RKC Waalwijk

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RKC Waalwijk
Basic data
Surname Rooms Katholieke
Combinatie Waalwijk
Seat Waalwijk , the Netherlands
founding August 26, 1940
president Ad Passier
Website rkcwaalwijk.nl
First soccer team
Head coach Fred Grim
Venue Mandemakers Stadium
Places 7,500
league Eredivisie
2019/20 18th place

The RKC Waalwijk is a Dutch football club . In the 2019/20 season he will play in the Eredivisie , the top division in the Netherlands.


1940–1984: The first 40 years and promotion to a professional team

The association was created in 1940 through the merger of HEC, WVB and Hercules and from then on carried the name Rooms Katholieke Combinatie (RKC). When professional football was introduced in the Netherlands , the club was not yet known and remained in the amateur camp.

Over the years, RKC Waalwijk has continuously worked its way to the top of amateur football. This led to two amateur state championships (1981 and 1982).

These successes made it possible for the club to switch to the professional camp in 1984.

1985–1988: top team of the Eerste Divisie

Right from the start, RKC Waalwijk was a top team in the Eerste Divisie , the Dutch second division. In the first year you finished fifth. In 1986, 1987 and 1988 the club qualified three times in a row for the promotion games to the Eredivisie . At the end of the 1988 season, the club with players like Ad van der Wiel , Peter Bosz and Marcel Brands was convincing champions in the Eerste Divisie and rose to the honor division.

1989–2007: Relegation after 19 years in the league

In the first year after being promoted to the Dutch House of Lords, the club reached eleventh place and thus secured relegation. In the following two seasons they improved to eighth and seventh place respectively. With the seventh place for the 1990/91 season one achieved the best placement in the club's history. Already in 1989 , qualified RKC for the Intertoto Cup . In Group 11 you had to deal with the German-speaking representatives 1. FC Kaiserslautern , First Vienna FC 1894 and FC Carl Zeiss Jena . There are two wins in six games. Both against the then GDR representative Jena. Third place in the group was not enough to qualify for the other games. Three years later, the club took part in the UI Cup again. With FC Schalke 04 , the team met a German team again. The only win during the entire competition was in the home game against SM Caen from France.

In 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999 the club was in acute fear of relegation. Four times they managed to avert this in the play-off games against teams from the Eersten Divisie. For the following seasons, the club was able to stabilize again and found its place mostly in the midfield of the league. 2000/01 they even stopped the success of 1991 with seventh place and came seventh. This allowed them to take part in the 2001 Intertoto Cup . But already in the first defeat game they were eliminated against TSV 1860 Munich with 1: 2 and 1: 3. Last year, the RKC players failed in this round when the club was twice defeated against Bradford City from England. The successful trainer at this time was Martin Jol , who has looked after the team since 1998. In 2006/07 the relegation continued in Waalwijk. In the relegation phase, the club failed this time. In the first round of the play-offs, the team prevailed against FC Dordrecht , but then had to admit defeat in three games (0: 2, 1: 0, 0: 3) against VVV-Venlo .

2008 to today: Current development

After the descent, the immediate ascent should be aimed for. During the summer break, the board signed the Dutchman Ruud Brood as the new coach for this company . In the 2007/08 season they qualified for second place in the Eerste Divisie straight away for relegation to the first division, but failed in this promotion phase. A year later, the club found itself again in second place. This time the team prevailed in the relegation games and celebrated their return to the House of Lords. The 2009/10 season started with seven defeats from the first seven match days, including a 1: 4 defeat against Ajax Amsterdam and a 0: 6 defeat against last year's champions AZ Alkmaar . With a 3-1 win on matchday eight against Roda JC Kerkrade , the first win of the season was achieved. Until the end of the first half of the season, only two more successes were achieved. In the end, the RKC rose again with only 15 points. But after only one season in the Eerste Divisie, this time the second division champion succeeded in getting promoted again immediately.


  • The club achieved its best placement in the Eredivisie in the 1990/91 season and ten years later in 2000/01. In these seasons, the team won seventh place in the top Dutch league.
  • From 1988 to 2007 the club was in the honor division for nineteen years. So far this was the longest league membership.
  • RKC Waalwijk will play in the 2011/12 season in half-yellow, half-blue jerseys with a yellow collar; the sleeves are each in the other color. The color of the pants is blue.

Sponsors and outfitters (selection)

The main sponsor of the association is "Mandemakers", a company that supplies kitchens .

Previous shirt sponsors

  • 2009 -?: Mandemakers

Previous clothing outfitters

RKC followers

In addition to its supporters, RKC is also supported by organized fan clubs. One of the largest is the Supportersvereniging RKC Waalwijk (SV RKC WAALWIJK). Friends and supporters of the association can get together there and get some advantages when purchasing tickets or other things and organized bus trips to games. The community was founded in May 1993 by RKC supporters. In 1995 they supported the club, collected signatures and pushed the community to build a new stadium. The request for this was soon granted, so that the sports facility could be opened on September 15, 1996. In 2001 the Supportersvereniging created its own clubhouse, where on May 30, 2003 the tenth anniversary of its founding was celebrated.

Activities and events within the stadium are managed by a sub-organization of the SV RKC. The so-called YAP (Yellow Army Promotions) mainly takes care of fan support during the games.


View inside the stadium

The Mandemakers Stadium is the home sports arena of the RKC Waalwijk. Until 1996, the team played their home games in the Olympia Sportpark . The stadium takes its name from the Dutch kitchen, sanitary and furniture manufacturer “Mandemakers Group”. This already buys the naming rights to the competition venue after the new opening.

With 7,500 seats, the stadium is one of the smaller in the Netherlands. Currently only VVV-Venlo with its De Koel has fewer seats in the Eredivisie .

(As of December 2009)


Well-known former players

Waalwijk's trainer


Martin Jol (1998-2004)
Adrie Koster (2005-2006)
Mark Wotte (2006-2007)
Term of office Nat. Trainer
1984-1986 NetherlandsNetherlands Leen Looyen
1986-1988 NetherlandsNetherlands Leo van Veen
1988-1989 unknownunknown Ger Blok
1989-1993 NetherlandsNetherlands Leo van Veen
1993 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Verèl
1994-1995 NetherlandsNetherlands Bert Jacobs
1995–1996? NetherlandsNetherlands Leo van Veen
1996 NetherlandsNetherlands Cees van Kooten
1996-1997 NetherlandsNetherlands Bert Jacobs
1997-1998 NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Boeve
1998-2004 NetherlandsNetherlands Martin Jol
2004-2005 NetherlandsNetherlands Erwin Koeman
2005-2006 NetherlandsNetherlands Adrie Koster
2006-2007 NetherlandsNetherlands Mark Wotte
2007-2008 SerbiaSerbia Željko Petrović
2008–2012 NetherlandsNetherlands Ruud Brood
2012-2014 NetherlandsNetherlands Erwin Koeman

Waalwijks President


Name of the President Period
NetherlandsNetherlands Ad Passier

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Youth teams

The junior team of the RKC Waalwijk are looked after from the D-youth to the A-youth. For each area there is an individual football instructor who trains the teams. There are also team managers and supervisors as well as physiotherapists and a medical department. Players are also spotted in special RKC talent training courses.

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