2. Oberliga West

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2. Oberliga West
Karte-DFB-Lage von Westdeutschland (1947-1990).png
Founded1949
Folded1963 (14 seasons)
Replaced by Regionalliga West
CountryFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
State Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
Level on pyramid Level 2
Promotion to Oberliga West
Relegation to
Last championsVfB Bottrop
(1962–63)

The 2. Oberliga West (English: 2nd Premier league West) was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the west of Germany from 1949 until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963. It covered the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state of Germany.

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Overview

The 2. Oberliga West was formed in 1949 with two groups of sixteen teams each, as a feeder league to Oberliga West. It was the first of the three 2nd Oberligas, the other two being 2. Oberliga Süd (formed in 1950) and 2. Oberliga Südwest (in 1951). The league adopted a single group format starting from 1952: The top two teams of the 2. Oberliga gained promotion to the Oberliga while the bottom two teams were relegated to the Verbandsliga's. Some years, however, exceptions applied and the number of promoted and relegated teams altered.

In July 1955 the Westdeutscher Fußballverband decided to disband the league from 1956, but the German federation DFB outlawed this decision and the league continued its existence. [1]

Below the 2. Oberliga West ranked the Amateurliga's, varying in numbers (and names) but split into three zones, Niederrhein , Mittelrhein , and Westfalen  :

The 2. Oberliga West existed until 1963, when it was replaced by the Regionalliga West as the second division for North Rhine-Westphalia.

SpVgg Herten is the only team to have played in the league for all 14 seasons.

Schwarz-Weiß Essen became the first second-division side to win the German Cup when they did so in 1959, an achievement later repeated by Kickers Offenbach and Hannover 96 in the history of German football.

Disbanding of the 2. Oberliga

In 1963, the league was disbanded in favor of the new Regionalliga. The first eight teams from this season went to the Regionalliga West. The clubs placed from ninth to sixteenth were relegated to the Verbandsligas.

The following teams were relegated to the Amateurligas:

Winners and runners-up of the 2. Oberliga

SeasonWinnerRunner-Up
1949–50Rheydter SV
Sportfreunde Katernberg
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Borussia Mönchengladbach
1950–51 MSV Duisburg
Bayer Leverkusen
Schwarz-Weiß Essen
SSV 04 Wuppertal
1951–52 SV Sodingen
Borussia Mönchengladbach
VfB Bottrop
TSG Vohwinkel
1952–53 VfL Bochum Rheydter SV
1953–54 Duisburger SV Westfalia Herne
1954–55 Wuppertaler SV SV Hamborn 07
1955–56VfL BochumMSV Duisburg
1956–57SV Hamborn 07 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1957–58 STV Horst-Emscher Borussia Mönchengladbach
1958–59SV Hamborn 07Schwarz-Weiß Essen
1959–60SV Sodingen TSV Marl-Hüls
1960–61Schwarz–Weiß EssenFortuna Düsseldorf
1961–62Bayer LeverkusenWuppertaler SV
1962–63 VfB BottropDuisburg 48/99

Placings in the 2. Oberliga West

The league placings from 1949 to 1963: [2]

Club50515253545556575859606162 63
Westfalia Herne 86682WWWWWWWWW
MSV Duisburg 41WWWW2WWWWWWW
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen WW3114882WWWWWW
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2W1WWWWW2WWWWW
Hamborn 07 WWW1072W1W1WWWW
TSV Marl-Hüls 1365372WWW
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 72WWWWWW72W1WW
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2WWWWWWWWWW2WW
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 51WWWWW444531W
Wuppertaler SV *1WWW5392W
VfB Bottrop 11271033356613111
Duisburg 48/99 14792
SpVgg Herten 6138165410961075103
STV Horst-Emscher WWWWW7461W10674
Sportfreunde Siegen 85
Rot-Weiß Essen WWWWWWWWWWWW56
Arminia Bielefeld W946167
Duisburger SV WW331WWWWWWWW8
SV Sodingen 41WWWWWWW1WW9
Eintracht Gelsenkirchen *59579394410
Sportfreunde Gladbeck 109881311
SC Dortmund 95 10141311141212
SV Neukirchen 613
VfL Bochum 12751WW1WWWWW314
Duisburger FV 08 W31615
Bonner FV 164101416
VfL Benrath 135141488121115
SpVgg Erkenschwick WWWW11591512131216
SSV Hagen141115
BV Osterfeld 16
Union Krefeld 51351389128131115
Rheydter SV 1WW2W101414121416
SG Düren 99 11712131111131115
TuS Lintfort 16
SG Wattenscheid 09 1310753671215
VfB Marathon Remscheid 468915131116
VfB Speldorf 16
Rhenania Würselen W1561591215
VfB Bielefeld 111416
Sportfreunde Katernberg 1WWW615
TSG Vohwinkel *W42412
SSV Wuppertal *3241414
TuRU Düsseldorf 15109
Hombrucher FV 09 31510
Preußen Krefeld 91210
SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 14311
TuS Essen-West 812
Union Ohligs 141412
Fortuna Köln 1613
Sportfreunde Wanne-Eickel 1613
SpVgg Röhlinghausen 915
SC Rapid Köln 6715
TSV Detmold 1217
VfL Köln 99 8
SC West Köln 79
TuRa Essen 8
TB Eickel 10
Alemannia Gelsenkirchen *10
VfL Witten 11
Viktoria Alsdorf 12
SSV Troisdorf 05 15
Union Gelsenkirchen *16

Source: "2nd Oberliga West". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Archived from the original on 5 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10.

Key

SymbolKey
W Oberliga West
1League champions
PlaceLeague
BlankPlayed at a league level below this league

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References

  1. Spielzeit 1955/56 - Der DFB in Aufruhr: Revolutionsversuche Archived 2012-11-23 at the Wayback Machine (in German) www.revierkick.de, accessed: 31 July 2012
  2. Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables

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