Saturday 13 April 2024

NETHERLANDS: VFC

Terrein Sportlaan, Vlaardingen (VFC)

Netherlands, province: South Holland = Zuid-Holland

13 IV 2024 / VFC (za) - vv CION 5-0 / District West II, Saturday League 2B (= NL level 7)

Timeline
  • 1898 / Foundation of a football club in Vlaardingen, VFC Olympia (Vlaardingsche Football Club ‘Olympia’).
  • 1903 / Foundation of a football club in Rotterdam, RVV DVS (Rotterdamsche Voetbalvereeniging ‘Door Vereeniging Sterk’).
  • 1904 / Foundation of a football club in Vlaardingen, which takes on the name VFC (Vlaardingsche Football Club). In the nine years of its existence as an independent club, VFC wins the title in League 3 three times, but without attaining promotion to League 2.
  • 1913 / VFC allows itself to be absorbed by RVV DVS, with the first team playing its football at DVS’s ground in Rotterdam, while VFC becomes the club’s second team, with home matches being played at VFC’s pitch in Vlaardingen. Unhappy with this arrangement, players of the DVS team playing in Vlaardingen turn to VFC Olympia, wondering if that club would be interested to join forces – and as such, the breakaway members of DVS from Vlaardingen decide to join VFC Olympia on October 28th, 1913. The new VFC Olympia, which plays its football at Terrein Land van Knoop (Groeneweg, Vlaardingen) starts its life in Division 1 of RVB (Rotterdamsche Voetbalbond).
  • 1914 / Under pressure of members of the old VFC (which had merged with DVS the year before), VFC Olympia changes its name to become VFC. Around this same time, the club moves to a new pitch, Terrein Land van IJzermans, also situated at Groeneweg in Vlaardingen.
  • 1916 / Winning the title in RVB Division 1, VFC wins promotion to League 3 of the official Netherlands’ FA (NVB = Nederlandsche Voetbalbond).
  • 1919 / VFC clinches the title in NVB District West’s League 3A, but fails to win promotion to League 2 in the play-offs. Also in 1919, RVV DVS concludes a merger with C&VC Hermes from Schiedam, resulting in the foundation of C&FC Hermes DVS
  • 1932 / Terrein Groeneweg (Land van IJzermans) is given a thorough renovation. The new stadium is inaugurated with a match between VFC and town rivals vv Fortuna (Vlaardingen), attended by thousands of spectators.
  • 1941 / VFC clinches the title in NVB District West II’s Sunday League 3C, 9 points ahead of AVV Alphen, but fails to win promotion to League 2 in the play-offs.
  • 1943 / VFC finishes in joint-first place in District West II’s Sunday League 3C, sharing the title with town rivals SV De Hollandiaan. Yet again, no promotion to League 2 is achieved. Also in 1943, an athletics branch is added to VFC; athletics has a place in the spectre of club activities for the following twenty odd years. Also in 1943, VFC moves away from Terrein Groeneweg, settling at a newly laid-out ground at Van Linden van den Heuvelsingel, which has the luxury of an uncovered grandstand.
  • 1944 / Runners-up in District West II’s Sunday League 3C, 3 points behind SV De Hollandiaan, VFC wins a historic promotion to League 2 – the details of this promotion are not available to this author. Due to league football being suspended in the last year of the German occupation, the club has to wait until mid-1945 before taking its place in District West II’s Sunday League 2A.
  • 1946 / In its first season in League 2, VFC finishes in tenth and last place, but manages to avert relegation in a set of play-offs.
  • 1948 / The grandstand having been consumed in a fire a year previously, a successor is built – a stand with a characteristically rounded roof – and inaugurated in 1948.
  • 1949 / Finishing in tenth and last place in District West II’s Sunday League 2B, VFC drops back into League 3 along with DVV ODS.
  • 1950 / Finishing in joint-first place with HVV Laakkwartier in District West II’s Sunday League 3C, VFC meets the club from The Hague in a tie-break match, played at C&FC Hermes DVS’s Sportterrein aan de Damlaan. With the first match ending in a goalless draw, a second match is organised at the same venue, in which Laakkwartier wins 2-0 – and as such, VFC misses out on a return to League 2.
  • 1955 / Finishing in joint-first place with SC Neptunus in District West II’s Sunday League 3D, VFC – coached by Tinus van der Pijl – meets the club from Rotterdam in a tie-break match, played at C&FC Hermes DVS’s Sportterrein aan de Damlaan; with an attendance of some 6,000, VFC manages a 3-2 win, which results in the club returning to League 2 after an absence of six seasons.
  • 1959 / VFC clinches the title in District West II’s Sunday League 2A, 2 points ahead of HSV VUC, with the decisive points being obtained in a 5-1 home win against Leerdam Sport ’55. In the play-offs, VFC fails to win promotion to League 1. Also in 1959, baseball is added to the spectre of VFC’s club activities.
  • 1960 / The entrance gate of VFC’s ground is moved from Van Linden van den Heuvelsingel to Sportlaan.
  • 1961 / Clinching the title in District West II’s Sunday League 2B, 6 points ahead of RV&AV Overmaas, VFC accedes to Sunday League 1 – the highest level of the non-league pyramid at that time – for the first time in club history after winning a play-off match against SV De Musschen (0-1). The stay at that level does not last long, though, with relegation following after just one season in 1962.
  • 1969 / Coached by Aad de Held, VFC finishes in last place in Sunday League 2A, thus dropping back into League 3. Also in 1969, the baseball branch of VFC breaks away from the club, preferring to continue independently as SC Vlaardingen Holy.
  • 1970 / Still coached by Aad de Held, VFC finishes in last place in District West II’s Sunday League 3D, thus suffering its second relegation in a row and finding itself in League 4 for the first time in club history.
  • 1974 / Runners-up in District West II’s Sunday League 4C, 8 points behind champions KRSV Vredenburch, VFC – coached by Leen Pil – wins automatic promotion to League 3, as extra promotion are available due to the introduction of Zondag Hoofdklasse as the new top level of the non-league pyramid.
  • 1979 / Coached by Wolter Bos, VFC clinches the title in District West II’s Sunday League 3C, 4 points ahead of vv SMV. As such, the club manages a return to League 2 after an absence of ten seasons.
  • 1983 / Coached by Wim de Zwart, VFC finishes in second-last place in Sunday League 2B, as a result of which the club drops back into League 3 along with DVV ODS and SV DRL.
  • 1988 / Finishing bottom of the table in District West II’s Sunday League 3C, VFC, coached by Jack Lammers, drops back into League 4 along with vv DHS. Also in 1988, discussions are held in Vlaardingen’s municipal council about replacing Terrein Sportlaan with housing and moving VFC to Sportpark Broekpolder. In part due to the club protesting against them, the plans are stalled, although the club is forced to give up one of its side pitches.
  • 1990 / Coached by Wim Tijl, VFC finishes in fourth place in District West II’s Sunday League 4G, upon which the club wins a set of play-offs resulting in promotion to League 3. Also in 1990, a set of dressing rooms is inaugurated at Terrein Sportlaan, which offer the club extra space in addition to the old changing rooms built into the grandstand.
  • 1994 / Having finishes runners-up in the same division one year previously, just 3 points behind champions vv Alblasserdam, VFC – coached by Henry van Leeuwen – now finishes bottom of the table in District West II’s Sunday League 3D, resulting in the club descending into League 4 along with vv HOV.
  • 2006 / Coached by Arwin Verburgh, VFC finishes runners-up in District West II’s Sunday League 4E, 3 points behind SV DWO, upon which the club wins the promotion play-offs – edging past vv Moordrecht in the final – thus acceding to League 3.
  • 2009 / Terrein Sportlaan’s main pitch is equipped with a synthetic surface.
  • 2010 / In August 2010, the old grandstand at Terrein Sportlaan, dating back to 1948, is knocked down as a new clubhouse and grandstand are constructed on the same location. In the meantime, a prefab clubhouse with prefab dressing rooms are put in place. Also in 2010, former VFC youth academy player, 20-year-old Jeff Stans, breaks into the first team of professional league side RKC Waalwijk. Stans goes on to defend the colours of SBV Excelsior, NAC Breda, Go Ahead Eagles, and Helmond Sport before hanging up his boots in 2020.
  • 2011 / On August 13th, 2011, the new clubhouse and grandstand, of which the roof construction resembles its predecessor, are inaugurated by VFC’s chairman Jan Stijger and Vlaardingen’s alderman for sports affairs, Jan Robberegt.
  • 2012 / Runners-up in District West II’s Sunday League 3B, 8 points behind Xerxes DZB (zo), VFC – coached by Eric Teunisse – qualifies for the promotion play-offs, in which it knocks out vv SJZ in R2 and DSV Full Speed in the final (5-5 aggr. & penalty shoot-out), resulting in the club returning to League 2 after an absence of 29 seasons.
  • 2013 / Still coached by Eric Teunisse, VFC finishes bottom of the table in Sunday League 2B, thus dropping back into League 3 after one season, along with RVV AGE and vv UNIO.
  • 2014 / Coached by Danny Mulder, VFC wins the title in District West II’s Sunday League 3B, 6 points ahead of closest rivals RVC ’33. As such, the club manages a return to Sunday League 2.
  • 2017 / With Sunday league football becoming ever more unpopular in District West II, VFC decides to enter a regular first team in Saturday League 4, but without withdrawing its Sunday team from Sunday League 2 – henceforth, the club has two first teams, VFC 1 (zo) and VFC 1 (za).
  • 2019 / Coached by Bas van Loenen, VFC (za) wins the title in District West II’s Saturday League 4E, 1 point ahead of local rivals SC Victoria ’04. The decisive points are obtained in an emphatic 7-1 away win at RVV GLZ Delfshaven – with five goals scored by Nino Netten.
  • 2022 / Still coached by Bas van Loenen, VFC (za) wins the title in District West II’s Saturday League 3D, 7 points ahead of vv Zuidland. As such, the club wins promotion to Saturday League 2 for the first time. Also in 2022, Sunday league football is abolished in District West II altogether; VFC is one of the few clubs not to withdraw its Sunday team, which has since had to play against faraway clubs in District South I (2022-23) and West I (2023-24).



















All photos: (c) W.B. Tukker / www.extremefootballtourism.blogspot.com. Publication of any of these images only after permission of author

NETHERLANDS: vv Stellendam

Sportpark Molengors, Stellendam (vv Stellendam)

Netherlands, province: South Holland = Zuid-Holland

13 IV 2024 / vv Stellendam - RKSV Halsteren (za) 4-4 / District South I, Saturday League 3B (= NL level 8)

Timeline
  • ± 1930 / Foundation of a first football club in Stellendam on the island Goeree-Overflakkee, which takes on the name ROHDA (‘Recht Op Het Doel Af’). The founding fathers of the club find a pitch at the eastern end of Stellendam’s port, which, however, is not suitable for playing matches. Therefore, ROHDA initially sticks to playing away matches against makeshift teams from surrounding villages.
  • ± 1933 / ROHDA settles on a more suitable pitch, Terrein Fortuinweg, a pasture in Weipolder owned by a local smallholder, Marien Lokker.
  • ± 1934 / ROHDA takes part in a regular competition for the first time, a Sunday league against other teams from the island. 
  • 1940 / Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, ROHDA folds, ceasing all activities.
  • 1946 / Foundation of a new football club in Stellendam, vv Stellendam, with Andries Jansen – who had also been one of the founding fathers of ROHDA – being elected as the club’s first chairman. This club settles at Terrein Oude Haven, laid out on a piece of land in Melissant, to the east of the port, owned by P.D. Sieling. The new pitch is inaugurated by Stellendam’s mayor, Mr Knobelsdorff. The club signs up for a KNVB Saturday competition, with the first home match being played against vv Goeree. 
  • 1953 / In the devastating North Sea Flood of 1953, the pitch of vv Stellendam is washed away completely. When regular league football is resumed, the club is allowed a temporary groundshare at vv Melissant.
  • 1955 / Having groundshared at vv Melissant the previous season, vv Stellendam now settles at a newly laid out pitch, Terrein Human, situated in Adrianapolder.
  • 1959 / Abandoning Terrein Human, vv Stellendam settles at a newly laid out municipal pitch, Terrein Molenpolder. An inaugural match is played against a team of The Hague’s fire brigade.
  • 1972 / Clinching the title in RVB Division 1 – RVB being the so-called Rotterdamse Voetbalbond, the association organising league football in the wider Rotterdam region played below the level of KNVB League 4 – vv Stellendam accedes to District West II’s Saturday League 4 for the first time. Also in 1972, having to abandon Terrein Molenpolder, the grounds of which were sold by Stellendam’s municipal authorities, the club settles at the newly laid out Sportpark Molengors.
  • 1981 / Finishing last in District West II’s Saturday League 4C, vv Stellendam descends into the ranks of RVB along with SC Hillegersberg ’32.
  • 1987 / Finishing with an equal number of points in RVB Hoofdklasse as vv GOZ, vv Stellendam has to play a tie-break match against the club from Mijnsheerenland. At a chosen neutral venue, PVV Excelsior Pernis’ Sportpark De Madroel, Bram Kievit scores the only goal of the match for vv Stellendam, which thus manages a return to District West II’s Saturday League 4 after an absence of six seasons.
  • 1988 / vv Stellendam purchases a covered stand. The construction had hitherto graced the main pitch of Rotterdam non-league club RSV HION. As HION’s ground had to make way for an expansion of the Van Brienenoord Bridge, the stand is sold to vv Stellendam by the Netherlands’ Department of Waterways and Public Works, the owner of the ground.
  • 1989 / Rebuilt alongside the main pitch of Sportpark Molengors, the covered stand which had been brought to Stellendam from RSV HION’s former ground in Rotterdam is inaugurated with a match between vv Stellendam and Saturday League 1 side vv NSVV (2-4).
  • 1994 / Clinching the title in District West II’s Saturday League 4C, 1 point ahead of SV Bolnes – which had been held to a 0-0 stalemate at Sportpark Molengors in an all-decisive last match of the season – vv Stellendam accedes to Saturday League 3 for the first time in club history.
  • 1996 / Due to a reorganisation of the league pyramid, vv Stellendam, which finished in eighth place in District West II’s Saturday League 3B, is placed in Saturday League 2 for the new season, in which the club manages an excellent third place straightaway.
  • 1998 / Finishing in third place in Saturday League 2D for the second year running, vv Stellendam qualifies for the promotion play-offs, in which it is defeated in the final by DSVP.
  • 2003 / Finishing in joint-first place in Saturday League 2D, with an equal number of points as Xerxes DZB, vv Stellendam has to play the Rotterdam side in a tie-break match. Winning that encounter 2-0, vv Stellendam accedes to League 1 – the second-highest tier of the Netherlands’ non-league pyramid at the time – for the first time in club history.
  • 2004 / Finishing second-last in the club’s first – and only – season in Saturday League 1B, vv Stellendam drops back into League 2 along with bottom club vv NSVV.
  • 2005 / Finishing in fourth place in Saturday League 2D, vv Stellendam qualifies for the promotion play-offs, in which it is eliminated in R1 by vv Lyra (6-3 aggr.).
  • 2007 / Finishing in tenth place in Saturday League 2D, vv Stellendam ultimately drops back into League 3 after losing a set of relegation play-offs.
  • 2008 / Finishing in tenth place in District West II’s Saturday League 3D, vv Stellendam suffers its second relegation in a row after losing a set of relegation play-offs. As such, the club finds itself in Saturday League 4 for the first time in fourteen years.
  • 2010 / Finishing in fourth place in District West II’s Saturday League 4G, vv Stellendam qualifies for the promotion play-offs. Winning a play-off group against VVK ’68 and SV Quick Steps, the club manages a return to Saturday League 3.
  • 2011 / Finishing in second-last place in District West II’s Saturday League 3D, vv Stellendam drops back into League 4 after just one season, along with bottom club SV Simonshaven.
  • 2012 / Champions in District West II’s Saturday League 4F, 1 point ahead of SV DBGC, vv Stellendam manages an immediate return to League 3. The decisive point is clinched in the second-last match of the season, a 1-1 draw away at vv SNS.
  • 2013 / Finishing in last place in District West II’s Saturday League 3D, vv Stellendam descends into League 4 for the second time in three seasons, along with vv OSV (Oud-Beijerland).
  • 2015 / Finishing in fourth place in District West II’s Saturday League 4G, vv Stellendam qualifies for the promotion play-offs, in which it defeats VC Vlissingen (za) (2-2 aggr. and penalty shoot-out) to accede to League 3.
  • 2016 / Finishing in second-last place in District South I’s Saturday League 3B, vv Stellendam drops back into League 4 along with bottom club SV DFS (Burgh-Haamstede).
  • 2017 / Runners-up in District West II’s Saturday League 4G, 3 points behind vv Zinkwegse Boys, vv Stellendam qualifies for the promotion play-offs, in which it is eliminated in R1 by vv Hekelingen (6-2).
  • 2023 / Runaway champions in District West II’s Saturday League 4F, 14 points ahead of closest followers vv ‘s-Gravendeel, vv Stellendam returns to League 3 after an absence of seven seasons.
Note – Thanks to vv Stellendam’s secretary Gijs van den Brink for putting at my disposal several documents detailing the club’s history.



















All photos: (c) W.B. Tukker / www.extremefootballtourism.blogspot.com. Publication of any of these images only after permission of author

Thursday 11 April 2024

NETHERLANDS: vv Wolfersveen

Sportpark De Stikke Bocht, Wolfersveen (vv Wolfersveen)

Netherlands, province: Guelders = Gelderland

11 IV 2024 / vv Wolfersveen - ZVV De Hoven 4-2 / District East, Sunday League 5C (= NL level 10)

Timeline
  • 1947 / Foundation of Voetbalvereniging (vv) Wolfersveen. The club was founded by football enthusiasts from the hamlets of Wolfersveen and Veldhoek - with the initial name filed at the Netherlands' Football Association being Voetbalvereniging (vv) Door Eendracht Sterk (DES). As it turned out, this name and abbreviation were already taken by another club (DES in Nijverdal) - impelling the initiators to switch to the more predictable vv Wolfersveen. Initially, football was played on a plot of farmland owned by farmer L. Visschers at Veldhoekseweg; and subsequently at another pasture at Klaverdijk. Neither of those were more than makeshift grounds, with a ropes tied onto two poles serving as crossbars - and no fixed pitch measurements being respected.
  • 1948 / vv Wolfersveen settles down at its current ground, Terrein Susebeek - later renamed Sportpark De Stikke Bocht. It must be pointed out that the main pitch was laid out anew several times, given a quarter's turn on one of those occasions.
  • 1990 / Winning the title in Division 3 of the so-called Gelderse Voetbalbond (GVB) – the association organising league football in the province of Guelders below KNVB League 4 – vv Wolfersveen accedes to GVB Division 2. The decisive points were clinched in the derby encounter away at vv Veldhoek (1-2).
  • 1996 / Until the introduction of Sunday Leagues 5 and 6 in 1996, vv Wolfersveen's first team had always played its football in the GVB divisions; in 1996, the club was placed in District East's Sunday League 6E – the ninth and lowest tier of District East’s new football pyramid.
  • 2013 / With Sunday League 6 being abolished due to the dwindling number of football clubs in the region, vv Wolfersveen accedes to Sunday League 5 without winning promotion on the pitch.
  • 2016 / Winning a historic title in District East’s Sunday League 5G, vv Wolfersveen manages a promotion to Sunday League 4 for the first time in club history. The decisive blow against closest rivals ZVV Be Quick was delivered in a direct confrontation in the second-last match of the season at Be Quick’s Sportpark Zuidveen, where vv Wolfersveen won 1-3 – as a result turning a one-point disadvantage in the table into a two-point lead. On the last day, vv Wolfersveen had an easy assignment in a home match against bottom club vv Klein Dochteren (5-0). 
  • 2017 / In spite of a spirited start to the 2016-17 season, vv Wolfersveen proved unable to cope with the level of League 4, finishing last in District East’s Sunday League 4C, as a result dropping back into League 5 along with vv Zelhem.
Note - Below, a compilation of photos of two different visits: pictures 1-3 = non-matchday visit, October 2022 / pictures 4-17 = match visit, April 2024.
















All photos: (c) W.B. Tukker / www.extremefootballtourism.blogspot.com. Publication of any of these images only after permission of author