RC Roubaix

The Racing Club Roubaix or short RCR was a traditional French football club based in Roubaix, a town in the department of Nord, located directly on the border with Belgium. The French cities of Roubaix, Tourcoing, Lille, Wasquehal and others, together with the Belgian cities Courtrai / Kortrijk and Mouscron / Moeskroen a contiguous built-up agglomeration, similar to the Ruhr.

Founded in the RCR in 1895; this name kept the club until its dissolution as a result of a merger (1945 - see below " The end of the RCR " ) in and took him in his brief new firm ( 1963-1964 ) again.

The club colors of Racing Club Roubaix were light blue and black; league team played in the interior of the velodrome at the Parc des Sports, which is known as cycling friends goal of the one-day classic Paris -Roubaix.


Before the First World War: France's most successful club

Roubaix came after its foundation until then the only football association, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques ( USFSA ), in which performed from 1898 one Championnat de France champion said country competition. This competition dominated the football players from the coalfield to 1910 despite tough competition in its own region, the English Channel and in Paris in an impressive way: in 1898 gave it "only" to the runner-up of northern France (behind the iris Club Lillois ), but in the ten years from 1900-1909 RC Roubaix nine times champion of the Northern League, which reached the final seven times around the Championnat de France and took five times ( 1902-1904, 1906 and 1908 ) this item. This power is not devalued by it from 1905 competing organizations, announced the playing off their own championship - the USFSA remained the largest membership of any association to which most other traditional clubs in France ( for example, standard AC, Racing Club de France and Club Français in Paris, the Le Havre AC, FC Sète, Stade Helvétique Marseille, Olympique Lille and Tourcoing U.S. ) belonged.

After the establishment of the unified football federation FFF (1919) and the introduction of a nationwide professional league operation (1932 ) was the RC never able to go on the "Golden Era ": until 1936 he was promoted to the 1st Division and remained in only three years. This was partly responsible for that with the Excelsior AC Roubaix, a new competitor had arisen in the same city, who played throughout first class from 1932 to the 1940s. In the cup, however Racing trumped repeatedly: In 1923, he reached for the first time the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, and a few years later, the second division came twice a surprise in the cup final, which then, however, won both times the opponent: 1932, AS Cannes, 1933, the local rivals Excelsior AC. It is said that at that time " semi- Roubaix " gone to Paris is ... 1934 reached the RC once again the Cup semi-finals, but failed there at Olympique Marseille.

The end of the RCR: the founding of the United Association CORT

Immediately after the liberation and under the difficult conditions of the necessary reconstruction ( Roubaix was during the Second World War in occupied Germany part of France ) decided the persons responsible for several clubs from the Double Roubaix - Tourcoing to bundle the footballing powers: the RC Roubaix merged in 1945 with his old rival Excelsior AC Roubaix, Tourcoing the U.S. (which in 1910 was already once been USFSA national champion ) and the U.S. Roubaix Roubaix - Tourcoing to the club Olympique (short CORT ); 1970, this merger was dissolved.

Although the Racing Club was re-established under its historical name, 1963; But in 1964 he finally disappeared from the footballing map, as the RC Stade Roubaisien merged and Racing Stade Roubaisien called. In 1990, this merger also joined the re-established rivals of the 1930s, the Excelsior AC Roubaix, and changed its name to SC Olympique de Roubaix. Today also this " successor of the successor " of the RC Roubaix no longer exists.

League membership and achievements

After the introduction of professional football, the RC Roubaix played from 1936 to 1939 class (Division 1 since 2002 in Ligue 1 renamed).

  • French Champion: None, best finish was table Rank 8 (1937 /38)
  • National champion of the Championnat de France the USFSA: 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908
  • French Cup Winner: None (but finalist in 1932 and 1933)

French national team

The number of matches for the club and the period of these international assignments are given in parentheses

  • Jules Cottenier (4, 1932-1934 )
  • Edmond Delfour (4, 1937-1938, including at the 1938 World Cup ) before 37 more caps for two other clubs
  • Jean Dubly (1, 1908)
  • Raymond Dubly (31, from 1913 to 1925, scoring four goals)
  • Émile Dusart (1, 1914)
  • André François (6, 1906-1908, scoring three goals )
  • Michel Frutuoso (1, 1937)
  • Gérard Isbecque (4, from 1923 to 1924, scoring one goal)
  • Albert Jenicot (3, 1908)
  • Edmond Leveugle (1, 1926, scoring one goal)
  • André Renaux (1, 1908, the hapless goalkeeper at 0:12 against England)
  • Charles Renaux (1, 1908)
  • Émile Sartorius (5, 1906-1908, scoring two goals )
  • Marcel Vanco (1, 1923 ) before seven more internationals for another club
  • Maurice Vandendriessche (2, 1908)
  • Georges Verriest (14, 1933-1936 )
  • Raymond Wattine (1, 1923)