Friday, August 14, 2009

Club focus -- SSV Ulm 1846 Fussball

A couple of weeks ago I was in Ulm in Germany and a very nice town it is too. Obvioulsy, I looked up the local football club, who are SSV Ulm, but unfortunately they were playing on the Friday and I was leaving on the Thursday.

They play in the regional leagues, so finding any definitive information on them was a tricky job. However, one of the more outlandish claims that they make in several places on the net is that the club started playing football in 1846 -- this seems odd as it would make them 9 years older than Sheffield FC, who are commonly regarded by all as the oldest club in the World. When you consider that the full name of the club is Scwimmm and Sportverein Ulm, I reckon that someone is telling porkies. The earliest record of them playing is 1926 under the banner of Ulmer RSV.

Since then there have been a series of mergers. The latest being in 1970 when TSG Ulm and 1.SSV Ulm merged.

I'm sure they are probably a nice club and judging from the evidence they have a pretty good fan base. I just wish they would get their facts straight!

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