Koninklijke HFC

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Koninklijke HFC
Full name Koninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club
Founded September 15, 1879; 135 years ago (1879-09-15)
Ground Complex Koninklijke HFC
Ground Capacity ?
Chairman Netherlands Gert-Jan Pruijn
Manager Netherlands Pieter Mulders
League Topklasse
2013–14 Hoofdklasse Sunday A, 1st (promoted)

Koninklijke HFC (Royal Haarlemsche Football Club) is a football club in Haarlem, the Netherlands. It is the oldest club in Dutch history, founded by Pim Mulier in 1879. During the first years the only team played rugby but due to financial problems they switched to association football. The first official football match in the Netherlands was played in 1886 between HFC and Amsterdam Sport.

They currently play in the Topklasse, the highest amateur level in the Netherlands.


Koninklijke HFC was the first Dutch Rugby club, established on September 15, 1879 by the 14 year old Pim Mulier, who first encountered the sport in 1870. However HFC switched to association football in 1883. (The Delftsche Studenten Rugby Club was the first official rugby club on September 24, 1918.)

In 1899 they moved from their home ground "De Koekamp" to the "Spanjaardslaan" where until today they still play their matches. In that period the Spanjaardslaan (Spaniard's lane), the east-west road at the southern edge of the oldest public park of the Netherlands was part of Heemstede, but switched back to Haarlem in 1927.

The beginning of football in the Netherlands

The Netherlands national football team played two of their international matches at the Spanjaardslaan. Both matches were versus Belgium, resulting in a 1-2 loss and a 7-0 win. In the past HFC contributed several players to the Netherlands national football team. Of those players goalkeeper Gejus van der Meulen obtained the most caps, 54. At present his grandson still plays for HFC.

Before the Dutch championship was officially established HFC won three unofficial national titles:

Three times in the club's history they won the KNVB Cup (1904, 1913 and 1915). In the cup competition of 1903-1904 HFC beat VVV from Amsterdam with 25-0, still a record in Dutch cup competition.

The club was named Koninklijk (Royal) in 1959, 80 years after the club was founded. Since 1923 the first team of HFC plays the opening match of a new year versus a selection of former Dutch international players on January 1. With more than 1600 members HFC is one of the largest football clubs in the Netherlands.

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