TuRu Düsseldorf

A small Düsseldorf club in the shadow of Fortuna.

The club was actually founded in 1905 as FK Union Düsseldorf. Where the 1880 comes from, nobody knows, perhaps it's the birthday of one of the founders. Through a merger with VfR Düsseldorf in 1919 it became TuRu.

The 1930s were among the most successful for the club, as they made the jump into the Gauliga in 1935, and lasted 7 seasons.

After WW-II, there was brief regional 2nd division status before TuRu disappeared into the netherworld of the various Niederrhein amateur divisions. By the 1990s, TuRu had reestablished themselves at least on the radar, and then by the jump to the Oberliga in 2004, TuRu was only one division below Fortuna.

Full Name Turn- und Rasensport Union 1880 e.V. Düsseldorf
City Düsseldorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 571,000 (2002)
Address Feuerbachstr. 82, 40223 Düsseldorf
Phone: 0211-334322, Fax: 0211-330080
e-mail: info@turu-duesseldorf.de
Colors All white, blue lettering.
Nickname Die Tauben (The Doves)
Stadium Stadion Feuerbachstrasse. Capacity: 8,000
Through the 1950s, they played at the Oberbilker Allee (Capacity: 16,000).
Tickets 6 euros standing, 10 euros seats (2004). Match day program "Turu Aktuell" is free.
Supporters Averaged 609 in 2004 (Verbandsliga), up to 923 in 2006 (Oberliga)
3 organized fan groups (3 Supporters-Clubs (Blueclan 04, Blau-Weiss 99, Sextouristen Düsseldorf)
Friends 1. FC Kleve
Foes 1. FC Bocholt, Bonner SC, KFC Uerdingen
Heroes Actually 2 German internationals, Josef Lüke (2 caps, 1923) and Hans Mengel (1 cap, 1938).
Zeroes Vlatko Glavas (former Player and Coach)
Beer Schlösser Alt (locally brewed and served in Stadium and pub). Düsseldorf is famous for it's Alt style beers.
Pub Grub "A "Biergarten" right to the main stand (beer, softdrinks, sausages, steaks, chicken wings etc.) The proprietor is famous for his Croatian self distilled liquor. There is also a pub (Vereinslokal) behind the main stand.
The Net Official site: www.turu-duesseldorf.de. Nice site, but no historical info.

Recent History:

1988-89	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	7th
1989-90	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	7th
1990-91	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	15th
1991-92	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-2	12th
1992-93	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	6th
1993-94	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	1st
1994-95	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	6th
1995-96	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	7th
1996-97	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	7th
1997-98	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	9th
1998-99	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	14th
1999-00	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein		2nd
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	10th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	14th
2002-03	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein		1st
2003-04	(V)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	1st
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		10th
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		15th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein		11th
2007-08 (IV)    Oberliga Nordrhein

Additional info courtesy: Thomas Neubauer

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