Vejle Boldklub

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Vejle Boldklub
Vejle BK.png
Full name Vejle Boldklub
Nickname(s) De Røde (The Reds), Jyllands Rubin (Ruby of Jutland)
Short name VB
Founded 1891; 123 years ago (1891)
Ground Vejle Stadion, Vejle
Ground Capacity 10,418
Chairman Lars Skou
Head Coach Tonny Hermansen
League Danish 1st Division
2013-14 Danish 1st Division, 7th

Vejle Boldklub, founded in 1891, is a Danish football club from the town of Vejle. The club has won the Danish championship five times and the Danish cup title six times.

The club's homeground is Vejle Stadion in Nørreskoven (the northern forest) since 1922. The club has played in red shirts and white pants since 1911.

The main rivals of Vejle Boldklub are AGF from Aarhus and AC Horsens from Horsens.

In July 2011, Vejle Boldklub merged with Kolding FC and became Vejle Boldklub Kolding. The merger however was short lived and in June 2013 it was split into Vejle Boldklub and Kolding IF.

History[edit]

The club was founded by 23 men from Vejle on 3 May 1891 as a cricket club. Football first became a part of the club's activities in 1902.

The first golden age[edit]

The period from 1910 to 1920 is often referred to[by whom?] as Vejle Boldklub’s first golden age. In this period the club took part in the Jutland championship final seven times and won it four times in 1912, 1913, 1914 and 1915.

The 1950s: A golden decade[edit]

About 15,000 people were seated at Vejle Stadion on 22 May 1952, when Vejle Boldklub secured promotion to the second best Danish league in a match against Odense KFUM. One of the central players in the Vejle team was Bent Sørensen, who later went on to become the club's first national team player.

On 10 May 10 1956, VB in front of 25,000 people in Parken, Copenhagen, met B93 in a qualification game for a place in the best Danish league. Once again Bent Sørensen scored the winner. After this VB played in the best Danish league for 36 years, which is the record.[citation needed]

In 1958 the club won its first Danish championship, and also went on to win the Danish cup. This made VB the first club in Denmark to win the Double. Among the profiles in the squad was Tommy Troelsen and Henning Enoksen. Tommy Troelsen was only 17 years old when he played in the final.

Normally 15,000-20,000 people attended the matches in Vejle those days. K.B. were beaten 8-3 and Odense Boldklub were sent home with a 7-2 defeat. The manager was Frits Gotfredsen and he was the man who started developing the attacking style of play that made VB the most popular club in Denmark in this period.

The 1959 season also offered great moments for the history books. The biggest triumph was without a doubt the cup win against AGF. 33,000 people came to the national arena to watch the match between the two great clubs from Jutland. VB won the game 1-0, but until this day it has never been decided who scored the winner. Both the ball, Henning Enoksen and a couple of AGF players were in the net. However, it was a goal and VB could celebrate the clubs second cup win in two years.

At the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 four VB players were selected in the Danish side which sensationally won silver medals. The four VB players were: Henning Enoksen, Tommy Troelsen, Poul Mejer and Poul Jensen (captain).

The 1970s: A triumph march[edit]

In 1971 Vejle Boldklub celebrated its 80 years jubilee and the players gave the club the best birthday present possible: The Danish championship trophy and the clubs first ticket to the European Champions Cup. The trophy was won through great attacking football, and there was never any doubt that VB would win it.

The Danish football audience were impressed with the new top side in Danish football and thousands of people came to Vejle to enjoy the charming football of Vejle Boldklub. Among the many profiles in the team were Allan Simonsen and Flemming Serritslev. The manager was once again Frits Gotfredsen. He ended his amazing carrier in Vejle Boldklub after this big triumph.

In the 1972 season VB went on to prove that the team was now on top of Danish football. The Danish championship in 1971 was followed up by another cup triumph and once again the Danish championship ended up in Vejle – The Double.

The title was won even more convincingly than the year before after ten straight victories in the spring half of the season. It was simply VB and the others. After the 1972 season VB's biggest profile, Allan Simonsen, joined the German giants Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1977 as the only Danish player in history.

In the 1975 season VB did not live up to the huge expectations in the league. However, the club delivered some great attacking football in the cup tournament and went on to win the final for the fourth time with a 1-0 victory over Holbæk. Club record holder, Gert Eg, scored with a great first timer, which qualified VB for the European Cup Winners Cup.

The 19 May 1977 Vejle Boldklub won its third cup final in only six years. The fifth cup triumph was won with a 2-1 victory against B1909. The goal scorers for Vejle was Ib Jacquet and Knud Nørregård. VB could now name itself the best cup team in Denmark – a status that was taken away from AGF.

Vejle reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup-Winners' Cup in the 1977-78 campaign.

In the following season, 1978, Vejle Boldklub underlined its top position in Danish football by winning the Danish title for the fourth time in the clubs history. Manager, Poul Erik Bech, and his players could celebrate the victory in Vejle before the last game as AGF and Esbjerg fB could no longer catch the reds. Among the profiles in the team were Alex Nielsen, Tommy Hansen and Ulrik le Fevre, who later became the first player to score Tor des Jahres in the German Bundesliga.

The 1980s: The trophies are brought to Vejle[edit]

In 1978 Vejle Boldklub became the first team to win the Danish title after the involvement of money in Danish football. But as it turned out VB would find it difficult to adapt to the new times.

However, in the beginning of the decade VB continued in the footsteps of the successful 1970s. On 28 May 1981 Boldklubben Frem was beaten 2-1 in the cup final. This meant that the beautiful trophy - which the Danish clubs had been fighting for since 1955 - was brought to Vejle permanently and placed in the club house in Nørreskoven.

In 1983 Allan Simonsen – same year named the third best player in Europe – returned to Vejle Boldklub. Simonsen had a big impact on the team and was a major profile as the club went on to win its fifth Danish title in 1984. With this victory the greatest trophy in Danish football found a permanent spot in the club house in Vejle next to the cup winners trophy. Among the biggest profiles in the squad was John Sivebæk, Allan Simonsen and Steen Thychosen, who became the league top scorer with 24 goals.

After some indifferent seasons VB was in 1988 taken over by four local business men. Once again the club started dreaming about titles and the fans were excited by the signings of star players such as Preben Elkjær Larsen, John Larsen and Keld Bordinggaard. However, the new manager, Ebbe Skovdahl, could not get the team to work together even though he had several star players in his side.

1991: A black year in VB’s history[edit]

Vejle Boldklub’s centenary was celebrated in the worst possible manner with relegation to the second tier for the first time since 1956. Many star players went to play for other clubs and a sad atmosphere of crisis descended upon Vejle. The four businessmen left the club, but ensured on their way out that it was not in dire straits. To turn things around VB hired their old star player Allan Simonsen as new manager. However, it was a thankless task for Simonsen, who started his managing carrier with a defeat.

In 1994 the successful manager from 1981, Ole Fritsen, was named as the new manager of Vejle Boldklub. As a former youth coach in the club, Ole knew all about the many talented young players in VB, amongst which were the Kaspar Dalgas and Peter Graulund. Ole started to build up a new team around these young players.

Vejle Boldklub was back in the top Danish league in 1995. Ole Fritsen’s young team played impressive, charming and attacking football, which earned them runners-up medals in 1997 and qualification for the UEFA Cup on two occasions. For his fine work, Ole Fritsen was named Danish Manager of the Year in 1997.

2000: Crises and rebuilding[edit]

In the beginning of the new millennium VB was relegated from the best Danish league for the second time in the clubs history. However, the club was back after only one season in the second best league, but it turned out to be a shot visit as the club was relegated the same season. This turned out to be the beginning of a serious crises. In 2004 VB was almost relegated to the third league and the club was threatened by bankruptcy. This resulted in some desperate attempts to "save" the club through amalgamations with clubs in north, south, east and west.

But late in 2004 another turning point occurred as a group of visionary businessmen reconstructed the clubs economy and launched the so-called four point plan: A new stadium, promotion to the best league, income through other business than football and a new sponsor strategy. In 2006 VB was back in the best league. However, the club got a miserable start to the season with nine defeats in a row and had to leave the good company once again. But a successful second half of the season pointed in the right direction and the optimism was back in the club.

Today VB brings together the most successful businesses in the south-east of Jutland, which potentially makes the club one of the richest in Danish football. And where the club earlier had to look in vain for local support it is today seen as an attractive investment.

In the spring of 2008 Vejle Boldklub opened the gates to a new modern stadium. The name is still Vejle Stadion and the stadium is still placed in Nørreskoven.

On 5 June 2008, VB made a new record as the most sovereign winner of the Danish 1. division. The promotion to the Superliga was secured with 78 points for 30 matches.

By the 32nd round of the 2008-2009 season it was clear VB would be relegated and would play in the Danish 1st Division during the 2009-2010 campaign.

Merger with Kolding FC[edit]

On 8 December 2010, Vejle Boldklub announced that the club known as Vejle Blodklub would fusion with Kolding FC and from July 2011 would be known as Vejle Boldklub Kolding. This would mark an end for Vejle Boldklub and the beginning of yet another Danish fusion club.[1]

Resurrection[edit]

In November 2012 Kolding IF withdrew from the cooperation with Vejle Boldklub.[2] This resulted in the dissolving of Vejle Boldklub Kolding, and Vejle Boldklub inherited the merger club's licence in the Danish 1st Division for the upcoming 2013-14 season.[3]

Honours[edit]

Danish championship

  • Winners: 1958, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1984
  • Runners-up: 1965, 1974, 1997

Danish Cup

  • 1958, 1959, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981

Europe[edit]

1973 was the year when Vejle Boldklub debuted in the European Champion Clubs' Cup. Vejle was put up against one of the biggest clubs in Europe at the time: Anderlecht from Belgium. Vejle gave the Belgians a good match, but the reds could not keep Anderlecht from progressing in the tournament.

The highligt of Vejle Boldklub's European history came in 1978, when the club went all the way to the quarter finals in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, where VB lost out to Dutch side FC Twente.

In the 1985-86 season, Vejle lost to eventual Champions' Cup winners FC Steaua Bucureşti, after a first-leg tie: 1-1, 1-4.

The last time Vejle Boldklub played in Europe was in 1998-99, when the reds were drawn with Real Betis in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Betis came to Denmark with a great team including the star player Denílson. But against all odds VB won the first match against the Spanish stars as Peter Graulund scored the winner in the dying minutes of the game. However, in Sevilla VB could not follow up on the good result and lost 5-0.

Champions Cup Winners UEFA Cup Intertoto Cup
1972-73, 1973-74, 1979-80, 1985-86 1975-76, 1977-78, 1981-82 1990-91, 1997-98, 1998-99 1967, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1978,

1979, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990

Squads and players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As 25 July 2014.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Kristian Fæste
3 Faroe Islands DF Viljormur Davidsen
4 Portugal DF João Pereira
5 Iran DF Daniel Norouzi (on loan from Brøndby)
8 Denmark MF Kim Elgaard
9 Denmark MF Jacob Sørensen
10 Denmark MF Simon Nagel
11 Denmark FW Anders Kaagh
12 Denmark DF Niels Bisp Rasmussen
14 Denmark DF Derrick Nissen
No. Position Player
15 Denmark FW Andreas Albers Nielsen
16 Spain DF Jonatan Neftalí
17 Denmark MF Henrik Bødker
18 Denmark MF Hakan Redzep
19 Denmark MF Kristian Gaarde
20 Denmark DF Christian Sivebæk
21 Denmark MF Jonas Hebo Rasmussen
22 Denmark GK Morten Haastrup Jensen
33 Denmark MF Denis Fazlagic

Notable players[edit]

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. ... W D L GS GA Points Cup Notes
1996-97 1D 2 33 14 12 7 57 38 54
1997-98 1D 4 33 16 4 13 53 51 52
1998-99 1D 6 33 14 5 14 54 48 47
1999-00 1D 11 33 7 11 15 38 68 32 5th round relegated
2000-01 2D 2 30 17 8 5 73 37 59 5th round promoted
2001-02 1D 11 33 6 10 17 38 72 28 4th round relegated
2002-03 2D 5 30 15 4 11 65 58 49 5th round
2003-04 2D 12 30 8 6 16 44 59 30 3rd round
2004-05 2D 5 30 14 7 9 59 51 49 3rd round
2005-06 2D 1 30 19 6 5 62 32 63 3rd round promoted
2006-07 1D 11 33 6 7 20 35 64 25 3rd round relegated
2007-08 2D 1 30 25 3 2 80 24 78 5th round promoted
2008-09 1D 11 33 4 13 16 30 59 25 3rd round -

Note: 1D = Danish Superliga, 2D = Danish 1st Division

Achievements[edit]

Coaches from 1990 - Present[edit]

Captains 2003 - Present[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]