IFK Eskilstuna

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IFK Eskilstuna
IFK Eskilstuna.png
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Eskilstuna
Founded 1897
Ground Tunavallen
Eskilstuna
Sweden
Ground Capacity 7,800
Chairman Bengt Bandstigen
Head Coach Lasse Ström
Coach Matts Lundevall
League Division 3 Västra Svealand
2012 Division 3 Södra Svealand, 4th

IFK Eskilstuna is a Swedish football club located in Eskilstuna in Södermanland County. In their early seasons IFK had a proud record as an Allsvenskan club but they now play in Division 3 Västra Svealand which is the fifth tier of Swedish football.[1]

Background[edit]

A chart showing the progress of IFK Eskilstuna through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Eskilstuna, which is the club's full name, were founded on 9 September 1897 and have a long rivalry with Eskilstuna City FK. Historically IFK Eskilstuna have the stronger record having spent 14 seasons in the Allsvenskan but currently Eskilstuna City FK play in a higher division. In 1910, IFK participated in the first Svenska Serien along with IFK Göteborg, Örgryte IS, AIK and IFK Norrköping.[2] Their first championship final match took place in 1921 when IFK defeated IK Sleipner 2–1 at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium before 11,695 spectators. They competed in another championship final match in 1923, this time going down 5–1 to AIK.

In the early years, the club also played bandy and was playing in the then Swedish top-tier league Division 1 for two years in the 1930s.

IFK competed in the very first Allsvenskan season in 1924/25 and played a further 13 seasons in the Allsvenskan from 1924/25-1928/29, 1930/31-1935/36, 1942/43, 1957/58 and 1964. Their best season was in 1931/32 when they finished in fifth place. The marathon table of Allsvenskan teams shows IFK in 23rd position, their last season at the highest level being in 1964.

IFK reached the Allsvenskan qualifying stage in 1981 after winning Division 2 Norra in fine style by pipping Orebro SK to the top position. However, IFK failed to win the play-offs against Kalmar FF to progress to the higher level. The 1987 season proved another near miss when IFK finished in second place to second place in Division I Norra to Djurgarden. In 1988 history was repeated, this time IFK finishing second to Orebro SK.

In 1992 IFK were relegated from Division 1 and subsequently have competed in the middle divisions of the Swedish football league system. The club currently plays in Division 3 Västra Svealand which is the fifth tier of Swedish football.[3] They play their home matches at the Tunavallen in Eskilstuna.[4]

In recent years the club ran into financial problems building up large debts to a number of clubs around the Södermanland area. In November 2007 the IFK reached an agreement, called Eskilstuna Elitfotboll, with local rivals Eskilstuna City FK. The agreement stipulates that the City shall constitute the city's top team with a view to progressing to the Allsvenskan while IFK will play a development role. The agreement covers a three-year period and it must then be re-negotiated and renewed every two years. In terms of the respective clubs' playing history, the contractual implications seem a little surprising given IFK’s stronger record. However, City now play in Division 2 and they are more solid financially than IFK.

IFK Eskilstuna are affiliated to the Södermanlands Fotbollförbund.[5] The club have an active youth section. In 1970 and 1985 the junior team won the Swedish Junior Championship. Famous footballers who have played for IFK Eskilstuna include Kenneth Andersson and Sebastian Larsson.[6]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
1923-24 Tier 2 Svenska Serien Östra Gruppen 3rd
1924-25 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 9th
1925-26 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 9th
1926-27 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 7th
1927-28 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 10th
1928-29 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 11th Relegated
1929-30 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 1st Promoted
1930-31 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 9th
1931-32 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 5th
1932-33 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 6th
1933-34 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 9th
1934-35 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 10th
1935-36 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 12th Relegated
1936-37 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 6th
1937-38 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 8th
1938-39 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 2nd
1939-40 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 3rd
1940-41 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 1st Promotion Playoffs
1941-42 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 1st Promotion Playoffs - Promoted
1942-43 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 12th Relegated
1943-44 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 1st Promotion Playoffs
1944-45 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 6th
1945-46 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 5th
1946-47 Tier 2 Division 2 Östra 7th Relegated
1947-48 Tier 3 Division 3 Östra 6th
1948-49 Tier 3 Division 3 Östra 3rd
1949-50 Tier 3 Division 3 Östra 7th
1950-51 Tier 3 Division 3 Östra 3rd
1951-52 Tier 3 Division 3 Östra 4th
1952-53 Tier 3 Division 3 Östra 3rd Promoted
1953-54 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 3rd
1954-55 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 2nd
1955-56 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 5th
1956-57 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 1st Promotion Playoffs - Promoted
1957-58 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 11th Relegated
1959 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 3rd
1960 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 5th
1961 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 5th
1962 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 5th
1963 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 1st Promotion Playoffs - Promoted
1964 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 11th Relegated
1965 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 3rd
1966 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 3rd
1967 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 3rd
1968 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 4th
1969 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 3rd
1970 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 5th
1971 Tier 2 Division 2 Svealand 6th
1972 Tier 2 Division 2 Mellersta 3rd
1973 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 8th
1974 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 8th
1975 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 3rd
1976 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 8th
1977 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 6th
1978 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 4th
1979 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 7th
1980 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 7th
1981 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 1st Promotion Playoffs
1982 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 8th
1983 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 11th
1984 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 9th
1985 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 5th
1986 Tier 2 Division 2 Norra 9th
1987 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 2nd
1988 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 2nd
1989 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 9th
1990 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 12th
1991 Tier 2 Division 1 Östra 7th Spring
Tier 2 Division 1 Östra (Höst) 3rd Autumn
1992 Tier 2 Division 1 Östra 5th Spring
Tier 2 Division 1 Östra (Höst) 7th Relegated - Autumn
1993 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 7th
1994 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 5th
1995 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 7th
1996 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 3rd
1997 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 3rd
1998 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 7th
1999 Tier 3 Division 2 Västra Svealand 10th Relegated
2000 Tier 4 Division 3 Västra Svealand 3rd
2001 Tier 4 Division 3 Västra Svealand 6th
2002 Tier 4 Division 3 Västra Svealand 2nd Promotion Playoffs
2005 Tier 4 Division 3 Västra Svealand 6th
2004 Tier 4 Division 3 Östra Svealand 6th
2005 Tier 4 Division 3 Västra Svealand 2nd Promoted
2006* Tier 4 Division 2 Östra Svealand 6th
2007 Tier 4 Division 2 Östra Svealand 8th
2008 Tier 4 Division 2 Södra Svealand 12th Relegated
2009 Tier 5 Division 3 Södra Svealand 7th
2010 Tier 5 Division 3 Västra Svealand 4th
2011 Tier 5 Division 3 Södra Svealand 2nd Promotion Playoffs
2012 Tier 5 Division 3 Södra Svealand 4th

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. [7] [8] [9]

Attendances[edit]

In recent seasons IFK Eskilstuna have had the following average attendances:

Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2005 484 Div 3 Västra Svealand Tier 4
2006 693 Div 2 Östra Svealand Tier 4
2007 533 Div 2 Östra Svealand Tier 4
2008 372 Div 2 Södra Svealand Tier 4
2009 172 Div 3 Södra Svealand Tier 5
2010 236 Div 3 Västra Svealand Tier 5
2011 708 Div 3 Södra Svealand Tier 5
2012 329 Div 3 Södra Svealand Tier 5

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [10]

The attendance record at Tunavallen was set in 1963 when 22,491 spectators attended the match with GAIS.[11]

Achievements[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ 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.[12]

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