Regionalliga West (1963–74)

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Regionalliga West
Regional soccer leagues in Germany, 1963-74
Country  Germany
State Flag of Nordrhein-Westfalen Nordrhein-Westfalen
Founded 1963
Folded 1974 (11 seasons)
Replaced by 2nd Bundesliga Nord
Level on pyramid Level 2
Promotion to Bundesliga
Relegation to
Last champions SG Wattenscheid 09
(1973-74)

The Regionalliga West was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the west of Germany from 1963 until the formation of the 2nd Bundesliga in 1974. It covered the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, the most populous state of Germany.

Overview[edit]

The league started out in 1963 with 20 teams in the league, which was reduced to 18 the year after.

It was formed from the eleven clubs of the Oberliga West which did not get admitted to the new Bundesliga and from the top nine clubs of the 2nd Oberliga West. The Regionalliga West was as such a continuation of the Oberliga West under a different name and a tier lower.

Along with the Regionalliga West went another four Regionalligas, these five formed the second tier of German football until 1974:

The new Regionalligas were formed along the borders of the old post-2nd World War Oberligas, not after a balanced regional system. Therefore the Oberligas Berlin and West covered small but populos areas while Nord and Süd covered large areas. Südwest was something of an anomaly, neither large nor populous.

The winners and runners-up of this league were admitted to the promotion play-off to the Bundesliga, which was staged in two groups of originally four, later five teams each with the winner of each group going up.

The bottom teams in a varying amount were relegated to the Verbandsligas. Below the Regionalliga West were the following Verbandsligas:

The Schwarz-Weiß Essen is the only club to have played in all eleven seasons of the Regionalliga West.

Disbanding of the Regionalliga West[edit]

The league was dissolved in 1974. According to their performance of the last couple of seasons, 11 clubs of the Regionalliga went to the new 2nd Bundesliga Nord. The seven remaining clubs were relegated to the Amateurligas.

The teams admitted to the 2nd Bundesliga Nord were:

The following teams were relegated to the Amateurligas:

Re-formation of the Regionalliga West[edit]

In 1994 the Regionalligas were re-established, after 20 years, this time as the third tier of German Football. The new Regionalliga West/Südwest was a merger of the two old Regionalligas Südwest and West. In 2000 this league was disbanded again and its clubs spread over the Regionalligas Süd and Nord.

In 2008, the Regionalliga West will reform again, covering the same territory as the Regionalliga West/Südwest did but now called West only. It will then be the fourth tier of football in Germany.

Winners and runners-up of the Regionalliga West[1][edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up
1963-64 Alemannia Aachen Wuppertaler SV
1964-65 Borussia Mönchengladbach Alemannia Aachen
1965-66 Fortuna Düsseldorf Rot-Weiss Essen
1966-67 Alemannia Aachen Schwarz-Weiss Essen
1967-68 Bayer Leverkusen Rot-Weiss Essen
1968-69 Rot-Weiss Oberhausen Rot-Weiss Essen
1969-70 VfL Bochum Arminia Bielefeld
1970-71 VfL Bochum Fortuna Düsseldorf
1971-72 Wuppertaler SV Rot-Weiss Essen
1972-73 Rot-Weiss Essen Fortuna Köln
1973-74 SG Wattenscheid 09 Rot-Weiss Oberhausen
  • Bold denotes team went on to gain promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Alemannia Aachen (1964, 1967, 1999), SG Wattenscheid 09 (1974, 1997), Rot-Weiss Oberhausen (1969, 1998) and Rot-Weiss Essen (1973, 2004, 2006) all have won the old and the new Regionalliga.

Placings in the Regionalliga West 1963 to 1974[edit]

The league placings from 1963 to 1974:[2]

Club 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74
Borussia Mönchengladbach 8 1 B B B B B B B B B
VfL Bochum 12 4 5 3 1 1 B B B
Fortuna Düsseldorf 3 3 1 B 6 4 4 2 B B B
Wuppertaler SV 2 6 5 7 15 5 3 3 1 B B
Rot-Weiß Essen 10 7 2 B 2 2 B B 2 1 B
Fortuna Köln 16 13 14 4 3 2 B
SG Wattenscheid 09 8 13 12 5 1
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 7 4 4 6 3 1 B B B B 2
Bayer Uerdingen 7 3 3
1. FC Mülheim 8 4
Preußen Münster B 8 6 9 13 14 7 9 11 13 5
Borussia Dortmund B B B B B B B B B 4 6
Alemannia Aachen 1 2 3 1 B B B 6 4 6 7
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 13 9 7 2 7 6 5 11 5 12 8
DJK Gütersloh 10 8 13 9 9
Rot-Weiß Lüdenscheid 10
SpVgg Erkenschwick 15 15 6 10 11
Sportfreunde Siegen 18 7 12
Arminia Gütersloh 9 16 13
Arminia Bielefeld 11 5 10 3 4 7 2 B B 11 14
Union Solingen 15
STV Horst-Emscher 15 17 18 16
Westfalia Herne 6 12 15 11 17 12 14 15 17
Viktoria Köln 5 10 9 13 10 16 12 10 17 18
Eintracht Gelsenkirchen 13 16 12 14 18 5 10 14
Bayer Leverkusen 12 16 14 10 1 8 11 7 8 17
Lüner SV 20 8 10 6 14 15 18
VfR Neuß 8 12 9 9 16 16
VfL Klafeld 18
Bonner SC 17 15 13 17
SF Hamborn 07 14 14 8 5 9 11 16 18
SSVg Velbert 17
TSV Marl-Hüls 4 15 13 14 11 12 18
Eintracht Duisburg 9 11 11 18 17
VfB Bottrop 17 17 18
SSV Hagen 15
Hammer SpVg 16
Homberger SV 18
SpVgg Herten 16
Duisburg 48/99 19

Source:"Regionalliga West". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

Key[edit]

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league

Notes[edit]

  • Duisburger SV and Duisburg 48/99 merged in 1964 to form Eintracht Duisburg.
  • In 1973, Eintracht Gelsenkirchen merged with STV Horst-Emscher, calling itself STV Eintracht Gelsenkirchen until 1978, then STV Horst-Emscher again.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kicker Almanach" The Football Yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables

Sources[edit]

  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

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