Roosendaal Boys Combinatie, commonly abbreviated to RBC (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɛrbeːˈseː]), is a Dutchfootball club based in Roosendaal, North Brabant. RBC currently plays in the Vierde Klasse, the eight tier of football in the Netherlands, after a bankruptcy in 2011, subsequently restarting the club and winning promotion in their first season.
RBC, the brainchild of Frans Mathijsen and Anton Poldermans, was formed on July 31, 1912. The club was initially called Excelsior and was renamed VV Roosendaal in 1920. The club's present name is the result of a merger with another football team. On July 16, 1927, the club became known as Roosendaal Boys Combinatie (RBC) because of the merger with Roosendaalsche Boys.
In 1955 the club turned professional and won the Tweede Divisie B in 1957. With the leagues restructured by the KNVB the club left professional football in 1971. Between the return to professional status in 1983 RBC was a successful amateurclub.
In 2000 the club reached the Eredivisie for the first time just for one season. Before 2001, RBC played its league games in stadium De Luiten, which had a capacity of 2,000 seats and 5,000 standing places. In 2001, RBC moved into its new 5,000 seater stadium. RBC returned in the Eredivisie in 2002 for four seasons.
In the 2004–05 season, RBC just avoided the Nacompetitie (relegation playoff). Relegation could not be avoided a year later, with RBC finishing bottom of the Eredivisie in the 2005–06 season.
The former club badge.
On 8 June 2011 RBC Roosendaal was declared bankrupt after the board failed to repay the outstanding debts of €1.6 million; this led to an automatic revocation of the professional license from KNVB. With RBC Roosendaal now out of Eerste Divisie, the board started working in order to register the club to the amateur Hoofdklasse league for the 15 June deadline. On 14 June 2011 it was published that RBC will not play in the Hoofdklasse.
On 21 September 2011, it was announced that RBC Roosendaal would change their name back to RBC and make a new start in Dutch football. RBC started season 2012/13 in the Vijfde Klasse, the 9th tier in Dutch football. They played their at Sportpark Rimboe in the village of Wouwse Plantage, just south of Roosendaal. On 7 April 2013, their first promotion since their restart has been confirmed after beating VV Rimboe 10-1. As a result, they will play the 2013/14 season in the Vierde Klasse. One week after winning promotion, they won the championship in their division. After the end of the 2012/13 season it was announced that RBC will return to their old ground, the RBC Stadion for the 2013/14 season.