Reipas Lahti

Reipas Lahti is a sports club based in Lahti, Finland. It is involved in various of ball games and also other sports. The club emerged in the late 1940s, when the inhabitants of Viipuri had mostly been relocated in Lahti, after evacuation during World War II. As a consequence, the activities of Viipurin Reipas, which had been founded in 1891, were continued in the new home town of the evacuees. The name of the club was still Reipas Viipuri until 1962, when the ball game section became simply Reipas.[1][2]

Location of Viipuri and Lahti within the 1812–1940 borders

Reipas has played in top-flight football, ice hockey and bandy, with particular success in football.

In bandy, Reipas last appeared in top flight in 1967, but then discontinued its involvement in this sport the following year. In 1975, the football and ice hockey sections became independent clubs, football being continued under the name of Lahden Reipas, and ice hockey under the name of Kiekkoreipas, who now play as Pelicans.

FootballEdit

 
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The hallmark of Reipas in football is a shirt with vertical orange and black stripes.

From 1963 to 1970, Reipas won the Mestaruussarja three time, thus achieving a hat trick of Finnish championships. However, by 1996 the club was in financial difficulties, and the problem was solved by merging Reipas and they more recently arrived local rival Kuusysi. At the time both clubs played in the northern section of Division 1, i.e. on the second level, but at the end of the season Reipas found themselves in the relegation zone.[1]

FC LahtiEdit

The new club was simply called FC Lahti, and it inherited Kuusysi's place in Division 1, now in the southern section. The place of Reipas, in 1997 Kakkonen was given to FC Pallo-Lahti, which was founded as a reserves team. Later this team was discontinued and the place in the division in question was given up.

FC ReipasEdit

Together with the other changes, a club named FC Reipas was founded in 1996. Its task is to continue the tradition of bringing up new generations of footballers in Lahti, more specifically A and B juniors. Nowadays the club has teams in all age groups.

The club also has an elderly men's team.[1][3]

The club organises the annual Lahti Soccer tournament.

Return of Reipas LahtiEdit

Lahden Reipas, i.e. Reipas Lahti returned to men's competitive football for the season 2012, when it was given the former place of Reipas Salpausselkä in Division 3.[4]

Season to seasonEdit

Season to season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1931 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1932 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1933 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1934 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Group 4th
1935 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1936 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-Sarja (Second Division) East League Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Group 4th
1937 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-Sarja (Second Division) East League Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1938 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-Sarja (Second Division) East League, South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Playoff – Promoted
1939 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegated
1940–1944 Wartime – activity ceased
1945–46 Tier 3 SPL Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Kymenlaakso North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd first season in Lahti
1946–47 Tier 3 SPL Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Häme East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Playoff
1947–48 Tier 3 SPL Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Häme East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Playoff
1948 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Playoff
1949 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promotion Playoff – Promoted
1950 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1951 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1952 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1953 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1954 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Central Group IV Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Group East 6th
1955 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) West Group 2 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1956 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group II Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1957 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group II Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1958 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group II – South East Finland Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1959 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 2 Uusimaa Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1960 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1962 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1964 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1965 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1966 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1967 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Champions
1968 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1969 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1970 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1971 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1972 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1973 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1974 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1975 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1976 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1977 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1978 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1979 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th Championship Group 5th
1980 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegation Group 8th – Relegated
1981 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Relegation Group 2nd
1982 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group 2nd – Promoted
1983 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Group 7th – Relegated
1984 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1985 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Playoff
1986 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1987 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1988 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Championship Group 4th
1989 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegation Group 2nd
1990 Tier 1 Futisliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1991 Tier 1 Futisliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1992 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1993 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promoted
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1995 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1996 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegated – Merged with Kuusysi to form FC Lahti
1997–2011 Only youth teams
2012 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2013 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2015 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
2016 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
2017 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2018 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2019 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th

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Honours in footballEdit

  • Finnish champion (3):
  • Finnish Cup (7):
    • 1964, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978
  • Finnish Cup runners-up (3):
    • 1963, 1967, 1970

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "FC Reipas basic info". fcreipas.fi. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Annual report of the Football Association of Finland for 1962, p. 8, confirmed name changes" (PDF). urheilumuseo.fi. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ Torppaaja. "Historia". www.lahdenreipas.fi. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Kolmosen kausiennakko 2012 ('Preliminary info on the Reipas Lahti 2012 season')". Lahden Reipas. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Index of SPL Finnish League Suomen Cup Seasons". Football Archive.

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