SC Herford

A small club (soccer-wise) that might have been something.

The club was founded in 1972 when SuS Herford and Herforder SC merged. Things started moving upwards quickly, and by the late 1970s they were playing in the 2.Liga Nord. Although it was a constant relegation battle, they were among the elite of Westfalen clubs. However, by 1981, mediocrity had set in and they've been left behind by other Westfalen towns, such as Bielefeld, Ahlen, Gütersloh, Paderborn etc. By 2006, they were playing down int the 7th Division, which is pretty sad for a club that was once in the 2.Liga...

Full Name Sport-Club Herford e.V.
City Herford (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 65,097 (2002).
A few miles NE of Bielefeld.
Address Postfach 2624, 32016 Herford
Phone: 05221-53405
Colors White jersey, blue shorts, white socks
Stadium Ludwig-Jahn-Stadion. Capacity: 18,000 (1,300 seats)
The original was built in 1936, holding about 1936. After WW-II it was used as a prisoner-of-war camp. It was in such bad shape that it was torn down in 1955 and a new stadium was built a few hundred yards away, holding 15,000. The locals declared it "the prettiest stadium between Dortmund and Hannover", a slap in the face to nearby Bielefeld. After some renovation in the 1960s, some decent crowds showed up in the 2.Liga days. However, with relegation tings started rapidly downhill. By 1998, it was now "the greatest ruin between Dortmund and Hannover", and was completely renovated. It's again considered very nice, although the soccer attendance is tiny. They did draw over 17,000 for the finals of "Spiel ohne Grenzen", which is basically a bunch of yokels in teams making idiots of themselves on obstacle courses.
Supporters Maybe a couple hundred. Sad decline from sellouts against Bielefeld in 2.Liga days.
Beer Local brewery Herforder
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: No useful info (2004).
Don't seem to care about the soccer club, since they don't even bother to have the scores or team lineup.

Recent History:

1972-73	(IV)	Landesliga Westfalen-1		1st
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		2nd
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		2nd
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		1st
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		14th
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		17th
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		1st
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		17th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		16th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		14th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		11th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		6th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		8th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		15th
1986-87	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	13th
1987-88	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	11th
1988-89	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	7th
1989-90	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	13th
1990-91	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	7th
1991-92	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	7th
1992-93	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	3rd
1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	6th
1994-95	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	6th
1995-96	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	10th
1996-97	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	8th
1997-98	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	5th
1998-99	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	1st
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Westfalen		4th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Westfalen		17th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	6th
2002-03	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	
2003-04	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	
2004-05	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	
2005-06	(VI)	Landesliga Westfalen-Ost	15th
2006-07	(VII)	Bezirksliga Westfalen-1		11th
2007-08	(VII)	Bezirksliga Westfalen-1		

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