Mönchengladbach Mavericks

The Mönchengladbach Mavericks were an American football team from Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Mönchengladbach Mavericks
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Founded1989 (1989)
Folded2011 (2011)
LeagueGerman Football League
Based inMönchengladbach, Germany
StadiumWarsteiner HockeyPark
ColorsBlack and White
   
Championshipsnone
Division titlesnone
Websitewww.mg-mavericks.net/

The club won promotion to the German Football League in 2010, and qualified for the semi finals of the play-offs the following year, its greatest success.[1] Confronted with a debt of Euro 350,000, the club had its GFL licence withdrawn on 23 December 2011. The club's board consequently resigned and the Mavericks became defunct.[2]

HistoryEdit

The Mönchengladbach Mavericks were formed in 1989. The Mavericks spent the first twenty years of their history in the local league system of North Rhine-Westphalia, never rising above the third tier.[3]

The club's fortunes changed from 2007 onwards, when it introduced a new concept and new players, playing in the tier-four Oberliga NRW.[3] After promotion from this league in 2008, the club also won the Regionalliga West in 2009, winning all ten league games, and overcame the Hamburg Blue Devils in two promotion games.[1]

The Mavericks entered the German Football League 2, the second tier of the league system, for 2010. Achieving another unbeaten season in this league, the team was directly promoted to the GFL for 2011, the league having expanded from 12 to 14 teams.[1]

The team followed up its 2010 success with an excellent 2011 season, finishing second in the GFL North and qualifying for the play-offs, where they were knocked out in the semi finals by Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns after defeating the Stuttgart Scorpions in the quarter finals.[4]

HonoursEdit

  • GFL
    • League membership : 2011
    • Play-off qualification : (1) 2011
  • GFL 2
    • Northern Division champions: 2010

Recent seasonsEdit

Recent seasons of the club:[1][4]

Year Division Finish Points Pct. Games W D L PF PA Postseason
2005 Regionalliga West 4th 10–14 0.417 12 5 0 7 143 300
2006 6th 2–18 0.100 10 1 0 9 77 300
2007 Oberliga NRW 4th 11–9 0.550 10 5 1 4 205 140
2008 1st 18–2 0.900 10 9 0 1 348 103
2009 Regionalliga West 1st 20–0 1.000 10 10 0 0 406 64 Won PR: Hamburg Blue Devils (19–3 & 21–12)
2010 GFL 2 (North) 1st 28–0 1.000 14 14 0 0 594 164
2011 GFL (North) 2nd 21–7 0.750 14 10 1 3 375 233 Won QF: Stuttgart Scorpions (43–17)
Lost SF: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (21–47)
  • PR = Promotion round.
  • RR = Relegation round.
  • QF = Quarter finals.
  • SF = Semi finals.
  • GB = German Bowl

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Football History (in German) Historic American football tables from Germany, accessed: 18 January 2010
  2. ^ Mavericks - Ende eines Football-Märchens (in German) Westdeutsche Zeitung, published: 23 December 2011, accessed: 8 January 2012
  3. ^ a b Vereinsgeschichte (in German) Mönchengladbach Mavericks website - Club history, accessed: 19 January 2011
  4. ^ a b GFL 2011 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 18 September 2011

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