Örgryte IS, short for Örgryte Idrottsällskap, and commonly referred to as ÖIS, is a Swedish sports club based in Gothenburg. It consists of four sections, namely bowling, football, athletics and wrestling. However, the club is best known for its football section. It's the oldest football club in Sweden. The club was founded in 1887 which makes it one of the oldest active sports clubs in the country.
The club was founded on 4 December 1887 by Willhem Friberg and participated in the first football match in Sweden on 22 May 1892. Today, a memorial on Heden in central Gothenburg reminiscent of this match. Another memorial has been erected inside the amusement park Liseberg. Örgryte IS came to dominate the childhood of Swedish football. In 1904 Örgyte IS met a friendly match beetween the English Corinthian FC, thanks for the hospitality donated a silver cup - Corinthian Bowl that next year became the prize in a contest between Sweden's best teams.
In 1908 Örgyte IS officially opened its new facility Walhalla stadium that was the first real football stadium in Sweden. Hugo Levin, football player and the secretary of Örgyte IS, was one of those who were instrumental in the building of Walhalla and had several important posts in Gothenburg football. Walhalla was inaugurated by a match between Örgryte and German champions Victoria Berlin. Beetween 1910-1924 Örgryte IS played in the Swedish series, a series that lacked SM status despite leading teams participated in it. Öis won the series in 1910, 1912 and 1924 the team won the 1924 Western series, and then the final against AIK. Many of the great names were the national striker Sven Rydell who was Sweden's first major football star and became known for his fast play and creative dribbling, but above all for his ability to score. Even Carl-Erik Holmberg was a major contributor to the success, with its total of 193 goals in the Swedish League for Örgryte IS. 1926 Örgryte celebrated a major success when beating Aston Villa 5-2, which was a sensation and gave the club a lot of attention.
In the late 1930s it began to get worse for Örgryte. They finished 10th out of 12 teams in both 1938 and 1939, and avoided relegation. In 1940 Örgyte IS relegated from allsvenskan to Divison II Västra. During the 1940s and 1950s Örgryte played in Division 2 but would come back strong in the late 1950s. Örgryte attracted record crowds despite the low satus in the second division. The one that takes Ögryte IS back to the elite becomes acquisition of Gunnar Gren. In 1956 becomes player-coach for the offensive teams that attract large crowds to ÖIS matches. In 1958 goes Örgryte IS as team finally up in the headlines after 19-year absence. 1959 ends, four in the Swedish League after grand IFK Göteborg, IFK Norrköping and Djurgården. AVERAGE of 25,520 spectators during the 1959 season meant Swedish attendance record for Premier Swedish Division football which still stands today. The young star that played in Örgryte IS in this time was Agne Simonsson that will later on be remembered as a one the greatest football player of all time in Örgryte IS but also in the Swedish National Football Team.
Örgryte IS has won 12 national championship titles and one national cup title. After having economical problems Örgryte Fotboll AB went into bancruptcy in February 2011. The upshot of the bancruptcy was that Örgryte was relegated to the third Swedish division, Division 1 Södra. Their home arena is Gamla Ullevi. The club is affiliated to the Göteborgs Fotbollförbund.
In 2007 the youth part of the football section started to accept girls as well as boys.
The name of the official supporter club is ÖIS Supporterklubb Balders Hage. There are also other groups of fans. The second largest supporter club is the Ultras-influenced Inferno Örgryte.
According to a recent survey, Örgryte IS is the third most popular team in Gothenburg, with 11% of the football fans supporting them. The other local teams with a notable following are IFK Göteborg, GAIS and BK Häcken.
The strongest rivalry is with IFK Göteborg, also from Gothenburg. The derbies between the two teams are often the games with the highest attendance in Swedish football; crowds of over 40000 fans are not uncommon. The other big rivalry is with GAIS.
A ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
B. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.