Hapoel Kiryat Shmona F.C.

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (Hebrew: הפועל קריית שמונה) was an Israeli football club based in Kiryat Shmona. The club played at the Ironi Stadium, and ceased to exist in 2000 when it merged with Maccabi Kiryat Shmona to form Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
Full nameHapoel Kiryat Shmona Football Club
Nickname(s)Ha'Tzfoniyim (the Northerners)
Founded1953; 69 years ago (1953)
Dissolved2000; 22 years ago (2000); merged with Maccabi Kiryat Shmona to form Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
GroundIroni Stadium, Kiryat Shmona
1999–2000Liga Alef North, 6th

HistoryEdit

The club played in Liga Artzit (then the second division) in the early 1980s, but were relegated to Liga Alef in 1985. They returned to Liga Artzit in the mid-1990s, but were relegated back to Liga Alef at the end of the 1996–97 season.

Due to league restructuring, at the end of the 1998–99 season Liga Alef became the fourth tier. At the end of the 1999–2000 season the club was merged with Maccabi Kiryat Shmona to form Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona at the initiative of businessman Izzy Sheratzky.[1]

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Honour No. Years
Third tier 3 1964–65, 1966–68, 1979–80

OtherEdit

Honour No. Years
Mekorot Cup 1 1954[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Izzy Sheratzky's thwarted attempt to invigorate Kiryat Shmona[permanent dead link] Haaretz, 1 September 2011
  2. ^ Mekorot Cup to Kiryat Shmona Al HaMishmar, 26 September 1954, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)