FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen

FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen was a German association football club from the industrial city of Bitterfeld-Wolfen in southern Saxony-Anhalt.

FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen
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Full nameFußballclub
Grün-Weiß Wolfen
Founded21 January 1994
Dissolved30 June 2012
GroundJahnstadion
Capacity5,000
Leaguedefunct

HistoryEdit

After an Agfa factory had been founded in Wolfen in 1909, the city experienced a boom that also led to the creation of the Wolfener Ballspielclub in 1915.[1] This club was later renamed, first becoming VfL Wolfen and then IG Farben Sportverein. After World War II all sports clubs and associations in Germany were dissolved. Sportgemeinde Wolfen emerged as a successor side in 1945 and became part of football competition in East Germany. In November 1948, SG joined BSG Agfa Wolfen and BSG Einheit Wolfen to form ZSG Wolfen, which was renamed BSG Chemie Agfa Wolfen on 7 October 1949.

In 1950, the Wolfen team were promoted to the Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt, then the third tier of the East German football league system. In their first season there, they earned a respectable 6th-place finish, and the following season they were Landesmeister (en:state champions) of Saxony-Anhalt, winning promotion to the DDR-Liga (II).

In July 1957, the club was joined by BSG Aktivist Sandersdorf to form BSG Chemie Wolfen. The Sandersdorf side was established in 1945 as SG Sandersdorf and played as SG Falke Sandersdorf (1948) before becoming Aktivist in 1951. After advancing to second-division play in 1952, Wolfen generally managed mid-table results until being sent down to the Bezirksliga Halle in 1964 after a 16th-place finish. They reclaimed a place in second-tier play through a first place Bezirksliga finish in 1968, followed by a successful promotion playoff run.

A third-place finish in the 1970–71 season nurtured hopes that Wolfen had successfully re-established themselves in tier II, but instead the club was sent down for breaking DFV statutes by poaching players, and financial irregularities. Despite winning immediate re-promotion out of the Berzirksliga, the club could only manage 10th and 11th finishes in 1973 and 1974, and was sent down yet again. Wolfen spent seven of the next eight seasons on the DDR-Liga (II) before slipping out of sight into lower-level competition in 1985. Their most successful season during this period was in 1983–84 when they finished third, drawing crowds of about 1,600 spectators to watch their matches at the 10,000-capacity Jahnstadion.

In 1989, Wolfen won another Bezirksliga championship, failed to return to the DDR-Liga when they finished third in the promotion playoffs.

In the FDGB Cup Chemie Wolfen had their best season in 1956, beating SC Lok Leipzig in the round of last 16, and going out in the quarter final against ASK Vorwärts Berlin.

League overviewEdit

1950–1952 Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt
1952–1964 DDR-Liga*
1964–1968 Bezirksliga Halle
1968–1971 DDR-Liga
1971/72 Bezirksliga Halle
1972–1974 DDR-Liga
1974–1977 Bezirksliga Halle
1977–1981 DDR-Liga
1981/82 Bezirksliga Halle
1982–1985 DDR-Liga
1985–1990 Bezirksliga Halle
* altogether 24 seasons in DDR-Liga, 19th in the Historic Ranking

Women's sectionEdit

More successful than their male counterparts, Wolfen's women's team was one of the pioneers in GDR women's football. Until 1982 they were part of the top flight that had been established in 1979, finishing 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 5th, respectively. The women's section last played in the Landesliga.

FC Grün-WeißEdit

Political and economic change following German reunification led to the film factory no longer sponsoring the club. The club was renamed again, now called SG Chemie Wolfen. Four years later, on 21 January 1994, the football section left the club and created FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen. The men's team has been playing in the tier V Landes/Verbandsliga Saxony-Anhalt since 1990, as does the women's team. Thanks to sponsoring from solar panel producer Q-Cells the men's team won promotion to the Oberliga in 2008. After a very poor championship and despite its ambitions, the club was relegated after only one season. They played in tier VI of the German football league system, the Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt, where they spent three seasons there. On 29 November 2011, FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen presented at the Dessau District Court their request to open insolvency proceedings due to imminent insolvency. As a result of the insolvency proceedings, all their league games were annulled and they were the first team immediately relegated from the Verbandsliga in season 2011/12.[2][3] The second team was retired from playing in the Landesklasse.

Notable peopleEdit

A number of people who spent time at Chemie Wolfen have gained notability prior or after their time at the club, becoming GDR internationals, playing in the DDR-Oberliga or in Bundesliga.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  2. ^ "Insolvenzantrage in Gera und Wolfen". mdr.de (in German). 30 November 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ Schaarschmidt, Thomas (29 December 2011). "Grün-Weiß Wolfen muss aufgeben". mz-web.de (in German). Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2015.