Sandecja Nowy Sącz
|Full name||Miejski Klub Sportowy Sandecja Nowy Sącz|
|Nickname(s)||Pride of Nowy Sącz, Sączersi, Bianconeri|
|Ground||Władysław Augustynek Stadium|
|2016–17 I liga||1st (promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
Sandecja Nowy Sącz is a Polish association football club formed in 1910, its first chairman was Józef Damse. Up to 1997 Sandecja stadium's name was XXV years of PRL. In 1998 it was renamed in honor of Father Władysław Augustynek. Currently the club plays in the Polish First League.
Sandecja was founded in 1910, upon the initiative of Adam Bieda, who was the chairman of the Nowy Sacz branch of the Sokol Sports Association. The name of the club comes after Latin name of the city of Nowy Sacz (Nova Civitas Sandecz), and from the very beginning, Sandecja was supported by the local Zaklady Naprawcze Taboru Kolejowego (Rail Rolling Stock Repair Workshops). For most of its history, Sandecja was closely associated with Polish Railroads, and its official name was Rail Sports Club Sandecja (since 1999: Municipal Sports Club Sandecja).
Throughout the years, Sandecja had several departments, including men’s and women’s volleyball (1950 - 2009), handball (1950 – 1955), basketball (1950 – 1961), track and field (1945 – 1970), skiing (1945 – 1956), ice-hockey (1951 – 1964), boxing (1948 – 1960), table tennis (1945 – 1955).
- 1910 - Adam Bieda of the local Sokol Movement found the club,
- 1912 - the statutes of Sandecja are approved: “The purpose of the Club is to promote physical development of the youth”,
- 1914-1918 - World War One. Most players serve in the Austro-Hungarian Army,
- August 1921 - Sandecja returns,
- 1924 - the club has 230 members in several departments,
- 1928-1932 - the club suspends its activities, due to the loss of its own field,
- 1933 - new field and new gym are opened, and with new manager, Franciszek Krupski of Polish Railways, Sandecja returns as Rail Club of Military Training Sandecja,
- 1934-1939 - the football team plays in the second and third levels of Polish football system (Class A, against KS Moscice, KSZO Ostrowiec, WKS Kielce, Azotania Jaworzno, Riflemen Association Chelmek, and a number of teams from Krakow.
- 1939-1945 - during World War Two, the athletes of Sandecja are involved in conspirational activities of the Home Army (AK) and other organizations. Football player Julian Zubek commanded the largest AK unit in the area. Klemens Gucwa, Leopold Kwiatkowski, Jan Freisler and Roman Stramka serve as couriers,
- February 1945 - Sandecja returns. First postwar game took place on April 15, 1945: KS OMTUR Sandecja beats RKS Swit 2:1,
- May 30, 1946 – Sandecja loses 0:17 to Cracovia,
- 1966 - Sandecja wins promotion to the Third League
- 1967 – women’s volleyball team becomes the regional champion,
- May 1, 1970 - at the newly opened stadium, located at Kilinskiego Street, international U-19 friendly Poland vs. Hungary takes place. Poland loses 2:3, and among Polish players were Kazimierz Kmiecik, Miroslaw Bulzacki, Zbigniew Plaszewski, Jerzy Kraska. The game was attended by 10 000 people,
- July 1978. Sandecja’s U-19 team becomes the fourth team in Poland,
- June 1986. Sandecja wins promotion to the Second Division. In its first home game (August 1986), Sandecja beats 3-1 Bron Radom, but after one year, the team is relegated back to the Third Division (only 10 points in 30 games, with goal difference 19-52),
- June 1992. Sandecja again wins promotion to the Second League, to be again relegated after one year (19 points in 34 games, goal difference 27-54).
- 1998 - Sandecja’s U-17 team finishes in the fourth position in Polish Championship,
- June 27 1999 - Sandecja is renamed into Municipal Sports Club, MKS,
- June 2009. Sandecja, managed by Jaroslaw Araszkiewicz, once again is promoted to the Second Division.
- May 2017 - Sandecja, managed by Radosław Mroczkowski, is promoted to Ekstraklasa (top tier of Polish professional league) for the first time in their history.
- As of 25 June 2017.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Had international caps for their respective countries.
- Charlie Trafford (2017–)
- Michał Gliwa (2016–)
- Dawid Janczyk (2004–2005, 2016)
- Maciej Małkowski (2015–)
- Rudolf Urban (2010, 2014–2015)
In addition, Marek Świerczewski and Piotr Świerczewski, who played for Sandecja in their youth career but not their senior career, had international caps for Poland (the latter won 70 of them).
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