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by: Adam Smith


On 19 December 1909, 18 young Dortmund players launched the ballgame club Borussia at Borsigplatz. Curiously, the club colours of arch-rivals FC Schalke 04. With the newly founded BVB, the Munners rebel against the church, from which they felt unfairly treated.

On the evening of the fourth Advent 1909, 40 young, fu-ball-loving Munners gathered in the restaurant “Zum Wildschz”, not far from Borsigplatz in Dortmund’ northeast. They are all members of the youth group of the Catholic Trinity community around the corner.

The mood is tense, because the Munners are dissatisfied. “We fu-ballers have been systematically attacked and defamed by our church since 1906,” declares Franz Jacobi, one of the words. “We don’t accept that lonnger.”

Young Catholics want to live out their love of football in the future. They are planning a revolution: the secession from the church community. A club is to be founded. Jacobi describes this step as “compelling” in his speech.

Father wants BVB-Grondung

But suddenly there is turmoil in front of the Tér of the Gaststétte. Chaplain Hubert Dewald of the Trinity Church, an outspoken opponent of the football ball, covets entry into the meeting room with some of his faithful. The Father will prevent the club from being snared.

A part of the aufr-hrer is so enshrined that it immediately jumps off and ver’sltous the place of the event. Only 18 Munners remain steadfast. They deny Dewald entry – and launch the new club the same evening.

“BVB is an emotional club, and already in its first hour it was as emotional as possible,” says historian Gregor Schnittge, the documentary film “Born on Borsigplatz – Franz Jacobi and the Cradle of BVB” on the 2015 documentary film “Am Borsigplatz” — Franz Jacobi and the cradle of BVB.

Blue and Weia as club colours

The godfather for the name “Borussia” is the Dortmund brewery, which no longer existed at the time of the club’s foundation. An old advertising sign in the “Wildsch-tz” served as a source of ideas for the founders of the tradition.

Jacobi and his team-mates also settled on the club colours of the new club.

The bvb jersey is always in blue and white – also the colours of the spéteren erzrival Schalke 04. In addition, a red swarm adorns the Borussen jersey. It was not until 1913 that the Dortmunders came up in black and yellow.

BVB-Grender is put under pressure

The weeks after the historic 19th of December, the BVB-Urv-ter became a Spie-rutenlauf. Father Dewald banished them from the Kaholic youth group. Even their own families ‘put pressure on the rebels’. Some members of the foundation promptly left the association again.

For almost a whole year Jacobi, who rose to the club chairman in 1910 and whom BVB president Reinhard Rauball once once considered “the most important Borussen” and co. Then finally the West German Game Association officially recognized the football department of BVB.

1911: Borussia played their first game. With 9:3 the young club finished the VfB Dortmund.

Tobias Knoop