Boldklubben Frem

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Frem
BK Frem.png
Full name Boldklubben Frem af 1886
Nickname(s) Fremmerne, Ægte København (True Copenhagen)
Short name Frem
Founded 17 July 1886; 131 years ago (1886-07-17)
as Fremskridtsklubbens Cricketklub
Ground Valby Idrætspark, Copenhagen
Ground Capacity 12,000 (4,400 seats)
Chairman Claus Mohrhagen
Head coach Lasse Holmgaard
League Danish 2nd Division Group 1
2016–17 Danish 2nd Division Promotion Grp, 5th
Website Club website

Boldklubben Frem (also known as Frem, BK Frem or BK Frem Copenhagen) is a Danish sports club based in the Valby-Sydhavnen area of Copenhagen. It is best known for its semi-professional football team. Since its foundation in 1886, Frem has won the Danish Championships six times and the Danish Cup twice. Until the disastrous bankruptcy in 1993, Frem had played in the top division all but six seasons. After the bankruptcy the club fought its way back to the top of Danish football, but in 2010 it went bankrupt again and was demoted to the Copenhagen Series—the fifth tier in the Danish league system. After two back to back promotions, the club now participates in the Danish 2. Division, the third tier.

The club also has a youth and amateur football branch, as well as a cricket team. It is also involved in the running of the KIES sports boarding school.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Frem's squad of the 1901–1902 Copenhagen Championship-winning season. The player at the very centre is Axel Byrval.

BK Frem were founded as Fremskridtsklubbens Cricketklub on 17 July 1886 by a group of seditious young men from the then government hostile Venstre Reform Party, as a cloak for political activities.[1] In 1887 football was introduced and the name was changed to Boldklubben Frem, stiftet af Fremskridtsklubben (lit. Danish: The Ball Club Forward, founded by the Progress Club).

In the first two years of the life of the club, only two sports matches were played, but when the Danish Football Association introduced a football tournament in 1889, the club was invited to participate, and in 1890 Frem became the first Danish club to beat KB in a football match. In 1902 Frem became unofficial Danish champions when they won the league played under the auspices of the Danish FA. This was the first ever senior title won by the club.

In 1905, the club moved to its own field at Enghavevej, Vesterbro, obtaining its distinct working class profile. To this day, both the Social Democrats and the Union of Metalworkers holds Frem sponsorships. In 1912, Frem joined the representative team Stævnet which arranged lucrative exhibition matches and played a decisive role in Danish football politics.

Match against AB around 1940. Frem players (hooped shirts): Pauli Jørgensen (far left), Johannes Pløger (2nd from right) and Erling Sørensen (far right).

Palmy days[edit]

In the years 1923–1944, Frem won six Danish Championships.

Division Yo-Yoing[edit]

Since 1983 Frem had been battling economically, and in 1993 saw themselves demoted to the Danmarksserien following a bankruptcy, which was due to a debt of DKK 8,500,000 and allegations of fraud.[2]

Following a short but expensive spell in the Superliga in 2003–2004, Frem were once again on the verge of bankruptcy with a debt of DKK 10,000,000.[3]

In 2010, after years of uncertain economy, the club once again went beankrupt and was demoted to the Copenhagen Series.[4]

Supporters[edit]

Frem's official supportergroup is called "BK Frem Support". It is Denmarks oldest supporters club, formed in 1986. Frem fans are especially known for unconditional love and support. Even when demoted to the fifth tier, attendances almost didn't drop.

Home ground[edit]

The clubhouse at Enghavevej, Vesterbro used 1905–1942.

Frem play their home matches at the modest and somewhat worn-down, municipality-owned Valby Idrætspark.

In the early years, Frem were located on Østerbro in Copenhagen, playing its matches at Blegdamsfælleden, alongside its main rivals in the early years; AB and KB. In 1905 Frem moved to its own field at Enghavevej, Vesterbro. Being a field-owning club gave Frem the advantage of entry fees. Its location however lead to some muttering from football fans who found it to be too far out of town.[5]

In 1942, Frem moved to Valby Idrætspark, where the current main stand was erected in 1965. Throughout the years a lot of matches has been played at Idrætsparken. It is unclear when this tradition was discontinued.

During the 2000s, there where several plans for a new stadium, but they were never realized.[6]

In 2006 the Copenhagen Municipality predicted that the main stand of the current Valby Idrætspark would last another 5–10 years.[7]
As of April 2007 major investments in the current stadium are put on hold as a decision on the construction of a new stadium is being awaited. A final decision is expected was April 2008.[8]

Hans Hermansen, then managing director of BK Frem, has indicated that according to the plan, the construction of a new stadium should commence no later than 2010.[9] However, the municipality estimated 2012.[10] Frem suggested that it might be completed by 2016.[11]

In January 2016 the municipality ordered a renovation of the existing stadium, worth 3 mio €, thus cancelling plans for a new stadium in the near future. The renovation is due ultimo 2017.[12][13]

Sponsorships[edit]

After the clubs bankruptcy in summer 2010, Frem got a helping hand from Danish brewery giant Carlsberg. Being from the same city they signed on as main sponsor, because they saw it as a chance to help the fellow Valby-based brand back on its feet.[14] In July 2013 an extension for three years was announced.[15] On June 11, 2016 it was prolonged for another three years.[16]
On June 2015 Frem announced they would switch back from Diadora to their old shirt partner, Hummel, starting from the 2015/2016 season.[17]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1976–1977 Adidas GaJol
1978 Hummel Lee Cooper
1979 Individual
1980–1983 Mamiya Camera
1984 SJL Banken
1985–1986 Bilka
1987 Nike Nordania
1988–1989 Adidas
1990 KTAS
1990-1991 Zürich Forsikring
1992–1994 Alka
1995–1998 Beltona Støvsuger Banden
1998–2002 Hummel
2002 3H Udlejning
2003–2005 Altima
2005–2007 Ramirent
2007–2010 GB
2010–2013 Carlsberg
2013–2015 Diadora
2015– Hummel

Honours[edit]

Frem's squad of the 1943–1944 championship-winning season.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 January 2018[18]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Iker Casillas
2 Portugal DF Diogo Dalot
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Chancel Mbemba
5 Brazil DF Felipe
7 Brazil MF Bernard
8 Portugal MF João Moutinho
9 Cameroon FW Vincent Aboubakar
10 Algeria FW Yacine Brahimi
11 France FW Moussa Marega
12 Portugal GK José Sá
13 Brazil DF Alex Telles
15 Portugal DF Luís Rafael
16 Mexico MF Héctor Herrera (captain)
17 Japan MF Shoya Nakajima
No. Position Player
20 Nigeria MF Mikel Agu
21 Portugal DF Ricardo Pereira
22 Portugal MF Danilo Pereira
23 Mexico DF Diego Reyes
25 Brazil MF Otávio
27 Portugal MF Sérgio Oliveira
29 Brazil FW Francisco Soares
31 Portugal GK Diogo Costa
46 Portugal MF Rui Pires
53 Portugal DF Diogo Leite
54 Portugal DF Diogo Queirós
59 Portugal FW Rui Pedro
80 Portugal MF Moreto Cassamá
87 Portugal MF Bruno Costa

Leaving players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
5 Denmark DF Christian Stokholm (To B.93 on 30 June 2018)
12 Denmark FW Adam Jakobsen (To Vejle BK on 30 June 2018)

Club officials[edit]

Chairman: Claus Mohrhagen
Head Coach: Lasse Holmgaard
Assistant Coach: René Henriksen (caretaker)
Goalkeeping Coach: Morten Cramer
Reserve Team Coach: Anders Sundstrup
U21 Team Coach: René Poulsen
U19 Team Coach: Metin Celik
U17 Team Coach: Jakob Møller Pedersen
Head of youth development: Ole Mørk

Head Coach history[edit]

Name Nationality From To Honours Comments Refs
Martin E. Jensen  Denmark 14 August 2017 Present Caretaker [19]
Danny Jung  Denmark 1 January 2017 14 August 2017 [20]
René Henriksen and Michael Mio Nielsen  Denmark 10 October 2016 31 December 2016 Caretakers [21]
Henrik Gundersen  Denmark 29 April 2014 10 October 2016 Originally had contract until end of 2017 [22][23]
Henrik Jensen  Denmark 1 July 2012 29 April 2014 Originally had contract until summer 2014 [24]
John 'Tune' Kristiansen  Denmark 18 June 2012 23 June 2012 Caretaker for one league match
Peer F. Hansen  Denmark 1 January 2012 18 June 2012 Promoted to the third tier [25]
John 'Tune' Kristiansen  Denmark 27 July 2010 30 December 2011 Promoted to the fourth tier Originally had contract until summer 2012 [26]
René Heitmann  Denmark 17 July 2010 27 July 2010 Never coached the team in a match
Christian Andersen  Denmark 11 July 2009 19 June 2010 Relegated to the third tier Club went bankrupt after the season [27]
Anders Theil  Denmark 7 November 2005 7 July 2009 Originally had contract until summer 2011 [28]
Ebbe Skovdahl  Denmark 11 October 2003 6 November 2005 Relegated to the second tier Originally had contract until summer 2007 [29]
Ole Mørk  Denmark 15 October 2001 10 October 2003 Promoted to the first tier Originally had contract until end of 2004 [30][31]
Johnny Petersen  Denmark 5 May 1998 14 October 2001 Originally had contract until end of 2001
John 'Tune' Kristiansen  Denmark 1996 4 May 1998 Promoted to the second tier

Season-by-season results[edit]

Recent years[edit]

Season Pos Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
15-16: 2. Division Promotion Group #4/12 34 16 7 2 7 27 22 +5
14-15: 2. Division East #2/16 61 30 18 7 5 56 27 +29
13-14: 2. Division East #8/16 38 30 9 11 10 46 44 +2
12-13: 2. Division East #7/16 48 30 14 6 10 45 40 +5
11–12: Denmark Series Pool 1 #1/14 51 26 15 6 5 54 29 +25
10–11: Copenhagen Series #1/14 67 26 21 4 1 92 18 +74
09-10: 1. Division #15/16 28 30 7 7 16 38 59 −21
08-09: 1. Division #11/16 36 30 8 12 10 41 53 −12
07-08: 1. Division #11/16 33 30 12 3 15 46 54 −8
06-07: 1. Division #5/16 50 30 14 8 8 48 43 +5
05-06: 1. Division #10/16 40 30 11 7 12 47 42 +5
04-05: 1. Division #3/16 59 30 17 8 5 61 30 +31
03-04: Superligaen #11/12 27 33 8 3 22 40 65 −25
02-03: 1. Division #2/16 58 30 18 4 8 64 43 +21

League status[edit]

Post 1993 bankruptcy and demotion[edit]

Danish 2nd Division Denmark Series Football in Denmark#League system Danish 1st Division Danish Superliga Danish 1st Division Danish 2nd Division East Denmark Series


Green denotes the highest level of football in Denmark; yellow the second-highest; red the third-highest; black the fourth-highest; grey the fifth-highest.

All time[edit]


Green denotes the highest level of football in Denmark; yellow the second-highest; red the third-highest; black the fourth-highest; grey the fifth-highest.

European competitions record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–1 2–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1969–70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Switzerland FC St. Gallen 2–1 0–1 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R France FC Sochaux 2–1 3–1 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Netherlands FC Twente 0–5 0–4 0–9 Symbol delete vote.svg
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R Switzerland Grasshoppers 0–2 1–6 1–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
1978–79 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R France AS Nancy-Lorraine 2–0 0–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 4–1 2–2 6–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Spain Real Zaragoza 0–1 1–5 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg

Cricket[edit]

Cricket squad, 1898.

Club[edit]

The Cricket branch is one of the oldest in Denmark.[32]
It is still active and at the moment have a team in the 2nd-best tier.

Officials[edit]

Chairman: Kingsley Peiris

Honors[edit]

  • Copenhagen Champions
    • Winners (2): 1894, 1898

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Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Following an assassination attempt on Council President Estrup in the fall of 1885 restrictions on political freedom had been initiated. Friis, M. P. (1887–1905). "Estrup, Jacob Brønnum Scavenius,". Dansk biografisk Lexikon. IV. Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag. pp. 614–615. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  2. ^ Dennis Drejer: Tilbage til FREM-tiden, Berlingske Tidende, 12 November 1995, pp. 24,
  3. ^ Andreas Kraul: 'Fodbold: Frem kører videre', Dagbladet Politiken, 15 December 2004, section 2, pp. 10,
  4. ^ Hans-Henrik Hare: 'Så er det slut: Frem konkurs!', Ekstra Bladet, 28 June 2010
  5. ^ Gebuhr, Mogens (18 January 2006). "De første svære år 1886–1905". Boldklubben Frem. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Valby Vision". BT.dk (in Danish). 
  7. ^ Kultur- og Fritidsforvaltningen (November 2006). "Forslag til udviklingsplan for københavnske fodboldstadions" (pdf). Copenhagen Municipality. Retrieved 2007-04-21. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Carsten Haurum, Mads Kamp Hansen and Finn Rudaizky (March 28, 2007). "Spørgsmål til skriftlig besvarelse stillet den 23. marts 2008 af Finn Rudaizky vedrørende Valby Idrætspark" (pdf). Copenhagen Municipality. Retrieved 2007-04-26. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Hermansen, Hans (2006). Sponsorguiden (PDF). Boldklubben Frem. p. 2. 
  10. ^ Kultur- og Fritidsforvaltningen (November 2006). "Forslag til udviklingsplan for københavnske fodboldstadions, Bilag 3. Stadionprioriteringer" (pdf). Copenhagen Municipality. Retrieved 2007-04-21. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Kassinger, Jens Chr. (April 2007). "Skal vort klubhus give plads for billige boliger... og om udviklingen i Valby Idrætspark?" (PDF). Boldklubben Frem (in Danish). Boldklubben Frem. pp. 24–25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Renovation Awarded". Estate (in Danish). 
  13. ^ "Municipality Tender" (in Danish). 
  14. ^ "Carlsberg new main sponsor at Frem". carlsbergdanmark.dk (in Danish). 22 September 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Sponsor falls in place". bkfrem.dk (in Danish). 25 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Carlsberg prolongs". bkfrem.dk (in Danish). 11 June 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "New shirt deal". bkfrem.dk (in Danish). 17 June 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "Boldklubben FREM". bkfrem.dk. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  19. ^ Udskiftning på trænerposten BK Frem, 14 August 2017
  20. ^ Ny cheftræner: Danny Jung BK Frem, 9 November 2016
  21. ^ Frem: Michael Mio kommer med ny energi bold.dk, 10 October 2016
  22. ^ Henrik Jensen stopper i Frem nu bold.dk, 29 April 2014
  23. ^ "Gundersen extends contract 2yrs". frem.dk, Dec 18 2015 (in Danish). 
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  25. ^ "Peer takes control at Frem". bold.dk (in Danish). 21 December 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  26. ^ "Old friend new coach in Frem". bold.dk (in Danish). 22 July 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Andersen Frem Coach". TV2 Sporten (in Danish). 7 July 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "Frem extend Theils contract". dr.dk (in Danish). 30 April 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Ebbe Skovdahl is Mørk's successor". B.T. (in Danish). 11 October 2003. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "Mørch is back". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 25 July 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  31. ^ "New coach in Frem". Dagbladet Politiken (in Danish). 15 October 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  32. ^ "Cricket at Frem" (in Danish). 

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