Start Nizhny Novgorod

Start (Старт) is a professional bandy club from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, established in 1932. It plays in the Russian Bandy Super League, the top division of Russian bandy.

Start Nizhny Novgorod
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CityFlag of Nizhny Novgorod.svgNizhny Novgorod,  Russia
LeagueRussian Bandy Super League
Founded1932; 89 years ago (1932)
Home arenaTrud Stadium, Start Stadium
Head coachRussia Sweden Alexey Dyakov
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Start was founded in 1932 as a team called Novoye Sormovo. The name was changed to Zenit (Zenith) in 1936, Trud (Labor) in 1959 and ultimately Start Gorky in 1960. When the city of Gorky changed its names to Nizhny Novgorod in 1990, the club changed names accordingly. It played in the elite division of the Soviet bandy championship in 1967–1969, the 1973–74 season and permanently since the 1975–76 season.


Yury Fokin, legendary coach
Alexey Dyakov
Vyacheslav Ryabov

The club was founded in 1932 and is the oldest sports club in Nizhny Novgorod.[1] The current name is from the 1960/61 season. In the period from 1951 to 1964, as well as in the 1970/71 season, he played in the zonal and final (1958, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1971) tournaments of the RSFSR championships. Since the 1964/65 season, he has been a regular participant in the USSR Championships (with the exception of the 1970/71 season). In the second group of class "A" of the USSR championship – 1964–1967, 1969/70, 1971–1973. In the first league of the championship of the USSR – 1974/75. In the years 1967–1969 and in the 1973/74 season, he appeared in the first group of class "A". In the 1967/68 season, he played in the top league of the USSR Championship. In the 1975/76 season, he returned to the elite division, where he is still playing.

In the summer of 1965 there was a change of coach in the team. Georgy Sergeyevich Shtyrov went to work at the Lokomotiv Junior Sports School for football. "Start" was headed by his player, master of sports Yury Yefimovich Fokin, who a year before had arrived in Gorky from Alma-Ata. The arrival of the new coach, who had the experience of playing in the class of the strongest, as well as special education and enormous organizational skills, gave a new impetus to the development of the team. All the highest achievements of the team in the Russian (Soviet) bandy elite are directly connected with the name of the Honored Coach of the USSR and Russia Yury Fokin. It was under his leadership that "Start" won silver medals three times (in 1980, 1995 and 2002), three times (in 1996, 1998 and 2000) bronze medals and once the USSR Cup (in 1983). During Soviet times, Yury Fokin worked as the second coach in the national team of the country, and in the 2004 season – as the head coach of the Russian national team.[2]

Since the 1960/61 season, the team has found its current name – "Start". According to the memoirs of the players of the team, it was established that one of its authors is the chairman of the council of the DSO Zenit of those years and just a passionate fan – Boris Tsivtsin. In addition, one season before the team was called "Trud".

Over the years, the game "Start" in the big leagues played a lot of famous masters. These are Yury Gavrilov (three-time world champion), Alexandr Rychagov (two-time world champion, two-time silver medalist, bronze medalist), Vyacheslav Ryabov (the same achievements as Rychagov's, only, naturally, in different years), Oleg Chubinsky (two-time world champion, once – silver and bronze medalist, Alexey Dyakov (two-time world champion, silver medalist), Yuri Loginov (one set of "gold" and "silver", four – "bronze"), Alexandr Yevtin (silver and bronze medalist ), Yevgeny Goryachev (silver medalist), Andrey Begunov (silver medalist), Vladislav Novozhilov (two-time bronze medalist).

From the 2007/08 season for seven seasons, Start was headed by his former player, two-time world champion Alexey Dyakov. One of the best scorers in the history of Nizhny Novgorod bandy 16 seasons spent in Sweden, received citizenship there. His brilliant game for the clubs Nässjö and Motala made Dyakov widely known not only in Russia, but also in Scandinavia.

Since the 2014/15 season, the coaching staff has changed in the team. Eduard Saxonov, who previously worked with Start-2, became the head coach. His teammates of the 1990s – the beginning of the 2000s Vyacheslav Ryabov and Yury Loginov helped him. Chairman of the Board – Yury Yerofeyev. And from the middle of the 2015/16 season, Igor Chilikin was the head coach of Start. In that season, the team took the highest place in its "newest" history – the 7th.[3]

In the middle of the 2016/17 season, there was a change of head coach again – they became MSMK and world championship silver medalist Andrey Begunov. Since the 2017/18 season, Vyacheslav Ryabov has been working as the sports director of the club, and since the summer of 2016 he has been the president of FHSMNO.

In the middle of the 2017/18 season, the head coach of Start was again taken over by Aleksey Grigoryevich Dyakov, who returned from Dynamo Moscow, and Eduard Saxonov became his assistant.[4]

In the season 2018/19, they beat the reigning champion of Sweden – Edsbyn and also defeated the Krasnoyarsk "Yenisei" in the quarter-finals – 0:4 Nizhny Novgorod "Start" for the first time in its history reached the World Cup semifinal.[5]


Gorky "Start" with the USSR Cup in 1983. From left to right: they stand – Veretenov, Gavrilov, Pugachev, Smooth, Korovin, Saleev, Maksimenko, Dyakov, Goryachev, Krygin, Medvedsky, Fokin, Kolbinov; Sit – Lokushin, Osipov, Shesterov, Domnenkov, Kadyshev, Levers, Okulov, Ionov.
"Start" champion of the RSFSR in 1964. From left to right: stand – Nikishin, Andrianov, Rybakov, Firstanstan, Makhalov, Baskakov, Sytin, E. Panteleev, Shtyrov; sit – Shesterov, A. Panteleev, Krutov, Mineev, Kuznetsov, Burlakov.

World Cup

Russian/USSR Cup

Russian/USSR Super League

Championship of the RSFSR

First league championship of the USSR

  •   Winner of the I League Championship of the USSR 1975

USSR Championship Class A II Group

  •   Silver medalist of the USSR championship class A II group 1964

Volga-Sport-Arena Cup

Falun Cup

Cup of the Head of the Republic of Komi

Porvoo Borgå 650 Bandy Cup

  •   Winner of the Porvoo Borgå 650 Bandy Cup 1996[6]

Top scorerEdit

Sergey Maximenko in attack

Sergey Maximenko, the top scorer in Nizhny Novgorod bandy, scored 387 goals for "Start" only in the national championships, before leaving to play in Finland.

Unique achievements of club playersEdit

  • Defender Alexandr Rychagov in the 1985 World Cup final scored the winning goal against the Swedes.
  • Vyacheslav Ryabov was named the best goalkeeper of the 2001 World Cup and was included in the symbolic team of the 1999 World Cup.
  • Yuri Gavrilov – the first world champion in the "Start" – won this honorary title, while still being a first league player.
  • Yuri Loginov, having become the World Champion of 1999 as a member of the Russian national team, in 2003, already in the national team of Kazakhstan, won the bronze medal. And the captain of this team was another Start player – Vladislav Novozhilov. Then they have achieved significant achievements with the national team of Kazakhstan.
  • In 2012, four Start players at once became bronze medalists of the World Championship in the national team of Kazakhstan – Leonid Bedarev, Denis Maximenko, Rauan Isaliyev, Ruslan Galyautdinov. Denis Maximenko and Leonid Bedarev later became four-time winners of bronze medals at the World Cup, and Ruslan Galyautdinov – three-time. Rauan Isaliyev joined Sibselmash in Novosibirsk and also plays for his national team.

Coaching staffEdit

  • Head coach – Alexey Dyakov
  • Coach – Eduard Saxonov
  • Consulting Coach – Yury Gavrilov
  • Physical training coach – Yevgeny Alyoshev


Nizhny Novgorod "Start" of the season 2018–2019
# Position Last name, first name Rank Citizenship Date of Birth
1 goalkeeper Maxim Bolotov kms   Russia 14.01.1995
97 goalkeeper Yuri Ivanchikov kms   Russia 22.08.1997
98 goalkeeper Dmitry Shkilev kms   Russia 22.09.1998
2 defender Denis Maximenko msmk   Russia,   Kazakhstan 15.10.1983
13 defender Vadim Vasilyev ms   Russia 11.08.1993
15 defender Anatoly Golubkov zms   Russia,   Kazakhstan 01.12.1988
28 defender Maxim Logoshin kms   Russia 01.09.1999
77 defender Andrey Osipenkov kms   Russia 17.05.1994
10 midfielder Sergey Katugin ms   Russia 13.08.1987
17 midfielder Yegor Dashkov ms   Russia 23.10.1997
19 midfielder Dmitry Savelyev zms   Russia 22.02.1979
23 midfielder Alexey Bushuev msmk   Russia 11.04.1985
25 midfielder Nikita Kochetov kms   Russia 22.02.2000
35 midfielder Roman Ledyankin kms   Russia 25.10.2000
51 midfielder Maxim Gavrilenko ms   Russia,   Kazakhstan 20.08.1981
86 midfielder Vitaly Usov kms   Russia 10.10.1996
12 central midfielder Denis Kotkov ms   Russia 22.07.1984
14 central midfielder Evgeny Korev ms   Russia 05.07.1986
18 central midfielder Alexey Kiselev kms   Russia 29.08.1988
70 central midfielder Evgeny Neronov kms   Russia 05.03.1998
4 attack Patrick Johansson   Sweden 19.09.1988
9 attack Stanislav Ismagilov ms   Russia 25.01.1985
71 attack Alexander Stepanov ms   Russia 17.08.1998

* composition of the team on 10/14/2018

Club infrastructureEdit

Trud Stadium
  • The Trud Stadium is geographically located in the Sormovsky District. The stadium seats just over 20,000 spectators. It is a site with artificial ice with an area of more than 14,000 square meters. It has a speed skating track of international standard, 400 meters long. The field dimensions are 105 x 65 m.[7]
  • Stadium "Start" is geographically located in the Moscow district. The stadium seats 6200 spectators. It is a platform with natural ice and a field size of 105 x 65 m.[8]
  • The pre-season preparation of the Start team players is carried out in the Nizhny Novgorod sports complex “Yunost'”, and they also use the sports complex “Krasnaya Gorka” and the Sports Center “Borsky” in the city of Bor.[9]

Club attributesEdit

Club colors

Club colors —   red,   blue,   white.

Emblem and logo

Logo bandy club "Start"
Emblem bandy club "Start"
Anniversary logo bandy club "Start"

In addition to the existing emblem, the club logo was created in the season 2015/2016. In the 2017/2018 season, a jubilee logo dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the club was used.


Club mascot – "Startenok", funny boy, young bandy player.[10]


In 2015, the club's anthem was written. The author of music and words – Boryaev Ilya. Also, the unofficial song of the fans, often performed at matches, is «Sormovsky lyric»


Start's second team Start-2 plays in the Russian Bandy Supreme League, the second tier of Russian bandy.[11]


  1. ^ "Start" - 85! The anniversary has passed, the story continues!
  2. ^ Arseny Nightingale. President and head coach of the Nizhny Novgorod bandy team "Start" Yuri Fokin resigned from his post. NIA “Nizhny Novgorod” (January 6, 2006)
  3. ^ History. Nizhny Novgorod: Start Bandy Club
  4. ^ Administration. Nizhny Novgorod: Start Bandy Club
  5. ^ Ball hockey: why Russian hockey players are so hard at the World Cup
  6. ^ Club achievements. Nizhny Novgorod: Start Bandy Club
  7. ^ Project Denis Shchepotina about hockey with a ball
  8. ^ Information about the stadium "Start", Nizhny Novgorod - Registry - Russian Bandy Federation
  9. ^ "Start" began collecting at Bor. Nizhny Novgorod: Start Bandy Club
  10. ^ Startenok - Start mascot - News Archive - Russian Bandy Federation.
  11. ^ «Старт-2» Нижний Новгород (in Russian). Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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