TSV Havelse

The club was founded in 1912 in the Gastwirtschaft "Wildhage" as FC Pelikan-Havelse. Apparently the public response to the 13 youngsters was underwhelming, and they were a bit unsure of the process. They scraped together 7.50 Reichsmarks and bought a ball, which was a "Pelikan" brand; hence the club name. The First World War took a heavy toll on the pelicans, and although they tried to get started after the war, they finally threw in the towel in 1923.

In 1929, the gymnastics club TSV Havelse was founded, and in 1933 they were joined by the remaining isolated pelicans. Not much happened in terms of success, although in 1956 they were kicked out of the old Amateurliga Niedersachsen-West for "violations against the amateur statute".

The late 1980s saw an upswing in club fortunes, and in 1990 a last minute goal led to a 3-2 win over Wuppertaler SV in the promotion playoffs, and TSV was in the 2.Liga. It wasn't much of a success, although they did average around 3,500 per game. After many years in the top level of the regional amatuer leagues, TSV dropped down in 2001, and remain mired at the lower levels.

Full Name Turn- und Sportverein Havelse 1912 e.V.
City Garbsen (Niedersachsen). Pop: 63,271 (2002)
Town in the NW suburbs of Hannover. Havelse is a nearby village.
Address Hannoversche Str. 90 - 92, 30823 Garbsen
Phone: 05137-10451
Colors All red.
Stadium Wilhelm-Langehr-Kampfbahn. Capacity: 6,000
Built in 1933, The players rented a field from a farmer named Moorhoff for 100 marks, and proceeded to build the soccer facilty. Until 2000, it was officially known as TSV-Kampfbahn and der Hannoverschen Straße. Until the 1950s, a leftover railways car served as the changing room.
Supporters Not much.
Heroes Volker Finke was the coach who led them to promotion to the 2.Liga. Now he is famous as long serving coach of Sc Freiburg.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.tsv-havelse.de

Recent History:

1980-81	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niedersachsen	3rd
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		10th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		6th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		4th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		15th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		16th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		7th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		9th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		1st
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		2nd
1990-91	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		19th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		16th
1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niedersachsen	4th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Bremen	3rd
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Brmen	6th
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Brmen	10th
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Brmen	4th
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Bremen	5th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Bremen	4th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen/Bremen	15th

2004-05	(VI)	Landesliga Hannover		1st
2007-08 (V)	Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-West	3rd
2007-08 (V)	Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-West	4th
2007-08 (V)	Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-West	

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