SpVgg Bayreuth

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SpVgg Bayreuth
Full name Spielvereinigung Oberfranken Bayreuth 1921 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Altstädter (the Oldtowners)
Founded 1921
Ground Hans-Walter-Wild-Stadion
Ground Capacity 21,500
Manager Christoph Starke
League Regionalliga Bayern (IV)
2015–16 7th

SpVgg Bayreuth is a German football club based in Bayreuth, Bavaria. Apart from coming within two games of earning promotion to the Fußball-Bundesliga in 1979, the club also reached the quarter finals of the DFB-Pokal twice, in 1977 and 1980.


1921 to 1945[edit]

Founded in 1921 when the side left gymnastics oriented sport club TuSpo Bayreuth, SpVgg Bayreuth was one of many clubs banned and replaced with a state-sanctioned organization in 1933 during the Nazi campaign against existing sports and other social organizations. A handful of club members reformed a rump side called FSV Bayreuth to carry on the activities of the original association. This team was made up largely of soldiers stationed locally, which resulted in a constantly changing lineup as they were transferred in and out of the area. The old club was quickly resurrected after World War II.

1945 to 1963[edit]

The club initially stood in the shadow of two local rivals, FC Bayreuth and VfB Bayreuth, with the later taking out the Amateurliga Nordbayern (III) title in 1956. SpVgg had earned promotion to this league in 1954, having won the 2nd Amateurliga Oberfranken-West title that year and then dominated its promotion round.[1]

The club achieved good results in the Bayernliga and managed to win its division in 1959. The team then went on to beat southern champions Schwaben Augsburg in the finals for the Bavarian title.[2] As the Bavarian champions, the club was entitled to enter the promotion round to the 2nd Oberliga Süd, where it had to overcome VfR Pforzheim 2–1 after extra time in a narrow decider for promotion to the second division.[3]

The club spent three seasons in the second tier of Southern German football, achieving a remarkable fifth place in its first year. The second season was a struggle against relegation and, in the third and last one, it was sent down back to the Bayernliga again.[4]

A fourth place in the last season before the league reform in 1963 saw the club qualify for the new single-division Amateurliga Bayern from 1963.

1963 to present[edit]

After the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, Bayreuth played as a third division team until 1969. Another Amateurliga championship meant promotion to the second tier once more, now the Regionalliga Süd. It proved a short stay and SpVgg was narrowly relegated, losing a decider to ESV Ingolstadt 5–2 after finishing on equal points.[5]

Back in the Bayernliga, the club won an undisputed championship, losing only two out of their 34 games, 15 points clear of the second-placed Wacker München.[6] After another difficult first year in the second division, the club established itself in the league, coming fourth in 1973 and fifth in 1974, results that proved enough to qualify for the new 2nd Bundesliga Süd.

The club did quite well in the new league and they came close to moving up to the Bundesliga in 1979 after a second-place finish in 2nd Bundesliga Süd (the southern division of 2.Bundesliga), but lost in the promotion round 1:1 and 1:2 to Bayer Uerdingen. It managed to qualify for the new single-division 2nd Bundesliga in 1981, too, but the first season in this league was very disappointing and the team was relegated to the Oberliga in 1982, having come last.

The team became a top-side in the Oberliga but took until 1985 to take out the league title again and returmn to the second division.

Although relegated to Amateur Oberliga Bayern (III) in 1988 and 1989, the team was spared further demotion when clubs that had finished ahead of them were denied licences due to their financial problems. Bayreuth could not evade relegation after a third consecutive poor finish in 1990, and in 1994 slipped further still to the Bayernliga (IV). A strong campaign returned the side to the Regionalliga Süd (III) for 2005–06. The club was denied a license for the Regionalliga in the 2006/07 season and forcibly relegated to the 4th division Bayernliga. The club won the Bayernliga title for a seventh time, building up a convincing margin to the second placed team, and fulfilling the on-the-field qualification to the Regionalliga. On 11 June 2008, the club was refused a licence for this league and has to remain in the Bayernliga.[7][8] The clubs financial trouble however continued, having to declare insolvency on 22 October 2008, despite sitting second in the league.[9]

In the 2010–11 Bayernliga season, the club unsuccessfully struggled against relegation, dropping down to the Landesliga after a 1–2 extra-time loss to Bayern Hof in a relegation decider.

At the end of the 2011–12 season the club qualified directly for the newly expanded Bayernliga after finishing fourth in the Landesliga.[10] Two seasons later the club won the league and earned promotion to the Regionalliga Bayern. The club, by then had added the title Oberfranken (Upper Franconia) to its name, relocated some of its home games to near-by Weismain and split from the main club with the help of two regional investors.[11]


The club's stadium was originally built in 1967. In 2002 it was renamed the Hans-Walter-Wild-Stadion. Hans Walter Wild is the former mayor of Bayreuth. It is due for renovation in the Fall of 2016.[12]


The club's honours:


Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[13]

Manager Start Finish
Marco Schmidt 1 July 2000 30 June 2003
Italy Gino Lettieri 11 September 2003 30 June 2006
Norbert Schlegel 1 July 2006 30 June 2007
Klaus Scheer 1 July 2007 30 June 2010
Ingo Walther 1 July 2010 30 June 2011
Wolfgang Mahr 1 July 2011 12 November 2011
Klaus Rodler 12 November 2012 31 December 2011
Klaus Scheer 1 January 2012 16 April 2012
Jürgen Dörfler 16 April 2012 June 2012
Heiko Gröger July 2012 June 2014
Dieter Kurth June 2014 28 September 2014
Christoph Starke 29 September 2014 Present

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[14][15]

  • With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligas in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesligas, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.


Promoted Relegated

DFB Cup appearances[edit]

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup one quite a number of occasions, reaching the quarter finals in 1979–80 as its best result:

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
DFB-Pokal 1972–73 First round – first leg 10 December 1972 SpVgg Bayreuth 1. FC Kaiserslautern 4–2
First round – second leg 20 December 1972 1. FC Kaiserslautern SpVgg Bayreuth 4–0
DFB-Pokal 1974–75 First round 7 September 1974 SpVgg Bayreuth FC Schalke 04 1–2
DFB-Pokal 1975–76 First round 1 August 1975 Karlsruher SC SpVgg Bayreuth 4–2
DFB-Pokal 1976–77 First round 6 August 1976 Kickers Offenbach SpVgg Bayreuth 4–4 aet
First round – replay 1 September 1976 SpVgg Bayreuth Kickers Offenbach 4–1
Second round 16 October 1976 SpVgg Bayreuth SSV Reutlingen 2–1
Third round 18 December 1976 SpVgg Bayreuth FV Hassia Bingen 2–1
Fourth round 8 January 1977 SpVgg Bayreuth FC Augsburg 2–0
Quarterfinals 9 February 1977 SpVgg Bayreuth Rot-Weiß Essen 1–2
DFB-Pokal 1977–78 First round 29 July 1977 FC 08 Villingen SpVgg Bayreuth 0–1
Second round 20 August 1977 Itzehoer SV SpVgg Bayreuth 1–6
Third round 14 October 1977 Karlsruher SC SpVgg Bayreuth 2–0
DFB-Pokal 1978–79 First round 4 August 1978 SV Haidlfing SpVgg Bayreuth 0–5
Second round 24 September 1978 SpVgg Bayreuth Melsunger FV 6–0
Third round 2 December 1978 Bayer 04 Leverkusen SpVgg Bayreuth 1–0
DFB-Pokal 1979–80 First round 25 August 1979 SpVgg Bayreuth Preußen 07 Hameln 5–0
Second round 29 September 1979 SpVgg Bayreuth SpVgg Au/Iller 6–0
Third round 12 January 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth FC Bayern Munich 1–0
Fourth round 16 February 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth TuS Langerwehe 5–2 aet
Quarterfinals 6 April 1980 FC Schalke 04 SpVgg Bayreuth 3–1
DFB-Pokal 1980–81 First round 29 August 1980 Borussia Neunkirchen SpVgg Bayreuth 1–1 aet
First round – replay 17 September 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth Borussia Neunkirchen 2–1
Second round 29 August 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth VfB Stuttgart 1–3
DFB-Pokal 1981–82 First round 28 August 1981 SpVgg Bayreuth Bayer Uerdingen 3–1
Second round 11 October 1981 VfB Stuttgart II SpVgg Bayreuth 1–2
Third round 30 December 1981 SpVgg Bayreuth VfB Oldenburg 2–0
Fourth round 9 January 1982 SV Werder Bremen SpVgg Bayreuth 2–0
DFB-Pokal 1982–83 First round 27 August 1982 SpVgg Bayreuth SpVgg Fürth 3–1
Second round 15 October 1982 SpVgg Bayreuth Hertha BSC Berlin 0–1
DFB-Pokal 1983–84 First round 28 August 1983 FC Augsburg SpVgg Bayreuth 2–1 aet
DFB-Pokal 1984–85 First round 1 September 1984 SpVgg Bayreuth SV Mettlach 7–0
Second round 13 October 1984 SpVgg Bayreuth SG Union Solingen 1–2
DFB-Pokal 1986–87 First round 27 August 1986 SpVgg Bayreuth SG Wattenscheid 09 0–3
DFB-Pokal 1988–89 First round 6 August 1988 Germania Dörnigheim SpVgg Bayreuth 0–5
Second round 24 September 1988 SV Werder Bremen SpVgg Bayreuth 6–1
DFB-Pokal 1989–90 First round 20 August 1989 1. FC Pforzheim SpVgg Bayreuth 4–1
DFB-Pokal 1990–91 First round 4 August 1990 SpVgg Bayreuth Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin 0–3
DFB-Pokal 2006–07 First round 8 September 2006 SpVgg Bayreuth Kickers Offenbach 0–2

Source:"DFB-Pokal". Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 29 May 2009. 


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  2. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–1997 (German) publisher: DSFS, published: 1997, page: 42, accessed: 14 June 2009
  3. ^ Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik seit 1945 (German), publisher: DSFS, page: I 141, published: 2006, accessed: 14 June 2009
  4. ^ Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform (German) author: Ludolf Hyll, page: 201 + 205 + 209, published: 1988, accessed: 14 June 2009
  5. ^ Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik seit 1945 (German), publisher: DSFS, page: I 49, published: 2006, accessed: 14 June 2009
  6. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–1997 (German) publisher: DSFS, published: 1997, page: 106, accessed: 14 June 2009
  7. ^ Aufstieg Regionalliga Süd (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 13 June 2008
  8. ^ Keine Lizenz für die SpVgg (in German) SpVgg Bayreuth website, accessed: 13 June 2008
  9. ^ Insolvenzverwalter hat das Sagen SpVgg Bayreuth website (German), accessed: 29 October 2008
  10. ^ Das war die Relegation 2012 auf Verbandsebene (German) fupa.net, published: 7 June 2012, accessed 8 June 2012
  11. ^ Bayreuth gründet SpVgg Oberfranken GmbH (German) Frankenpost, published: 10 May 2013, accessed: 10 June 2014
  12. ^ Rundfunk, Bayerischer (11 March 2016). "Bayreuth: Wirbel um Sanierung des Hans-Walter-Wild-Stadions | BR.de" (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  13. ^ SpVgg Oberfranken Bayreuth » Trainerhistorie (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 5 April 2011
  14. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  15. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues

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