The 1930’s saw great success for ‘d'n Brab’ as in 1936 and 1937 they were crowned IVCB national champions. At the time Brabantia were great rivals with their city neighbours PSV as they battled for supremacy. The RKV merged with the KNVB soon afterwards.
1954 saw the advent of professional football in Holland, which Brabantia tried for the first season before the board under Chairman Paul van Loenhout took the decision to revert to amateur status. The next thirty years saw d’n Brab win several promotions as well as suffer relegations, mainly in the Derde (third) and Tweede (second) Klasse divisions, with an occasional visit to the second tier of amateur football, the Eerste Klasse.
The club continued its ethos of social activity and equality when a women’s team was added in 1975.Meanwhile, the first team suffered a major downturn between 1987 and 1990 as they found themselves down in the Vierde (fourth) Klasse.
Gradually the team and club regrouped leading to Brabantia reaching their highest level of football as they reached the Sunday, Zontag Hoofdklasse for the 2012-13 season. Unfortunately their spell lasted just one season as they finished second from bottom and were relegated back to the Eerste Klasse.
A ten minute walk through Brabantia’s traditional heartland saw me on Rijstenweg and walking through the gates to the Sportpark de Hurk.