SpVgg Fichte Bielefeld

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SpVgg Fichte Bielefeld
Historical club crest of the SpVgg Fichte 06/07
Full name Spielvereinigung Fichte 06/07 Bielefeld e. V.
place Bielefeld , North Rhine-Westphalia
Founded 1945 or 1947
Dissolved July 1, 1999
Club colors Green white
Stadion Rußheide Stadium
Top league Association League Westphalia
successes Promotion to the Association League in 1958, 1979, 1990, 1997

The SpVgg Fichte Bielefeld (officially: Spielvereinigung Fichte 06/07 Bielefeld e.V.) was a sports club from Bielefeld . On July 1, 1999, he merged with VfB 03 Bielefeld to form VfB Fichte Bielefeld . The first soccer team played in the highest Westphalian amateur league for 20 years. The name of the association Fichte goes back to the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte .


Structural development

The roots of SpVgg Fichte go back to 1906 when SC Concordia Bielefeld was founded. This merged in 1921 with SV Teutonia Bielefeld , which had been founded ten years earlier, to form Spielverein 06 Bielefeld . Four years later there was a merger with the 1st Bielefelder SC Eintracht , which was founded in 1907 and should not be confused with today's TuS Eintracht Bielefeld . The merger of the Spielverein and Eintracht was called Bielefelder SpVgg , which Sportfreunde Sieker joined in 1926 .

At the same time, there was the FTSV Fichte Bielefeld in the Sieker district , which was very popular among industrial workers in the east of Bielefeld. The club took part in the games of the Workers' Gymnastics and Sports Association and was banned by the National Socialists in 1933. The majority of the members joined the bourgeois SpVgg after the ban due to the spatial proximity. After the end of the Second World War , the FTSV Fichte Bielefeld was re-established and merged with the Bielefelder SpVgg to become SpVgg Fichte Bielefeld either in 1945 or 1947.

Both the FTSV Fichte Bielefeld and the SpVgg Fichte Bielefeld had their supporters in the workforce of the Sieker district and the surrounding area. A member who grew up near the Rußheide stadium remembered that his mother had strictly forbidden him to watch an Arminia Bielefeld game on the grounds that only "the rich over there in the west" would go to Arminia.

Until World War II

Bielefelder SC Eintracht began playing in the B-Class of the Ravensberg / Lippe district in 1908, but only achieved last place there. Until the end of the First World War , Eintracht took part in the district championship of Ravensberg / Lippe, in which Teutonia also played for the first time in the 1915/16 season. Nothing is known about the early years of Concordia and the game club.

Bielefelder SpVgg was promoted to the 1st district class in Westphalia in 1928 . Due to a league reform, the game association rose immediately, but managed to get promoted again in the next season. In the 1931/32 season a surprising 3-2 victory against local rivals DSC Arminia was achieved . From 1933 the SpVgg continued to play in the second-class district class East Westphalia, from which they were relegated in 1937.

The workers 'footballers from the Free Gymnastics and Sports Association Fichte became district champions in 1929 and thus qualified for the German championship in workers' football . In the Northwest Germany group , the team met Lorbeer Hamburg and lost just 2: 3 after 71 minutes despite a 2-1 lead. With Karl Beckmann and Jack Holtkamp , the club provided two German international workers.

Post-war period (1945 to 1964)

The SpVgg became the first post-war district champion in Bielefeld in 1946 and was runner-up behind TSV Detmold in the following district class season . 1950 Fichte was again runner-up, this time behind the SVA Gütersloh , and rose to the newly created 2. Landesliga Westfalen . With only one point behind VfL Altenbögge and Schwarz-Gelb Unna , the team was relegated again.

The direct resurgence was missed as runner-up behind SV Brackwede . 1954 Fichte was champion of the district class and rose to the then third-class Landesliga Westfalen , which at the time formed the highest amateur league in Westphalia. Again the direct relegation followed, this time as the penultimate. The low point of the season was a 1-1 defeat in the derby at SV Brackwede. 1957 succeeded under the player-coach Günther Stolte the renewed promotion in the state league.

This time Fichte was able to establish himself in the national league and beat champions Borussia Lippstadt 7: 2. A year later Fichte was surprisingly champion of the state league in front of TBV Lemgo and rose to the Association League Westphalia established two years earlier . In the new Westphalian upper house, Fichte did not get beyond the relegation battle and at the end of the season mostly had a point or two ahead of the first relegation place. In the 1959/60 season, the team qualified for the first time for the West German Cup , where Fichte lost 3-1 to Duisburg SpV in the first round .

Finally, in 1964, he was relegated from the association league. Fichte finished the season like Hammer SpVg , Germania Datteln , Sportfreunde Gladbeck , Erle 08 and SpVgg Erkenschwick with 31:33 points each. There was a playoff round between the six teams according to the mode everyone against everyone, at the end of which the worst team occupied the fourth relegation place. Fichte only got one point out of the five games in the home game against Hammer SpVg and consequently was relegated to the national league.

Slow decline and quick return (1964 to 1979)

For the 1964/65 season, Fichte was placed in Group 5 of the state league instead of Group 1, which is typical for East Westphalian teams, which brought the team, among other things, a guest appearance by the amateurs of Borussia Dortmund . After finishing sixth, Fichte was transferred to Group 1 in 1965 and was promptly runner-up behind city rivals SV Brackwede. In the following seasons Fichte was regularly found in the upper half of the table.

In 1967 the club negotiated a possible merger with VfB 03 Bielefeld, which was to be called the 1st Bielefelder Sports Association . However, the negotiations failed. In 1969 the team was third behind Minden 05 and Spvg Steinhagen . The Bielefeld were two points behind Steinhagen, who made the leap into the association league via a promotion round. A year later, Fichte moved into the newly opened Rußheide stadium , which the club shared with the later merger partner VfB 03 Bielefeld.

After a fourth place in the 1971/72 season, the team slowly slipped back into the mediocrity of the national league. The 1974/75 season ended Fichte level on points with VfB Schloß Holte . Schloss Holte won the deciding game for relegation in the neutral Avenwedde district of Gütersloh with 4: 3 and thus sent the game association into the district league. After the direct resurgence after a playoff defeat against local rivals TuS Dornberg failed, the return to the national league followed in 1977.

Two years later, the team of coach Hans Jürgen Stenzel won the championship one point ahead of TSV Detmold. This is the second time that SpVgg Fichte has been promoted to the association league since 1958. However, after the introduction of the Oberliga Westfalen in 1978, this was only the second highest division in Westphalia.

Elevator years until the merger (1979 to 1999)

As in the 1960s, Fichte's team in the association league did not get beyond midfield. In 1981 the people of Bielefeld saved themselves from relegation with one point ahead of TSV Westerkappeln . After two tenth places in 1983 and 1984, the second relegation from the association league followed in 1985 and the game association became an elevator team .

After two runner-up championships behind the amateurs of Arminia Bielefeld and Bünder SV in 1988 and 1989, Fichte made it into the association league for the third time in 1990. The Bielefeld team was ten points ahead of runner-up FC Gohfeld . In the 1990/91 promotion season, coach Peter Albersmeyer's team finished eighth with 30:30 points and thus achieved the best placement in the club's history.

Three years later, the team ended the season tied with Prussia Lengerich and STV Horst-Emscher . A playoff round was set in which the Bielefeld team initially lost 2-1 in Lengerich. Relegation was then ensured by a 1-0 home win on the Rußheide against the former first division club Horst-Emscher. As early as the 1994/95 season, Fichte's third relegation from the association league followed. At the end of the season, one point was missing on the second team from local rivals DSC Arminia.

Two years later, Fichte returned to the Association League as a champion before SuS Vlotho-Winterberg . The team was first twelfth and eighth in the club's final season in 1998/99. Due to the better goal difference in the table, Fichte was one place ahead of the merger partner VfB 03. The last success of SpVgg Fichte was winning the Bielefeld indoor city championship in 1998 with a 4-1 victory in the final against the amateurs of Arminia Bielefeld. The year before, Fichte had lost the final against VfB 03 4-6 in the first competition.


  • Champion of the Landesliga Westfalen 1 : 1958, 1979, 1990, 1997
  • Champion of the District League Westphalia 2: 1954, 1956, 1977
  • Bielefeld indoor city champion: 1998


Individual evidence

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