RECHTOCUP HISTORY


RECHTOCUP started back in the spring of 1977, where employees from the local shipbroker Rechnitzer, Thomsen & Co. Ltd. during a well deserved lunch break paid a visit to the restaurant/pub Duus Vinkjaelder in the centre of Aalborg. Duus Vinkjaelder is situated in the basement of Jens Bangs Stenhus, probably one of the most well known buildings and attractions in Aalborg and to locals from Aalborg or guests, that previously have visited Duus, it will not come as a surprise, that apart from a single beer, the lunch would of course consist of 2 sausages w/bread and of course with that popular mustard, that many locals would know..


These were the days, when indoor football in general and tournaments/cups, both on club-level as well as company tournaments, were very popular all over Denmark. Aalborg Firma Sport, c/o the local shipping co. Aage Christensen had already in the beginning and mid seventies held some tournaments in the venues Idraetshallen and Stadionhallen (where RECHTOCUP takes place nowadays), and as these tournaments were missed by a lot of locals within shipping in Aalborg, they also were the inspiration to the employees from Rechto to try to start up again.


Once discussed the employees went straight into action, and the very same afternoon, they contacted a local sports-arena Loevvanghallen (in Noerresundby), where one of the Rechto-guys had good connections to an employee from the nearby school Loevvangsskolen. They bought the idea too, and soon thereafter necessary permissions from the local authorities (Community of Aalborg) and not least an OK from the local Lindholm Badminton Klub, who were actually entitled to use the arena after school hours, were in place.

 

 

 

 

The first RECHTOCUP took place on Sunday 8th January 1978 with 16 teams participating. They were all men's teams and all local teams from Aalborg. It wash however allowed to participate with 'mixed' teams (like it is still today), as not all companies were able to participate with own employees only. Winners of the first cup in 1978 were Aalborg Shipping & Spedition, runners up were Samson Transport Co. and with Aage Christensen in 3rd place.


Already the year after, the first women's teams participated, and participating teams in the men's competition were also not only locals from Aalborg. The 1979 cup saw Aalborg Shipping & Spedition ending up as the first winner in the women's competition, with Rechto, Bendix, TK Nord and GFL in the following places.


Loevvanghallen was a fantastic place for the RECHTOCUP.  A fairy small and intimate arena, where all participants, being it players or spectators, were very close. You simply could not avoid getting in touch physically and verbally, when you fought your way along the playing arena in order to reach either the dressing rooms or the cafeteria. It was very good times, but as the interest in participating kept growing, the problems escalated proportionally. We could maximum accommodate abt 80 teams totally in a very tight program, starting Saturday morning 6.30am and with the last matches played Sunday around 8.00pm. This naturally caused some problems, especially for guest travelling from Copenhagen or abroad.

In 1981 we were a total of 70 teams, being 58 men's teams and 12 women's teams. The year after we were up to 89 teams, being 68 men's and 21 women's teams and for the first and only time, we had to play at 2 different arenas with 15 km in between them, (Loevvanghallen and Gistruphallen). We simply did not have the time to have 192 matches played within our allowed time in one arena only.


This situation was not durable and in 1983 the management consequently reduced the number of participating teams to 56. Despite this attempt to arrange a tournament being responsible sporty wise and played within a fair number of hours during the weekend, it all again ran out of hands. The number of participants rose and rose up during the eighties; Old Boys groups were introduced in 1986 and in 1989, the last year  the tournament took place in Loevvanghallen, total number of teams were up to 104 teams, spread on 64 men's, 24 women's and 16 Old Boys teams. With a massive participation like this and now matches steadily being reduced in time from 9 minutes to 6½ minutes, it was finally over with Loevvanghallen being the venue for RECHTOCUP.

Another issue was of course the traditional dinner party Saturday evening. Participants hardly had time enough to play the last of Saturdays matches, before the party started in Hotel Hvide Hus, Hotel Storcorde or the establishment Ambassadeur.
Time was up for a change of venues!


The first couple of years, there was no party after the sporting event and matches. In 1979 we started this tradition at the dancing and amusement establishment Ambassadeur in the centre of Aalborg. In the years 1981-1983, the party was moved to Hotel Storvorde, situated about 20 km SE of Aalborg. Hotel Storvorde was in those days a well known and well visited amusement place, where people from both city and countryside would go for a dance and drink(s). Being situated this far from Aalborg, we of course had to arrange busses from and back to Aalborg for all participants, which was close to 300, and in these days, the music was delivered by the band "Voodoo", and if you needed a break from the music or dance, one could go upstairs for a more quiet venue, where the local famous Poul Erik Krogen would entertain with his jokes and stories.


But soon also Hotel Storvorde turned out to be to small for the party, and again the management had to look for alternatives for partying, and as there at that time were not that many opportunities, Hotel Hvide Hus was chosen. But again the development of the tournament and success ran out of control. Up through the eighties number of participants rose from 350 in 1984 up to 600 in 1989, which was in fact more than Hotel Hvide Hus could accommodate in one floor at the hotel - So again: Reconsider…

 

 

 

1990 we found the perfect place, Aalborg Stadionhal, where the tournament still takes place. Here we had the possibility to play matches in 2 arenas (HAL 1 and Hal 2), which of course is good for the sporty part, and we also have the possibility to have the party in HAL 1, with a maximum of about 1000 participants. The first year in Aalborg Stadionhal, we were to abt 700 participants.

 

The same year also saw the start of the tradition with music being delivered by the band "BONGOES, and for almost 15 years, they were more or less considered being the 'house-band' of RECHTOCUP, and they did very well !

 

This tradition however came to an end, and "THE BATS" took over thereafter up until and including 2014. Now a new 'house-band' has found its' way to RECHTOCUP and we are this year pleased to present "SIGNE AND THE SIGNS" to our guests, who undoubtedly will deliver a spectacular performance worthy of the heritage they will be lifting. Parts of the band have however, played with both "BONGOES" and "THE BATS" and hence we are confident they will fully live up to our expectations.

 

The success continued - and still does. In 1996 we had 146 teams participating, which is still a record, and we were up to a record number of 1020 participants, which is the absolute maximum number, that HAL 1 can accommodate and also what is allowed by the local authorities. 

 

We are still quite a few people, who has attended the tournament from the very beginning, and among the participants, we know of several, who has attended RECHTOCUP for 25 years or more. - WELL DONE ..

 

We have enjoyed it, and we still do. We thank all for their interest in the tournament and hope, that the tradition will continue for many years to come. - Good luck to all ..