TuS Helene Altenessen
|Full name||Turn- und Sportverein Helene e.V. Essen-Altenessen|
|League||Landesliga Niederrhein (V)|
|2007–08||1st, Bezirksliga Niederrhein (VI)|
The team was established in 1928 as Werks-TuS Helene Altenessen and in 1934 merged with TuS Sälzer-Amalie Essen to form Turn- und Sportverein Helene Altenessen . In 1939, the TSV Amalie Essen also became part of the sports club. TuS was a worker's side that had a close association with the Krupp family-owned mining company until the mid-50s. Helene Amalie Krupp, co-founder of the family's industrial empire, is acknowledged in the names of several local football and sports clubs.
The team won promotion from the Bezirksklasse Niederrhein (II) in 1940 after a failed attempt to advance out of the playoff round the previous year. TuS then captured the Gauliga Niederrhein (I) title in 1941 and made appearances in the opening rounds of both the national championship and the Tschammerpokal, predecessor to today's DFB-Pokal (German Cup). Despite a poor season the next year, TuS remained competitive, earning upper table finishes in their following two campaigns. As World War II overtook the country, the team became part of the wartime side Kriegspielegemeinschaft Helene/Preußen Essen alongside Essener Sportclub Preußen. The combined side played only two matches in the war-shortened 1944–45 season.
Like most other organizations in the country, including sports and football clubs, TuS was disbanded by occupying Allied authorities after the war. It was re-established in 1945 as VfR 1928 Essen before adopting the name TuS Helene Essen in 1948. Between 1948 and 1956 the team competed in the Amateurliga Niederrhein (II), but ultimately was unable to keep up with its local rivals.
The team enjoyed some fresh success in the 1980s as three consecutive promotions advanced the side to the Verbandsliga Niederrhein (V) where they played three seasons before backsliding to the local Kreisliga. The club had a successful 2007–08 season, winning promotion to the Landesliga Niederrhein (V) out of the Bezirksliga Niederrhein (VI).
- Gauliga Niederrhein (I) champions: 1941
TuS played its home fixtures in the Helene-Stadion Bäuminghausstraße which originally had a capacity of 25,000. After 1939 the facility was known as Im Schollbrank and in 2001 had a capacity of 18,000. Today the stadium accommodates 11,000.
- Otto Rehhagel began his career with TuS Helene in 1948 before joining Rot-Weiß Essen in 1960 and then, in 1963, Hertha Berlin. He has since become one of Germany's most successful coaches, guiding Greece to the Euro 2004 title.
- Franz "Penny" Islacker also played with TuS Helene before going to "big brother" Rot-Weiß Essen. In 1954, he scored three goals for RWE in their 4–3 victory in the national final against 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
- Rolf Lawrenz, who after a prolific goal scoring season in 1953–54, broke his leg and was forced to retire. He worked as a plasterer and was one of the first victims of asbestos poisoning, dying from its effects at age 51.
- Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German domestic league tables (German)