Basel Sport Club Old Boys were formed in 1894, a year after the cities’ biggest club FC Basel. It was the football wing of a club that also had a track and field team. The tennis section was added in 1927 but after eight years split away to form Tennis Club Basel whose most famous member is seven time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer.
The club were initially successful and were Swiss Serie A runners up in 1898/99, 1903/04 and 1912/13. In the final group stage in what was then an regionalised league, Old Boys finished behind Anglo-American Club, St.Gallen and Lausanne Sports and were never quite able to win the overall title. In 1932 Old Boys fell out of the professional leagues and did not return until the 1987/88 when they returned to the Nationalliga B. Their city rivals FC Basel had been relegated from the top flight so Basel saw its first league derbies for many decades. Old Boys stayed in the second tier until being relegated at the end of the 1995/96. They remain at the third tier in the Promotion League, a national third tier created in 2012.
The club play at the 8,000 capacity Stadion Schützenmatte of which 2,000 are seated in the impressive grandstand. The stadium is located in the quiet suburb of Bachletten which is easily walked from the centre of Basel. Originally the played at The Margaret Field close to the main railway station until the site was needed by Industrielle Werke Basel whose new headquarters were built in 1978. The club were relocated to the present venue which also boasts facilities for athletics and swimming.
Today a couple of hundred fans gather for this match against FC Sion II. The guests are marooned in mid table with little to play for but for Old Boys its a must win game in their battle to avoid relegation to the fourth tier “Classic” League.
Despite their reserves turning up in a posh coach Sion’s players seem listless and uninterested and after missing a few great chances Old Boys rattle in three goals without reply, earning a very valuable three points. The win sees them climb out of the drop zone with United Zurich replacing them with just two games of the season remaining.
Just in case you are thinking Old Boys are just a team of veterans, the average age of their starting eleven was just 24.7 years!
Saturday May 13th 2017 – Promotion League
BSC Old Boys 3 (Limanaj 60, Barry 73, Mbarga 90)
FC Sion II 0
Att:229 (at Stadion Schützenmatte)
Admission CF10 (£8) free programme