Boldklubben Frem

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Frem
BK Frem.png
Full name Boldklubben Frem af 1886
Nickname(s) Fremmerne, Ægte København (True Copenhagen)
Short name Frem
Founded 17 July 1886; 128 years ago (1886-07-17)
as Fremskridtsklubbens Cricketklub
Ground Valby Idrætspark, Copenhagen
Ground Capacity 12,000 (4,400 seats)
Chairman Claus Mohrhagen
Head coach Henrik Gundersen
League Danish 2nd Division - East
2013–14 2. Division - East, 8th
Website Club home page

Boldklubben Frem (also known as Frem, BK Frem or BK Frem Copenhagen) is a Danish sports club based in the Valby-Sydhavnen area of Copenhagen. It is best known for its semi-professional football team. Since its foundation in 1886, Frem has won the Danish Championships six times and the Danish Cup twice. Until the disastrous bankruptcy in 1993, Frem had played in the top division all but six seasons. After the bankruptcy the club fought its way back to the top of Danish football, but in 2010 it went bankrupt again and was demoted to the Copenhagen Series – the fifth tier in the Danish league system. After two back to back promotions, the club now participates in the Danish 2. Division, the third tier.

The club also has a youth and amateur football branch, as well as a cricket team. It is also involved in the running of the KIES sports boarding school.

Supporters[edit]

Frem's official supportergroup is called "BK Frem Support". It is Denmarks oldest supporters club, formed in 1986. Frem fans are especially known for being very loyal. Even when demoted to the fifth tier, attendances almost didn't drop.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Frem's squad of the 1901–1902 Copenhagen Championship-winning season. The player at the very centre is Axel Byrval.

BK Frem were founded as Fremskridtsklubbens Cricketklub on 17 July 1886 by a group of seditious young men from the then government hostile Venstre Reform Party, as a cloak for political activities.[1] In 1887 football was introduced and the name was changed to Boldklubben Frem, stiftet af Fremskridtsklubben (lit. Danish: The Ball Club Forward, founded by the Progress Club).

In the first two years of the life of the club, only two sports matches were played, but when the Danish Football Association introduced a football tournament in 1889, the club was invited to participate, and in 1890 Frem became the first Danish club to beat KB in a football match. In 1902 Frem became unofficial Danish champions when they won the league played under the auspices of the Danish FA. This was the first ever senior title won by the club.

In 1905, the club moved to its own field at Enghavevej, Vesterbro, obtaining its distinct working class profile. To this day, both the Social Democrats and the Union of Metalworkers holds Frem sponsorships. In 1912, Frem joined the representative team Stævnet which arranged lucrative exhibition matches and played a decisive role in Danish football politics.

Match against AB around 1940. Frem players (hooped shirts): Pauli Jørgensen (far left), Johannes Pløger (2nd from right) and Erling Sørensen (far right).

Palmy days[edit]

In the years 1923–1944, Frem won six Danish Championships.

Division Yo-Yoing[edit]

Since 1983 Frem had been battling economically, and in 1993 saw themselves demoted to the Danmarksserien following a bankruptcy, which was due to a debt of DKK 8,500,000 and allegations of fraud.[2]

Following a short but expensive spell in the Superliga in 2003–2004, Frem were once again on the verge of bankruptcy with a debt of DKK 10,000,000.[3]

In 2010 after years of uncertain economy the club once again went beankrupt and was demoted to the Copenhagen Series.[4]

Home ground[edit]

The clubhouse at Enghavevej, Vesterbro used 1905–1942.
For more details on this topic, see Valby Idrætspark and New Valby Idrætspark.

Frem play their home matches at the modest and somewhat down worn, municipality-owned Valby Idrætspark.

In the early years, Frem were located on Østerbro in Copenhagen, playing its matches at Blegdamsfælleden, alongside its main rivals in the early years; AB and KB. In 1905 Frem moved to its own field at Enghavevej, Vesterbro. Being a field-owning club gave Frem the advantage of entry fees. Its location however lead to some muttering from football fans who found it to be too far out of town.[5]

In 1942, Frem moved to Valby Idrætspark, where the current main stand was erected in 1965. Throughout the years a lot of matches has been played at Idrætsparken. It is unclear when this tradition was discontinued.

The construction of a new stadium is currently in the planning.

Sponsorships[edit]

After the clubs bankruptcy in summer 2010, Frem got a helping hand from Danish brewery giant Carlsberg. Being from the same city they signed on as main sponsor, because they saw it as a chance to help the fellow Valby based brand back on its feet.[6] In July 2013 an extension for another three years was announced.[7] On August 1, 2013 it was made public that the club was changing kit sponsor to Diadora .

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1976–1977 Adidas GaJol
1978 Hummel Lee Cooper
1979 Individual
1980–1983 Mamiya Camera
1984 SJL Banken
1985–1986 Bilka
1987 ? ?
1988–1989 Adidas Nordania
1990 ?
1991 Zürich Forsikring
1992–1993 Alka
1994 ? ?
1995–1998 Beltona Støvsuger Banden
1998–2002 Hummel
2002 3H Udlejning
2003–2005 Altima
2005–2007 Ramirent
2007–2010 GB
2010–2013 Carlsberg
2013– Diadora

Honours[edit]

Frem's squad of the 1943–1944 championship-winning season.
Cricket squad, 1898.

Football[edit]

Cricket[edit]

  • Copenhagen Champions
    • Winners (2): 1894, 1898

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 August 2013. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Lasse Sørensen
2 Denmark MF Mikkel Andersson
3 Denmark DF Andreas Theil Lundberg
4 Denmark DF Henrik Volquardsen
5 Denmark DF Christian Stokholm
6 Denmark MF Mads Lundsteen
7 Denmark MF Mikael Simonsen
8 Faroe Islands FW Andreas Lava Olsen
9 Denmark FW Mark Sundstrup
10 Republic of Macedonia MF Beran Camili
11 Denmark MF Danni Jensen
13 Denmark FW Simon Sinkjær
14 Denmark MF Daniel Pedersen
No. Position Player
15 Denmark MF Mikail Anli
16 Denmark GK Dan Dræby Meisel
17 Denmark MF Kasper Rise
18 Denmark FW Jimmy Mayasi
19 South Korea DF Kim Jaemin
20 Denmark MF Simon Stage
21 Denmark MF Rasmus Louie Larsen
22 Denmark MF Jeppe Østenkær
32 Denmark DF Lasse Lindbjerg
98 Denmark MF Tim Risvig
99 South Korea MF Park Jiseung

Club officials[edit]

Chairman: Claus Mohrhagen
Head Coach: Henrik Gundersen
Assistant Coach: Mikael Simonsen
Goalkeeping Coach: Morten Cramer
Reserve Team Coach: Anders Sundstrup
U21 Team Coach: Anders Sundstrup
U19 Team Coach: Frank Jensen
U17 Team Coach: Jesper Ovesen
Head of youth development: Ole Mørk

Head Coach history[edit]

Name Nationality From To Honours Comments Refs
Gundersen, HenrikHenrik Gundersen  Denmark 29 April 2014 Present [8]
Jensen, HenrikHenrik Jensen  Denmark 1 July 2012 29 April 2014 Originally had contract until summer 2014 [9]
Kristiansen, John 'Tune'John 'Tune' Kristiansen  Denmark 18 June 2012 23 June 2012 Caretaker for one league match
Hansen, Peer F.Peer F. Hansen  Denmark 1 January 2012 18 June 2012 won promotion to the third tier [10]
Kristiansen, John 'Tune'John 'Tune' Kristiansen  Denmark 27 July 2010 30 December 2011 won promotion to the fourth tier Originally had contract until summer 2012 [11]
Heitmann, RenéRené Heitmann  Denmark 17 July 2010 27 July 2010 Never coached the team in a match
Andersen, ChristianChristian Andersen  Denmark 11 July 2009 19 June 2010 Team was relegated to third tier Club went bankrupt after the season [12]
Theil, AndersAnders Theil  Denmark 7 November 2005 7 July 2009 Originally had contract until summer 2011 [13]
Skovdahl, EbbeEbbe Skovdahl  Denmark 11 October 2003 6 November 2005 Team was relegated to second tier Originally had contract until summer 2007 [14]
Mørk, OleOle Mørk  Denmark 15 October 2001 10 October 2003 Won promotion to first tier Originally had contract until end of 2004 [15][16]
Petersen, JohnnyJohnny Petersen  Denmark 5 May 1998 14 October 2001 Originally had contract until end of 2001
Kristiansen, John 'Tune'John 'Tune' Kristiansen  Denmark 1996 4 May 1998 Won promotion to second tier

Season-by-season results[edit]

Recent years[edit]

Season Pos Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
11–12: Denmark Series Pool 1 #1/14 51 26 15 6 5 54 29 +25
10–11: Copenhagen Series #1/14 67 26 21 4 1 92 18 +74
09-10: 1. Division #15/16 28 30 7 7 16 38 59 −21
08-09: 1. Division #11/16 36 30 8 12 10 41 53 −12
07-08: 1. Division #11/16 33 30 12 3 15 46 54 −8
06-07: 1. Division #5/16 50 30 14 8 8 48 43 +5
05-06: 1. Division #10/16 40 30 11 7 12 47 42 +5
04-05: 1. Division #3/16 59 30 17 8 5 61 30 +31
03-04: Superligaen #11/12 27 33 8 3 22 40 65 −25
02-03: 1. Division #2/16 58 30 18 4 8 64 43 +21
01-02: 1. Division #4/16 54 30 15 9 6 54 37 +17
00-01: 1. Division #4/16 55 30 16 7 7 64 34 +30

League status[edit]

Post 1993 bankruptcy and demotion[edit]

Danish 2nd Division Denmark Series Football in Denmark#League system Danish 1st Division Danish Superliga Danish 1st Division Danish 2nd Division East Denmark Series
Green denotes the highest level of football in Denmark; yellow the second highest; red the third highest; black the fourth highest; grey the fifth highest.

All time[edit]


Green denotes the highest level of football in Denmark; yellow the second highest; red the third highest; black the fourth highest; grey the fifth highest.

European competitions record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–1 2–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1969–70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Switzerland FC St. Gallen 2–1 0–1 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R France FC Sochaux 2–1 3–1 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Netherlands FC Twente 0–5 0–4 0–9 Symbol delete vote.svg
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R Switzerland Grasshoppers 0–2 1–6 1–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
1978–79 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R France AS Nancy-Lorraine 2–0 0–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 4–1 2–2 6–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Spain Real Zaragoza 0–1 1–5 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Following an assassination attempt on Council President Estrup in the fall of 1885 restrictions on political freedom had been initiated. Friis, M. P. (1887–1905). "Estrup, Jacob Brønnum Scavenius,". Dansk biografisk Lexikon IV. Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag. pp. 614–615. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  2. ^ Dennis Drejer: Tilbage til FREM-tiden, Berlingske Tidende, 12 November 1995, pp. 24,
  3. ^ Andreas Kraul: 'Fodbold: Frem kører videre', Dagbladet Politiken, 15 December 2004, section 2, pp. 10,
  4. ^ Hans-Henrik Hare: 'Så er det slut: Frem konkurs!', Ekstra Bladet, 28 June 2010
  5. ^ Gebuhr, Mogens (18 January 2006). "De første svære år 1886–1905". Boldklubben Frem. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Carlsberg new main sponsor at Frem". carlsbergdanmark.dk (in Danish). 22 September 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Sponsor falls in place". bkfrem.dk (in Danish). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Henrik Jensen stopper i Frem nu bold.dk, 29 April 2014
  9. ^ http://www.bkfrem.dk/default.asp?vis=nyheder&id=3186
  10. ^ "Peer takes control at Frem". bold.dk (in Danish). 21 December 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Old friend new coach in Frem". bold.dk (in Danish). 22 July 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Andersen Frem Coach". TV2 Sporten (in Danish). 7 July 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Frem extend Theils contract". dr.dk (in Danish). 30 April 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ebbe Skovdahl is Mørk's successor". B.T. (in Danish). 11 October 2003. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Mørch is back". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 25 July 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "New coach in Frem". Dagbladet Politiken (in Danish). 15 October 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 

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