FK Sparta Sarpsborg

Fotballklubben Sparta Sarpsborg is the football department of IL Sparta. Founded in 1928, the club got its present name in 2004. The club currently plays in 4. divisjon, the fifth tier of the Norwegian football league system.

Sparta Sarpsborg
Full nameFotballklubben Sparta Sarpsborg
Founded1928
GroundSpartabanen
Capacity500
ChairmanLars Malmberg
Head coachTerje Jonassen
League4. divisjon
20184. divisjon, 7th of 14[1]
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

1950s: The golden yearsEdit

The club won the Norwegian Cup in 1952, having scored all the five goals in the final against Solberg which Sparta won 3–2.[2] Sparta played in Hovedserien from its inception in 1948–49 until 1957–58, only interrupted by one season at the second tier. In the ten seasons at the top tier the average home attendances differed between 1,300 and 5,000.[3]

1999–present: Collaborations and return to lower leaguesEdit

In 1999, 16 teams in the Sarpsborg area joined forces to create a team that could compete in the top divisions of Norwegian football, called Sarpsborg Fotball, which overtook Sarpsborg FK's spot in the third tier in the league-system. In its first season, the team was relegated from the 2. divisjon, and several clubs, including both Sarpsborg FK and Sparta, withdrew from the collaboration. The remaining clubs in the "Sarpsborg Fotball"-project formed a new club called Borg Fotball, which won promotion to the 2. divisjon in 2002, but was relegated again in 2003. Meanwhile, Sparta was promoted to the 2. divisjon the same season, and re-entered the collaboration club which now was renamed FK Sparta Sarpsborg. The club secured promotion to 1. divisjon in 2005 after decades in the lower divisions, with a 15–0 win against Fram Larvik on 22 October 2005.[4] Ahead of the 2008 season Sparta withdrew their team and gave their place to the new club Sarpsborg 08. Sparta is currently playing in the fourth division, having been relegated from the 3. divisjon in 2016.

HonoursEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Tier Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2012 4. divisjon 5   1 26 19 6 1 91 25 63 dnq Promoted to 3. divisjon
2013 3. divisjon 4 10 26 10 2 14 52 48 32 First round
2014 3. divisjon 4   12 26 8 4 14 39 52 28 First qualifying round Relegated to 4. divisjon
2015 4. divisjon 5   1 26 20 5 1 81 32 65 First qualifying round Promoted to 3. divisjon
2016 3. divisjon 4   13 26 4 4 18 35 80 16 Second round Relegated to 4. divisjon
2017 4. divisjon 5 10 26 8 7 11 42 49 31 First qualifying round
2018 4. divisjon 5 7 26 10 4 12 53 64 34 dnq

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amedia-ligaen 2018". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Cup final in Oslo, October 26". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Spartas tilskuertall i eliteserien 1947-1958". nifs.no. A-pressen.
  4. ^ "Satte trolig norgesrekord". sa.no (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2012.

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