Too Much, Too Young (KVV Coxyde)

Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging Coxyde were formed in 1934 and by complete coincidence they were given the Belgian FA matricule of 1934 and until recent times played in the provincial leagues. In 2008 they gained promotion to the Fourth Division and immediately went up to the third tier despite the sudden death of their coach Jan Merlevede in April 2009 aged only 44.

In 2012 they finished a creditable seventh place but then suffered a huge point deduction for fielding an unregistered player for much of the season. They were forced into contesting the end of season play offs which saw them successfully remain in the third tier. The success continued in 2014/15 they won the Third Division A section to secure a first ever promotion to the second tier. The reorganisation of the second tier of Belgian football for this season saw the club not granted a licence for the eight team Proximus League and were placed in the sixteen team Eerste Klasse Amateurs.

The current season has been something of a nightmare for the over achieving coastal club from West Flanders. The cost of trying to compete with the likes of Antwerp, Cercle Brugge, Roeselare and Union St Gilloise has weighed heavy on he club. A weaker squad was contracted for the first season in the new third tier and results have been appalling. After an emergency meeting the club has asked the Belgian FA for voluntary demotion to the four tier so the club can regroup financially. It is strange that the rejigging of the structure was purely designed to help prevent more clubs going bust is already finding its own victims. The primary reason for Coxyde’s demotion request is their inability to meet the fiscal demands of their status as defined by the FA.

As a result today’s match has very much an end of season feel to it as both sides are doomed to the drop. The hosts are third bottom in the table and the visitors, Royal Sprimont-Comblain Sport, are second bottom propped up only by KMSK Deinze who have suffered a massive points deduction due to fielding an unregistered player in multiple matches this season.

The hosts were already a goal down when a red card for Bruno Kwani for a last man foul made their task almost impossible. Sprimont added three more goals to their tally and managed to the woodwork on no less than five occasions. It really was one way traffic from start to finish with the hosts looking a poor and totally dispirited team. An attendance of 198 was given which I learned including season ticket holders not present at the game. A head count showed only 127 in the stadium, proof enough that football in such remote outposts garners little or no interest from locals which is a great pity. The story of KVV Coxyde is a cautionary tale for like minded clubs of the folly of achieving too much too soon.

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Sunday March 19th 2017 – Eerste Klasse Amateurs

KVV Coxyde 0
Royal Sprimont-Comblain Sport 4 (Sahuke 19, Kouemaha 39,60, Carvalho 83)

Att: 198

Admission €12 (seat) €10 (standing)
Free club magazine, free teamsheet

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Still Top in Oss? (FC Oss)

“No one likes Oss and we don’t care”, so says a cleverly worded banner at the rear of the stand populated by the ultras of FC Oss. For this is the current name of the club far better known by their previous name of Top Oss. Formed in 1928 as KMD (Klein Maar Dapper, which means Small But Brave) however the club soon changed their name as many other clubs already had the name KMD. The new name was TOP (Tot Plezier Ons, which means For Our Pleasure).  The club became TOP Oss in 1994 to more clearly identify with the town they represented. Sadly six years in 2009 the club dropped the “TOP” altogether and became FC Oss. Looking at the ultras flags though many of them still refer to the club as TOP Oss.

The club were briefly professional in the 1950’s when they competed in the Tweede Divisie but rejoined the amateur ranks in 1957. They only turned professional again as recently as 1991, after three amateur championship wins, and have mainly competed at the second level Eerste Divisie. A brief one season spell in the third level Topklasse in 2010/11 resulted in the club returning to the Eerste as Topklasse champions.

In 1996 the club were granted permission to renovate the old Top Oss Stadion, and work on the new grandstand started a year later. The north and west stands were completed by the end of the 1998/99 season with the North stand providing changing facilities for the amateur wing of the club. The remaining end has a “Talentencampus” opened in 2008 to house young players. Unusually FC Oss and near neighbours NEC Nijmegen have a combined youth academy system.

Oss had a reasonable season last campaign, finishing ninth, but have recently sold a number of players including goalkeeper Luuk Koopmans to PSV and back in January  Kevin van Veen  went to Scunthorpe United for 300,000 Euros. Tonight’s visitors are FC Emmen who finished fourth in last seasons table but lost out in the play-offs. The visitors look like they could be strong contenders again this campaign as their breezed to a very comfortable win, celebrated wildly by their small band of travelling supporters.

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Eerste Divisie – 07/08/2015

FC Oss 0
FC Emmen 3 (Deul 27, Kolder pen 53, Danso 72)

Att: 1,987 (at Frans Heesen Stadion)

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