A small club that is obscured by the massive shadow of Schalke, has suffered through merger, but neverthless continues to survive.
The club was actually founded in 1950 through a merger of two small clubs, SV Union 1910 and SV Alemmannia 1911. Union was probably the stronger of the two, making a Gauliga Westfalen appearance in 1940. (They were thumped 3-0 and 7-1 by Schalke, who won 21 and drew 1).
The first attempt to build up a challenge to Schalke was then in 1950, as SGE was formed. Eintracht may not have been a completely voluntary arrangement, as apparently the Westfalen Football Federation "suggested" that Union and Alemannia merge, so they could join the new league structure. However, they basically languished in the old 2.Liga-West, and attendance continued to drop to around 1,500 by 1962. After entering the Regionalliga inm 1965, things started to pick up slightly, finshing as high as 5th in 1971.
In 1973 the Eintracht entered into a merger of sorts with nearby STV Horst-Emscher. This was another desperate attempt to become "the 2nd force in Gelsenkirchen" and get out from the thumb of the mighty Schalke. Unfortunately, the thumb turned out to be a 500 ton anvil, and the result was failure. After the 1978 season, the clubs parted ways. And Eintracht was gypped, as all the good players stayed with STV Horst, and SGE was left with nothing to rebuild. Eintracht disappeared from sight, although forensic science has enabled us to determine their presence down in the 7th division Bezirksliga recently.
In reality, the club really did disappear, and was stricken from the official DFB club register. Until 1997, when SV Fortuna Gelsenkirchen, which had inherited the old Südstadion from Eintracht, decided to revive the old lady. Fortuna had been trying to grow in size, and figured that by taking up the Eintracht name, they would have more recognition. Eintracht was reborn!! They started in the 8th division Kreisliga, and slowly started to work their way up.
|Full Name||Sportgemeinde Eintracht Gelsenkirchen e.V.|
Gelsenkirchen. Pop: 272,445
Sportanlage "SÜDSTADION" Haidekamp, 45886 Gelsenkirchen|
Red jersey, blue shorts/socks
Südstadion Am Haidekamp. Capacity: 21,680 (1680 seats)|
This stadium was built in 1967 when Eintracht's old Südpark was torn down. The Südpark was built in 1923 and orginally held 43,000, hosting Union. Capacity was about 28,000 in 1950 when SGE was founded. During the merger with STV Horst, they played at the Fürstenberg (capacity 23,140/1,425 seats)
Cell phone plan ("friends & family")
During the 60s-70s, Willi Krause was the leading scorer, with 43 goals in 160 matches from 1967-73.
Also worth mentioning Bernd Kipp, with 29 strikes in 65 games over 3 seasons. Hubert
Kostotzky played 177 Regionalliga matches from 1964-73.
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Official Site: www.sg-eintracht-ge.de
1963-64 (IV) Landesliga Westfalen-1 1st
1964-65 (II) Regionalliga West 13th
1965-66 (II) Regionalliga West 16th
1966-67 (II) Regionalliga West 12th
1967-68 (II) Regionalliga West 14th
1968-69 (II) Regionalliga West 18th
1969-70 (III) Amateurliga Westfalen-1 1st
1970-71 (II) Regionalliga West 5th
1971-72 (II) Regionalliga West 10th
1972-73 (II) Regionalliga West 14th
1973-74 (II) Regionalliga West 16th
1974-75 (III) Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO 8th
1975-76 (III) Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO 12th
1976-77 (III) Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO 7th
1977-78 (III) Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO 12th
1978-98 "Dead and Buried Liga"
1998-99 (VIII) Kreisliga A
2000-01 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13
2001-02 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13
2002-03 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13
2003-04 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13
2004-05 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13
2005-06 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13 2nd
2006-07 (VII) Bezirksliga Westfalen-13 1st
2007-08 (VI) Landesliga Westfalen, West
(c) Abseits Guide to Germany : www.abseits-soccer.com