SpVgg Bayern Hof

Founded in 1910 as Ballspielclub Hof, in 1913 it was known as FC Britannia until it became FC Bayern shortly thereafter (thanks to WWI). The club was relatively successful in norhern Bavaria, but always in the shadow of powerhouse 1.FC Nurnberg.

The strongest period of the club was perhaps the 10 years from the mid 1960s to 1970s. Led by forward Bobby Breuer, Hof was a powerhouse in the 2nd division Regionalliga Sud, but by the end peetered out relegated from the 2.Liga Sud into the Bayernliga, where they've pretty much been stuck since. An interesting sidenote is that in 1969, Hof played Hapoel Nahariya, which is claimed to be the first meeting of a German and Israeli side.

In 2005, FC Bayern merged with SpVgg Hof. Although the latter did have a football section, they were never much of a force. They first started playing in 1893, but were only in the top regional flight a couple of seasons in the 1920s. In 1966 they made it to the Bayernliga, but were immediately relegated and vanished from football.

Full Name Spielvereiniggung Bayern Hof 1910 e.V.
City Hof (Bayern). Pop: 49,904 (2011)
Address Oelsnitzer Straße 101, D-95028 Hof E-Mail: info@bayern-hof.de
Colors Yellow jersey, black shorts, yellow socks.
Nickname Der sympathische FC Bayern ("The sympathetic FC Bayern"), a nice play on their more (in)famous namesake...
Stadium Grüne Au Capacity: 20,000 (2,135 seats)
Construction started in 1913, although they planted potatoes in the field in 1916 during WWI. FCB purchased the stadium outright in 1930, but in 1980 it was sold to the city. The Tribune was added in 1949. The attendance record is 19,100 for a promotion playoff against RW Essen in 1968.
Tickets From 8.50-12.50 euros (2012)
Supporters Averaged 656 (2010), 1,114 (Bayernliga, 2008), 682 in 2004 (Oberliga). Obviously way down from the 70s.
Foes Franz Anders an ex-player and club president in the late 1960/70s, when FCB was at it's peak. He organized Hof's Israel-tour in 1969, the first German club to make a visit. (A documentary film, "08397B" has been made about this.) His property company is a club sponsor, and he's also written a club history, with insider information.
Beer Scherdel, from the sponsor Scherdel-Privatbrauerei . There are some 5 local breweries. Another sponsor, Veldensteiner , just down the road. So maybe they have more beer sponsors than fans, woohoo!
Pub Grub The Grüne Au has it's own Gaststätte.
The Net Official site: www.bayern-hof.de
It's pretty nice, including an online museum. For a few years, there was no official site. Instead, a decent fan page www.fc-bayern-hof.de . This is actually from a Berlin based fan club, assumed quasi-official status.

Recent History:

2012-13 (IV)    Regionalliga Bayern
2011-12 (V)     Oberliga Bayern         2nd
2010-11	(V)	Oberliga Bayern		15th	

2009-10 (IV)    Oberliga Bayern		10th
2008-09 (IV)    Oberliga Bayern		10th
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		15th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		12th	
2005-06	(V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
2004-05	(V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		17th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		12th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		4th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		14th

1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		4th
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		14th
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		10th
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		11th
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		4th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		14th
1993-94	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
1992-93	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	2nd
1991-92	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	3rd
1990-91	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	3rd

1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	15th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	13th
1987-88	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
1986-87	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	3rd
1985-86	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	6th
1984-85	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	3rd
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	17th
1982-83	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
1981-82	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	4th
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	15th

1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	6th
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	17th
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	12th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	9th
1974-75	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	4th
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	9th
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	12th
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	2nd
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	13th

1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	4th
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	3rd
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	1st
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	2nd
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	9th
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	9th
1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	13th

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