RSV Göttingen 05

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RSV Göttingen 05
Full name Rasensportverein Geismar-Göttingen 05 e. V.
Founded 30 June 1905
Ground Jahnstadion
Ground Capacity 17,000
Chairman Hartwig Gellert
Manager Thomas Hellmich
League Oberliga Niedersachsen (V)
2011–12 13th

RSV Göttingen 05 is a German football club based in Göttingen, Lower Saxony founded as Göttinger FC 05. The club was actually the second to go by that name.


The first incarnation of 1898 was disbanded by 1903 and a new club was started up in 1905. In 1920 it was renamed to VfR 05 Göttingen and in 1921, to 1. SC Göttingen 05. For the most part, the club lived out its existence as a side known only locally in northern Germany. They played in the Westdeutscher Spielverband between 1921 and 1933, and after the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich, joined the Gauliga Niedersachsen. After World War II, the team was disbanded and re-formed as Schwarz-Gelb Göttingen. They took on the name 1. SC Göttingen 05 again in 1948 and at the same time joined first-class Oberliga Nord. The club spent ten years there, with their best result being a fifth place finish, before slipping to the Amateurliga Niedersachsen-Ost (III).

Historical logo of 1. SC Göttingen 05

Göttingen played their way into the Regionalliga Nord (II) in 1964–65 for a run of thirteen seasons with good results early on including three consecutive second place finishes. The club failed in three attempts to advance to the Bundesliga through the promotion rounds in 1967, 1968, and 1974. By the late 70's the team slipped to the III tier Amateur Oberliga Nord, with one last 2. Bundesliga Nord appearance in 1980–81, followed by a fall to IV division play in the mid-90's. A solid effort and first place finish in the Oberliga Niedersachsen/Bremem (IV), followed by a clean run through the promotion rounds was wasted when the club could not get a license due to its shaky financial condition. By September 2003 the club was bankrupt: its Verbandsliga games were cancelled and its operation folded up.

A new side dubbed 1. FC Göttingen 05 rose from the ashes and its youth teams returned to the pitch. A merger was arranged with RSV Geismar which needed some help after being relegated and also having their own side fall apart. The combined side has returned to play in 2005–06 as RSV Göttingen 05.

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