FC Remscheid

This club has been an amalgamation of various clubs. One of the originals was orginally founded way back in 1908 as BV 08 Lüttringhausen, and was renamed BVL Remscheid in 1985. The other root was VfB Marathon Remscheid, founded in 1906. These guys merged with BV Remscheid (not BVL) in 1971. The VfB and BVL merged in 1990 to become the new FC Remscheid. Success brought them into the 2.Liga Nord, but the flight was short lived.

As the leading club of Remscheid, FCR continued the rivalry with nearby Union Solingen and Wuppertaler SV, often with good results. Nevertheless, continuous financial pressure forced the club to consider the unthinkable in the offseason of 97-98: possible merger with Wuppertaler SV, also in financial problems. This solution was quickly squashed by both club memberships.

In September 1998, disaster struck. Faced with over 1.5 million DM in debts, the club decided to abandon Regionalliga soccer in mid-season. The fight against bankruptcy continues, to at least salvage the youth team and club structure. At the last minute, they managed to raise enough money to stave off collapse. Of course, the season was already in the toilet, and they finished dead last. So all things considered, the next season in the Oberliga has to be counted as a success. However, it would only be a respite, as FCR would soon fall down to the 6th division.

Fullname Fußball-Club Remscheid e.V.
City Remscheid (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 118,005 (2007). Between Düsseldorf and Wuppertal.
Address Postfach 110446, 42861 Remscheid
Phone: (02191) 60 10 2
Colors Blue and white
Stadium Röntgenstadion. Capacity: 12,463 (2,200 seats)
The original was simply the Sportplatz Lennep, which was built in 1925, and held about 5,000. In 1982 the stadium was refurbished to support BVL in the 2.Liga. It was named after the physicist Wilhelm X, the founder of the Röntgen ray. Or was it the other way around? :) In any case, even though he had nothing to do with sport, he was born in Lennep.
Tickets 4-6 euros (2004)
Supporters given the recent hard times, the Remscheid supporters have been hard pressed. Nevertheless, their determination essentially saved the club in 1998.
Foes Regional rivals are Union Solingen and Wuppertaler SV. In recent years, however, even the derby with WSV has failed to attract crowds.
Pub Grub The club pub is "Restaurant Kockenberg" at Lüttringhauser Str.154
The Net Michael Hannig's page at www.fcremscheid.de is the only one I was able to find. Apparently it is being turned into the official site as well.

Recent History:

		VfB Marathon 06 Remscheid

1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		8th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		2nd
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		7th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		12th
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		13th
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		2nd	
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		2nd
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		2nd
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		12th
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		9th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		6th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		3rd
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		11th
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		14th
1980-81	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	15th
1984-85	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1
1985-86	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	2nd
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		6th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		11th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		16th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		15th
----> FC Remscheid

		BV Lüttringhausen

1976-77	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	2nd
1977-78	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	2nd
1978-79	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	2nd
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		3rd
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		4th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
1982-83	(II)	2.Bundesliga			13th
1983-84	(II)	2.Bundesliga			20th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		2nd	as BVL Remscheid
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
1986-87	(II)	2.Bundesliga			18th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		2nd
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		5th
----> FC Remscheid

		FC Remscheid

1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		8th
1992-93	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		23rd
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		8th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		2nd
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		2nd
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		15th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		13th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW		17th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		4th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		16th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	7th
2002-03 (V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein
2003-04	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein, Gr.1
2004-05	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein, Gr.1
2005-06	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein, Gr.1	3rd
2006-07	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein, Gr.1	2nd
2007-08	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein, Gr.1

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