The history of the club is somewhat mysterious, to the point that the club website has a detailed historical analysis. And I mean detailed, about 200 pages!! And that only runs to 1960...In general, it would seem like that two "Ballspielvereine" got together in 1909 to form a single club. Throughout the years there were more mergers and even divorces, but by 1934, the club was known as SG Wattenscheid. Nevertheless, the club was unable to achieve anything, until they finally got pomoted to the gauliga Westfalen in 1944, only for Allied bombers to pretty much put an end to the season. After WWII, the club was clearly 2nd class, and it wasn't until the mid 1970s when W09 began moving up into the 2nd division. At this time, they pulled somewhat of a coup by enticing Argentine international Carlos Babington to join. Several non-descript years followed until in 1990 they were sensationally promoted into the Bundesliga. Under the leadership of coach Hannes Bongartz, they defied the odds and managed to last four seasons.
1998-99 brought relegation back to the 3rd division. Despite some decent efforts, they weren't good enough. They easily qualified for the new combined Regionalliga the next season. But things continued to go downhill. By 2007, Wattenscheid was relegated once again, dropping down to the 5th division Verbandsliga, the lowest point in history.
|Fullname||Sportgemeinschaft Wattenscheid 1909 e.V.|
|City||Bochum (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 390,000 (2002). Wattenscheid was once an independent township, and was merged in 1975.|
|Address||Postfach 600413, Lohrheidestr. 82, 44866 Bochum. Phone: (0 23 27) 32 11 06.|
|Colors||All sorts, but basically yellow with black trim. Everynow and then they throw in some reds to confuse people.|
Lohrheide-Stadion. Capacity: 19,500 (4,800 seats)|
Between 7-13 euros (2004). Almost always available, despite the small park
A very small bunch. They draw horrible for what has been a decent team
many times. Averaged 1,600 in 2004 (Regionalliga).
Soleyman Sane scored 39 times in the Bundesliga for W09, midfielder
Fink another 25 times. Carlos Babington was perhaps the first Argentine international to play in Germany.
||Pub Grub ||
Kicker Sportmagazin voted Wattenscheid as having the best
Bratwurst in the 2.Liga back in 1999.
|| The Net
Official site at
www.sgwattenscheid09.de. However, long serving is a
semi-official site as well
Recent History: -------------- 1963-64 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen 12th 1964-65 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen 14th 1965-66 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen 4th 1966-67 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen 4th 1967-68 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen 3rd 1968-69 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen 1st 1969-70 (II) Regionalliga West 8th 1970-71 (II) Regionalliga West 13th 1971-72 (II) Regionalliga West 12th 1972-73 (II) Regionalliga West 5th 1973-74 (II) Regionalliga West 1st 1974-75 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 7th 1975-76 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 8th 1976-77 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 15th 1977-78 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 6th 1978-79 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 10th 1979-80 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 5th 1980-81 (II) 2.Bundesliga Nord 10th 1981-82 (II) 2.Bundesliga 17th 1860 Munchen denied license 1982-83 (II) 2.Bundesliga 15th 1983-84 (II) 2.Bundesliga 15th 1984-85 (II) 2.Bundesliga 10th 1985-86 (II) 2.Bundesliga 9th 1986-87 (II) 2.Bundesliga 11th 1987-88 (II) 2.Bundesliga 4th 1988-89 (II) 2.Bundesliga 6th 1989-90 (II) 2.Bundesliga 2nd 1990-91 (I) Bundesliga 11th 1991-92 (I) Bundesliga 16th 1992-93 (I) Bundesliga 14th 1993-94 (I) Bundesliga 17th 1994-95 (II) 2.Bundesliga 9th 1995-96 (II) 2.Bundesliga 13th 1996-97 (III) Regionalliga West/SW 1st 1997-98 (II) 2.Bundesliga 14th 1998-99 (II) 2.Bundesliga 17th 1999-00 (III) Regionalliga West/SW 5th 2000-01 (III) Regionalliga Nord 11th 2001-02 (III) Regionalliga Nord 4th 2002-03 (III) Regionalliga Nord 4th 2004-05 (IV) Oberliga Westfalen 1st 2005-06 (III) Regionalliga Nord 16th 2006-07 (IV) Oberliga Westfalen 16th 2007-08 (V) Verbandsliga Westfalen
(c) Abseits Guide to Germany