The season of promotion 2009/2010

By picking the topic “defeats” for the last YouTube show, we perhaps didn’t have the best idea for the already depressing overall situation, even if it was rather amusing in the end. But it’s all the more gratifying today: Our last promotion season is being covered. First here in the text, below as video and podcast, where no one less than Ralph Gunesch honoured us with his virtual presence. Thanks Ralph for your time and a whole bunch of great insights! We’d also like to thank Stefan Groenveld and Antje Frohmüller, who dug deep into their archives and provided us with many pictures from the season.
(Cover picture by Antje Frohmüller)

The 2009/2010 season

In addition to FC St. Pauli, the 1. FC Kaiserslautern also got promoted from the 2nd league in the 2009/2010 season. FC Augsburg came in 3rd place, but failed in the relegation to 1 FC Nürnberg. Rot Weiss Ahlen, TuS Koblenz and Hansa Rostock had to play in the 3rd league.

If you need more proof for the theory that the 2nd league is a straight-through league, just bear the following in mind: Not a single team has played in the league continuously since the 09/10 season. And besides the FCSP, there were only three other teams in the 2nd league in 09/10, which are also in the league in the 2019/2020 season: Arminia Bielefeld, Greuther Fürth and Karlsruher SC. These four teams had in the meantime side trips to the first (Fürth, FCSP) or third league (Bielefeld, KSC). All other 14 teams are currently playing in other leagues. Four in the first league, four in the third league, four in the regional league and two in the Oberliga. You are welcome to list in the comments, of course without cheating, who is playing where in the meantime.

Transfers & Statistics of the FCSP

No question. With Charles Takyi (brought back from Fürth), Deniz Naki (from Leverkusen), Rouwen Hennings(purchase after loan), Richard Sukuta-Pasu (loan from Leverkusen), Bastian Oczipka (loan during the winter break), Matthias Lehmann (on loan from Aachen), Markus Thorandt (on loan from 1860) and Max Kruse (on loan from Bremen), only transfers were actually made that can almost without exception be regarded as successful. Sure, the basic structure in the squad with Hain, Morena, Rothenbach, Gunesch, Boll, Bruns, Ebbers & Co was already more than solid. One thing led to another.

In the summer, the FCSP was left by Ömer Sismanouglu (Kayserispor), Filip Trojan (Mainz), Alex Ludwig(1860 Munich), Rene Schnitzler (FC Wegberg-Beeck, way down in the league class), Björn Brunnemann(Union Berlin), Benjamin Weigelt (Wehen-Wiesbaden) and Junior Hoilett (back to the Blackburn Rovers after loan). Sure, the departure of Trojan did hurt. But because of his performance, he was as unstoppable as Junior Hoilett.

When the transfers were made in this way, it was of course not yet clear whether we had strengthened or not. After all, Naki, Kruse and Oczipka brought in young players who had yet to take the development step. So there were some question marks before the season.

(c) Stefan Groenveld

Marius Ebbers had the biggest share in the 09/10 season with 2,935 minutes and stakes in each of the 34 season games. Matthias Lehmann (33 games, 2,925 minutes) followed closely behind. Only then comes goalkeeper Matze Hain (33 games, 2,894 minutes), who broke his jaw in the promotion game in Fürth and was replaced by Bene Pliquett. They are followed by captain Fabio Morena (31, 2,790 minutes) and Florian Bruns (33, 2,645 minutes).

And the list of the best field players in terms of marks (according to kicker grading) reads rather similar: Marius Ebbers (average mark: 2.91) is followed by Matthias Lehmann (3.02) and Fabio Morena (3.16). They are followed by Florian Bruns (3.24) and Deniz Naki (3.25).

So, let’s get down to business: The individual match days. You’ll see that for some games we felt more like looking back and for others less.

1st matchday, FC St. Pauli – Rot Weiss Ahlen: 2-1

What a way to start the season of promotion! On Friday evening with summery temperatures, the FCSP welcomed Rot Weiss Ahlen for a dance. It should be a perfect start into the season thanks to a last-minute goal by Nils Pichinot (who quite rightly made it into our list of the best late winning goals). And the way in which the three points were scored made you wonder. The quite profound changes in the squad seemed to have an effect (the 1-0 was a co-production of the newcomers Lehmann and Naki).

The first matchdays of a season are always special. Because anything can happen. It happens almost every season and despite the many assessments and discussions in the preparation, you can now take a look inside the bag of tricks for the first time. And since everyone starts with zero points (Arminia Bielefeld was subtracted four points in the second half of the season only), you somehow get the feeling, regardless of whether your own team has real chances or only vague hopes that this, indeed this season, is finally going to make it to the top. We don’t anticipate too much when we write here that our feeling hasn’t deceived us this time…

Hach, winning goals in added time… This great picture of Stefan Groenveld captured all the emotions of the moment when Nils Pichinot scored the late 2-1 in the season opener against Ahlen.

2nd matchday, Alemannia Aachen – FC St. Pauli: 0-5

After Pichinot’s last-minute goal, we all went to Aachen in a positive mood. There, the venerable Tivoli had closed the gates in the previous season and the Alemannia in 4th place only just missed the promotion. Among other things, because the FCSP was the last away team to win there on the 24th matchday with a 3:1 victory on the 24th matchday (2x Hoilett, 1x Ludwig).

And on this Monday in August, the new Tivoli was to be inaugurated. 32,900 people in the new and of course sold out jewellery box right next door – and the first half of the game turned into a single ecstasy in brown and white.

Ebbers (24th & 28th), Naki (35th) and Bruns (39th, 11m) shot our colours 4:0 in front, and Rouwen Hennings scored shortly before the end even for a 5:0.

The guest block was a single mass in ecstasy, among other things it was the birth of the “Immer weiter vor” song, which saw the light of day with the following lyrics:

Alemannia,

You’re gonna lose, that’s obvious,

Here at the Tivoli,

the FC St.Pauli wins!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3VT1gbMJKk

And then, in the end, everything was terrible and everyone was shocked because there were more important things than football that evening:

During the celebrations “Mini” fell out of the block onto the concrete below and suffered serious injuries. 

Until today the following behaviour of BILD and MOPO is one (of many) reasons why one should neither buy a print product from these two media nor honour their website with a click.

3rd Matchday, FC St. Pauli – MSV Duisburg: 2-2

Phew, that’s annoying even today. First Charles Takyi scores the 2-1 against Duisburg, but after his goal celebration (see picture) he gets the yellow card. After clear chances for the 3-1, it is again Takyi who intervenes decisively in the game: He rightly (yes, unfortunately rightly) sees the yellow-red card and so the FCSP has to play almost 60 minutes with one man less. Nevertheless, the FCSP still has chances for the third goal. But a certain Sandro Wagner scores the equaliser in the second half. Clearly: Two lost points.

For taking off the jersey during his goal celebration Charles Takyi rightly received a yellow card. It was not to be his only offense on this day. // (c) Stefan Groenveld

4th matchday, Karlsruher SC – FC St. Pauli: 0-4

A review of a past season is always a time journey, too. A certain Markus Kauczinski had his home debut as head coach in Karlsruhe. And he took a very thorough look back: In Karlsruhe, the FCSP played himself into a frenzy in the second half and won 4-0 in the Wildpark. Thanks to his double pack, it became clear during this game at the latest, what a king transfer Matthias Lehmann has been for the FCSP. Sure, the promotion season has written many stories of players. But it was remarkable what balance Lehmann brought to the FCSP’s game. The win meant that the top of the table was once again level on points with Union Berlin. 

Always further forward!

5th matchday, FSV Frankfurt – FC St. Pauli: 2-3

And the lead in the standings was also defended on Matchday 5 at FSV Frankfurt. The third away game of the season was the third win (with a goal ratio of 12:2). Thunderstorm! The game started perfectly: Already in the 1st minute, Marius Ebbers scored the 1-0. But only two minutes later the equalization followed and then in the 17th minute the “Fair Defender” (the rights of use and name for this are with Timo Schultz) Ralph Gunesch was trailing by a clean own goal.

The match was then turned in the second half but still in favour of the FCSP. The main player was Charles Takyi, who, after having already prepared the first goal, scored the 2-2 himself and also assisted Lehmann to the 3-2. If we took the double of Lehmann one matchday before as an opportunity to praise him for his commitment, this time we can praise the return of Charles Takyi. Such action to get a player back are actually always to be regarded with scepticism. It just never gets as good as it used to be, but the expectations are just the same as before. But this change is probably the exception to the rule. It seems that with FCSP the exceptions are the rule. Gunesch came back, was better than ever, Sobiech too, Mats too, and with a few exceptions, getting Alex Meier back was a success too(the author is probably hiding negative examples…).

6th matchday, FC St. Pauli – 1. FC Kaiserslautern: 1-2

Yeah, *phew, writing about defeats… and then against the “region”! 

Let’s get out of here!

7th matchday, Arminia Bielefeld – FC St. Pauli: 1-0

You know at the latest after reading the “defeat” text that I (Tim) was once young and naive and that I had planned the return of my trip to Frankfurt with three points in my luggage, which I believed to be a sure bet. Two years later, I was no longer quite so naive, but enough to get on a bus to Bielefeld full of expectations. The three previous away wins did the rest. Actually, I didn’t see any defeat at all, because on top of that, our bus arrived too late in Bielefeld (some fool on the bus didn’t think to go via Allertal – that’s ALWAYS a mistake!) And since Giovanni Federico scored the decisive goal already in the 8th minute, I watched a goalless draw (playing time: 65 minutes).

Because of the defeat, the FCSP was overtaken by Bielefeld in the table and slipped down to the 4th place (if you look at the table yourself, you will notice that the FCSP is on 3rd or 4th place depending on the website. This is due to the deduction of points for Bielefeld, which would not take place until March 2010, but is sometimes already included at the beginning of the season or not).

8th matchday, FC St. Pauli – TSV 1860 Munich: 3-1

After two defeats in a row, the crisis-ridden TSV 1860 Munich came to the Millerntor. And as it is, if the cornerstones of a team and a tactical orientation work out, you even win dirty matches. Like this one, where both teams offered little, but Rothenbach, Ebbers and in the end Naki scored the goals. Due to the defeat of Union Berlin and the draw of Kaiserslautern, the FCSP was able to get close to the promotion places again.

By the way, the match includes a real journey back in time – because the coach of 1860 Munich at that time was Ewald Lienen. He still led 1860 to the 8th place after having a mixed start into the season. In summer 2010, however, the contract was canceled because Ewald had received an offer from Olympiakos Piraeus.

(c) Stefan Groenveld

9th matchday, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen – FC St. Pauli: 1-3

The 3-1 home win against 1860 Munich was followed by a 3-1 away win in Oberhausen. After the sobering defeat in Bielefeld, the FCSP again scored three goals and three points away. The final goal in added time was scored by Max Kruse. His goal premiere in a brown and white dress. It was the first leg of the Kruse Festival, as he scored five more goals in the following six games. With the win in Oberhausen and the simultaneous victory of Fürth at Union, the FCSP was able to climb back up to the third place.

10th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Energie Cottbus: 1-1

This game is perhaps still remembered by some. Not necessarily because of the score. More because of the events shortly after the start of the second half: Several flares were ignited in the guest block. One of them was thrown onto the grass, close to the Gegengerade. But it did not stay there. A not unknown face grabbed the flare and threw it back into the guest block. 

Wow, there was something going on at the Gegengerade!

11th matchday, Hansa Rostock – FC St. Pauli: 0-2

Naki – the flag. There’s nothing left to say.

(c) Stefan Groenveld

Okayokay, there was, of course, a little more to tell, e.g. the ban of the DFB for the “cut the throat” gesture of Deniz Naki or the level limbo on the stands or two full special moves… but maybe we’ll make “Matches against Hansa” as a separate topic.

12th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Fortuna Düsseldorf: 2-1

Man, those were great times at the beginning of November 2009: The FCSP was in 3rd place after 11 games and was about to welcome Fortuna Düsseldorf at the Millerntor on a Friday evening (by the way, the last game in front of the old main stand). Note: That was years before Fortuna’s squad earned the title “Actors on duty” in a lasting way. Fortuna had just risen to the 2nd league after long abstinence and somehow they still had a bit of a punk image, at least for me (Tim). And the best thing was that the matchday didn’t start on Friday, but already on Thursday. It was on Thursday that Celtic Glasgow came to the Volksparkstadion (or whatever the thing was called at the time). So it started on Thursday, already around lunchtime with a few beers at the Knust. Then the trip to the Volkspark, followed by a long party, a hearty hangover breakfast, only to find yourself back in St. Pauli a short time later with a beer in your hand again.

A high-class game of the third against the fifth of the table was then to be seen in the evening. The FCSP took an early lead, but in the middle of the first half, they equalised and scored the 2-1 in the second half through Hennings. And all this was lived through in the rush of the victory in Rostock anyway. The FCSP was simply in top form and landed the fourth win in the fifth game in a row. Is there anything else you can ask for?! We were virtually unbeatable. And therefore the next game could only end the way it ended…

13th matchday, FC Augsburg – FC St. Pauli: 3-2

… move on quickly … there’s nothing to see here … except maybe an FCSP, which was outnumbered (Lechner was sent off the field after 30 minutes, of course wrongly), scored two goals in two minutes (including Morena’s own goal), made up for this deficit, only to catch the 3-2 in added time … just get out of here!

14th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Union Berlin: 3-0

Of course, winning goals in added time are simply priceless and more present in the memories of many than clear victories. That’s why we don’t think there are too many memories of the clear 3-0 home win against Union. Because the FCSP was already leading at half time with three goals (from Ebbers, Kalla and Kruse) and for a match against Union Berlin it was almost hellishly boring (in the following home games against Union, we scored the winning goal 3 times only during added time). Thanks to the three points and the defeat of Bielefeld, the FCSP could jump back to 2nd place and besides, Union Berlin got quite a drawback because Union could have equalized with the FCSP on points if they had won. Enormously important three points.

Look, Schnecke, how cute.
(c) Stefan Groenveld

15th matchday, TuS Koblenz – FC St. Pauli: 1-5

And the good form could also be taken to Koblenz. Although “good form” in this case is quite an understatement. The FCSP gave Koblenz a whopping five goals before the home team scored an honorary goal. No, the FCSP was not in “good form”, they were the measure of all things away from home: 24 goals in eight away games is a real pound. And incidentally, they also showed the strength of Stanislawski’s favoured 4-2-3-1, in which good counter-situations were always created from the famous “compactness”. Sixth wins from the last eight games. What a series!

16th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Greuther Fürth: 2-2

Pah, I had forgotten completely that we got a point for this at all, and it is not much less than a cheek! The game feels like one of the crassest defeats ever. That was because the FCSP scored the 3-1. But then Fürth scored the 2-2. Huh?! Yepp, it took almost everybody in the stadium some time to understand that the preliminary decision scored by Naki didn’t count, because it was supposed to have been offside (which of course was complete nonsense). The Millerntor celebrated, the players did too and “Song 2” boomed out of the speakers while about half of the Fürth team were the only ones who continued to play football and thus scored the 2-2 through Sebastian Ghasemi-Nobakht. And all this during added time… Dude, what a defeat!

What a beauty the Millerntor was until autumn 2009!
(c) Antje Frohmüller

17th matchday, SC Paderborn – FC St. Pauli: 2-1

And after the perceived defeat, there was a real one. You play a formidable first round, get 33 points from 16 games and then get a Christmas present: a defeat in Paderborn. That undoubtedly hurt, but in retrospect was perhaps not so unimportant. Because with a win, the FCSP would have had an almost reassuring cushion of six points (with a much better goal difference) to 3rd place.

18th matchday, Rot Weiss Ahlen – FC St. Pauli: 0-2

The start of the second leg was nothing less than perfect: four wins from the first four matches. We started with a crazy 2-0 at the table’s last Ahlen. Especially remarkable was the first goal of Richard Sukuta-Pasu, who scored or rather stumbled the decisive 2-0 only 20 seconds after he entered the pitch as a substitute. 

Remember: Whoever wins such dirty games (as the top team at the table’s last) has really big coals in the fire.

19th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Alemannia Aachen: 1:0

From a footballing point of view, many people certainly do not remember this particular game. Max Kruse scored the 1-0 in the first half, which was also the final score. But all spectators in the stadium will surely remember this game as the Fucking-Coldest Game-Of-All-Times! In the night before the game, the thermometer showed clearly two-digit minus degrees. Although it was “only” -9°C during the game, as much as we were all happy that the old main stand was torn down, we regretted it very much at that time. Because the icy wind slammed directly into the Gegengerade. Even worse: The beer pipes were frozen and after a short time, a layer of ice formed even on the mulled wine. If people get upset about the disguise in the stadium today, then they should have taken a look at the Gegengerade during the match against Aachen. That was permanently frosty, despite the victory. It was so lasting that the author of these lines still feels a cold shiver running down his spine as he writes them. Thank God it’s spring!

While almost everything in the stands was freezing cold, Max Kruse scored the decisive 1-0 against Aachen.
(c) Stefan Groenveld

20th matchday, MSV Duisburg – FC St. Pauli: 0-2

Yes, the FCSP has scored five goals in Koblenz and Aachen, plus four in Karlsruhe and Fürth. But the most impressive away appearance was definitely at MSV Duisburg, which were a direct competitor until this match with only five points behind the FCSP. Just read the ticker of the first half. The number of big chances the FCSP had away is otherwise the number of a whole season.

At the latest after this reading, it was more than clear that the straight promotion of this season could only happen for one other club besides the FCSP.

21st matchday, FC St. Pauli – Karlsruher SC: 2-1

It was Rouwen Hennings, who ensured another three points against KSC through scoring twice. His season goals six and seven. Two more goals followed later in the season. With this, he took second place in the internal ranking of goal scorers. Marius Ebbers was enthroned at the very front with a whopping 20 goals. Third place was shared by Matthias Lehmann and Charles Takyi with eight goals each, closely followed by Deniz Naki (7 goals) and Florian Bruns (6 goals, including four penalties). There were seven other goalscorers, all of whom scored a goal.

One of Hennings’ goals against KSC was assisted by Bastian Oczipka. He had only switched from Leverkusen to FCSP on a loan basis in the winter (as no water is to be poured into the wine, it is at this point not disclosed which club he played for in the first half of the season) and played the full distance in every match except the opener against Aachen.

By the way, the FCSP’s best player of the season was Deniz Naki, who scored 11 times. He is followed by Marius Ebbers, who became the best scorer of the entire 2nd Bundesliga in the 2009/2010 season with nine goals and 20 assists. Florian Bruns and Matthias Lehmann each put up eight goals and Charles Takyi served six times.

The “bowling ball” – a fortunately frequently seen cheer after successful games during the season.
(c) Antje Frohmüller

The “crisis”

The fourth win in a row, which at least for the Friday night when the game took place meant the lead in the standings, was followed by four sobering games, which we would rather pass over quickly here and therefore let the result stand on its own:

22nd matchday, FC St. Pauli – FSV Frankfurt: 0-0

It was cold. And dull.

23rd matchday, 1. FC Kaiserslautern – FC St. Pauli: 3-0

Yeah, no, we’ll just have to interfere with that. Because on this 23rd matchday FCK vs. FCSP was not much less than the absolute top game of the second division. The first team in the table receives the second one. What sounds like great football was, however, from FCSP’s point of view rather a heavy sobering experience, which showed that the way was not so exactly marked out as it had looked after four victories at the start of the second leg. The FCSP deservedly lost in the “region” and then suffered two more defeats.

24th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Arminia Bielefeld: 0-1

Can’t be true…

25th matchday, TSV 1860 Munich – FC St. Pauli: 2-1

Slight frustration on the faces after the defeat at home against Bielefeld.
(c) Stefan Groenveld

26th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Rot-Weiß Oberhausen: 5-3

After the 21st matchday (KSC), we were second in the standings, seven points ahead of the relegation and even eight points ahead of the fourth place.

So within the last four matches, everything we had built up with difficulty was knocked down with our asses and now we were suddenly four points behind Augsburg (2nd) and only two points ahead of Fortuna from Düsseldorf (4th). So it became tight, very tight.

RWO was not in acute distress five points before the relegation ranks, but of course, they sensed their chance because of our series… and thanks to the early lead by Ebbers (5th) everything seemed to be okay again.

I (Maik) had received an invitation from a friend to the separate area of our betting sponsor on the South and had to watch from there how Ralph Gunesch was replaced after ten minutes with an injury – as it turned out it was a torn ligament and he was out for the rest of the season.

The game was madness. Free-kick goal from 30 meters (Lehmann) our goalkeeper making a mistake, then the goalkeeper of RWO made another one, then almost a goal from the centreline through Ebbers and two(!!) goals after corners(!!!) for us(!!!).

After the game, the betting sponsor set up a poker table in the Separée and I was able to win the game and went home with a poker suitcase – probably with the help of Ralph Gunesch, who was obviously shattered because of his injury but joined me later.

27th matchday, Energy Cottbus – FC St. Pauli: 0-1

An away win from the category “very important & very dirty”. Charles Takyi scored the 1-0 away win in Cottbus. Since Düsseldorf scored “only” one point on the same matchday against leaders Kaiserslautern, the FCSP was able to extend the distance to 4th place to seven points.

28th matchday, FC St. Pauli – Hansa Rostock: 2-0

This season is supposed to have been a single ride of joy – but while we had already written about Mini’s injury in Aachen, this home victory against the Kogge should probably go down in the club’s history as one of the blackest days ever – at least from the fan’s point of view.

If you want to read about it in detail, please visit the Übersteiger-Blog (part 1 the day after and part 2 after sleeping on it 3-4 times) as well as the Magische FC from back then.

The short form: 

The president at that time, C.Littmann, had formed an alliance with the police authorities and thus (shortened) provided an empty guest block. Besides all rivalry with the Kogge, such games live from the rivalry of both supporter’s scenes and even then a full guest block.

The active fan scene had agreed (in a broad alliance, not “only” USP, as often depicted in the following) to boycott for the first few minutes, especially in the standing pens in the south. Clearly spoken: completely staying away, not just a support boycott.

The game was won 2-0, the Kogge “sunk” (which finally brought them into the relegation against Ingolstadt, which they lost and since then have only been allowed to play in the 2nd division once again), but all this was of minor importance in the days and weeks after, because the often conjured up rift between parts of the Brown-White fan scene had revealed itself so much on that day, as it only did again with that 4-0 win in the derby nine years later.

(c) Antje Frohmüller

29th matchday, Fortuna Düsseldorf – FC St. Pauli: 1-0

A Monday game at Fortuna Düsseldorf. What could be better?! Lots. Especially when you’re finally spat out in a parking lot next to the factory building of a fashion company after a miserable drive through the Easter travel traffic (the game took place on Easter Monday). Only later it turned out that this was the stadium of Fortuna Düsseldorf. But since the thing is completely covered by metal struts and on top of that it says “Esprit-Arena”, you really can’t assume that it is a football stadium.

And as sad as it was outside, as sad as it was inside, back on Easter Monday 2010, Fortuna Düsseldorf came close to six points with their 1-0 win over the FCSP. And then the entire guest block spent the game in a discussion. Not about Takyi’s performances, I (Tim) later on in the bus flagellated them loudly with “biggest shit ever” (Mea Culpa, Charles!) and wanted to end another discussion across the bus. No, the Monday date itself and the resulting protests including the support boycott caused considerable discussion. It’s also a really difficult situation: Of course, the Monday date always deserves some protest. But when your own team is playing for promotion (or when it’s all about something on the pitch in general), the situation is a bit more difficult. “Totally inappropriate,” said some, “absolutely necessary” others, “Where is the beer stand?” I said – there was a reason why I was scribbling across the bus after the game…

Matchday 30, FC St. Pauli – FC Augsburg: 3-0

Again it was a Monday. And this Monday will certainly be perceived by most as a decisive milestone for the promotion. The second-placed FCSP (55 points) received the third-placed FC Augsburg (54 points). Behind them, as is well known, was Düsseldorf with 49 points, but they lost the day before in Cottbus. So it was clear that the FCSP could make a huge step with a victory. And they did so, winning a hard-fought game 3-0, certainly one of the best or at least most impressive games of Marius Ebbers, who scored twice in the second half and made the Millerntor tremble. 

(Sidenote: The coach of the guests was Jos Luhukay at that time).

Marius Ebbers cheers after his double against Augsburg. The victory was a milestone on the way to the 1st league.
(c) Stefan Groenveld

31st matchday, Union Berlin – FC St. Pauli: 2-1

The almost preliminary decision after the victory was followed by quite a disillusionment. Literally and figuratively. Because the FCSP lost to the Alte Försterei by a late goal. And far before this goal, namely already at half time, the beer in the guest block was all gone. Absolutely sobering also the results from the other places: Augsburg won, Fortuna won. So the advantage was gone again.

32nd matchday, FC St. Pauli – TuS Koblenz: 6-1

The last Friday game of the season and with TuS Koblenz a team with the most serious relegation worries came to Millerntor. Koblenz was three points behind Rostock, but they were only in relegation rank. In 15th place, where FSV Frankfurt, who had won the do-or-die against Rostock the week before, was already six points behind. And since Rostock surprisingly won at Kaiserslautern on the same day, which meant that they could not celebrate the promotion they had thought was certain at home, the relegation of Koblenz was virtually sealed with the defeat at Millerntor. Because in addition to the six-point deficit, there was also a disastrous goal difference (also thanks to the 1-6 and 1-5 against FCSP).

The goal difference also played a role for FCSP: they had a clearly better goal difference than Düsseldorf and Augsburg and therefore had one point more on their account. And so it was already certain before the match that if they won, at least the relegation rank would not be taken away from them (since Düsseldorf only played a draw two days later, it was also safe in terms of points after the matchday).

The game started a bit sluggishly but became a pretty clear affair in the further course. But first, the FCSP got a memorable penalty. This set the budgeted shooter Bruns first of all full next to the goal. However, the penalty was repeated, Lehmann took it – and failed to score against goalkeeper Paucken. At least for a short time, it looked as if the FCSP’s nerves were not quite as tight. That the FCSP won in the end, was of course due to the better playing capabilities and the good implementation of the tactical guidelines. Or else, and this version pleases much better, that a member of our reference group (Nice Guys Sankt Pauli) on the Gegengerade has achieved almost a miracle: Because shortly before the double pack of Takyi & Naki (42nd and 44th minute) he went to the sanitary facilities in the stadium with the statement “I’m going to piss a goal!” There were actually two goals scored then and we laughed the whole halftime break. And not only that, when the game was bobbing along after the start of the second half, we sent the same person back to the sanitary facilities. The result: Two more goals scored by Takyi & Ebbers (57th and 59th minute). People still laugh about it today.

33rd matchday, Greuther Fürth – FC St. Pauli: 1-4

A brown-white pilgrimage to Franconia.

The events of this day, when clearly more than half of the Ronhof shouted and sang for the guests and the negative result at half time (scored by Christopher Nöthe…) was turned easily after the break and then at the end, all the dams broke towards the grass… Naki with the flag on the substitution bench standing in a sea of fans… 

Awesome.

Unforgettable.

You have to be there, all the descriptions can’t make it tangible.

34th matchday, FC St. Pauli – SC Paderborn: 1-2

First of all: Yes, in the light of the promotion it is, of course, silly to grumble… but we only had to win this one shit game to get “the rim”! Instead, Kaiserslautern was allowed to celebrate this title. Grmpf.

SC Paderborn had a pretty good team at that time, which subsequently changed to the Millerntor in large numbers, including Florian Mohr, Sören Gonther, Sebastian Schachten, Enis Alushi and Mahir Saglik, and they were coached by André Schubert.

But after the Fürth celebrations, there was no more air for breathing available and thus and they were defeated, maybe because they thought Lautern would win anyway. Anyway, it was not enough, the rest was a party. First in the stadium, later on the Reeperbahn in front of Schmidt’s Tivoli.

Especially in the memory of many should be “the after game”, when the team went out for a short time, only to play again with 22 players, for a game FCSP vs. 1.league, half of them in Bundesliga jerseys.

Hennings wore the Frings jersey, Timo Schultz that of Jarolim… and the two of them were already shouting at each other as they entered the match, including a deliberative dive by Schultz. He repeated this several times on the court until referee Christian Bönig sent him off the court with a double red, and he used his middle fingers to call the Gegengerade. Fantastic.

After St.Pauli then scored the goal, all “first league players” took off their jerseys and cheered in promotion jerseys to Song 2.

(c) Stefan Groenveld
(c) Stefan Groenveld

This journey through time was a celebration for us… and it would be a little bit cool if we could look back in about ten years on a season of promotion that has not yet happened.

If you read all this enthusiastically, you can also see here, how we discussed this season in 2 1/2 hours with nobody less than Ralph Gunesch (obviously in German language only):

And the podcast version:

//flippa, Maik & Tim (translated by Arne)

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