Pyrkivä Turku

Pyrkivä Turku, Finnish Turun Pyrkivä, earlier Maarian Pyrkivä (pyrkivä meaning "endeavouring") is a sports club from Turku, Finland, which was founded in 1906 by sportsmen who represented artistic gymnastics.[1]

Pyrkivä Turku
Turun Pyrkivä sports club logo.png
Full nameTurun Pyrkivä
Founded1906, Raunistula, Maaria

The club was founded as a section of the Työväenyhdistys Tarmo (‘Workers Association Vigour’ or ‘Stamina’ of Raunistula, Maaria. In 1912 the club became independent of its parent organisation, and green was chosen as its colour.[1]

In the early years the most popular sports were athletics and wrestling, but perhaps surprisingly, drama was also popular, and at best the club presented 16 different plays per year, and it also arranged screenings of movies.[1]

Today the main sports of the club are association football, rink bandy, basketball, artistic gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, and athletics.

The gymnasts of Pyrkivä Turku have had considerable success both on the national and the international level: Kaino Lempinen was a member of the team that won gold in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The most recent successful gymnast from Pyrkivä has been Annukka Almenoksa, who won 18 Finnish championships (1998–2004) and is still the only Finnish woman who has reached the finals in a major international competition (2002 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships).[1]

In rink bandy Pyrkivä played in top flight, in the Finnish Rink Bandy League, until the end of the 2007–2008 season. The club is also active in bandy proper and ice hockey. In the former sport the club holds 11 championships in the competitions of the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation. The club played in the Finnish Bandy Championship Series in 1945. During the years 1948–1952 the club played in a Championship challenge against the bandy champion of the series governed by the Football Association of Finland, but they lost each time.

Pyrkivä has played two spells in the top flight of Finnish football, the Mestaruussarja, during 19521956 and during 19781979. In 1954 the club won the championship, and in 1952 it achieved bronze. In addition to this, the club has played 17 seasons on the second level, in Division I.

Season to seasonEdit

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1948 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1949 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1950 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1951 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1952 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1953 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1954 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1955 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1956 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1957 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1958 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegated
1959 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th Relegated
1960 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 6 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promotion play-offs
1961 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 5 Turku Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd Relegation play-offs - Relegated
1962 Tier 5 Piirinsarja (Fifth Division) Turku District (SPL Turku) Promoted
1963 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 5 Turku Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1964 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1965 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1966 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1967 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1968 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1969 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1970 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1971 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1972 Tier 3 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1973 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1974 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1975 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1976 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1977 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promoted
1978 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1979 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Group 5th - Relegated
1980 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Relegation Group 4th
1981 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegation Group 8th - Relegated
1982-92
1993 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Group 4 Turku & Åland Islands Turku District (SPL Turku) 10th

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d History of Turun Pyrkivä Gymnastics section.
  2. ^ "Home". finlandfootball.net.

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