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Palloiluseura Apollo
Palloiluseura Apollo
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Full namePalloiluseura Apollo
Nickname(s)Apollo
Founded1956
GroundKankurin tekonurmi,
Hyvinkää,
Finland
ChairmanAri Alajoki
CoachPetri Virtanen
Finland Pekka Mononen
LeagueVitonen

Palloiluseura Apollo (abbreviated Apollo) is a football club from Hyvinkää, Finland. The club was formed in 1956 and currently plays in the Vitonen (Fifth Division). Their home ground is at the Kankurin tekonurmi. The Club chairman is Ari Alajoki.

History

Apollo has spent many seasons in the lower divisions of the Finnish football league but they have had two spells covering 5 seasons in the third tier, the Kakkonen (Second Division), in 1980-81 and 1985-87.[1]

In the 1985 season Atik Ismail, the former Finnish international, scored 11 goals for Apollo. The team finished in third position in the West Group of the Second Division and achieved their highest ever attendance of 965 spectators for a home match against Honka. However the most startling attendance of the 1985 season was the 4,349 people who attended the KontU-Apollo league match.[2]

In the 1986 season Apollo finished in second place in the East Group of the Second Division, falling just one league point behind the leaders GrIFK who were promoted.[3] This was the high point of the club's history and was followed in 1987 by relegation and the downward spiral that was soon to gain momentum.

One of the highlights of Hyvinkää football in the 1970s and 1980s were the derby matches with local rivals, Hyvinkään Palloseura, and for a period Apollo were the leading club in the town. However, over the last two decades the club's fortunes have fluctuated and they have sadly dropped to the Vitonen (Fifth Division) in recent years.

There remain links with the club's halcyon days with Pekka Mononen (now the club coach) and Rudel Matamala still registered as players with Apollo some 25 years later.

Season to season

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1998 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 4 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
1999 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 4 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 8th
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 10th
2002 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 12th Relegated
2003 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 9th
2004 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 7th
2005 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
2006 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
2007 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 10th Relegated
2008 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) Section 4 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 4th
2009 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) Section 4 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
2010 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) Section 4 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa)

Club Structure

Palloiluseura Apollo run one team. The club do not have a junior section.

2010 season

Apollo are competing in Section 4 (Lohko 4) of the Vitonen administered by the Uusimaa SPL. This is the sixth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 Apollo finished in 5th place in Section 4 of the Vitonen.

Notable former players

Former players that have played in a fully professional league:

References and sources

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Finland - Divisional Movements 1930-2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1986. Suomen Palloliitto. 1986. ISBN 951-9392-12-2.
  3. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1987. Suomen Palloliitto. 1987. ISBN 951-9392-17-3.
  4. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1986. Suomen Palloliitto. 1986. p. 162. ISBN 951-9392-12-2.
  5. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1988. Suomen Palloliitto. 1988. p. 190. ISBN 951-9392-23-8.

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