In 1985 TSV Eching made Bayernliga promotion in the playoff game against MTV Ingolstadt. The corona break allows a look back at past relegation games.
Eching - Unfortunately for many fans that TSV Eching had gained in previous years with its attractive style of play and its first promotion to the Bayern League in 1983, it was not possible to stay in the class. Only 15 points in the home games were an indication of how difficult it was for well-known opponents. 16th place out of 20 teams was not enough, five relegations in one season - not only coach Toni Plattner found the relegation very annoying, but had a plausible explanation ready: "We lacked the routine."
Most clubs had ex-professionals under contract in the then highest amateur class. The Echingen, on the other hand, built on the tribe of the ascent year, but had to let one of their best go with Reiner Leitl (for TSV 1860 Munich) in the summer of '84. Not only because of this, the games against the lions were the highlights of the season. In the prelude, the Echingen defied the opponent in the Grünwald stadium a surprising 0: 0. For safety reasons, the second leg was not played at home on Dietersheimer Straße, they switched to the Olympic Stadium, where there was a 1-2 in front of 8000 spectators. In the end, Eching dismounted, sixty became champions, and the club was left with 35,000 marks from the kick under the Olympic roof after all costs had been deducted.
TSV Eching strengthens for the 1984/85 season
In the break for the upcoming Landesliga season 84/85, a wish from club boss Willi Frömel came true. He had always emphasized that he would appreciate it if the best kickers in the district played in Eching. With the Nandlstädter Christian Berndl and the Freising players Walter Werner (formerly sports club) and Anton Bönig (FC Eintracht), players were added who quickly became regulars. Especially the transfer from Bönig paid off. Together with Wolfgang Leitl, he gave life to the offensive game. 58 (Bönig 30, Leitl 28) out of a total of 105 goals this season (national league record missed one goal) went to the duo. Nevertheless, it was not enough to win the title. As second behind SC Fürstenfeldbruck, Eching had to relegate against Bayern Munich club MTV Ingolstadt.
Dramatic game against MTV Ingolstadt
600 TSV fans followed the team to Geisenfeld on June 1, 1985 and experienced a game that was unsurpassed in drama. Seldom has coach Toni Plattner had to go through so many ups and downs in just 90 minutes on the sidelines. 0: 1 deficit, 2: 1 lead (Bönig and an own goal), 2: 3 deficit, equalization, renewed leadership, that was too much even for the experienced. "I didn't have time to react anymore, my thoughts were very far away," said the then 36-year-old.
But the trainer could rely on his happy hand. 72 minutes were played when he sent Norbert Paulus onto the field for Christian Leitl. The new arrival had just spent his honeymoon in Yugoslavia, but had to go back to Munich by train because he couldn't get a flight. It could not have been because of the preparation, rather because of his instinct when he knocked a high ball into the mesh with a fall-back. Now the team got the upper hand again, now finally Wolfgang Leitl (4: 3) hit, and defender Christian Berndl put the lid on.
Although the Echingen lost the second relegation game against SpVgg Plattling (trained by ex-lion Alfred Kohlhäufl) 1: 3 in Ergolding a week later, they were allowed to go one class higher together with the Lower Bavarians because they were involved in the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga the SpVgg Bayreuth the Bavarian representative won the race. Eching took the free place - the second year Bayernliga could come!
Text: Arthur Viol