SpVgg Erkenschwick

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SpVgg Erkenschwick
Logo of the SpVgg Erkenschwick
Basic data
Surname Spielvereinigung 1916
Erkenschwick e. V.
Seat Oer-Erkenschwick ,
North Rhine-Westphalia
founding June 9, 1916
Colours Black red
Board Olaf May
Website spvgg-erkenschwick.de
First soccer team
Head coach David Sawatzki
Venue Stimberg Stadium
Places 14,380
league Westfalenliga 1
2019/20 8th place (Westfalenliga 2)

The Spielvereinigung Erkenschwick (full name: Spielvereinigung Erkenschwick 1916 eV ) is a football club from the city of Oer-Erkenschwick in North Rhine-Westphalia that played first-class for a decade in the middle of the 20th century . The club colors are black and red. In 2017 the team was relegated to the sixth-class Westfalenliga . The number of members is around 610.

For decades, the association formed an almost symbiotic connection with the Ewald colliery . This picture was characterized very well by a saying by Horst Wohlers , 1974 Libero of FC St. Pauli : "We only know about Erkenschwick that there is only one colliery and one football field."

The club's A-youth made it into the U-19 Bundesliga in 2006 and 2010 .


Early years (1916 to 1943)

The Erkenschwicker team in 1916

The club was founded on July 18, 1916 by 21 young people as the Erkenschwick sports club . The first friendly match was lost 2-1 at Sportclub Preußen Recklinghausen on June 20, 1916 . In 1919 the club joined the Emschertaler Spielverband and was able to win its first competitive game against the Edelweiß Haltern sports club on August 10, 1919, 4-2. On February 1, 1920, the football department joined TV 1909 Erkenschwick , the predecessor of today's TuS 09 Erkenschwick . This made the change to the West German game association for the 1920/21 season. Only one year later the footballers were outsourced from the gymnastics and athletics club - it was the time of the clean separation of the ball athletes from the gymnasts - and on August 5, 1922, they merged with Blau-Weiß Oer ; from this point in time this merger operated under the club name Spielvereinigung 1916 Erkenschwick-Oer . In the register of associations from 1932, the addition Oer disappeared.

From 1923 to 1925 the Ruhr area and also the Ewald colliery continuation were occupied by the French. The sport of football continued, however. The promotion to the B-Class was followed by the march through to the A-Class in 1924. In 1927, the club failed only in the promotion round to the 2nd district class. After a reform of the divisions in 1928, the championship in the 2nd district class led to promotion to the 1st district class in 1930.

In 1933 a boxing department was founded in the club, but it was dissolved again in 1936.

The newly built Stimberg Stadium was opened on September 10, 1934 . During the construction, an attempt by chairman Otto Huthwelker was made in 1933 to merge all five football clubs from Erkenschwick, but it failed.

In 1936, at the same time as the 20th anniversary, the championship in the A-class and promotion to the district class were achieved. In the spring of 1937, the only 17-year-old Julius "Jule" Ludorf was used for the first time in a friendly game of the 1st team. In 1938 the club narrowly missed the championship title and only had to give way to Preußen Münster .

So far the SpVgg. Erkenschwick is assigned to the Münster district, which is unpopular due to poor transport connections. In 1939 the game association rose voluntarily and was assigned to the district class Recklinghausen Ost. The championship and thus promotion to the Gelsenkirchen district class immediately succeeded. At this point, ten active members of the first team were already on the front lines. Also in the following year, numerous players were not available due to military or labor service, so that only relegation could be ensured.

In 1942/43 the SpVgg. a new district class squadron Recklinghausen formed in order to reduce the travel distance and to save petrol, which is important for the war effort. Despite or because of the difficult war years, football in the Ruhr area was followed with the utmost attention. The games of the game association regularly watched 700-1,500 spectators. The club had targeted players from local rivals Titania Essel (now Titania Erkenschwick ) and VfL Rapen (now FC Erkenschwick ) and was able to celebrate the superior championship in February 1943. For the promotion round to the then top division, the Gauliga, club chairman Hans Beckmann was able to sign Schalke Ernst Kuzorra as coach. On May 16, 1943, the away game of the promotion round at SG Wattenscheid 09 had to be canceled due to an air raid. Thanks to two home wins against Preußen Münster and the SG Wattenscheid 09 in front of over 5,000 spectators each, the promotion succeeded .

The "big time" (1943 to 1962)

Club coat of arms 1916–1954

The game association was now known far beyond the northern Ruhr area. It is true that the Second World War also impaired gaming operations at SpVgg; but on the other hand the club benefited from the fact that its players worked as miners at the Ewald colliery . Since mining was of great military importance during the war , the players were considered indispensable and were spared from being deployed at the front. SpVgg received on the fifth day of the match. last year's champions FC Schalke 04 as table leaders in front of 12,000 spectators, but suffered a hefty 8-1 defeat.

In the 1943/44 season, the SpVgg took fourth place. The game year 1944/45 could not be played to the end. On January 15, 1945 there were heavy bombing raids on the mine. On April 1, 1945, American troops took Erkenschwick without a fight. As early as August 5, 1945, the club under its chairman Hans Beckmann resumed gaming operations with a special permit from the military administration. 25 friendlies followed with a total of over 100,000 spectators. The first game took place on August 5, 1945 against FC Schalke 04 (1: 1, 15,000 spectators). a. on September 30, 1945 against an English military selection (6: 3, 10,000 spectators) and on October 14, 1945 against Borussia Dortmund (8: 1, 3,500 spectators).

The sky-strikers

After the end of the war, the SpVgg was included in the two-track Landesliga Westfalen , where the team was champions of season 2. A final for the Westphalia Championship against the winner of the parallel season Schalke 04 was banned by the British military government . On June 23, 1946 there was a friendly game against Hamburger SV in front of 15,000 spectators , which was lost 5-1. The team experienced a 2-0 defeat on July 22, 1946 at the Mainz Bruchweg against FSV Mainz 05 in front of 4,000 spectators. Eintracht Braunschweig also had to admit defeat on September 1, 1946, 1: 2 in front of 18,000 spectators. In the 1946/47 season the Spvgg. Was runner-up behind Borussia Dortmund .

On September 14, 1947, Erkenschwick became the first league leader of the newly founded Oberliga West with a 5-0 win at Alemannia Aachen and on October 5, 1947, in front of 25,000 spectators, he also won 2-1 in the Glückauf-Kampfbahn - thus the Black- Roten against FC Schalke 04, in which Erkenschwick's current coach Ernst Kuzorra also played, the first home defeat since 1938. The team of this era was called "The Sky Stormers". This name is said to go back to a police officer who spoke to the team on the journey home by train from the opening win in Aachen: “You are the Erkenschwicker? I saw you play in Aachen - boys, heaven belongs to you! ”. At the end of the first league season the Spvgg. Was in eighth place. On March 28, 1948, the team lost 1: 3 in a friendly game at home to VfB Stuttgart in front of 8,000 spectators.

The monthly salaries ranged between 160 DM and 320 DM. The maximum salary corresponded to a skilled worker wage. In addition, a performance bonus of 10 DM per stake was granted. The "Himmelsstürmer" finished ninth in the 1948/49 season. The away game at FC Schalke 04 on January 23, 1949 was won again with 0: 2. Jule Ludorf was fourth on the list of goalscorers, Siggi Rachuba even third. The latter moved to Preußen Münster in their so-called "100,000 Mark Storm" after the season.

From November 15, 1949, the Spvgg. Had a women's handball team, which broke over from TUS 09 as a whole.

Due to the weaker placement in the previous season, the collaboration with coach Ernst Kuzorra was not extended. Ex-national goalkeeper Willy Juerissen took over the training as player-coach for the 1949/50 season. Jürissen, who always played with greased hair and a "straight part", is said to have stopped his players to shower at half-time in order to simulate the opponent's freshness. At the beginning of the season, the team was at the top of the league for twelve match days. After the 2-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund on October 30, 1949 in front of 20,000 spectators (which roughly corresponded to the population of Oer-Erkenschwick at the time) in the completely sold-out Stimberg Stadium, dreams of the title even matured. The team finished the half series in third place, the season ended in seventh place.

Despite a weaker start to the season, the team from Stimberg succeeded again on October 8, 1950, in a 3-0 away win, to kidnap the points from the Schalke Glückauf-Kampfbahn. A special incident occurred on February 18, 1951 in a 1-1 draw in the second leg against FC Schalke 04 in front of 15,000 spectators. After Schalke Paul Matzkowski had shot the heavy, wet leather ball in the back of Erkenschwicker “Kalli” Matejka, the game was interrupted because Matejka's wife attacked the “culprit” on the field with an umbrella. The game resumed after further tumult. The season ended the Erkenschwicker in eleventh place.

The Spvgg. Took over the men's handball department of the TUS 09 in 1951.

The "petroleum game"

At the beginning of the 1951/52 season, the ex-trainer Ernst Kuzorra returned to the Stimberg. After a moderate start to the season he was replaced by Willy Jürissen before the 14th matchday. On January 27, 1952, there was a memorable game on Essen's Hafenstrasse. The Erkenschwicker, threatened with relegation, competed at Rot-Weiss Essen ; the team around "Boss" Helmut Rahn should succeed in the league championship this season. The people of Essen could not cope with their normal footwear on snow-covered ground. The ESV players had made leather studs which they regularly soaked in a tub of petroleum. The miners knew this trick from underground. The sensational half-time result was 0: 5 for the black-reds. After a half-time thunderstorm and a shoe change, the Esseners were able to make the final result a little more bearable with 4: 6. The 1951/52 season ended for SpVgg. in the relegation round after the regular game round ended in 14th place. Ultimately, relegation was secured.

The handball players become unbeaten industrial district champions for the second time in a row.

The first descent

Club coat of arms 1955–1970

On March 2, 1953, Oer-Erkenschwick received city rights, but that year the Spvgg. Was the first to be relegated to the bottom of the table. A star rose on Stimberg this year. Horst Szymaniak was already used in the first team as a teenager. In 1955 he left the Stimberg, he played 43 international matches and took part in three world championships.

After a moderate season 1953/54, the recovery was missed by only two points in the following year. The jubilee year 1956 ended the team in 9th place, because the change from Horst Szymaniak to Wuppertaler SV could not be compensated.

In 1957, the entire handball department was dissolved, as many sports clubs, both in the Recklinghausen district and nationwide, canceled their field handball teams for cost and organizational reasons.

At the end of the 1956/57 season, the team rose thanks to a catastrophic away record of 1:29 points in the third-class association league. In the following year, however, the championship succeeded before Arminia Bielefeld . The finals for the Westphalia Championship against FV Hombruch 09 were both lost, but Hombruch waived the right of promotion and thus the promotion was certain for the ESV.

There followed three years in midfield of the 2nd League West, before 16th place in 1962 led to another relegation to the Association League.

Between amateur camp and 2nd Bundesliga (1962 to 1981)

Heading Bavaria 1967.JPG
Match report 1969.jpg

In 1964, relegation to the regional league could only just be prevented. Before the qualifying round to avoid relegation, Kalli Mateijka, a former "sky striker", was hired as a coach. In the following year 1965, the SpVgg was surprisingly group winner in the association league. The playoffs for promotion to Regionalliga West against VfL Bochum ended 1: 4 and 3: 2. On May 16, 1965 there was a play-off in front of 14,000 spectators in the Recklinghausen Viktoria-Kampfbahn . After the game ended in a draw after extra time , the Bochum team became Westphalia champions by tossing a coin . A legend says that the Bochum were beginning to cheer before the coin arrived on the ground. At the German amateur championship , the Erkenschwicker failed in the semifinals at SV Wiesbaden . In 1966, the year of the 50th anniversary of the club, the team achieved second place in the association league under coach Kalli Matejka. In the following playoffs against Viktoria Wuppertal and SG Düren 99 , the club was West German champions. In the first round of the German amateur championship, after two games against Viktoria Sulzbach (1: 0, 1: 2) , they failed again by tossing a coin.

Against Bayern

The 1966/67 season ended the team as champions of the association league after a 2-0 win in the playoff on May 6, 1967 against SpVgg Herten in Recklinghausen in front of 14,000 spectators. In the subsequent promotion round, the team finished fourth behind Lüner SV , VfB Bottrop and SC Fortuna Köln .

By reaching the round of 16 in the DFB Cup 1966/67 , the game association was the first amateur club in the round of 16 after the Second World War. On February 4, 1967, FC Bayern Munich won 3-1 in front of 23,800 spectators at Stimberg. Gerd Müller contributed two goals, and coach Zlatko Čajkovski also played a. a. Sepp Maier , Georg Schwarzenbeck and Franz Beckenbauer . Curious: Goalkeeper Herbert Freese celebrated his church wedding in the morning.

During a friendly game tour through the Soviet Union in October 1967, the team Neftçi Baku PFK 1: 2, Chornomorez Odessa 0: 1 and the FC Ararat Yerevan 1: 5.

In the 1967/68 season, the team again reached the championship in the association league. The final of the Westphalia Championship against VfL Schwerte was won 2-1. In the promotion round to the Regionalliga, however, you had to give way again with Eintracht Duisburg , Bonner SC and SSV Hagen .

Under the new coach Rudi Schulz, the ESV reached the runner-up in 1968/69. On July 12, 1969, the SpVgg Erkenschwick stood in the final of the German amateur championship in Krefeld , but lost it 1: 2 against SC Jülich . On this day, the Deutsche Bundesbahn set up a special train over the tracks of the Ewald colliery continuation for the Erkenschwick fans. For one day the city came into possession of a train station with a connection to the federal railway network. On July 20, 1969, there was a playoff for promotion to Regionalliga West at the Rote Erde stadium in Dortmund , which was won 2-1 after extra time against SSV Hagen . The tickets were not enough on that day, the estimates of the number of spectators fluctuated between 22,000 and even 30,000.

The Herne peat fall

In the Regionalliga 1969/70 the Erkenschwicker under the new coach Willi Nagerski could just keep the class. In the following season, relegation was avoided only after a coach change to Heinz Sewina. In the 1971/72 season he managed a better placement with sixth place. The Erkenschwicker developed a great home strength and pronounced weakness away from home during this time. In January 1972 goalkeeper Dieter Breuer tried to help the luck on the jumps in the away game at Westfalia Herne . With a targeted grip on the then still square goal bar, he brought the goal down in order to abort the game and thus achieve the points on the green table. However, the Hernians were able to set up a replacement goal and after a half-hour break they continued. The irony of the story: thanks to a goal from Uwe Kolitsch, the "Schwicker" won the game regularly 1-0.

In 1972/73 they lost only one game in the Stimberg Stadium and with 30: 4 points and 56:20 goals were the strongest home team among all German regional leagues. Away, however, they only got six points. Even a 3-1 lead up to the 84th minute at Bayer 05 Uerdingen wasn't enough to win the point. In the last six minutes of the game, the Uerdingen team scored three more goals, two of them from Manfred Burgsmüller .

In 1974 SpVgg qualified for the newly created 2nd Bundesliga North . On February 3, 1974, Bayern Munich redeemed a promise made in 1967 and played a friendly game at Stimberg. The team with u. a. Maier, Kapellmann, Breitner, Beckenbauer and Hoeneß were only able to score the 3: 4 winner in the 88th minute in front of 10,000 spectators. At the end of the 1975 season, the team was initially able to hold onto as table sixteen. The Stimberg Stadium was expanded. The capacity was 17,400 standing and 1,100 covered seats. In 1976, however, the team rose as 18th in the association league .

1977/78 the return to paid football is missed, but the Erkenschwicker qualified for the newly created Oberliga Westfalen . Hans-Jürgen Wittkamp moved from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Stimberg for the 1978/79 season and from then on steered the team as a Libero . In his first season, the championship was only gambled away on the last match day with a 0-1 at SpVg Beckum .

On September 5, 1978 Borussia Mönchengladbach won a friendly match under coach Udo Lattek in front of 5,000 spectators on Stimberg with 5: 3.

In the following year 1980 , however, the title was achieved. The later film director Sönke Wortmann made his last game as a licensed player that year before he began his studies.

In 1980/81 professional football was played again in Erkenschwick. Since the single-track 2nd Bundesliga was introduced for the 1981/82 season, the DFB created a number system to determine the future second division team. The SpVgg then required at least fourth place in the final table to keep the league, which was clearly missed.

After the decline of mining (1981 to 2008)

Championship and promotion round

Admission ticket Prussia Münster - ESV 1987/88
Admission ticket Rot-Weiss Essen - ESV 1995/96
Entry ticket ESV - Schalke 04 1998

The adventure 2. Bundesliga ended for the game association with a clear minus in the box office of 156,000.00 DM. After a good third place in the league was achieved in the 1981/82 season, the following seasons ended on average. In the mid-1980s, with the closure of the coking plant of the Ewald colliery, the extensive reduction in jobs began in the Stimbergstadt, which overall also impaired the economic performance of the gaming association.

In the league 1986/87 season the team started furiously. In December 1986, coach Hans-Jürgen Wittkamp deleted his sweeper Peter Dewitz from the starting line-up. Out of injured pride, he refused to take a seat on the substitutes' bench. The dispute escalated and Wittkamp called for the player to be suspended. Since the club did not want to comply, the exasperated coach promptly announced his resignation. The game association was the undisputed leader at that time. Two days later, the team lost 2-0 in the top game at Preußen Münster in front of 12,000 spectators. For the second half of the season, the club signed Dieter Tartemann as a coach. The team easily reached the Westphalia Championship. With a 2-1 away win in the final of the Westphalia Cup, also at Preußen Münster, the team won the “double” and moved into the first main round of the DFB Cup.

In the following round of promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga , however, it was only enough for a worthless fourth place. The 2-1 home win against Hertha BSC in front of 5,000 spectators represents a high point in the club's history . Their coach Jürgen Sundermann was quoted as saying before the promotion round: "Now we have to be careful that we don't let a village club surprise us!" Hertha BSC also missed promotion.

Regional league and financial problems

More years in the midfield of the Oberliga Westfalen followed. On August 3, 1993, the game of the 1st DFB Cup main round against Borussia Mönchengladbach in front of 15,000 spectators was just lost 2-0. After the 1993/94 season, the SpVgg took fourth place under coach Hermann Erlhoff . This made her one of the founding members of the newly created Regionalliga West / Südwest . At that point the club was debt free. The budget doubled from DM 700,000 to around DM 1.38 million. The season ended with 11th place in the middle of the table. After a bad start to the 1995/96 season, coach Erlhoff was replaced by Klaus Berge . The second season in the regional league also ended in 11th place. After only four points from 10 games at the beginning of the 1996/97 season, the mountain era ended quickly and with Dieter Tartemann, a former successful coach returned to the Erkenschwick coaching bench for the fourth time (!). Although the team was able to avoid the threat of relegation with 13th place, the decline in viewers and the threat of underfunding were already apparent. On September 18, 1997, President Heinz Feld announced his immediate resignation and announced a debt level of DM 300,000. The honorary chairman Anton Stark took over the office of president on a provisional basis and implemented a rigid austerity course. The top performers and the coach left the club during the winter break. With a guest appearance by the newly crowned UEFA Cup winners FC Schalke 04 in front of 6,000 spectators (0: 1), the game was initially secured. The assistant coach and former player Heinz Niggemeier took over the responsibility as coach. Surprisingly, the team managed to stay in league with 15th place. On August 26, 1998, Borussia Dortmund also made a guest appearance in front of 6,000 spectators (1: 4) at Stimberg to save the clammy club. The quality of the team, however, no longer reached regional level and after only 15 points from 32 games, relegation to the Oberliga Westfalen followed. The team proved to be too weak for the league in the 1999/2000 season. Both Niggemeier and his successor Peter Dewitz threw in the towel. In the end, there was the second descent in a row and thus the fifth division for the first time.

The first new beginning

Entry ticket ESV - BVB 2008

With coach Peter Anders and many young players a surprising new start was made in the association league. After second place in the final table, ESV failed in a decider for promotion to Hövelhofer SV with 0: 1. Six game days before the end of the 2001/02 season coach Anders was on leave because the promotion came out of reach. Michael Pannenbecker, previously coach of the second team, now took over the management of SpVgg. Under him the highest victory in the club's history succeeded at 14: 1 against VSV Wenden, but it was only enough for 5th place in the final table. Only in 2004 did they return to the Oberliga Westfalen. In the year of advancement the budget of the entire club was 250,000 euros. After relegation was confidently secured with a 12th place in the 2004/05 season, things got strange in the following season. Starting the 2005/06 season with high ambitions, a total of four (!) Coaches (Michael Pannenbecker, Ingo Anderbrügge , Ralf Fischer and Manfred Wölpper) were able to try their luck. The only result was relegation. However, the A-youth secured the championship in the Westphalia League and played in the following season 2006/07 in the U-19 Bundesliga.

In the following anniversary year - the club turned 90 - it only reached 12th place. In the 2007/08 season , well-known reinforcements, including the former professional footballer Francis Bugri , sought to qualify for the new NRW League. The season was overshadowed by financial problems. After missing several monthly salaries, some top performers as well as the coach left the black and red team during the winter break. Short and long-term liabilities in the amount of 750,000 euros weighed on the club. Despite a charity match against Borussia Dortmund on April 8, 2008 in front of 3,500 spectators, the club had to file for bankruptcy on June 10, 2008 .

New beginning after the financial collapse (since 2008)

NRW League and bankruptcy

Entry ticket ESV 2012
Most successful goal scorer of all time from Erkenschwick: Stefan Oerterer

Due to the forced relegation due to bankruptcy and the creation of the third division , SpVgg Erkenschwick only played sixth class for the first time. The honorary chairman Anton Stark took over the chairmanship provisionally and led the association through the insolvency plan procedure. In the Westfalenliga season 2008/09 the club went under the new coach Jürgen Klahs with a mini budget of 70,000 euros. After nine games, he was in last place and was separated from the trainer. With Jürgen Wielert , an ex-professional took over responsibility on the sidelines. 12th place meant relegation at the end of the season. After regrouping in the Westfalenliga 2 in 2010, the promotion to the fifth class NRW League was achieved with the almost identical team as the sovereign champions. The association emerged from the insolvency plan procedure free of debt. The club's A-youth also managed to get promoted again and played in the U-19 Bundesliga again in 2010/11 .

Due to the still existing "insufficient economic performance", the club was initially refused the license for the NRW League in June 2010. On July 9, 2010, the West German Football and Athletics Association granted the license for the fifth highest division in an objection procedure. When three important games against fellow competitors in the relegation battle were lost one after the other in autumn, the sporting director Stefan Blank also took over the coaching position on November 23 . During the 2010/11 NRW League season , the club announced that it would forego a starting place in this division for the coming season. At the end of the season, the Erkenschwicker were also relegated as penultimate in the table, so that they competed again in the Westphalia League from the 2011/12 season.

Oberliga Westfalen and consolidation

After relegation, a new start was started in the Westfalenliga with a young team. The coach was the previous youth coach Magnus Niemöller, who had looked after the A-youth since 2004. After a successful 2011/12 season, by reaching second place in the table, they were promoted to the now fifth-class Oberliga Westfalen. After the first series in 2012, Spvgg. Took a good fourth place. On January 21, 2013, however, the club announced that it would not apply for a regional league license for the coming season for financial reasons. At the end of the season, ESV was in 5th place.

On September 8, 2013, Stefan Oerterer scored his 100th goal in his 137th championship game for Spvgg. In a 3-0 win against TuS Ennepetal , making him the most successful goalscorer in the club's history.

A strong series led the Spvgg. To the 2nd place in the table, which would have entitled to promotion to the regional league. After a 1-0 home win in the top game against SV Rödinghausen , the board announced on March 17, 2014 that the financial hurdles for a promotion to the regional league were still too high. Due to two turbulent away games, the 2013/14 season went down in the history of the league . At FC Gütersloh 2000 the team was able to win 5-8, the game at FC Eintracht Rheine ended in a 5-5 draw. In both games, the team initially had to accept a 3-0 deficit. The team was only pushed to third place on the last day of the match. The start of the 2014/15 season was rather mixed, as the loss of playmaker Sebastian Westerhoff to TSV Marl-Hüls in particular could not be immediately compensated by the young newcomers. On April 30, 2015, the re-elected chairman Hermann Silvers announced that the club was debt-free and that promotion to the regional league could no longer be ruled out in the future. The team finished the season in 6th place.

After the first half of the 2015/16 season, the team was third in the table. In March 2016, however, the board announced that the game association was once again not participating in the licensing process for the regional league. The reasons given were financial and structural problems in the club as well as in the environment. The team reacted in an unusual way: They played a very strong second half of the season and achieved second place qualification for the regional league. After the end of the season, both coach Magnus Niemöller (after 12 years of coaching at the club) and almost the entire squad left the club.

After the Niemöller era

Friendly match against Schalke 04

The ex-player Zouhair Allali, who was hired as the new coach, was faced with the Herculean task of building a completely new team. On July 8, 2016, the team lost 2-5 in a friendly game on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the club to Borussia Dortmund in front of 8,000 spectators. After a weak streak, the team found themselves in last place in the table at the end of 2016 with only 13 points from 18 games. As the last beaten, the game association had to go to the Westphalia League at the end of the season. Exactly one year after Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 made a guest appearance on July 8, 2017 for the test match at Stimberg and won 9-1 in front of 5,200 spectators. After coach Allali resigned, ex-professional René Lewejohann took over ESV for the semi-series. The team consolidated on 4th place in the Westphalia League.

Three game days before the end of the first half of the 2018/19 season, René Lewejohann left ESV in tenth place in the table back to Hammer SpVg . Ahmet Inal took over the post and led the team to 5th place. During the 2019/20 season, coach Inal was replaced by David Sawatzki.


In the eternal table of the Oberliga West 1947-63, the SpVgg occupies 21st place with 143 points.

In the all-time table of the Oberliga Westfalen, SpVgg is second with 1181 points from 786 games.

In the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga , SpVgg occupies 93rd place with 106 points from 118 games.


Main round games:



Stimbergstadion main stand 2012

Until 1934 the club played on the sports field on the Lusenheide .

From 1929 to 1934, today's stadium was built on the site of the Ewald colliery . During the Nazi era it was called the Hindenburg Stadium and since then the Stimberg Stadium .

In earlier times, the Stimberg Stadium could hold up to 25,000 spectators. According to official information from the DFB, which visited the stadium for the A-Juniors championship final in the 2011/12 season, the current capacity is 14,380 spectators.

The main stand is completely covered and offers u. a. 880 seats. The rest of the stadium consists entirely of standing room. Guest fans take their seats either in the opposite stand or on the left side of the main stand, depending on the weather and safety regulations.


Coaching team for the 2020/21 season

function Surname In office since
Chief trainer David Sawatzki 1st October 2019
Assistant coach Jörg Weißfloh July 1, 2016
Goalkeeping coach Christian Kelm July 1, 2016
Physiotherapist Michelle Romanelli 1st July 2019
Kit manager Ewald Krajewski

Former trainers

A chronological overview of all the club's coaches since 1942.

Term of office Trainer
.001942- .001946 Ernst Kuzorra
.001946- .001947 Fritz Thelen
.001948- .001949 Ernst Kuzorra
.001949- .001952 Willy Juerissen
.001952– .001953 Fritz Silken
.001953– .001954 Julius Ludorf
.001954– .001955 Theo Otto
.001955– .001957 Paul Schneider
.001957– .001958 Theo Schenk
.001958- .001960 Fritz Silken
.001960- .001961 Eugene Gall
.001961- .001962 Theo Schenk
.001962- .001963 Otto Schweisfurth
.001963- .001964 Gerd Daniel
.001964– .001968 Karl-Heinz Matejka
.001968- .001969 Rudi Schulz
.001969-02.1971 Willi Nagerski
.001971-10.1973 Heinz Sewina
Term of office Trainer
10.1973-06.1974 Fritz Langner
07.1974-11.1974 Heinz Murach
11.1974-06.1975 Fritz Langner
.001975- .001976 Hans-Wilhelm Lossmann / Heinz Sewina
.001976- .001977 Karlheinz Mozin / Theo Gründken
.001977-04.1980 Detlev Brüggemann
04.1980-07.1981 Klaus Quinkert
.001981-04.1983 Manfred Balcerzak
04.1983-06.1984 Dieter Tartemann
07.1984-09.1984 Friedhelm Schulte
09.1984-12.1986 Hans-Jürgen Wittkamp
01.1987-03.1988 Dieter Tartemann
03.1988-12.1988 Werner Gmeiner
01.1989-05.1989 Ernst Mareczek
05.1989-06.1990 Pedro Milašinčić
07.1990-06.1991 Dieter Tartemann
07.1991-06.1992 Toni Burghardt
07.1992-06.1993 Bernd Büdenbender
Term of office Trainer
07.1993-09.1995 Hermann Erlhoff
09.1995-10.1996 Klaus Berge
10.1996-03.1998 Dieter Tartemann
03.1998-08.1999 Heinz Niggemeier
08.1999-03.2000 Peter Dewitz
07.2000-04.2002 Peter Anders
04.2002-10.2005 Michael Pannenbecker
10.2005–01.2006 Ingo Anderbrügge
04.2006-03.2008 Manfred Wölpper
10/2008–11/2010 Jürgen Wielert
11.2010-03.2011 Stefan Blank
07.2011-06.2016 Magnus Niemoller
07.2016-02.2018 Zouhair Allali
02.2018–11.2018 René Lewejohann
11.2018-09.2019 Ahmet Inal

Well-known former players

Sönke Wortmann 2008 in the Stimberg Stadium on the occasion of a celebrity game


in order of appearance

  • Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 .
  • Peter Eisele, Halina Nitropisch (Red.): “A strong piece in North Rhine-Westphalia”. Chronicle of the city of Oer-Erkenschwick . City of Oer-Erkenschwick, Oer-Erkenschwick 1989, pp. 215-220: Spielvereinigung Erkenschwick 1916 eV
  • Hardy Greens: Encyclopedia of German League Football.
    • Volume 1: From the Crown Prince to the Bundesliga. 1890 to 1963. German championship, Gauliga, Oberliga. Numbers, pictures, stories. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-928562-85-1 .
    • Volume 2: Bundesliga & Co. 1963 to today. 1st division, 2nd division, GDR Oberliga. Numbers, pictures, stories. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1997, ISBN 3-89609-113-1 .
  • Hardy Greens: Encyclopedia of European Football Clubs. The first division teams in Europe since 1885. 2., completely revised. Edition. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2000, ISBN 3-89784-163-0 .
  • Hans Dieter Baroth: My home is “on the pitch”. Life at the Stimberg Stadium in Erkenschwick . In: Jahrbuch Westfalen , vol. 60 (2006), pp. 159–164.
  • Eberhard Scholz: The club. The putt. The city . In: Hermann Beckfeld (Ed.): ... the boss continues to play in heaven. Football stories from the Ruhr area. Henselowsky Boschmann, Bottrop 2006, ISBN 3-922750-62-1 .
  • Stephan Tönnies: Do you remember? Wild football years in the Oberliga West . Herkules, Kassel 2012, ISBN 978-3-941499-67-6 .
  • Anton Stark: "O you my Erkenschwick" ... With Kuzorra to the top in West German football . BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 .
  • Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling : Game Association Erkenschwick . In: Hartmut Hering (ed.): In the land of a thousand derbies. The football history of the Ruhr area . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen, 2nd, completely revised and updated edition 2017, ISBN 978-3-7307-0209-3 , pp. 65–67.

Web links

Commons : Spvgg Erkenschwick  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Stimbergstadion  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stimberg Stadium. In: stadionsuche.de. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012 ; Retrieved June 13, 2012 .
  2. Misc .: When the Calli with the Jule - Small town - great sports history . Ed .: Spvgg. Erkenschwick. Recklinghausen 1991. p. 61.
  3. ^ Anton Stark: O du mein Erkenschwick .. BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 . P. 67.
  4. Cf. In: Recklinghäuser Volkszeitung . June 20, 1916.
  5. ^ Anton Stark: O du mein Erkenschwick .. BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 . P. 86.
  6. ^ Anton Stark: O du mein Erkenschwick .. BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 . P. 138.
  7. Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 . P. 47.
  8. a b c d e Gerd Böttcher: One Hundred Years: 1916–2016 . Ed .: Böttcher / Heupel. Recklinghausen 2016.
  9. ^ Anton Stark: O du mein Erkenschwick .. BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 . P. 162.
  10. Misc .: When the Calli with the Jule - Small town - great sports history . Ed .: Spvgg. Erkenschwick. Recklinghausen 1991. p. 76.
  11. ^ Anton Stark: O du mein Erkenschwick .. BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 . P. 176.
  12. Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 . P. 45.
  13. ^ Anton Stark: O du mein Erkenschwick .. BoD, Norderstedt 2016, ISBN 978-3-7412-3817-8 . P. 179.
  14. Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 . P. 18.
  15. Misc .: When the Calli with the Jule - Small town - great sports history . Ed .: Spvgg. Erkenschwick. Recklinghausen 1991. p. 78.
  16. Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 . P. 50.
  17. Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 . P. 113.
  18. Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 2: Bundesliga & Co. 1963 to today. 1st division, 2nd division, GDR Oberliga. Numbers, pictures, stories. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1997, ISBN 3-89609-113-1 , p. 17.
  19. Misc .: When the Calli with the Jule - Small town - great sports history . Ed .: Spvgg. Erkenschwick. Recklinghausen 1991. p. 37.
  20. a b 1986/87 season. Retrieved October 12, 2012 .
  21. Stimberg-Echo No. 14/2008.
  22. Stimberg-Echo No. 4/2012.
  23. 1997/98 season. Retrieved November 30, 2012 .
  24. Close to the abyss. In: derwesten.de . April 25, 2008, accessed July 6, 2015 .
  25. "I would have had a nice evening if I had hit". In: RevierSport . April 11, 2008, accessed February 26, 2013 .
  26. Erkenschwick without a license, Hüls hopes. In: derwesten.de . June 4, 2010, accessed June 5, 2010 .
  27. Elmar speech man: No application for Regional license. In: RevierSport . January 13, 2013, accessed February 7, 2013 .
  28. ^ Regional league cancellation . March 17, 2014, archived from the original on March 19, 2014 ; Retrieved March 19, 2014 .
  29. 5: 5 - Svgg. Erkenschwick and Eintracht Rheine deliver goal spectacles. April 7, 2014, accessed April 7, 2014 .
  30. Erkenschwick: Hermann Silvers loosens the brake. May 1, 2015, accessed May 4, 2015 .
  31. Dembélé scores against Erkenschwick. July 8, 2016, accessed January 19, 2017 .
  32. This is how the SpVgg experienced the test against Schalke. July 9, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017 .
  33. Olaf Nehls: First VfL Wolfsburg, then Bayern Munich? In: Stimberg newspaper . May 21, 2012, archived from the original on May 2, 2014 ; Retrieved May 21, 2012 .