SpVgg Erkenschwick

Founded 1916 as Sportverein Erkenschwick, this scrappy little club has managed to hang on despite miniscule budget, and present problems for much bigger clubs. In 1922 they merged with Blau-Weiss Oer to become the present club. The most successful years were arguably immediately after WWII, when the club did well in west regional leagues. Horst Szymaniak played in the 1st team as a youth player, before transferring to Wuppertal and eventually playing 43 times for the German national squad.

In recent years, Erkenschwick has stood fast with basically an amateur status, despite the increasing costs of competing at the semi-professional level. In 1997, FC Schalke played Erkenschwick in a benefit game to help the club avoid bankruptcy.

Erkenschwick generally established themselves as a solid 3rd division club. They even made a couple appearances in the 2nd division, although this proved to be too difficult

By 1998-99 however, the magic was gone, and they could no longer hide the fact that they were a crap team. So they got the boot. The subsequent season was also a failure, as they were relegated again. In recent years, they've been kicking around in the 5th division, perhaps the lowest in club history.

Fullname Spielvereingung 1916 Erkenschwick e.V.
City Oer-Erkenschwick (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 30,500 (2002)
Address Postfach 1344, 45734 Oer-Erkenschwick
Phone: (02368) 1462 Fax: (02368) 988927. Dial 4244 for the clubhouse, which is generally open M-F from 4pm-10pm.
Colors Red/black vertical striped jerseys, black pants, red socks; Also all red with black trim, red white horizontal striped socks.
Stadium Stimberg. Capacity: 20,000 (1,500 seats)
Built in 1930 as the Hindenburg-Kampfbahn, it's now named after the hill that's the highest in the region (156m). It was known for a long time as the "stadium without a train station" among visiting fans, because it was a pain to get to without a car.
Tickets Readily available.
Supporters A supporters group, Schwarzrote Ruhrpottmonster.
Foes The traditional rivals appear to be Preussen Muenster and Wuppertaler SV.
Beer Bier-Kwik, a home brew supply company is a sponsor.
Pub Grub The official pub for the supporters is Die Ballerbude.
The Net The official soccer page is www.spvgg-erkenschwick.de , managed by Alfons Manikowski.

1963-64	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/NO	13th
1964-65	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/NO	1st
1965-66	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/NO	2nd
1966-67	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/NO	1st
1967-68	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/NO	1st
1968-69	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/NO	2nd
1969-70	(III)	Regionalliga West		15th
1970-71	(III)	Regionalliga West		15th
1971-72	(III)	Regionalliga West		6th
1972-73	(III)	Regionalliga West		10th
1973-74	(III)	Regionalliga West		11th
1974-75	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		16th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		18th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen		5th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen		2nd
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		3rd
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		1st
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		21st
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		3rd
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		10th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		7th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		10th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		7th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		1st
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		5th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		11th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		11th
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		10th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		6th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		7th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		4th
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		11th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		11th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		13th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		15th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		16th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Westfalen		15th
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/SW	2nd	
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen/SW	5th
2002-03	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-SW	6th
2003-04	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-SW	1st
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Westfalen		12th
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga Westfalen		15th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Westfalen		12th
2007-08 (IV)    Oberliga Westfalen

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