SC Emma

SC Emma (1911) is an association football club from Dordrecht, Netherlands. Its first squad plays in the Derde Klasse since 2019. Its colors are red and blue.

SC Emma
Full nameSportclub Emma
Founded1 May 1911
GroundSportpark Reeweg, Dordrecht, Netherlands
ChairmanLeo Teunissen
ManagerRoy de Bruijn (since 2017)
LeagueDerde Klasse
2018–19Vierde Klasse 1st
WebsiteClub website


1910s–1930s: Foundation and the early yearsEdit

SC Emmma was founded on 1 May 1911. In 1930–1931 it played in the Derde Klasse D of the KNVB.[1]

SC Emma in Eindhoven on 28 November 1947, before a match against PSV Eindhoven

1940s–1950s: Eerste Klasse and professional footballEdit

In September 1940, four months after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, Emma beat VIOS 10–0.[2] SC Emma promoted to the Dutch top tier, at that time the Eerste Klasse, in 1941. In 1946 it returned to the Tweede Klasse and in 1950 it promoted again to the Eerste.

From 1954 to 1958, beginning when the Eerste Klasse turned professional, it played four seasons of pro football.[3][4] The professional leagues were under development during these years, so it played every year in another league: Eerste Klasse then Hoofdklasse, both as tier 1, the Eerste Divisie (tier 2) and finally Tweede Divisie (tier 3).

Their most famous players were the brothers Cor, Freek, Janus and Wim van der Gijp and their cousin Jur. Alongside played footballers like Wim van der Gaag and Leen Hubert. Cor van der Gijp had 13 caps on the Dutch national team and was sold for 18,000 guilders to Feyenoord. After its best players left and under the pressure of the KNVB, who were concerned about the long-term viability of three professional football clubs from one town, SC Emma relegated to lower leagues (EBOH left professional football in 1962 and FC Dordrecht continues, usually in the Eerste Divisie).

1960s–1980s: Back to amateur soccer and gradual declineEdit

Going back to amateur football wasn't easy on SC Emma. In November 1960 Emma stood dead-last in the Eerste Klasse, having played one more game than all other teams, and was beaten 6–2 by ONA Gouda.[5] In the season of 1971–72, Emma already played in the Tweede Klasse D.[6] In the season of 1977–78, it could be found in the Derde Klasse D.[7] In 1988, Emma filed a protest against relegation to the Derde Klasse.[8]

1990s–2010s: Vierde Klasse, merging and name revisionsEdit

In 1994–95 Emma played in the Vierde Klasse.[9] Decades of gradual decline and relegation led to difficulties in team staging, finance, and membership. In 1997 Emma merged with two other clubs from Dordrecht, ASW and ODS. The new name was Sportclub Reeland, after the neighborhood that was its home base. In 2007, as SC Reeland rebranded itself SC Emma, ODS left for new independence, then merged in 2013 with another fusion club from Dordrecht, GSC.

Between 1998 and 2019, SC Reeland turned SC Emma played predominantly in the Vierde Klasse, except for three single seasons in the Vijfde Klasse and one in the Derde Klasse, always immediately bouncing back. In 2009 the promotion came after a Vierde Klasse section championship, in 2014 likewise in the Vijfde Klasse. Also in 2014, Emma lost 16–0 to Dordrecht neighbor VV Wieldrecht[10] that played in the particular season two tiers higher. In the summer of 2019 SC Emma promoted to the Derde Klasse after it won a Vierde Klasse section championship.[11]

2020s: Derde KlasseEdit

With the results of the 2019–20 season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands, Emma is scheduled to continue in the Derde Klasse at least until summer 2021.

Associated peopleEdit


  1. ^ "De competitie van den KNVB; Het programma voor Zondag". Haagsche Courant. 24 April 1931. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Delpher.
  2. ^ "Emma slaat V.I.O.S. met 10—0". Haagsche Courant. 17 September 1940. p. 7. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Delpher.
  3. ^ "Emma – Historie Betaald Voetbal".
  4. ^ "Emma's enige international: Cor van der Gijp (79) over de gloriejaren van Emma in de vijftiger jaren". 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ Hollandia en Sc Emma nog zonder nederlaag; Vijfde gelijke spel van Spartaan". Algemeen Handelsblad. Amsterdam, 1960/11/14, p. 13. Delpher 8 May 2020,
  6. ^ "Sportuitslagen van het weekeinde". "Algemeen Dagblad". Rotterdam, 1972/02/14, p. 16. Delpher 8 May 2020,
  7. ^ "Sportuitslagen voetbal". Het Vrije Volk. Rotterdam, 1978/04/03, p. 22. Delpher 8 May 2020,
  8. ^ "Emma gaat protesteren". Het Vrije Volk. Rotterdam, 1988/06/08, p. 9. Delpher 8 May 2020,
  9. ^ "SPORT IN CIJFERS". "De Telegraaf". Amsterdam, 1994/12/12, p. 16. Delpher 8 May 2020,
  10. ^ "Hoessin El Jouhri verder bij sc Emma |". 10 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Sportclub Emma kampioen 4e klasse".
  12. ^ a b c "Marco ten Braak na time-out van twee jaar terug als hoofdtrainer bij SC Emma". 11 May 2010.
  13. ^ "SC Emma weer in de lift: Discipline jonge trainer Hoessin Jouhri werpt vruchten af". 5 November 2011.
  14. ^ "SC Emma en trainer Bergmans niet verder met elkaar". DordtCentraal. 4 December 2016.
  15. ^ "SC Emma stelt Roy de Bruyn aan". Regio Rijnmond Voetbal. 6 February 2017.