(V)

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany