GKS Tychy

GKS Tychy is a Polish professional football club, based in Tychy, Poland, that plays in the Polish I Liga. The club was founded on 20 April 1971. It played in the Ekstraklasa between 1974–1977. The biggest success of GKS Tychy was the 2nd place in the 1975/76 season of the Ekstraklasa, behind Stal Mielec. As a result, the team played in the UEFA Cup 1976-77, losing to 1. FC Köln.

GKS Tychy
GKS Tychy Logo.svg
Full nameGórniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy
Founded20 April 1971; 49 years ago (1971-04-20)
GroundStadion Miejski,
Edukacji 7 Street, 43-100 Tychy, Poland Poland
Capacity15,300
ChairmanPoland Leszek Bartnicki
ManagerPoland Tomasz Horwat
LeagueI liga
2019–209th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The history of GKS Tychy dates back to 20 April 1971, when the government of the county of Tychy, together with Communist party activists (PZPR), decided to form a powerful sports organization. As a result of the merger of Polonia Tychy, Gornik Wesola and Gornik Murcki, a strong, multi-department sports club was formed, with football and ice-hockey as its major departments. Before the creation of GKS Tychy, ice-hockey players of Gornik Murcki had twice won the Cup of Poland (1967 and 1971).

The decision to merge the teams from Murcki and Wesola was not welcomed by members of local communities, who wanted to keep their organizations. The Tychy County government did not care about these concerns, as the plan was to form a strong club, with top class athletes. GKS Tychy was financially supported by local coal mines, from Tychy, Ledziny, Wesola and Bieruń. A new, 20,000 stadium was built, together with a swimming pool and ice-skating rink. By 1973, GKS Tychy had over 600 athletes in seven departments, including football, ice-hockey, wrestling, and track and field.

Two years after its creation, the football team of GKS Tychy won promotion to the second level of Polish football tier, and in early summer of 1974, the team was promoted to Ekstraklasa. With its topscorer Roman Ogaza, Tychy in August 1974 debuted in Ekstraklasa, in a 1–1 game vs. Lech Poznan. In 1975–76 Ekstraklasa, GKS Tychy finished second, after Polish champion Stal Mielec, and in the UEFA Cup, it played against West German side 1. FC Koeln. In the first leg, in Cologne (15 September 1976), Tychy lost 0–2. In the second leg, which took place on 29 September 1976 at Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, Polish team tied 1-1, after a goal by Roman Ogaza. Ogaza himself was a member of Polish football team, which won silver in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, becoming the first athlete in the history of Tychy to win an olympic medal.

In the 1976–77 Ekstraklasa, GKS Tychy, to the surprise of experts, was relegated from Polish top division, despite the fact that its top players remained at Tychy. After several seasons in Polish Second Division, GKS was once again relegated (1983) to the third level of Polish football tier, remaining there until 1993. After a merger with Sokol Pniewy, the new team, called Sokol Tychy-Pniewy, played in 1995–96 Ekstraklasa and 1996–97 Ekstraklasa. Due to financial difficulties, the team was dissolved in 1997. Soon afterwards, new organization, called Tyski Klub Sportowy Tychy was founded.

Previous namesEdit

  • 20.04.1971 to 1996 - Górniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy
  • 1996 - Sokół Tychy
  • 1997 - Górniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy
  • 1998 - TKS Tychy
  • 2000 - Górnośląski Klub Sportowy Tychy '71
  • 2008 - Górniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy

GKS Tychy in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Score
1976-77 UEFA Cup 1R   1. FC Köln 0-2, 1-1

PlayersEdit

As of 16 September, 2020[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   POL Adrian Odyjewski
3 DF   POL Łukasz Sołowiej
4 MF   POL Oskar Paprzycki
5 DF   POL Maciej Mańka
6 DF   MNE Nemanja Nedic
7 MF   POL Jakub Piątek
8 MF   POL Łukasz Grzeszczyk
9 FW   POL Dawid Kasprzyk
11 MF   POL Krzysztof Wołkowicz
13 MF   POL Łukasz Moneta
14 MF   POL Bartosz Biel
15 MF   POL Jan Biegański
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   POL Sebastian Steblecki
18 MF   POL Aleksander Biegański
19 FW   POL Michał Staniucha
20 DF   POL Bartosz Szeliga
23 DF   POL Marcel Stefaniak
24 MF   POL Dominik Połap
27 FW   POL Damian Nowak
30 DF   POL Kamil Szymura
32 FW   POL Szymon Lewicki
34 MF   POL Łukasz Norkowski
77 MF   POL Kacper Piątek
91 GK   POL Konrad Jałocha

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   POL Konrad Pipia (at Gwarek Tarnowskie Góry)

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Tomasz Horwat
Assistant coach   Jarosław Zadylak
Goalkeeping coach   Tomasz Rogala
Director coach   Grzegorz Kiecok
Fitness coach   Leszek Simiłowski
Doctor   Grzegorz Nocoń

Other sportsEdit

Active sections

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries.[2] Players listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Tychy.

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estonia
Kyrgyzstan
Moldova
Poland
Trinidad and Tobago
Zimbabwe

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pierwzy zespół" (in Polish). GKS Tychy. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "GKS 71 Tychy". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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