DJK Gütersloh

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DJK Gütersloh
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Club crest
Full name German Youth Force
Gütersloh 1923 eV
place Gütersloh , North Rhine-Westphalia
Founded 1923
Dissolved unknown
Club colors blue White
Stadion Heidewaldstadion
Top league 2nd Bundesliga
successes Westphalia Champion 1969

The DJK Gütersloh (officially: Deutsche Jugend-Kraft Gütersloh 1923 eV ) is a sports club from the Gütersloh district of Kattenstroth with twelve departments, including volleyball , badminton , table tennis , water aerobics and football tennis . After the three departments tennis, unicycle and fitness were closed in 2012 and the associated loss of around 100 members, the DJK had almost 700 members at the beginning of 2013.

The football department merged on May 12, 1978 with that of SVA Gütersloh to form FC Gütersloh , the predecessor club of today's FC Gütersloh . The first soccer team played for two years in the then second-class 2nd Bundesliga . The home ground was the Heidewald Stadium .


Structural development

The association was founded in 1923 and changed its name to VfK Gütersloh a few years later . In 1935, VfK joined the Arminia Gütersloh sports club , which merged with the 1918 Gütersloh sports club in August 1945 to become SV Arminia Gütersloh. In 1953 the clubs DJK Blau-Weiß Gütersloh and DJK Gütersloh-Süd split off from SV Arminia. Both clubs belonged to the Association of German Youth Power and merged in 1963 to form the DJK Gütersloh.

Promotion to the regional league (1963 to 1969)

At the same time as the merger in 1963, the company was promoted to the district class for the first time. A year later, the furniture manufacturer Willy Stickling began his financial commitment to the “blues”, as the DJK players were called. Stickling had previously offered to the local rival SVA, but received a rebuff there. In 1965 the DJK rose to the state league . The playoff for the championship in the district class was won in neutral Brackwede against VfL Schildesche 5-2.

In the state league, the Gütersloher were runner-up behind local rivals Arminia in 1967. In 1968 the DJK, derided by the supporters of Arminia as "church elf", rose to the association league . The “blues” immediately became champions of their season under their new coach Günter Luttrop and defeated SG Wattenscheid 09 in neutral Hamm with 3-1 in the final of the Westphalia Championship . In the promotion round to the regional league, the DJK only came third, but benefited from the fact that the western regional league clubs Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and Rot-Weiss Essen were promoted to the Bundesliga , thus freeing up an additional place in the regional league.

The promotion to the regional league was not without controversy. Some purists among the club members were of the opinion that the club as a member of the German youth force had no place in paid football. In 1969, in an article about the association, the kicker asked when “the church had something for money”. For the regional league, the team had to leave their previous home ground, Ludwig-Wolker-Platz on Schledebrückstraße, and moved to the Heidewaldstadion.

To the second division and back (1969 to 1978)

In terms of sport, the "blues" were able to establish themselves in the midfield of the regional league and achieved the best position in the 1970/71 season with eighth place. In addition to the derbies against SVA and Arminia Bielefeld, the highlights were the home games against Borussia Dortmund , which the DJK won in the 1972/73 and 1973/74 seasons. In 1974 the DJK qualified for the newly created 2nd Bundesliga.

During the summer break, the city of Gütersloh held merger talks with the DJK and SV Arminia, but these failed. So that the DJK could even play in the 2nd Bundesliga, the city granted a loan of 180,000 D-Marks . The granting of the loan was not without controversy, the SPD and FDP were against it, the CDU voted in favor. After a 14th place in the 1974/75 season , relegation to the association league followed a year later as the penultimate. The "blues" achieved respectable success with victories against the champions of 1975 Hannover 96 and an away win at the master tennis Borussia Berlin a year later.

Financially stricken, it was only enough for placements in the midfield. In 1978 the team qualified eighth for the newly created Oberliga Westfalen . There, however, the DJK no longer competed. The right to play was transferred to the merger club FC Gütersloh.

The DJK in the DFB Cup

The DJK qualified for the DFB Cup three times. While the DJK was eliminated in the second round with 2: 6 at Rot-Weiss Essen in 1974/75 , the team reached the third round in each of the following two years. Rot-Weiss Essen, however, should remain the only cup opponent from the first Bundesliga. In the 1975/76 season , the DJK retired after a 2: 3 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld, while a year later the end was made by a 0: 6 defeat against FC 08 Homburg . The game against Homburg was the only home game in the DFB Cup history of the DJK.



Second division player of the DJK

The following list shows all football players who have played at least one game in the 2nd Bundesliga for DJK Gütersloh. The first number in brackets indicates the number of games, the second number the number of goals.

Other former players


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hardy Green , Christian Karn: The big book of the German football clubs . AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-362-2 , p. 193.
  2. ^ German Sports Club for Football Statistics (ed.): Football in West Germany 1963 / 64–1965 / 66 . 2018, p. 178 .

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