1.FC Union Solingen

This club was "reconstituted" in 1990, based on an earlier Union Solingen that was founded back in 1897. With some 600 members, Solingen has managed to play are fairly strong role in the local scene, getting up to 2.Liga levels.

The orginal club was based on mergers with various clubs in the Ohligs area, such as OFC 06, VfR Ohligs, Walder Ballspielverein and BV Adler Ohligs. In 1949, is was refounded as Union Ohligs and began to play professionally in the 2nd division. With a merger with VfL Wald in 1973, they became SG Union Solingen. Success would come quickly, and the most successful period of Solingen soccer started. Union gained promotion into the 2.Liga, and played for some 15 years. However, by the end, they were relegated and exhausted financially, leading to bankruptcy. In 1990, they threw in the towel and were refounded as 1.FC Union Solingen

Financial success however has been elusive. In 1999, the club went through bankruptcy once again. They eventually came out of administration and continued. Again in 2007, they initialized bankruptcy proceedings, but were able to avoid going into administration.

Fullname 1.Fußball-Club Union Solingen e.V.
City Solingen (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 162,685 (2007). The club is based in the Ohligs district.
Address Naturpark 20, Postfach 11 09 62, 42697 Solingen/Ohligs
Phone: (0212) 71754
Colors Yellow shirts, blue pants, yellow socks.
Stadium Stadion Am Herman-Löns-Weg. Capacity: 15,000
This standard football stadium was built in 1929, and then refurbished in 1950 and 1985. Capacity is limited to 5,000 these days, due to a city ordinance in June 2006.
Tickets Relatively cheap, 6-10 euros, with "VIP" tickets 20 euros (2004). For the Verbandsliga (2007), prices were 5-8 euros.
Supporters Averaged 1,641 in 2004 (Oberliga). In 2.Liga years, attendance ranged from 2-5,000. The club itself has about 600 registered members.
Foes Wuppertaler SV
Beer Hasseröder. An ex-GDR beer was the main sponsor, rare for a west based team.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.unionsolingen.de
Among fansites, www.blaugelbeinvasion.de , an "official" fan club. Also, a bit bizarre, more like a fan-forum and photo site, www.northside-nuns.de

Recent History:
		SC Union Ohligs

1965-66	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	2nd
1966-67	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	3rd
1967-68	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	3rd
1968-69	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	1st
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		3rd
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		8th
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		7th
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		1st
----> OSC

		OSC Solingen

1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga West		15th	
----> SG Union

		SG Union Solingen

1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		1st
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord		13th
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord		19th
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord		9th
1978-79	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord		9th
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord		9th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord		7th
1981-82	(II)	2.Bundesliga			16th
1982-83	(II)	2.Bundesliga			16th
1983-84	(II)	2.Bundesliga			5th
1984-85	(II)	2.Bundesliga			6th
1985-86	(II)	2.Bundesliga			15th
1986-87	(II)	2.Bundesliga			12th
1987-88	(II)	2.Bundesliga			15th
1988-89	(II)	2.Bundesliga			20th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein		18th	
---->bankruptcy, 1.FC Union

		1.FC Union Solingen

1990-91	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	4th
1991-92	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	11th
1992-93	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	9th
1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	1st
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		13th
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		14th
1996-97 (V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	12th
1997-98	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederhein		15th
1998-99	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-2
1999-00	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-2	1st
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	4th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	1st
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		14th
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		13th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		8th
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		14th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		17th
2007-08	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein

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