Dresden English Football Club

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The Dresden English Football Club was a football club founded in 1874 in Dresden, the first in Germany and likely the first outside Great Britain.


Initial foundation

The Dresden English Football Club was founded in 1874 and was the first football club in Germany, probably the first in continental Europe and thus the first outside Britain.<ref name=Welt/><ref name=Dresden>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=vergessen>Template:Cite web</ref> That year, over 70 members participated, primarily Englishmen working in Dresden, watched by hundreds of spectators.<ref name=Welt/> They played on a meadow at the Güntzwiesen, near the Blüherpark and the site of today's Glücksgas Stadium.<ref name=Welt/>

In April 1874, the Illustrirte Zeitung [sic] of Leipzig reported on the establishment of an association "calling itself Dresden Football Club (D.F.C.)" to play a game "in which the ball is propelled forward with the foot", and described: "some twenty young men in a costume, namely in different colours to distinguish them. A kind of woollen or silk underjacket, with or without sleeves, short-fitting leg coverings that show the bare knee, long stockings, [and] very comfortable shoes or lace-up boots make up the ensemble."<ref name=Dresden/>

Between 1891 and 1894, seven matches are documented, the first six of which the Dresden team won; as a Vienna sports paper reported, they had not even allowed a goal to be scored against them. Their goal ratio was 34:0.<ref name=Welt/><ref name=Dresden/> In a match played on New Year's Day 1891, they defeated the English F.C. of Berlin 7:0; according to an account published in 1898 by the founding vice president of the German Football Association, Philipp Heineken, the Berliners described their play as nonplusultra.<ref name=Welt/><ref name=Dresden/> On 18 April 1892 at Berlin, in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Culture and of the British ambassador, they won 3:0 against a representative city team; this was presumably the Deutscher Fußball- und Cricketbund, which had the status of an early national German team.<ref name=Welt/><ref name=Dresden/> Their first defeat, on 10 March 1894, was a 2:0 loss to another Berlin team, Tor und Fußball Club Victoria 89, with both goals scored in the first ten minutes.<ref name=Welt/>

Players in 1894 were: Beb (Captain), Burchard, Crossley, Graham, Atkins, Spencer, Ravenscraft, Johnson, le Maistre, Luxmoore, Young. The president of the club was Rev. Bowden.<ref name=Welt>Template:Cite news</ref>


On 30 April 1898, former members of the Dresden English Football Club and of the Neue Dresdner FC (founded in 1893 by former DEFC members and now SpVgg Dresden-Löbtau 1893) founded the Dresdner Sport-Club.<ref name=Dresden/><ref name=vergessen/> Until sports historian Andreas Wittner uncovered the earlier history of the DFC, it was thought to have been founded only in 1890.<ref name=Dresden/>

See also

  • Cambridge rules



Further reading

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