The official start of the club is September 4, 1974, when the army club Vorwärts Leipzig was moved to Dessau and became Armeesportgemeinschaft Vorwärts Dessau. Success was modest, although in the early 1980s they were on the verge of promotion to the top flight of the DDR-Oberliga
After reunification, the club briefly played as SG Dessau 89, before becoming FC Anhalt in 1990. FCA established themselves in the Oberliga Nordost, usually in the lower half. Attendance was generally horrible.
Financial problems abounded, and FC Anhalt was in receivership. In 2003 the club withrew voluntarily ffrom the Oberliga, and moved down to the Landesliga. They were relegated here too and started 2004 in the Landesklasse. Things went from bad to worse. In September 2004, the end came and the club was officially kicked out of the regional sports group, and all matches declared null and void. (How's that for a "Happy Birthday"?) There are some hopes that it can keep going. The players left the club or started competing as part of other Dessau clubs, at least partially under the umbrella of FCA. The 2nd team apparently continued play in the Kreisklasse as "SV Stahlbau Dessau 1950 II". They did fairly well, but this would only be a short term arrangement.
In April 2005, the old members decided to have another go, and refounded the club in the old GDR fashion: ASG Vorwärts Dessau. However in this case, the ASG no longer refers to "Armeesportgemeinschaft" but rather to "Anhaltische Sportgemeinschaft".
|Full Name||Fußball-Club Anhalt Dessau e.V.|
Dessau (Sachsen-Anhalt). Pop: 78,000
Ludwigshafener Straße 69a, 06842 Dessau|
Phone: 0340 / 88 22 016, Fax: 0340 / 51 98 310
Originally yellow jersey, red shorts, red/yellow striped socks. Then green jersey, white shorts. The new ASG is back
to the original colors.
Paul-Greifzu-Stadion. Capacity: 20,728, (2,048 seat)
Built in 1952 and named after a racing car driver who was killed in a race that year. Floodlights were added in 1999 and the stadium was generally refurbished, allowing FCA to claim "the most modern stadium in Sachsen-Anhalt". In the lower leagues, the new ASG plays at Sportplatz Dessau-Kleinkühnau
In the Oberliga (2003), prices ranged from 5-8 euros. Expect about half
that in the lower league.
Small number, but dedicated. They've kept the Fan web site going despite
the disappearance of the club. Too bad they didn't go to the stadium, as
they only averaged around 400-500 in Oberliga years, down to 286 in 2004,
the last year.
SV Dessau. Some FCA fans believe that the city had a hand in getting them
booted out, as they wanted SV to take over the Paul-Greifzu stadium.
||Pub Grub ||
The club runs the "Gaststätte Zum Tannenhäger".
|| The Net
The new official site: www.vorwaerts-dessau.de. |
For those wishing a bit of nostalgia, the old official site: www.fc-anhalt-dessau.de is frozen in time (2003). It was still online as of 2007.
ASG Vorwärts Dessau
1974-75 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 4th
1975-76 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 3rd
1976-77 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 7th
1977-78 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 7th
1978-79 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 4th
1979-80 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 2nd
1980-81 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 7th
1981-82 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 2nd
1982-83 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 2nd
1983-84 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel C 1st
1984-85 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel B 6th
1985-86 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel A 5th
1986-87 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel A 3rd
1987-88 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel B 3rd
1988-89 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel B 2nd
SG Dessau 89
1989-90 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel B 5th
FC Anhalt Dessau
1990-91 (**) DDR-Liga, Staffel B 15th
1991-92 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost-Mitte 7th
1992-93 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost-Mitte 14th
1993-94 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost-Mitte 12th
1994-95 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Nord 6th
1995-96 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Nord 12th
1996-97 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Nord 13th
1997-98 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Süd 12th
1998-99 (IV) Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt 1st
1999-00 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Süd 10th
2000-01 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Süd 16th
2001-02 (V) Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt 1st
2002-03 (IV) Oberliga Nordost-Süd 15th
2003-04 (V) Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt 15th
2004-05 (VI) Landesklasse-7 kicked out
ASG Vorwärts Dessau
2005-06 (IX) Kreisklasse Anhalt 1st
2006-07 (VIII) Kreisliga Anhalt 2nd
2007-08 (VIII) Kreisliga Anhalt
(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: www.abseits-soccer.com