The FV 1897 Linden is a German rugby union club from Hanover. As well as rugby, the club also offers other sports, such as American football and gymnastics.

FV 1897 Linden
Full nameFussball Verein 1897 Linden e.V.
UnionGerman Rugby Federation
LocationHanover, Germany
ChairmanAlbert Kumm
Official website

The club has four German rugby union championships to its name, won in 1932, 1937, 1940 and 1978 but has not appeared in a championship final since 1980.[1]

In recent seasons, the club has not fielded a team in competitive senior rugby.

History Edit

FV 1897 Linden was formed on 2 September 1897 as a football club. In March 1898, the club then switched codes and adopted rugby as its sport instead but retained its name Fussball Verein.[2]

FV made its first trip to a German championship final in 1932, defeating RG Heidelberg 6-5. It lost the 1934 final to fellow Hanover club VfR Döhren before winning its second title, again beating RG Heidelberg, in 1937.[1]

A third championship was won in 1940, during the Second World War, when Eintracht Frankfurt Rugby was defeated 19-6.[1]

It took the club 38 years to appear in another final, when, in 1978, TSV Handschuhsheim was beaten 24-16 and FV's fourth and so far last championship was won. It made one more finals appearance, in 1980, but this time RG Heidelberg triumphed 16-10.[1] In between those two finals, it appeared in the 1979 German rugby union cup final, where it lost to DSV 78 Hannover.[3]

The club has since disappeared from the Rugby-Bundesliga and not fielded a side in competitive senior rugby, but continues to be listed as a member of the Lower Saxony Rugby Federation.[4]

Club honours Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d Die Deutschen Meister der Männer Archived October 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (in German) DRV website - German champions (men), accessed: 15 April 2010
  2. ^ Zur Geschichte (in German) FV 1897 Linden website, accessed: 15 April 2010
  3. ^ Die DRV-Pokalsieger Archived 2007-10-25 at the Wayback Machine (in German) DRV website - German cup winners, accessed: 15 April 2010
  4. ^ List of member clubs Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Lower Saxony Rugby Federation website, accessed: 16 April 2010

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