SpVgg Plattling: The way to Santa nowhere

At SpVgg Plattling, people like to reminisce. For example, in guest appearances by future DFB Cup and UEFA Cup winners. But an inevitable flaw still hurts the current cellar child from the Niederbayern West district league to this day.

Cup battle: In 1985 SpVgg Plattling (striped jerseys) lost 2-0 to eventual UEFA Cup winner Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the DFB Cup.

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District league Niederbayern West

The tranquil Plattling with its around 12,500 inhabitants was on everyone’s lips in the 80s and 90s. Especially when Doris Andrea Hrda – better known as Nicki – stormed the charts. With hits like “Mit dir des war mei Leben” or “I am a Bavarian Cowgirl”, the 1.52 meter tall woman made the town in the Lower Bavarian district of Deggendorf famous. In addition, the local soccer club SpVgg Plattling played several times in the Bayernliga, which was the third highest division at the time. The big highlights of the club’s black and red history were the three appearances in the DFB Cup.

First, the 1985 game against Bayer Leverkusen. Even if Plattling had to admit defeat with 0: 2 (goals: Bum-Kun Cha and Thomas Hörster), in front of 6100 spectators at the home racetrack stadium they had pulled themselves out of the affair against the Werkself. A large part of the start group trained by Erich Ribbeck that was on the pitch in Plattling won the UEFA Cup two and a half years later (1988) against Espanyol Barcelona.

Leadership against Fortuna Düsseldorf

This was followed by the duel with Fortuna Düsseldorf on August 19, 1989, when Niederbayern led 1-0 through a goal by Gerhard Friedenberger up to the 83rd minute and at least forced Jörg Schmadtke, Michael Preetz & Co. into extra time in front of 5000 spectators ( 1: 2, Uwe Fuchs and Bernd Klotz scored for the Bundesliga club).

And finally the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1993. Here the third division had no chance – 0: 3. Karlheinz Pflipsen and Hans-Jörg Criens (2) met in front of 5500 fans in the stadium. The following season (94/95) the foals under coach Bernd Krauss won the DFB Cup (3-0 in the final in Berlin against VfL Wolfsburg).

Springboard for the Bundesliga

Someone who knows this club and the region inside out and has participated in almost everything is the veteran Manfred Köglmeier (63). Looking back at the cup battle against Gladbach, his eyes start to shine. And the long-running favorite proudly tells us that at the time, as a 35-year-old midfielder, he was even in the starting line-up. Side by side with the most talented player in the club’s history: Jochen Weigl. The then 22-year-old had to walk a few meters more in the center to relieve the aging old master. This did not harm Weigl, who moved to league rivals TSV Vestenbergsgreuth at the end of the season after relegating to the regional league. After that, he was still active at SpVgg Greuther Fürth, 1. FC Nürnberg and SSV Reutlingen, among others. Weigl played a total of 108 games in the second division (seven goals) and eleven Bundesliga games (one goal).

A wonderful time that Köglmeier looks back on with sadness. “I was a footballer with body and soul. Football has given me a lot, and I’m very happy about that,” the love for the round leather gushes out of him. All in all, from the schoolchildren to the old men, he played football for 40 years – believe it or not, 16 of them for SpVgg, and of them seven seasons in the old Bayern League, which at the time was still the 3rd division. Almost tragic that he and his Plattlingers went down in the annals as the bottom of the table in the last third-rate Bayern league season.

Just before bankruptcy

After that, Plattling’s star fell, and in the mid-1990s things fell rapidly. Yesterday Leverkusen and Gladbach – after that the way to Santa was nowhere. The root of all evil was that the club had accumulated high debts and relegated three times in a row from the Bayern League to the District League. Long-term sponsors dropped out, and the only way to avert bankruptcy was by selling the sports facility. Thanks to a joint effort and with the help of the city.

In terms of sport, SpVgg Plattling has long since disappeared into the lowlands of football. Currently, the club is the penultimate in the district league Niederbayern West on a relegation zone. Somehow the circle closes with the popular Schlagerqueen Nicki. Both took the title of their first big hit “Servus, mach’s guat” to heart and said goodbye to the big spotlight.

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