SpVgg Bayreuth

A small club in northern Bavaria that for a moment almost made it to the big time.

The club was founded in 1921 when the soccer section of TuSpo Bayreuth decided to rid itself of gymnastic influence and split to form an independant club. However success on the field was modest, as the club failed to make an impact and remained mired in the amateur ranks. In 1933 SpVgg was banned by the Nazis for Arbeitersport (worker's sport), and it wasn't until after WW-II that the club could start again.

Generally just a regional Bavarian squad, Bayreuth was on the verge of a breakthrough in the 1970s. The highpoint was probably 1979, when Bayreuth finished 2nd in the 2.Liga-Süd. In the promotion playoff to the Bundesliga, they were beaten by Bayer Uerdingen (1-1,1-2). The misery of others helped out in the late 1980s: twice relegated in 1988 and 1989, they were reprived as Oberhausen and then Offenbach were denied licenses.

Full Name Spielvereinigung Bayreuth 1921 e.V.
City Bayreuth (Bayern). Pop: 74,500 (2002).
Address Jakobstraße 33, 95447 Bayreuth
Phone: 0921-67787
Colors Yellow jersey, black shorts, yellow socks
Nickname Die Altstädter
Stadium Städtisches Stadion Am Ellrodtweg. Capacity: 21,500 (3,500 seats
Built in 1967, in 2002 the stadium was renamed Hans-Walter-Wild-Stadion. Wild was mayor of Bayreuth from 1958-88, and was a major driver in building up sports in the town. Previous SpVgg had played at the Jakobshöhe (1925, capacity 10,000). This was torn down in 2000.
Tickets 9.00 euros for seated, 6.50 euros for standing (2005).
Supporters Averaged 881 in 2004 (Oberliga).
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.spvgg-bayreuth.de

Recent History:

1963-64	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	5th
1964-65	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	3rd
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	11th
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	8th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	5th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	1st
1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Sud	16th
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	1st
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	13th
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	4th
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
1974-75	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	9th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	5th
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	14th
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	4th
1978-79	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	2nd
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	13th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	9th
1981-82	(II)	2.Bundesliga		20th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	3rd
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	4th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	1st
1985-86	(II)	2.Bundesliga		18th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	3rd
1987-88	(II)	2.Bundesliga		17th
1988-89	(II)	2.Bundesliga		17th
1989-90	(II)	2.Bundesliga		18th
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	14th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	9th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	13th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	12th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		2nd
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		2nd
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		2nd
1997-98	(V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		17th
2000-01	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		7th	
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		4th	
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		7th	
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		1st
2005-06	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	10th
2006-07	(III)	Oberliga Bayern		3rd
2007-08	(III)	Oberliga Bayern		3rd

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: www.abseits-soccer.com