We would like to tell you a bit about the history of SC Juelich 1910, Germany’s most successful amateur football club. Founded in 1910 as FC Juelich 1910 (Football Club Juelich 1910), the club became the FC Bayern Munich of German amateur clubs and won the Amateurs Championship three times in a row from 1969 – 1971.
On the historical day of January 12th, 1910 the individual clubs of: Alemannia Juelich, Victoria Juelich and the Juelich High School Gymnastics and Game Club merged together to form what we now know as The SC Juelich 1910 – officially known as Sports Club Juelich 1910 e.V.
By 1967 the club had reached the 3rd German league, and in their first season they finished 3rd behind Bonner SC and the amateur team of 1. FC Köln. Two years later the team finished first in the same league, 7 points clear. This achievement enabled FC Juelich to enter the play offs to be promoted to the 2nd league, but decided to play the Amateurs Championship instead. From a financial perspective it was too much risk to become a professional team.
In the matches of the Amateur Championship, Juelich beat 1. FC Pforzheim, Bremerhaven 93 Amateurs and SV Göppingen to reach the final against SpVgg Erkenschwick. In front of a 12.000 strong crowd, now known as the “Tenner”, they sealed their first title with a 2:1 win.
In the following 1969/70 season they successfully defended their league title and, as before, decided against going into professional football and chose to defend their German Amateurs Championship instead. After wins against Rheydter SV, Arminia Gütersloh and VfL Neckarau they faced Eintracht Braunschweig Amateurs in the final, triumphing 3:0 to defend their title.
Becoming victims of their own success, their top players attracted the attention of bigger clubs and were inevitably sold on. Despite this bitter – sweet shift, they still managed to retain their title, without losing a single match.
Sure enough, based on the same financial reasons of previous seasons, they once again opted out of going into professional football to guard their reigning German Championship title.
Upon consequently beating Eintracht Braunschweig Amateurs, Sportfreunde Eisbachtal and FSV Frankfurt, the team reached the final in Würzburg to play the amateurs of VfB Stuttgart, lifting the trophy once more with a 1 – nil win.
It proved to be the first and last time ever, that a team would win the German Amateurs Championship three times in a row. Much to the surprise of the supporters and fans, in the season of 1972/73 the team finished runners up behind winners Bonner SC. Bonner then decided to go into professional football and compete in the 2nd league, so the team of SC Juelich 1910 had the chance to play the Amateurs Championship again.
Berliner FC Preussen became their first victims and a tough yet triumphant penalty shoot-out against VfB 06/08 Remscheid meant they reached the semifinals. Injuries and a run of bad luck in the subsequent match, 1st leg against TSV Marl-Hüls ended in a disappointing defeat of 0:6, with the second leg mirroring the first as SC Juelich ground back to 6:0 in their favour. A climatic and certainly nerve racking penalty shoot out, however, was not to end in quite the same fashion, as Juelich’s hopes were crushed with 5 goals for their opponents to their insufficient yet brave three.
Reform and new legislation of the German league system in 1978 was to prove a pivotal and challenging time for the now famous S C Juelich warriors, who managed to battle to a third place finish but the newly formed Oberliga had now become the 3rd league in Germany and, in turn, stronger competition meant that SC Juelich 1910 were facing more relegation confrontations than they had experienced before. Nonetheless they retained their characteristic fighting spirit to rise and survive, time and time again.
During these years and on into the 90s the team reached the main round of the German Cup (DFB-Cup) several more times and played against: Hertha BSC Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Munich, SV Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV.
Former team member and Albanian international Fatmir Hasanpapa personified the charming history and never say die attitude of SC Juelich, which attracted media attention in the 2004 season. He became the subject of a German TV station documentary, which filmed him over several months capturing the spirit and essence of the club forever.