A brief history of K.Lierse S.K
In 1904 Gustaaf van den Roye proposed to start up a football club following the example of
Lierse was born and the first board was established:
Gerard Quaeyhaegens as chairman
Gust van den Roye as secretary
Georges Peeters as Treasurer
Emiel Vervloet, Paul and Jules Remouchamps, Bernard De Meyer, Arthur Haverals and Gustaaf Houtmortels were the board members.The very first match was against soldiers from the local barracks. The players in the first Lierse team were:
Paul and Jules Remouchamps, Gust and Armand van den Roye, Jules Geuens, Arthur Haverals, Gustaaf Houtmortels, Jean de Meulenaer, Bernard de Meyer, J.Nozy, Alberic Verstappe and Gustave Thomas.
The result was not recorded. In the 1907-08 season, Lierse contested friendlies against clubs affiliated to the Belgian Football Federation.Lierse was officially affiliated to the Belgian FA on 28th January 1909.
To begin with Lierse played on a pitch in Kloosterheide, a rural area of Lier.
In 1912 the ‘yellow-blacks’ moved to the ‘Molekens’, and on 30th August 1925, Lierse moved to their current home, the Herman Vanderpoorten stadium.
Lierse were knocking on the door of the first division. Two years later Lierse were promoted.
In 1932 Lierse were champions for the first time. They were champions again in 1942, during the Second World War.
After 21 years in the first division, Lierse were relegated for the first time in 1948, but were promoted again five years later.
In 1960, K.Lierse S.K won their third championship title, and distinguished themselves at European level.
In 1969, Lierse won the Belgian Cup for the first time.
21st September 1971 is a day that Lierse supporters will never forget.
Two weeks earlier, Lierse had lost 0-2 at home to the far superior Leeds United in the first round of the UEFA Cup.
Nobody expected that Lierse would win in Leeds, but 90 minutes later the scoreboard read that Lierse had improbably won 0-4, and
In 1986 Lierse were again relegated, but were promoted back to the top division in 1988.
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In 1997 something happened which nobody thought possible. Lierse became league champions again.
The hotly tipped favourites, Club Bruges, were surprisingly beaten to the title by Lierse.
Two years later in 1999, Lierse won the Belgian Cup again.
N.B Lierse have actually been Belgian champions five times, but their title in 1940-41 is not officially recognised after the league was suspended in 1939-40 after the outbreak of World War II.
A pity because between 1930-45, Lierse along with the other top teams in Belgium at the time; Union, Daring, Beerschot and Antwerp, only finished once outside the top 5.