1. FC Bocholt
|Full name||1. FC Bocholt|
|Ground||Stadion am Hünting|
|League||Oberliga Niederrhein (V)|
|2013–14||Landesliga Niederrhein 3 (VI) 1st ↑|
The team was founded 21 August 1900 as Fußball-Club Bocholt and in 1919 was joined by VfvB Bocholt which had been established in 1917 as Ballverein Bocholt. In 1937, they merged with another local side, Ballspielverein 1919 Bocholt which had played as the football department of Turnverein Phönix Bocholt until 1936. The new club played as BV 1900 Bocholt until after World War II and adopted its current name in 1946.
1. FC enjoyed its greatest successes through the late 70s and early 80s playing third division football. They earned short-lived single season promotions to the 2. Bundesliga in 1977–78 and 1980–81. The club also made several appearances in DFB-Pokal (German Cup) play in that period and in 1984 advanced as far as the quarter-finals before going out 1:2 to Bayern Munich.
After slipping out of the Regionaliga West/Südwest (III) in 1997, Bocholt played for a decade in the Oberliga Nordrhein (IV) as a mid-to-lower table side. The club had a poor 2006–07 campaign and was relegated to the Verbandsliga Niederrhein (V) play. The club dropped as far as the Landesliga Niederrhein but a division title there in 2014 took it back up to what is now the Oberliga Niederrhein.
The club's honours:
- Amateurliga Niederrhein (III)
- Champions: 1976
- Amateuroberliga Nordrhein (III)
- Champions: 1980, 1984
- Lower Rhine Cup
- Winners: 1983
- Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9