TSB Flensburg

The main sport in Flensburg is apparently merging with other clubs, and then splintering off into other clubs.

The roots go back to 1849, with MTV Flensburg. In 1865, they merger with Flensburger TV 1860. In 1876 some of these members left to form another gymnastics club again named FTV, who disbanded in 1881 when they could find nobody else to merge with. The highpoint of the organization of the soccer section in 1902. However, this only lasted with until 1923, when the soccer players, with the aid of the German Walkers, joined up to eventually form rival Flensburger 08. Not to be outdone, TSB combined with MTV 1881, who had been formed from the ashes of MTV (Männer Turnverein), in 1935. Luckily, World-War-II intervened to stop the interventionist Flensburgers.

After the war, they took up their old ways. In 1946, whatever the club was now called merged with Flensburger SC, and in 1947, they changed their name to Flensburger Turnerbund. Things seemed to stabilize, but dark clouds were on the horizon, as in 1950, as some members merged with themselves and re-started the Nordmark line of clubs. Aside from changing their name in 1955, this led to the "Pax Flensburgana", which meant no mergers until 1973, when TSV Vorwärts 97 joined up. Vorwärts came out of the Workers clubs, which took the "workers of the World, Unite!" slogan seriously. So like their capitalist breathren, they too had more "fusions" then a hemophiliac. They had also been banned by the Nazis in 1933, so individuals fusioned themselves into other clubs or perhaps joined the Danish Walkers Union. After starting again in 1945, they eventually became VfL Flensburg in 1948, before a new round of fusion bloodletting led to the Vorwärts name in the 1950s. In any case, the new club was called TSB Flensburg. It is rumoured that the EU bureaucrats in Brusssels have a clause in their 80,000 pages of legislation that prohibits Flensburg from having any more mergers.

On the field, TSB has challenged rivals Flensburg 08 for supremacy, although F08 appears to have the upper hand. However, in the more important merger category, it would appear TSB is on top.

Full Name Turn- und Sportbund Flensburg von 1865 e.V.
City Flensburg (Schleswig-Holstein). Pop: 84,480 (2002)
Address Eckernerstraße 24, 24939 Flensburg
Phone: 0461/16040-0
Colors White jersey, red trim. Red shorts, white socks.
Stadium Eckener Sportplatz. Capacity: 5,000
Beer Flensburger is the local brew.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.tsb-flensburg.de. Actually, very nice. The soccer section also has it's own website www.tsb-fussballliga.de . So far, no fusion into the main website...

Recent History:

1972-73	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	11th
1973-74	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	14th
1974-75	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	13th
1975-76	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	8th
1976-77	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	5th
1977-78	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	2nd
1978-79	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	5th
1979-80	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	4th
1980-81	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	3rd
1981-82	(VI)	Bezirksliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	1st
1982-83	(V)	Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	6th
1983-84	(V)	Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	6th
1984-85	(V)	Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	1st
1985-86	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		6th
1986-87	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		3rd
1987-88	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		6th
1988-89	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		9th
1989-90	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		5th
1990-91	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		14th
1991-92	(V)	Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	4th
1992-93	(V)	Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord 	2nd
1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		7th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein	15th
1995-96	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		1st
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein	16th
1997-98	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		10th
1998-99	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		4th
1999-00	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		7th
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		6th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		2nd
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein	17th
2003-04	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		14th
2004-05	(VI)	Bezirksoberliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	
2005-06	(V)	Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein		17th
2006-07	(VI)	Bezirksoberliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	4th
2007-08	(VI)	Bezirksoberliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord	

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: www.abseits-soccer.com