|Full name||Heider SV e. V.|
|Ground||Stadion an der Meldorfer Straße|
Heider SV is a German association football club from the city of Heide, Schleswig-Holstein. The club was founded 14 October 1925 by what was the reserve side of VfL 05 Heide. The reservists thought they were the better side and challenged the first team to a match, which they won. Despite this, no changes were made to the first team roster, so the reservists left to form SV.
Small town on the big stage
The team is known popularly as kleiner HSV (en: Little HSV), a play on the name of better known Hamburger SV. They represented the smallest town competing in top-flight German competition in the regional Oberliga Nord (I) in 1956–57 and 1960–61 against the likes of larger clubs including Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, and FC St.Pauli. The club's appearances in the top flight were brief, but they were enthusiastically supported, regularly drawing large crowds. The highlight of Heider's 1956–57 season was a 2:0 victory over Hamburger SV before a crowd of 12,000, an attendance record that still stands to this day.
In 1951, 1953, and 1955, Heider took part in the country's amateur championship with their best result coming as an advance to the semi-finals in 1955 where they were put out by Sportfreunde Siegen (1:3). The club also made failed attempts to return to Oberliga play in 1954, 1958, 1959, and 1962.
After the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's first fully profession league, in 1963, Heider became part of the Amateurliga Schleswig-Holstein (III) after failing to qualify for the new Regionalliga Nord (II). The team did eventually win its way to the Regionalliga for a single season turn in 1968–69, and again for a four season stint in 1970–74. After slipping down through the Amateurliga, SV became a fixture in fourth tier play in the Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein (1975–78), the Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (1978–94), and the Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (1994–2004), before finally falling to fifth tier play in the Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein in 2004. Although generally a mid-table finisher, Heider continued to field competitive sides through the years, earning four second place results, as well as a Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (IV) title in 1982–83.
The club has made occasional appearances in competition for the DFB-Pokal (German Cup), but has never advanced out of the opening round.
After losing a promotion round playoff to Arminia Hannover in 1997, the club struggled, delivering poor performances, losing the support of its fans and sponsors, and facing financial problems. Their situation has since stabilized and they currently play as a lower table side in the Schleswig-Holstein-Liga (V), finishing 10th in the 2013–14 season.
The club's honours:
- Amateurliga Schleswig-Holstein (II)
- Champions: (6) 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963
- Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (IV)
- Champions: 1983
- Schleswig-Holstein Cup
- Winners: (3) 1979, 1982, 1995
SV plays its home matches in the Stadion an der Meldorfer Straße, which has a capacity of 11,000 (1,500 seats).
- Willi Gerdau, capped in 1957, he is the only national team player to come out of Schleswig-Holstein since 1931.