FC Minyor Pernik
|Full name||Football club Minyor Pernik|
as SC Krakra
|Ground||Minyor Stadium, Pernik|
|League||South-West Third League|
|2017–18||South-West Third League, 4th|
FC Minyor (Bulgarian: ФК Миньор) is a football club in Pernik, Bulgaria, that competes in the South-West Third League. Founded in 1919 as SC Krakra, the club's home ground since 1954 has been Minyor Stadium.
The club's highest league finish in the top division is fourth, which was achieved in the 1955 and 1960–61 seasons. Minyor played in the Bulgarian Cup Final in 1958, finishing runners-up to Spartak Plovdiv and have reached one Bulgarian Cup semi-final in 2008–09.
The origins of the club date back to 1919. Minyor came into existence with the merger of several football clubs from Pernik. In 1944, SC Krakra (founded in 1919), SC Svetkavitsa (founded in 1932), SC Benkovski (founded in 1936), and ZHSK (founded in 1941) merged to form SC Rudnichar. After World War II, as Bulgaria became a People's Republic, the club was renamed to Republikanets '46. The club finally came to be known as Minyor in 1952.
The club joined the Bulgarian top division in 1951. That same year, they laid the foundations of a strong team, which, until the 1961–62 season, was among the top teams in Bulgaria. The first match in the division was on March 2, 1951 against Cherveno Zname Sofia. Minyor's best seasons in the top division were in 1955 and 1961, finishing both times at fourth place.
In 1956, Minyor's forward and captain Pavel Vladimirov became the top scorer of the division with 16 goals. Vladimirov holds Minyor's overall appearance record - 305 matches. The former forward is also the all-time leading scorer for the club with 98 goals.
In 1958, the club qualified for the final of the Bulgarian Cup, where the team lost to Spartak Plovdiv. In 1962, Minyor was relegated to the second division. Between 1962 and 2008, the club participated in the top and second divisions, regularly being promoted and relegated. Until the 2008–09 season, Minyor has played a total of 32 seasons in the first division. Minyor's biggest victory in A PFG to date is the 6-0 win against Torpedo Pleven in 1951. Minyor's largest defeat, 0–8, was against Beroe Stara Zagora in 1973.
- Semi-finalist: 1936 (as SC Krakra)
- Pernik - 1970/73
- Krakra - 1969/70
- Torpedo - 1948/52
- Republicanets '46 - 1946/48
As of 13 July 2018[update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Statistics and Records
- Bold signals active players
- Correct as of 15 May 2008
- Anton Velkov (Jul 2009–Sept 2010)
- Stoycho Stoev (Sept 2010–Sept 2012)
- Nikolay Todorov (Sept 2012–Jul 2014)
- Valeri Damyanov (Jul 2014–Dec 2014)
- Hristo Yanev (Jan 2015–Jul 2015)
- Danail Bachkov (Jun 2017–Nov 2017)
- Nikolay Todorov (Dec 2017–)
Minyor's fans are known as the hammers or the yellow-blacks. They are famous for their passion and for violence they cause before, on and after the matches. They have legendary hatred for Levski Sofia and the fans of both teams have some big fights over the years some of which even involve rifles. Minyor's fans are also infamous for their general hatred for Sofia. Their only friends are considered to be Botev Plovdiv, also yellow-black. The Minyor's rivals call them "orcs" due to the mining heritage of the town.
- "Николай Тодоров ще води Миньор" (in Bulgarian). minyor-pernik.bg. 14 December 2017.