Jönköpings Södra IF

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Jönköpings Södra IF
Jonkopings Sodra IF logo.svg
Full nameJönköping Södra
Idrottsförening
Nickname(s)J-Södra
Founded9 December 1922; 97 years ago (1922-12-09)
GroundStadsparksvallen, Jönköping
Capacity6,261
ChairmanMats Tidstrand
ManagerAndreas Brännström
LeagueSuperettan
2019Superettan, 4th
WebsiteClub website

Jönköpings Södra IF, also known as J-Södra IF, J-Södra or simply Jönköping, is a Swedish football club based in Jönköping. The club, founded in 1922, returned to the Swedish second division Superettan in 2018 after relegation from the 2017 Allsvenskan.[1] J-Södra has played a total of twelve Allsvenskan seasons previously, with the most successful finish being runner-up in 1950 and their last spell ending in 2017.[2] The club is affiliated to the Smålands Fotbollförbund.[3]

Their home games are played at Stadsparksvallen with a capacity of 5,200 but in the autumn of 2015 the municipality decided to build a new stadium where J-Södra will play in the future. The club's training facility is located in Odensberg, Jönköping.[4]

History[edit]

A chart showing the progress of Jönköpings Södra through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

Jönköpings Södra IF was founded on December 9, 1922 with Bandy being the first sport where the club fielded a team. Other sports that were played by the club in its early days includes Boxing, Ice hockey, Tennis and Table tennis. In 1923 they played their first football match, which only featured eight players for each side as they did not have access to a big enough pitch to fit more players. Five years later J-Södra finally entered into league play for the first time as well as the district championship.[5]

The club's first major success came during the 44–45 season. It was only their second year ever in the second tier of the Swedish football league system, but J-Södra managed to go through the season winning all 18 league games as well as the promotion playoffs, thus qualifying themselves for the top division Allsvenskan for the first time ever.[6] Even though they were relegated the following season they immediately bounced back up to Allsvenskan again and the golden age of the club began as they established themselves in the top division throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s. With the culmination being the second-place finish in the 1949–50 Allsvenskan behind a dominant Malmö FF.[7]

J-Södra playing at home against IK Sirius in the 2015 Superettan.

After their relegation in 1954 J-södra only managed two short one year appearances in Allsvenskan during the sixties. They instead became established in the second tier until the late 1980s when the club started plummeting down the divisions and eventually bottoming out in 1996 when they finished in 8th place in the fifth tier of Swedish football.[8] In 2003 the club had returned to the third tier and at the start of the season they announced the high-profile signing of former Sweden national football team coach Olle Nordin as their new manager. During his reign he helped the club advance to, and establish themselves in, Superettan and he eventually also took over the role of director of sports.[9] The 2014 Superettan season started in chaos as manager Mats Gren abruptly left to work for IFK Göteborg. After feeling unhappy with the list of managers that the board was considering the player squad declared that they wanted inexperienced youth coach Jimmy Thelin as their new manager. The board accepted the players proposal and during his second year in charge Thelin won promotion back to Allsvenskan with the club.[10]

Managers[edit]

[11]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
1999 Tier 4 Division 3 Sydvästra Götaland 1st Promoted
2000 Tier 3 Division 2 Östra Götaland 7th
2001 Tier 3 Division 2 Östra Götaland 6th
2002 Tier 3 Division 2 Östra Götaland 5th
2003 Tier 3 Division 2 Östra Götaland 1st Promotion Playoffs
2004 Tier 3 Division 2 Östra Götaland 3rd
2005 Tier 3 Division 2 Mellersta Götaland 1st Promotion Playoffs – Promoted
2006* Tier 2 Superettan 10th
2007 Tier 2 Superettan 13th
2008 Tier 2 Superettan 14th Relegation Playoffs
2009 Tier 2 Superettan 10th
2010 Tier 2 Superettan 13th
2011 Tier 2 Superettan 12th
2012 Tier 2 Superettan 7th
2013 Tier 2 Superettan 11th
2014 Tier 2 Superettan 4th
2015 Tier 2 Superettan 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 12th
2017 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 14th Relegation Playoff - Relegated
2018 Tier 2 Superettan 11th
2019 Tier 2 Superettan 4th

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. [12]

Attendances[edit]

In recent seasons Jönköpings Södra have had the following average attendances:

Current stadium Stadsparksvallen in 2008. Jönköping municipality announced in October 2015 that they are going to build a new stadium that will become the future home of Jönköpings Södra.[4]
Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2004 1,239 Div 2 Östra Götaland Tier 3
2005 1,400 Div 2 Mellersta Götaland Tier 3
2006 2,685 Superettan Tier 2
2007 2,357 Superettan Tier 2
2008 1,830 Superettan Tier 2
2009 2,471 Superettan Tier 2
2010 2,271 Superettan Tier 2
2011 2,347 Superettan Tier 2
2012 2,421 Superettan Tier 2
2013 1,928 Superettan Tier 2
2014 2,424 Superettan Tier 2
2015 3,085 Superettan Tier 2
2016 4,973 Allsvenskan Tier 1
2017 4,301 Allsvenskan Tier 1

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [13]

Achievements[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrik Sjöblom (17 October 2015). "J-Södra klart för allsvenskan" (in Swedish). Jönköpings-Posten. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Svenska mästare i fotboll 1931–2005 samt seriesegrare i Allsvenskan 1925–1930" (PDF) (in Swedish). Bolletinen. 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Smålands Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Jönköping Södra får ny arena" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Allt började i en liten källarlokal i kvarteret Liljan". Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ "1944/45: Allsvenskt avancemang och oslagbara rekord". Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  7. ^ "1949/50: Säsongen då det stora silvret bärgades". Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  8. ^ "1996: Botten är nådd". Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Olle Nordin blev det stora lyftet". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Valde sin egen tränare – då lyfte hela J-Södra". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  11. ^ "J-Södras tränare". Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  12. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – Jönköpings Södra IF". Retrieved 9 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2010.

External links[edit]

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