In December of 1904, Emschertaler SV and Oberhausener TV 1873 got together to form Oberhausener SV. In January 1923, the Duisburg club Styrumer BV merged, and the club was now known as SV 1904 Oberhausen-Styrum. This however only lasted for some 6 months, as many members left to form 1.FC Mülheim-Styrum. The remainder stayed on, and renamed the club to SC Rot_Weiß Oberhausen in 1934. During the Nazi era, RWO was a decent club in the Gauliga Niederrhein, but that division was essentially owned by Fortuna Düsseldorf, so there wasn't much to achieve.
After WWII, RWO eventually established itself in the top regional Oberliga West, and was a founding memeber of the new Regionalliga West in 1963. In the early 1970s, RWO played 3 seasons in the Bundesliga, before finally dropping in 1973. Basically, it was a workhorse team of no-names, although Lothar Kobluhn did manage to win the scoring title for the Bundesliga one season. There were accusations of attempted bribery to sully the name of the club. The DFB penalized RWO 5 points (on 2 pt scale) before the start of the 72/73 season, which was essentially automatic relegation. The next season they finished runner-up in the Regionalliga West, but crashed out in the promotion playoffs. 1975 saw a disaster in the new 2.Liga Nord and relegation down to the 3rd division.
The elevator ride continued as after a few seasons in the 3rd, RWO was back in the 2nd division for about 5 seasons in the 1980s. However, once again the taint of scandal brought a close to the chapter, as financial difficulties led to the DFB denying a professional license. By 1990, RWO had fallen to the 4th division.
Club management started to clean things up, and the club stabilized, so by 1998, they were back at the 2nd level. The 1998-99 season started off poorly, and the pundits prediction of a quick drop to the 3rd division looke pretty obvious, with RWO dead last. But then a new coach, Alexander Ristic, managed to turn things around, and the team put together a great unbeaten run that carried them out of the hole. Although things remained tight, there was little doubt they would stay up, despite a weak finish. As things stabilized, it's not unbelievable to think that RWO may once again make an appearance in the top flight. The 5th place finish in 2004 seemed to indicate that. But the 2.Liga is merciless, and if you miss the boat, don't be surprised if you miss everything...Oberhausen was relegated in 2005.
Oberhausen started another elevator ride, once again climbing into the 2nd division by 2010, but quickly fell back to the 4th level a couple of years later. It's safe to say that RWO will remain one of the prime examples of elevator squads in Germany for the near future.
|Fullname||Sport-Club Rot-Weiß Oberhausen e.V.|
|City||Oberhausen (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 222,000 (2002).|
Rechenacker 62, 46049 Oberhausen|
Phone: (0208) 25730
|Colors||Red and white. Away uniform White shirt, light green horizontal stripes, white pants, light green socks.|
|Nickname||Die Kleeblätter (four leaf clovers)|
Niederrheinstadion. Capacity: 21,318 (4,039
Built in 1926. From the visiting side, you can look into the harbour. The advertising board was apparently bought from Bayer Leverkusen when they refurbished their stadium.
7.50-22 euros (2004)
Things slowly looking up, averaged about 6,300 in 2004 (2.Liga).
About 27 registered fan clubs listed on web site.
Heated rivalries with other Ruhr teams, Duisburg, Essen, Bochum, Schalke
3 German internationals. Willy Jürissen (6 caps in th 30s),
Jürgen Sundermann (1 cap in 1960). Also Erich
Juskowiak, from the 50s, capped once for RWO, another 30 for
Düsseldorf. Midfielder Lothar Kobluhn sensationally won
the scoring title in 1971 with 24 goals - 12 in the last 8 games to
save RWO by 1 goal. || Zeroes
|| Pub Grub
RWO runs it own Gaststätte from the club house.
König-Pilsner is a sponsor.
|| The Net
An official web site, RWO-Online, got started late, but is fairly
decent: www.rwo-online.de .
2013-14 (IV) Regionalliga West 3rd
2012-13 (IV) Regionalliga West 8th
2011-12 (III) 3.Liga 19th
2010-11 (II) 2.Liga 17th
2009-10 (II) 2.Liga 14th
2008-09 (II) 2.Liga 9th
2007-08 (III) Regionalliga Nord 2nd
2006-07 (IV) Oberliga Nordrhein 1st
2005-06 (III) Regionalliga Nord 17th
2004-05 (II) 2.Liga 16th
2003-04 (II) 2.Liga 5th
2002-03 (II) 2.Liga 14th
2001-02 (II) 2.Liga 12th
2000-01 (II) 2.Liga 12th
1999-00 (II) 2.Liga 6th
1998-99 (II) 2.Liga 12th
1997-98 (III) Regionalliga W/SW 1st
1996-97 (III) Regionalliga W/SW 2nd
1995-96 (III) Regionalliga W/SW 8th
1994-95 (IV) Oberliga Nordrhein 1st
1993-94 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordrhein 7th
1992-93 (IV) Verbandsliga Niederrhein 1st
1991-92 (IV) Verbandsliga Niederrhein 3rd
1990-91 (IV) Verbandsliga Niederrhein 5th
1989-90 (IV) Verbandsliga Niederrhein 14th
1988-89 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordrhein 19th
1987-88 (II) 2.Liga 16th license denied
1986-87 (II) 2.Liga 16th
1985-86 (II) 2.Liga 11th
1984-85 (II) 2.Liga 12th
1983-84 (II) 2.Liga 16th
1982-83 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordrhein 1st
1981-82 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordrhein 4th
1980-81 (II) 2.Liga Nord 14th
1979-80 (II) 2.Liga Nord 15th
1978-79 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordrhein 1st
1977-78 (III) Amateurliga Niederrhein 2nd
1976-77 (III) Amateurliga Niederrhein 8th
1975-76 (III) Amateurliga Niederrhein 5th
1974-75 (II) 2.Liga Nord 18th
1974-75 (II) 2.Liga Nord 18th
1972-73 (I) Bundesliga 18th
1971-72 (I) Bundesliga 15th
1970-71 (I) Bundesliga 16th
1969-70 (I) Bundesliga 14th
1967-68 (II) Regionalliga West 3rd
1966-67 (II) Regionalliga West 6th
1965-66 (II) Regionalliga West 4th
1964-65 (II) Regionalliga West 4th
1963-64 (II) Regionalliga West 7th
(c) Abseits Guide to Germany : www.abseits-soccer.com