SC Victoria Hamburg, or Sport- Club Victoria Hamburg von 1895 e. V. to give them their full title are a sports club, with a football department who were formed in 1895 in the northern German city of Hamburg.
On the 5th May 1895 two youth sides Cito and Excelsior joined forces to form Victoria. After a brief affiliation with Hamburg SV, they became independent as a football club a couple of years later. The sports club also catered for those wishing to partake in badminton, handball, hockey, athletics, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, baseball and softball.
They suffered a relegation, before an immediate return to the Amateurliga for the following eight seasons. In 1977 the club found themselves in the fourth tier Verbandsliga Hamburg for the following eighteen years. In 1994 league re-organising meant that the Verbandsliga became the fifth tier. The team won a couple of promotions to the Oberliga, but were subsequently relegated.
However, the good form continued as Victoria regained their Oberliga place and then a place in the fourth tier Regionalliga Nord. They remained there until the end of the 2013-14, before the team suffered another relegation back to the Oberliga.
SC Victoria Hamburg will play in Oberliga Hamburg in the 2015-16 season.
Monday 29th October 2012
I was ready to get back to visiting some new stadiums after the previous days football and drinking in Hamburg. It was my final day of four in Germany and I was determined to make the most of it, despite the biting winds and overcast conditions.
After heading the wrong way on the train and a brief look down on the waterfront, I soon found my correct way to alight at Hoheluftbrucke station. I was getting the hang of the transport network and new that my one day ticket was also valid, so I got on a long bendy bus heading up the road of the same name, which dropped me just past the ground.
To my joy the gates were open with the groundsman getting on with his work after the previous days match against FC St Pauli II. I walked in to find a wonderful old fashioned three sided football ground, the sort of which are slowly being swallowed up by developers in the UK in exchange for soulless out of town arenas.
The near end had an open terrace with a grass bank behind. Another larger open terrace ran down one side of the pitch with segregation barriers in place. There was nothing behind the far goal as it bordered some trees but the final side had a sizeable open terrace and then a majestic raised Main Stand painted in the club colours of yellow and blue, set back from the pitch with seating inside. It really was a beauty, especially that stand.
I took plenty of photos before heading back to the main road and a return bus ride, in search of my next venue at Altona 93.