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German campaign to raise support of non-League clubs
Telly off, stadium on! gaining traction
Van Laer

gottingen14 November ~ The German university town of Göttingen does not enjoy a reputation as a footballing hotbed. But some fans are trying to change that. The local club, SCG 05, were founder members of the 2 Bundesliga Nord in 1974 but declined after relegation seven years later, culminating in insolvency in September 2003. SCG 05 were removed from the register of football clubs but the youth teams continued to play, merging with local team RSV Geismar in 2005 to ensure that a senior team continued in Göttingen, before reclaiming the old name and history in 2012.

SCG 05 now play in the Oberliga Niedersachsen, the fifth tier, in front of relatively good crowds of between 300 and 400. However, the fact that the town’s population of 110,000 is not reflected in attendance figures will come as no surprise to followers of non-League football in England or Germany. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that other clubs at this level rarely bring more than a handful of travelling supporters.

The difference in Göttingen is that the fans there have started an initiative to try and raise awareness about local football and increase the level of interest among the populace. […]

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