Sport Club Courtraisien were formed 1901 and are registered with the Royal Belgian Football Association as club number 19 under their matricule system. By 1951 they had changed their name to Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport. A rival team in the city called Stade Kortrijk had been formed in 1923. By 1971 both clubs were struggling badly so the two clubs merged forming Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk. The club have adopted the nickname of “De Kerels” which roughly translates as “the Guys” or “the Boys”.
The club had enjoyed a spell in the top flight at the turn of the twentieth century which ended in relegation at the end of the 1910/11 season. Little did they know at the time it would be fully 65 years before Kortrijk would grace the elite division again. The club spent much of the 70’s and 80’s moving between the second and first tiers. Disaster struck in 2001 when KVK were declared insolvent and were relegated to Division Three. The club rebuilt and progressed back up the rankings, the club’s current spell in the Pro League has lasted since 2008/09.
The club play at the wonderful Guldensporenstadion which was named after the Franco/Flemish Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place in Kortrijk during July 1302. A relatively small venue with a capacity of 9,300, it has single tiered stands which makes for an intimate atmosphere.
The Reds fans are certainly a hearty and welcoming bunch and they are in fine voice tonight as De Kerels have been in good form this season. Against a struggling KV Oostende the hosts are two up before half time, a great free kick from Benito Raman and a wonderfully powerful run and finish by their burly Senegalese striker Elimane Coulibaly. Heavy rainfall makes playing conditions difficult, particularly in the second half, but the home side win 2-0 with some margin to spare.
If a traditional small town stadium and a club punching above its weight appeals to you, a visit to the Guldensporen comes highly recommended.
Jupiler Pro League – Saturday November 2nd 2013
KV Kortrijk (2) 2 (Raman 13, Coulibaly 45)
KV Oostende (0) 0
Attendance: 6,604 (at the Guldensporenstadion)
16. Darren Keet; 3. Baptiste Martin; 7. Stijn De Smet; 8. Nebojsa Pavlovic (c); 11. Mustapha Oussalah; 17. Gertjan De Mets; 21. Brecht Capon; 25. Michael Heylen; 27. Benito Raman; 29. Romain Reynaud; 31. Elimane Coulibaly.
Subs: 1. Patrick Deman; 5. Branimir Petrovic (for 5,90 mins) 9. Teddy Chevalier (for 9,68 mins); 10. Robert Klaasen; 12. Gregory Mahau; 15. Dylan Ragolle (for 27,80 mins); 23. Baptiste Ulens.
31. Cederic Berthelin; 2. Xavier Luissint (c); 3. Niels De Schutter; 6. Baptiste Schmisser; 7. Sebastien Siani; 9. Laurent Depoitre; 13. Frederic Brillant; 16. Yohan Brouckaert; 22. Jonathan Wilmet; 26. Jordan Lukaku; 27. Franck Berrier.
Subs: 1. Mulopo Kudimbana; 11. Thomas Foket (for 3,85 mins); 14. Tom Van Imschoot; 19. Denis Dessaer; 23. Nyashi Mushekwi (for 9,52 mins); 25. Fernando Canesin (for 16,63 mins); 28. Adam Vaas.
Yellow Cards: Martin, De Mets, Coulibaly (all Kortrijk), Canesin (Oostende).