Youth Team Regular
Jun 18, 2012, 1:19 PM
Team(s): Workington Reds, St Ives Roosters RLFC
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I'm currently trying to visit the former East German Clubs who played in the last season of the East German Oberliga. I know there have been lots of clubs going out of business, clubs reforming etc over the years so it's sometimes difficult to choose the successors to the former clubs.
On Saturday I went to BSG Chemie Leipzig v RB II. The difficulty is which club is the successor to Saschen Leipzig? From what I can understand, Chemie, were formed a couple of seasons ago by disgruntled Saschen supporters and played in the Leipzig Stadt league 3. When Saschen closed down last year it appears they "replaced" Blau Weiss Leipzig in the Saschen Liga this season.
Subsequently SG Leipzig Leutzsch appeared and claim to the the successor to Saschen. It appears that they replaced Saschen's reserve's in the Saschen Liga and are a newly formed club
Both clubs play at the Alfred Kunze stadium and it looks like SG have more profile at the ground despite Chemie having much larger crowds.
I'm not sure what the relationship is between the clubs but has Saschen's support split or have the jumped ship to Red Bull.
Saturday 16th June 2012
BSG Chemie Leipzig 0 RB II Leipzig 2
Att: approx 800
Admission - got a free ticket from Leutzsch resident when walking to the ground
Programme - 1 euro
I don't know what is happening with the S Bahn system in Leipzig so I took a number 7 tram from the railway station to the Leutzsch station. From here it's a 10 minute walk. I was stopped on the way by a friendly old lady who said "fussball" and offered me two free seating tickets. It looks like Chemie had done a leaflet drop to the local residents.
There are no bars or shops nearby and no clubhouse available for Chemie.
Programmes were available from outside the ground. It's a very unusual issue. 16 pages, A5 in size but the bottom two corners are cut off to make a V shape. In the singing end a fanzine was distributed but unfortunately I didnt get a copy.
The stadium is fantastic. Very much olde worlde with it's brick and wooden stand, large two level terrace behind one of the goals and feeling of slight negelct. The ground does not have floodlights and would probably be closed down by ground graders in this country.
Despite the result there was a very good atmosphere from the Chemie fans and lots of banners etc on display. Red Bull brought no supporters - pathetic.
There is a small club shop inside the ground with various souvenirs on sale.
On a gloriously sunny day, RB wrapped the game up in the first half with two goals and were also helped by a very harsh sending off of a Chemie player.
A nice touch at the end of the game. The Chemie players asked for the security gates to be opened and walked into the crowd on the terrace and shook everyone's hand. I've never seen that before.
I'd highly recommend a visit to Leipzig. There are a lot of clubs nearby and the flights with Ryanair are very reasonable. I was lucky to get the flight and a four star hotel for under £100.
Former East German Clubs Visted:
Carl Zeiss Jena, Hallescher, Hansa Rostock, Dynamo Dresden, Chemnitzer FC, Energie Cottbus, FSV Zwickau, Dynamo Berlin, 1.FC Magdeburg, 1.FC Union Berlin, Lokomotive Leipzig, BSG Chemie Leipzig, Lichtenburg 47, Rot Weiss Erfurt, Viktoria Frankfurt, SV Babelsburg, Sparta Lichtenburg, Stahl Brandenburg, Stahl Eisenhuttenstadt, Dresdener SC
(This post was edited by Workington FC on Jun 18, 2012, 6:24 PM)