Rot-Weiss Oberhausen


Founded 1904 is a fairly pesky and annoying club. They were implicated in the scandals of the early 70s, although not with a smoking gun like Bielefeld or Offenbach. RWO spent a long time rebuilding their reputation.

In December of 1904, Emschertaler SV and Oberhausener TV 1873 got together to form Oberhausener SV. In January 1923, the Duisburg club Styrumer BV merged, and the club was now known as SV 1904 Oberhausen-Styrum. This however only lasted for some 6 months, as many members left to form 1.FC Mülheim-Styrum. The remainder stayed on, and renamed the club to SC Rot_Weiß Oberhausen in 1934. During the Nazi era, RWO was a decent club in the Gauliga Niederrhein, but that division was essentially owned by Fortuna Düsseldorf, so there wasn't much to achieve.

After WWII, RWO eventually established itself in the top regional Oberliga West, and was a founding memeber of the new Regionalliga West in 1963. In the early 1970s, RWO played 3 seasons in the Bundesliga, before finally dropping in 1973. Basically, it was a workhorse team of no-names, although Lothar Kobluhn did manage to win the scoring title for the Bundesliga one season. There were accusations of attempted bribery to sully the name of the club. The DFB penalized RWO 5 points (on 2 pt scale) before the start of the 72/73 season, which was essentially automatic relegation. The next season they finished runner-up in the Regionalliga West, but crashed out in the promotion playoffs. 1975 saw a disaster in the new 2.Liga Nord and relegation down to the 3rd division.

The elevator ride continued as after a few seasons in the 3rd, RWO was back in the 2nd division for about 5 seasons in the 1980s. However, once again the taint of scandal brought a close to the chapter, as financial difficulties led to the DFB denying a professional license. By 1990, RWO had fallen to the 4th division.

Club management started to clean things up, and the club stabilized, so by 1998, they were back at the 2nd level. The 1998-99 season started off poorly, and the pundits prediction of a quick drop to the 3rd division looke pretty obvious, with RWO dead last. But then a new coach, Alexander Ristic, managed to turn things around, and the team put together a great unbeaten run that carried them out of the hole. Although things remained tight, there was little doubt they would stay up, despite a weak finish. As things stabilized, it's not unbelievable to think that RWO may once again make an appearance in the top flight. The 5th place finish in 2004 seemed to indicate that. But the 2.Liga is merciless, and if you miss the boat, don't be surprised if you miss everything...Oberhausen was relegated in 2005.

Fullname Sport-Club Rot-Weiß Oberhausen e.V.
City Oberhausen (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 222,000 (2002).
Address Rechenacker 62, 46049 Oberhausen
Phone: (0208) 25730
Colors Red and white. Away uniform White shirt, light green horizontal stripes, white pants, light green socks.
Nickname Die Kleeblätter (four leaf clovers)
Stadium Niederrheinstadion. Capacity: 21,318 (4,039 seats)
Built in 1926. From the visiting side, you can look into the harbour. The advertising board was apparently bought from Bayer Leverkusen when they refurbished their stadium.
Tickets 7.50-22 euros (2004)
Supporters Things slowly looking up, averaged about 6,300 in 2004 (2.Liga). About 27 registered fan clubs listed on web site.
Friends
Foes Heated rivalries with other Ruhr teams, Duisburg, Essen, Bochum, Schalke etc.
Heroes 3 German internationals. Willy Jürissen (6 caps in th 30s), Jürgen Sundermann (1 cap in 1960). Also Erich Juskowiak, from the 50s, capped once for RWO, another 30 for Düsseldorf. Midfielder Lothar Kobluhn sensationally won the scoring title in 1971 with 24 goals - 12 in the last 8 games to save RWO by 1 goal.
Zeroes
Pub Grub RWO runs it own Gaststätte from the club house.
Beer König-Pilsner is a sponsor. www.koenig.de
The Net An official web site, RWO-Online, got started late, but is fairly decent: www.rwo-online.de .

Recent History:
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1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga West		7th
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga West		4th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga West		4th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga West		6th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga West		3rd
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga West		1st
1969-70	(I)	Bundesliga			14th
1970-71	(I)	Bundesliga			16th
1971-72	(I)	Bundesliga			15th
1972-73	(I)	Bundesliga			18th
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga West		2nd
1974-75	(II)	2.Liga Nord			18th
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		5th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		8th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		2nd
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
1979-80	(II)	2.Liga Nord			15th
1980-81	(II)	2.Liga Nord			14th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		4th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
1983-84	(II)	2.Liga				16th
1984-85	(II)	2.Liga				12th
1985-86	(II)	2.Liga				11th
1986-87	(II)	2.Liga				16th
1987-88	(II)	2.Liga				16th	license denied
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		19th
1989-90	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	14th
1990-91	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	5th
1991-92	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	3rd
1992-93	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	1st
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		7th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga W/SW		8th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga W/SW		2nd
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga W/SW		1st
1998-99	(II)	2.Liga				12th
1999-00	(II)	2.Liga				6th
2000-01	(II)	2.Liga				12th
2001-02	(II)	2.Liga				12th
2002-03 (II)	2.Liga				14th
2003-04 (II)	2.Liga				5th
2004-05 (II)	2.Liga				16th
2005-06	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		17th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		1st
2007-08	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		2nd
2008-09	(II)	2.Liga				9th
2009-10	(II)	2.Liga				14th
2010-11 (II)    2.Liga				17th
2011-12	(III)	3.Liga

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