We generally don’t make any rules for our members when it comes to making
the acquaintance of fans from other clubs. This has to be said since there’ve
been discussions going on for some time (or say – there have always been
discussions on the question, which clubs we want or should spend our time
with) to find out, which clubs we „should“ maintain contact with: Mainz,
Jena, Barfuß Kairo or none at all („Since we Gladbacher don’t need
There are various opinions in our club too (which is a good thing).
| Nearly all our fanclub members consider the fanclub of
Mainz as their friends, which makes many members attend the matches at the
Mainzer Bruchweg – where the stadium of the FSV Mainz 05 is located -
or away matches of the 05‘. Like this, good contacts with the fanclub scene
of Mainz have been established, and our fanclub has become well-known in that
carnival stronghold. Background:
It all started in October 1994 when the Mainzer came to Mönchengladbach
for the cup match. As the CD from the Mainzer fanclub puts it: „Ten
goals, a great atmosphere, lots of singing and friendships in joyful exuberance.“
When Mainz, already desperate, managed to make their first goal after four
balls had hit their net and eventually hit back with further three goals,
leading to a score of 5 : 4, all two thousand Mainzer fans had a good reason
to serenade their team. When the Gladbacher wave also infected the part of
the stadium where the Mainzer fans had settled down, a new friendship was
born. „Gladbach and the FSV Mainz“ has been a popular song at the Bökelsberg
and Bruchweg ever since.
| Most of the Eifelpower Borussia fans have a positive attitude
towards the „Reds“ from Liverpool. That’s why more and more club members
have attended the friendship tours to Liverpool that have been organized through
our fan project since 1992. The same applies to this year’s friendship tour.
Furthermore, our president Johnny, together with some like-minded fans,
occasionally goes to the city on the Mersey or to Liverpool’s away matches
to support the Scousers. That’s how good contacts with the LFC-fans have
been made. We were even given private accomodations in Liverpool and
Birkenhead (across the river), and the LFC supporters have in turn come over
here to join our matches (such as the match against Bavaria in 96 / 97, and
the one against Cologne in 97 / 98). Moreover, Johnny is a member of the
Liverpool FC International Supporters Club.
More about the Friendship on the Website from Jonny (Chairman from Eifelpower):
| Fancying the idea of celebrating a „third half-time“,
some Gladbacher try to establish friendships with the fans of Thüringen
– we don’t mind that. However, they should in turn leave those Borussia
fans alone who feel attracted by the Mainz team. We personally know
some of the guys from Jena and Weimar very well and maintain a good contact
with them thanks to common international matches and the European Cup.
But extending these relations to the whole scene?
| Beside the official friendships of the Borussia fans,
we should also mention our excellent contacts with the SC fanclub of Karlsruhe
Gaggenauer Löwen. We met the Karlsruher on the occasion of the EURO 92
in Sweden and have been friends with them since then. This friendship
was strengthened by our mutual visits, common tours to international matches
and last but not least the settting-up of a team at the „tournament of the
die-hard drinkers“ in Raststatt that was carried out by the fanclub of Karlsruhe.
Nobody should think now that the „Polcher are eager to set up a fan friendship
with the guys from Karlsruhe“. This is not true, despite the fact that we
have also met some other fans and clubs from the Karlsruhe scene and not
only the Gaggenauers. Due to the incidents that occurred in the past , when
fans of Karlsruhe threw a lighter at the Gladbacher player „Hochstätter“
and the fans of Gladbach in turn threw a chestnut at „Kahn“, the goalkeeper
of Karlsruhe, it is highly unlikely that we’ll become bosom friends some day.
But despite all this: Gaggenau & Polch forever!!!