1954–55 Netherlands Football League Championship

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Netherl. Football Championship
Season 1954-1955
Champions Willem II (3rd title)

The Netherlands Football League Championship 1954/1955 was contested by 56 teams participating in four divisions. The national champion would be determined by a play-off featuring the winners of each division of the Netherlands. Willem II won this year's championship by beating NAC, PSV Eindhoven and FC Eindhoven.

This season saw the introduction of professional football in the Netherlands. Initially two competitions began after the summer break: one from the NBVB and one from the KNVB. In November, the NBVB merged into the KNVB and one unified league commenced.

At the end of the season, the four Eerste Klasse Divisions were re-aligned as two Divisions called Hoofdklasse A & B.

New entrants[edit]

48 competitors from last season participated, only in completely other divisions. Last years competitors Bleijerheide merged to form Roda Sport and Juliana merged to form Rapid JC. New entrants were:

Divisions[edit]

Eerste Klasse A[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 NAC 26 18 5 3 60 24 41 +26 Qualified to Championship play-off.
2 Holland Sport 26 18 4 4 72 33 40 +39 Not participating next season.
3 MVV Maastricht 26 14 6 6 64 37 34 +27 [Hoofdklasse B]
4 SBV Excelsior 26 13 5 8 47 36 31 +11
5 BVC Amsterdam 26 11 5 10 53 41 27 +12
6 Emma 26 11 5 10 41 47 27 -6 [Hoofdklasse B]
7 Stormvogels 26 9 8 9 49 42 26 +7
8 DOS 26 12 2 12 60 53 26 +7
9 Roda Sport 26 11 4 11 48 51 26 -3
10 LONGA 26 10 3 13 55 65 23 -10 Relegated to 2nd Division.
11 VV Leeuwarden 26 7 7 12 40 59 21 -19
12 Zwolsche Boys 26 5 5 16 31 59 15 -28
13 Veendam 26 4 6 16 38 85 14 -47
14 Go Ahead 26 3 7 16 27 53 13 -26

[Hoofdklasse B] Team moving to new Hoofdklasse B next season.

Eerste Klasse B[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 Willem II 26 19 5 2 96 42 43 +54 Qualified for Championship play-off.
2 Sparta Rotterdam 26 12 8 6 67 42 32 +25 [Hoofdklasse A]
3 Fortuna 26 13 5 8 46 38 31 +8 [Hoofdklasse A]
4 SVV 26 11 6 9 53 50 28 +3
5 ADO Den Haag 26 10 6 10 48 43 26 +5 [Hoofdklasse A]
6 Sittardia 26 10 6 10 57 52 26 +5
7 Elinkwijk 26 11 4 11 48 45 26 +3
8 HFC EDO 26 11 4 11 42 45 26 -3
9 VV Rigtersbleek 26 10 6 10 49 58 26 -9 [Hoofdklasse A]
10 DWS 26 9 6 11 35 38 24 -3 Relegated to 2nd Division.
11 sc Heerenveen 26 9 5 12 56 68 23 -12
12 Heracles 26 8 5 13 56 71 21 -15
13 VV Brabantia 26 6 6 14 34 68 18 -34
14 FC Wageningen 26 6 2 18 33 60 14 -27

[Hoofdklasse A] Team moving to new Hoofdklasse A next season.

Eerste Klasse C[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 PSV Eindhoven 26 16 7 3 64 39 39 +25 Qualified for Championship play-off. [Hoofdklasse B]
2 Rapid 26 15 5 6 70 41 35 +29 [Hoofdklasse B]
3 Limburgia 26 14 6 6 53 33 34 +20 [Hoofdklasse A]
4 GVAV Rapiditas 26 14 5 7 69 50 33 +19 [Hoofdklasse B]
5 Alkmaar '54 26 11 6 9 41 37 28 +4 [Hoofdklasse B]
6 EBOH 26 12 4 10 45 50 28 -5 [Hoofdklasse A]
7 Feijenoord 26 11 5 10 47 47 27 0 [Hoofdklasse B]
8 Vitesse 26 10 7 9 42 44 27 -2 [Hoofdklasse A]
9 NOAD 26 8 10 8 41 36 26 +5 [Hoofdklasse A]
10 HFC Haarlem 26 9 8 9 47 42 26 +5 Relegated to 2nd Division.
11 Enschedese Boys 26 6 6 14 38 67 18 -29
12 NEC Nijmegen 26 4 9 13 33 49 17 -16
13 Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 26 6 2 18 34 62 14 -28
14 Hermes DVS 26 2 8 16 28 55 12 -27

[Hoofdklasse A] Team moving to new Hoofdklasse A next season.
[Hoofdklasse B] Team moving to new Hoofdklasse B next season.

Eerste Klasse D[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 FC Eindhoven 26 17 5 4 59 26 39 +33 Qualified for Championship play-off. [Hoofdklasse A]
2 VVV Venlo 26 15 7 4 54 21 37 +33 [Hoofdklasse A]
3 AFC Ajax 26 12 11 3 57 30 35 +27 [Hoofdklasse A]
4 De Graafschap 26 13 4 9 48 35 30 +13 [Hoofdklasse B]
5 SC Enschede 26 12 5 9 48 36 29 +12 [Hoofdklasse B]
6 BVV Den Bosch 26 12 5 9 42 39 29 +3 [Hoofdklasse B]
7 HVC 26 8 11 7 34 31 27 +3 [Hoofdklasse A]
8 De Volewijckers 26 11 4 11 34 53 26 -19 [Hoofdklasse B]
9 DFC 26 10 5 11 41 47 25 -6 [Hoofdklasse B]
10 RBC Roosendaal 26 9 7 10 43 50 25 -7 Relegated to 2nd Division.
11 VSV 26 9 6 11 43 43 24 0
12 AGOVV Apeldoorn 26 4 5 17 31 55 13 -24
13 Xerxes 26 3 7 16 23 51 13 -28
14 Be Quick 1887 26 4 4 18 24 64 12 -40

[Hoofdklasse A] Team moving to new Hoofdklasse A next season.
[Hoofdklasse B] Team moving to new Hoofdklasse B next season.

Championship play-off[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 Willem II 6 3 2 1 14 11 8 +3
2 NAC 6 2 2 2 14 12 6 +2
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 1 4 1 10 10 6 0 Qualified for 1955-56 European Cup
4 FC Eindhoven 6 1 2 3 9 14 4 -5

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