They were renamed Altonaer Fussball und Cricket Club and then Altonaer Fussball Club in quick succession as members of the Altona-Hamburg Football League and then as hosts of the first ever German National Championship Final, when VfB Leipzip played DFC Prague, with AFC player Franz Behr refereeing at Exerzierweide.
In 1903 and 1909 Altona reached the national semi finals, as well as moving into their new AFC-Kampfbahn home stadium. In 1919, the club merged with Altonaer TS 1880 to become known as VfL Altona. This lasted for just three years before the club took on the title of Altonaer FC 1893 VfL. Yet another merger occured in 1933, when a partnership with Borussia 03 Bahrenfeld created Altonaer FC 93 Borussia.
Under the Third Reich, German football was divided into sixteen top divisions, with Altona being placed in Gauliga Nordmark and then Gauliga Hamburg. In 1944 the Kampfbahn was renamed the Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn in honour of a German amateur international who was killed in an air-raid.
In 1979 the title of Altona FC was restored as the team flirted between the third and fifth levels of the German league structure including spells in Regionaliga and Oberliga football. After the introduction of 3.Bundesliga and further restructuring of the lower leagues, AFC were placed in Oberliga Hamburg once more.
Altona 93 will compete in the Oberliga Hamburg for the 2013-14 season.
Monday 29th October 2012
It was officially the second day of winter, and the weather was certainly not disappointing, as a cold wind blew through the city of Hamburg on my fourth and final day of football and socialising in Germany.
I had woken in decent shape and wanted to discover stadiums. I'd already been to the home of Victoria Hamburg and wanted to fit Altona in before heading up to Stellingen for the midday tour around the Imtech Arena and to learn all about the city's prominent club; HSV. However, there was something that made me very eager to visit the Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn. It was partly the picture I'd seen of the stand and partly the red, black and white hooped shirts worn by the team. They were a club steeped in history.
Not even the setback of waiting for a train to Bahrenfeld, which would have meant hanging around until the evening rush hour, put me off. Instead I decided it was time for a brisk hike. I eventually worked out the general direction in which I needed to go and set off through the streets with great gusto.
After more confusion, which led to me stumbling across the home of FC Teutonia 05, I was soon on the main Behringstrasse. I took advantage of spotting that several buses ran along there back to Altona station, which cheered me up no end. It had been further than I'd anticipated. I found the stadium a hundred metres or so along Griegstrasse. The impressive clubhouse immediately impressed as did an open gate next to it. I entered and aroused interest from the groundsman clearing up from the previous days game.
My German and his English was very basic, but a smile and me showing that I was keen to take photos did the trick. I'm very pleased it did, as an excellent old fashioned venue spread out in front of me. The Main Stand was just as good as in the picture I'd seen, with open terracing flanking it. The far end was once open terracing, but was gradually becoming overgrown. The far side was open terracing with the near end grass banking. The arena looked like it once had a running track around it, albeit not one that detatched fans too far back from the action. It was interesting to see American Football goalposts stood behind the goals. A real example of getting the most from a ground.
I headed away and thanked my friend and his colleague. Fortunately for me a bus was soon at my stop and I enjoyed a leisurely ride back before the ride to a grander, but less intimate venue.
I had grown a soft spot for Altona and the Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn as I had earlier at Victoria. I was already hoping for a return, maybe as a weekend double header?