FC Recklinghausen 96

For a town of medium size, Recklinghausen has produced quite a few clubs that have participated in the regional leagues. (Generally without any success. Among others, Viktoria and Union had short appearances in the Gauliga Westfalen in the late 1930s, which was probably the high point until merger mania swept the town, starting in the 1970s.

In 1972, Viktoria Recklinghausen and SuS 1913 Recklinghausen decided to merge and formed SC Recklinghausen. Not to be left out in the cold, 1.SV Union Recklinghausen, SC Preußen Hochlarmark and SU Wacker 1920 Recklinghausen merged to form SV Eintracht Recklinghausen, which was generally the strongest of the local teams. In 1981, the two major clubs, Eintracht and SC merged to form 1.FC Recklinghausen. Despite combining resources, the club quickly sunk into mediocrity.

In 1996, 1.FC, keeping the tradition of many desperate mergers, went bankrupt, and a new club was founded on the ashes: FC Recklinghausen 96.

Full Name Fußballclub 1996 Recklinghausen e.V.
City Recklinghausen (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 121,521 (2007)
Address Postfach 200203, 45632 Recklinghausen
Phone: 02361-960336, Fax: 02361-7055
e-mail: FC96recklinghausen@t-online.de
Colors Yellow jersey, green shorts, green socks
Stadium Stadion Hohenhorst. Capacity: 21,000
Supporters Vestpiraten, a dedicated group of "about 9-20" fans travel to away games. It's sometimes trying because they "usually use public transportation.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.fc96.de
A supporters group website vestpiraten.de maintains running commentary on the fortune of the club and it's fans.

Recent History:

		Eintracht Recklinghausen

1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-2		4th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		14th
1974-75	(IV)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		2nd
1975-76	(IV)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		1st
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-2		4th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-2		8th
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		8th
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		11th
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		8th
----> 1.FC Recklinghausen

		SC Recklinghausen

1971-72	(IV)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		1st
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		5th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		1st
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		12th
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		11th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-1		12th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Westfalen-2		11th
1978-79	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen		9th
1979-80	(IV)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		2nd
1980-81	(IV)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		7th
----> 1.FC Recklinghausen

		1.FC Recklinghausen

1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		10th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		15th
1987-88	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	2nd
1988-89	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	1st
1989-90	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-NO	2nd
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		6th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Westfalen		16th
1992-93	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-SW	13th
1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-SW	16th
----> FC Recklinghausen 96

		FC Recklinghausen 96

2003-04	(VII)	Bezirksliga			1st
2004-05	(VI)	Landesliga Westfalen-4
2005-06	(VI)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		3rd
2006-07	(VI)	Landesliga Westfalen-4		1st
2007-08	(V)	Verbandsliga Westfalen-1	

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