RKC Waalwijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɛrkaːˈseː ˈʋaːlʋɛi̯k]) is a football club currently playing in the Dutch Eredivisie. Its name is derived from 'Rooms Katholieke Combinatie' ('Roman Catholic Combination' in Dutch) and was established as a merger of HEC, WVB and Hercules.
|Full name||Rooms Katholieke Combinatie Waalwijk|
|Founded||26 August 1940|
|Head coach||Fred Grim|
|2018–19||Eerste Divisie, 8th (promoted in play-offs)|
The club was formed on 26 August 1940 and used to play its home games at Sportpark Olympia. Its new stadium, the 7500 seater Mandemakers Stadion was opened in 1996 and featured the home match against Roda JC. While considered one of the Eredivisie's smaller clubs, it nevertheless maintained its top flight status for many years. Its home colors are yellow and blue.
At the end of the 2006–07 season, RKC Waalwijk were relegated from the Eredivisie after a defeat in play-offs against VVV-Venlo.
On 3 June 2009 they were promoted to the Eredivisie division after a win in the play-offs against De Graafschap. Though, their spell didn't last long ending in the last place with only 15 points. In the season followed they would finish first in the Eerste Divisie promoting back in the top flight of Dutch football.
After another relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season, RKC Waalwijk finished 20th (last) in the 2014-15 season of Eerste Divisie. However, they didn't relegate to Topklasse (amateurs) because both of the two Topklasse champions declined promotion into professionalism. In 2016-17, they made the Eerste Divisie playoffs, losing 5-2 on aggregate to FC Emmen.
In the 2017–18 season, RKC was placed 16th out of 20 teams in the Eerste Divisie. In 2019, Waalwijk promoted back to the Eredivisie after a five year absence, after beating Go Ahead Eagles in the play-off finals. After a 0–0 draw in the first leg at home, RKC won the second leg 4–5 away.
Below is a table with RKC's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1984.
|Domestic Results since 1956|
|Domestic league||League result||Qualification to||KNVB Cup season||Cup result|
|2017–18 Eerste Divisie||18th||–||2017–18||second round|
|2016–17 Eerste Divisie||10th||–||2016–17||second round|
|2015–16 Eerste Divisie||18th||–||2015–16||second round|
|2014–15 Eerste Divisie||20th||–||2014–15||second round|
|2013–14 Eredivisie||16th||Eerste Divisie (promotion/relegation playoffs: relegation)||2013–14||second round|
|2012–13 Eredivisie||14th||–||2012–13||third round|
|2011–12 Eredivisie||9h||–||2011–12||quarter final|
|2010–11 Eerste Divisie||1st||Eredivisie (promoted)||2010–11||semi final|
|2009–10 Eredivisie||18th||Eerste Divisie (relegation)||2009–10||second round|
|2008–09 Eerste Divisie||2nd||Eredivisie (promotion/relegation play-offs: promotion)||2008–09||third round|
|2007–08 Eerste Divisie||2nd||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||2007–08||round of 16|
|2006–07 Eredivisie||17th||Eerste Divisie (promotion/relegation play-off: relegation)||2006–07||semi final|
|2005–06 Eredivisie||12th||–||2005–06||third round|
|2004–05 Eredivisie||9th||–||2004–05||round of 16|
|2003–04 Eredivisie||11th||–||2003–04||round of 16|
|2002–03 Eredivisie||9th||–||2002–03||third round|
|2001–02 Eredivisie||8th||–||2001–02||round of 16|
|2000–01 Eredivisie||7th||–||2000–01||second round|
|1999–2000 Eredivisie||11th||–||1999–00||quarter finals|
|1998–99 Eredivisie||16th||promotion/relegation competition: no relegation||1998–99||second round|
|1997–98 Eredivisie||16th||promotion/relegation competition: no relegation||1997–98||second round|
|1996–97 Eredivisie||16th||promotion/relegation competition: no relegation||1996–97||round of 16|
|1995–96 Eredivisie||11th||–||1995–96||second round|
|1994–95 Eredivisie||8th||–||1994–95||second round|
|1993–94 Eredivisie||16th||promotion/relegation competition: no relegation||1993–94||quarter finals|
|1992–93 Eredivisie||9th||–||1992–93||round of 16|
|1991–92 Eredivisie||10th||–||1991–92||third round|
|1990–91 Eredivisie||7th||–||1990–91||second round|
|1989–90 Eredivisie||8th||–||1989–90||second round|
|1988–89 Eredivisie||11th||–||1988–89||second round|
|1987–88 Eerste Divisie||1st||Eredivisie (promotion)||1987–88||semi finals|
|1986–87 Eerste Divisie||4th||promotion competition: no promotion||1986–87||second round|
|1985–86 Eerste Divisie||3rd||promotion competition: no promotion||1985–86||first round|
|1984–85 Eerste Divisie||5th||promotion competition: no promotion||1984–85||first round|
RKC in EuropeEdit
- Group = group game
- 1R = first round
- 2R = second round
- 3R = third round
- 1/8 = 1/8 final
|Group||West Germany||1. FC Kaiserslautern||1–1, 2–2|
|Group||Austria||First Vienna FC||3–4, 2–4|
|Group||East Germany||Carl Zeiss Jena||2–0, 1–0|
|Group||Denmark||Lyngby BK||1–1, 0–2|
|Group||Germany||FC Schalke 04||3–2, 4–2|
|2000||UEFA Intertoto Cup||3R||England||Bradford City||0–2, 0–1|
|2001||UEFA Intertoto Cup||3R||Germany||TSV 1860 München||1–2, 1–3|
- As of 30 September 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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