Hapoel Beit Lid F.C.

Hapoel Beit Lid F.C. (Hebrew: הפועל בית ליד‎), was a football club from the Beit Lid Ma'abara (temporary immigrant camp), Israel. The club was also rarely referred to as Hapoel Shvut Am (Hebrew: הפועל שבות עם‎),[1][2] as Shvut Am (lit. The Nation Returns) was the formal name of the camp.

Hapoel Beit Lid F.C.
Full nameHapoel Beit Lid Football Club
הפועל בית ליד
LeagueLiga Bet
1959–6015th (North B division)


The club was established by newly arrived immigrants who were settled in the Ma'abara in 1951 and joined Liga Gimel (third division) for the 1951–52 season. The club was promoted to Liga Bet (second division) by the end of the following season, and remained in LIga Bet, which became third division in 1956 for the next six seasons.

On 16 January 1960, in a league match between the club and Maccabi Neve Shalom, a brawl erupted, initiated by Beit Lid's players and fans, during which the match's referee was severely beaten.[3][2][4] The club was suspended from the league a week later and folded.[5][6][7]



  1. ^ The Football League Matches Will Be Brought Forward[permanent dead link] Davar, 28 June 1959, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b A Football Referee Was Beaten[permanent dead link] Davar, 17 January 1960, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ [permanent dead link] A Referee Was Severely Beaten in a Football Match in Netanya, Herut, 17 January 1960, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ A Beit-Lidian Outrage in Netanya Hadshot HaSport, 17 January 1960, p. 3, archive.football.org.il
  5. ^ Hapoel Beit Lid Suspended Until the End of the Season[permanent dead link], Ma'ariv, 24 January 1960, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ Activity of Beit Lid Footballers Suspended till the end of the season Hadshot HaSport, 24 January 1960, p. 1, archive.football.org.il (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ Scorer Victor Sarusi: The Cruel of All – The Crowd[permanent dead link] Itzhak Ben-Horin, Ma'ariv, 6 May 1974, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)