TSV Vestenbergsgreuth

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TSV Vestenbergsgreuth
TSV Vestenbergsgreuth.png
Full nameTurn und Sport Verein Vestenbergsgreuth e.V.
Nickname(s)Greuth, Teekicker
Founded1 February 1974
GroundAm Schwalbenberg
Capacity6,000
ChairmanHelmut Lottes
ManagerChristian Nagengast
LeagueKreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 1 (IX)
2015–1611th

The TSV Vestenbergsgreuth is a German association football club from the village of Vestenbergsgreuth, Franconia. From 1996 to 2007, the club did not field a team due to a merger with SpVgg Fürth, but has since returned to competitive football as a separate side.

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TSV is best known for its 1–0 victory over FC Bayern Munich in the opening round of the 1994–95 DFB-Pokal, which eliminated that club from cup play just three months after they had claimed the Bundesliga title.

History

Beginnings

Formed on 1 February 1974 in the small village of Vestenbergsgreuth, the club entered the local C-Klasse Bamberg Gruppe 3 (VIII), then the lowest division in the region. [1] Greuth was an immediate success in the league, winning it unbeaten and earning the right to play against FC Wacker Trailsdorf for promotion, a game which was won 2–1 in front of 2,000 spectators.

Rise

The season after, the club took out the league championship again, now in the B-Klasse Bamberg Gruppe 3 (VII) and was promoted once more. However, it did suffer a couple of first league defeats. At the beginning of the next season, the club opened its current ground on 1 August 1976 with a friendly against SpVgg Fürth, which ended in a 1–1 draw. [2]

In the A-Klasse Erlangen-Forchheim (VI) in 1976–77, the club's rise came to a brief halt when it "only" finished fourth. [3] By leaving the Bamberg region for Erlangen, the club had also made the transition from the Oberfranken FA to the Mittelfranken FA. The season after, it missed out on the title by one point, finishing second. [4] In its third attempt, Greuth then won the league in 1978–79 and earned promotion to the Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord (V). In an unusual friendly, the club played a football match against the ice hockey team of CSKA Moscow and lost 1–2. [5]

The Bezirksliga proved to be less of a hindrance to the club's rise than the A-Klasse was and it won the league in its first season there. It also remained unbeaten during the regular season but then lost the first promotion decider to TuS Feuchtwangen 1–2, in front of 4,000 spectators. In the second decider however, now against TSV Lindberg, the club managed to win 4–2 and earn promotion to the Landesliga Bayern-Mitte (IV). [6]

Landesliga years

The Landesliga proved more difficult than the Bezirksliga and the club ended up on ninth rank in midfield, on level points, a new situation for the team. [7] The following season saw a decline in performance and the team could only finish twelfth but the formation of a youth team was a positive development for the club. [8] Greuth started to become a fixture in the mid- to lower-table ranks of the Landesliga, even having to survive a relegation match against ASV Herzogenaurach (5–3 after penalties for TSV) in 1984, until in 1984–85, some progress could be made with a fourth spot. The next season, the team improved by a spot and also won the local Middle Franconian Cup (German: Mittelfranken Pokal) with a 1–0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg II. It missed out on qualifying for the German Cup when losing 1–3 to FC Augsburg on state level. [9]

The 1986–87 season became the highlight of the club's history so far. Winning the Landesliga championship and therefore earning promotion to the Amateur Oberliga Bayern (III), the highest league in the state of Bavaria, the team managed to win all 17 of its home games. Greuth also won the Mittelfranken Cup again, through a 2–1 victory in extra time against Südwest Nürnberg. This time, on state level, it succeeded, too, beating FC Bayern Hof 2–0 and earning the right to play in the 1987–88 DFB-Pokal. [10]

Bayernliga years

The club's first appearance in the German Cup was a short one, a 0–4 defeat against SV Darmstadt 98 of the 2. Bundesliga ended its progress. In the Bayernliga, Vestenbergsgreuth continued its amazing performance, taking the league by surprise. The club's unbeaten series at home came to an end on 12 December 1987 when a 0–1 defeat to SpVgg Unterhaching ended 26-month of being unbeaten at home. Unterhaching was also the team, that Greuth came second to in its first year in the third division. Through this, the club qualified for the German amateur football championship, where it reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by the VfB Oldenburg. [11] [12]

In its second year in the league, the team came third but managed to take out the Mittelfranken Cup for a third time, with a 1–0 after extra time over the Spvgg Fürth. The team however failed to reach the German Cup again, being knocked out by the SpVgg Plattling in the state finals. [13] With a fourth place in the Bayernliga and a lost Mittelfranken Cup final, to Fürth, the next season was a little less successful. [14] In 1990–91, the team dropped to a tenth place and again lost the cup final to Fürth. [15]

The 1991–92 season became something of a repeat of 1987–88. Again, the club finished runners-up to SpVgg Unterhaching and again it played in the German amateur championship. Two wins, a draw and a loss meant, the team failed to reach the final. On the positive side, the club's under-19 side achieved promotion to the A-Jugend Bayernliga Nord, the highest league at this level, where it was able to measure itself on the youth side of the 1. FC Nürnberg. [16] The year after, the club finished fourth in the league again, which was important because the 1992, 1993 and 1994 placings were what counted to qualify for the new Regionalliga Süd, which was to start in 1994.

In its last Bayernliga year to-date, the club finished only eighth but it proved to be enough to gain one of the six available spots to the Regionalliga for 1994–95. Another Cup win, 6–2 against the SpVgg Ansbach, followed by a win over Schwaben Cup winner SC Altenmünster, meant qualification to the 1994–95 DFB-Pokal. [17]

Regionalliga years

The Cup game

On 14 August 1994, in the first round of the German Cup, the club shot to fame: Beating the German champions FC Bayern Munich 1–0 in the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg, the goal having been scored by Roland Stein. It was Bayern's first competitive match under new manager Giovanni Trapattoni and one of the greatest upsets in German Cup history. [18] Bayern had to "live with the humiliation", as Lothar Matthäus put it and, apart from making front page in Germany and Italy, like in the Gazzetta dello Sport, even a memorial stone was erected. [19] For Bayern, it was not the first lapse either, the club had already lost to the amateurs of FV Weinheim in 1990 [20] and in later years lost to 1. FC Magdeburg, too. Rumor has it that, when FSV Erlangen-Bruck shortly after knocked out Greuth from the Mittelfranken Cup, Uli Hoeneß send a telegram to the Erlangen club, congratulating them. [21]

Greuth marched on to the second round, beating FC Homburg there and finally lost to VfL Wolfsburg in the third round in a penalty shoot out.

As a footnote, the club came fifth in the new Regionalliga. [22]

Last season

The 1995–96 season was the last for the club in competitive football, for the time, finishing in a respectable sixth place. From there, the club went into a merger with the SpVgg Fürth, which had been decided upon in 1995 for financial reasons, [23] to form SpVgg Greuther Fürth, the Greuther in the new name reflecting the TSV Vestenbergsgreuth heritage. [24] The new logo included the wooden shoe from the Vestenbergsgreuth logo to also indicate that the new club was more than just a continuation of Fürth. [25] The new club managed to finish second in the Regionalliga and earn promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga.

Revival

In 2007, the club decided to field a senior side again. Doing so, the club had to enter the lowest local league, which was now the A-Klasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund-Gruppe 3 (X). It won, in club tradition, a championship and promotion in its first season. In this league, it met another Bavarian club who had seen better days, the ASV Herzogenaurach. [26]

Since 2008 the club has played in the Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 2, now the ninth tier of the Bavarian football league system.

Honours

The club's honours:

Indoor

Managers

Former managers of the club until 1996: [27]

Chairmen

The club had only two chairmen up until the merger in 1996: [28]

Nicknames

While Greuth is an abbreviation Vestenbergsgreuth and quite easy to understand in its origins, the second nickname needs some explanation. Teekicker (English: tea kicker) derives from the fact that the club was financially strongly supported by a local tea retailing company, run by Hans Wedel, a founding member of the club. [28] [29] For a while, the company sold a special "1–0 Tea" after the cup victory. [30]

Support

Considering the small size of the village of Vestenbergsgreuth (population: 1,627), the club was well supported with the following league attendance averages in its final seasons:

YearDivisionAttendance
1987–88Amateur Oberliga2,140
1988–89Amateur Oberliga1,990
1989–90Amateur Oberliga1,530
1990–91Amateur Oberliga1,561
1991–92Amateur Oberliga1,751
1992–93Amateur Oberliga
1993–94Amateur Oberliga847
1994–95Regionalliga1,144
1995–96Regionalliga570

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club: [31] [32]

SeasonDivision Tier Position
1974–75C-Klasse Bamberg Gruppe 3VIII1st ↑
1975–76B-Klasse Bamberg Gruppe 3VII1st ↑
1976–77A-Klasse Erlangen-ForchheimVI4th
1977–78A-Klasse Erlangen-Forchheim2nd
1978–79A-Klasse Erlangen-Forchheim1st ↑
1979–80 Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord V1st ↑
1980–81 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte IV9th
1981–82Landesliga Bayern-Mitte12th
1982–83Landesliga Bayern-Mitte10th
1983–84Landesliga Bayern-Mitte12th
1984–85Landesliga Bayern-Mitte4th
1985–86Landesliga Bayern-Mitte3rd
1986–87Landesliga Bayern-Mitte1st ↑
1987–88 Amateur Oberliga Bayern III2nd
1988–89Amateur Oberliga Bayern3rd
1989–90Amateur Oberliga Bayern4th
1990–91Amateur Oberliga BayernIII10th
SeasonDivision Tier Position
1991–92Amateur Oberliga BayernIII2nd
1992–93Amateur Oberliga Bayern4th
1993–94Amateur Oberliga Bayern8th ↑
1994–95 Regionalliga Süd III5th
1995–96Regionalliga Süd6th
1996–2007did not compete
2007–08A-Klasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund-Gruppe 3X1st ↑
2008–09Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 25th
2009–10Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 26th
2010–11Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 23rd
2011–12Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 23rd
2012–13Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 1IX7th
2013–14Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 14th
2014–15Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 16th
2015–16Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 111th
2016–17Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund 1
2017–18
Promoted Relegated

DFB-Pokal appearances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup a number of times:

SeasonRoundDateHomeAwayResultAttendance
1987–88 DFB-Pokal First round [33] 28 August 1987TSV Vestenbergsgreuth SV Darmstadt 98 0–45,500
1994–95 DFB-Pokal [34] First round14 August 1994TSV Vestenbergsgreuth FC Bayern Munich 1–024,200
Second round [35] 10 September 1994TSV Vestenbergsgreuth FC Homburg 5–13,200
Third round [36] 25 October 1994TSV Vestenbergsgreuth VfL Wolfsburg 1–1 / 3–4 after pen.5,500

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