Union Herford - Union Herford
|Full name||Spielvereinigung Union 08 Herford e. V.|
|place||Herford , North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Club colors||not known|
|Stadium||Ludwig Jahn Stadium|
|Top league|| Association League Westphalia ( |
Union Herford (officially: Spielvereinigung Union 08 Herford e.V. ) was a sports club from Herford . The first soccer team played for two years in the highest amateur league in Westphalia, while the first handball team played for many years in the fourth-class Oberliga Westfalen.
From the foundation to the Second World War
Union Herford was founded in 1908 as BV Union Herford . In 1927 the BV Union became the Spielvereinigung Union. In the 1914/15 season, the Union took part in the Ravensberg / Lippe district championship . Against the Bielefeld clubs VfB 03 , Arminia , SC Eintracht and Westfalia Brackwede , the Herford team had no chance and did not win points.  After the end of the First World Warsucceeded in 1922 in the Gauliga Westfalen, which was the top division at the time. Four years later, the Union was sixth in the 15-team division, now known as the 1st district class of Westphalia .
The 1927/28 season was curious when the Herford team lost their home game against Arminia Bielefeld 1:10, but won the game on the Bielefelder Alm 2-1. A year later, the Union missed the newly created single-track District League Westphalia . In this, the team rose in 1930 as runner-up in the 1st district class Westphalia-East behind SSV Ahlen . After the promotion, the league could be secured three times in a row as the penultimate. Accordingly, the Union was not included in the newly created Gauliga Westphalia in 1933 and had to compete in the second-rate district class.
In this, the team did not get beyond midfield positions and met from 1934 on the later merger partner SuS Herford . For the 1944/45 season , the Union was accepted into the Gauliga without athletic qualifications. Due to the war , the Herford team were only able to play two games: against KSG Bielefeld , a war game community of the Bielefeld clubs Arminia and VfB 03, there was a 2: 2. The second game was lost 3-0 against Sportfreunde Rot-Weiß Paderborn , which after several mergers became today's SC Paderborn 07 . 
post war period
After the Second World War, the Union played for several years in the district class before the championship could be won with 56: 4 points in 1951. The team first rose to the short-lived 2nd Landesliga Westfalen and a year later was accepted into the Landesliga , which was then the highest amateur league in Westphalia. There the Union immediately came third and remained a top team in the years that followed. The highlight was the 1955/56 season , when the Herford team won both games against Arminia Bielefeld and ended the season tied with SVA Gütersloh . The Gütersloher won the decider for the championship in neutral Brackwede 1-0.
The Union now played in the newly created Verbandsliga Westfalen and promptly rose from the bottom of the table. In the first round of the West German Cup in 1957/58, the Herford team met FC Schalke 04 and lost 8-1. In 1959 he was promoted to the association league again. During the season, the Union even beat FC Lübbecke 11: 1. After a tenth and an eighth place, the sporting zenith was reached in the 1961/62 season with fourth place. Two years later, he was relegated from the association league again.
With three points behind SuS Lage , the direct promotion was missed. In 1967, fourth place in the national league was achieved again, before the Union merged with VfB Einigkeit Herford, founded in 1907, to form Herford SC 07/08 a year later . In 1971 he was runner-up in the regional league behind TuS Sennelager and was relegated from bottom of the table a year later. Herford SC then merged with SuS Herford to form SC Herford . 
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