Go Ahead Eagles

Discussion in 'The Netherlands' started by mellon, May 9, 2005.

  1. mellon

    mellon New Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    Hi Guys, I have always wondered why there is a team called Go Ahead Eagles in the dutch football league system, is there anyone who knows the story behind this team from Deventer, why did they change from Be Quick to Go Ahead?
  2. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    With the introduction of professional football on a larger scale in Holland in the 1960s, Go Ahead Eagles was formed as a combination of two amateur clubs, one called Go Ahead and the other the Eagles. Similar scenario as FC Twente.

    That's all I know about it, sorry.
  3. mellon

    mellon New Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    Cheers Johan, as always I can rely on you with good information!:) Are Go Ahead a team from the same region as Twente?
  4. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax
    it's a little west of enschede - former star marc overmars recently took a technical position at the club
  5. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    You're welcome!

    Twente is a historical region that lies in the province of Overijsel. Deventer is not in Twente but is in the same province, it's about a 45 minute drive from here. Heracles (set to be promoted to the Eredivisie) is just a stone's throw away from us however, and also in the Twente region.
  6. A-J-A-X

    A-J-A-X New Member

    Jul 14, 2004
    South London, UK
    I must admit Johan, I love the Overijssel area - my aunt had a farm outside of Heino. Taking the sneltrein to Zwolle and switching to the small little diesel that runs through Heino (and Ommen I believe) was always a highlight of visiting.
    We still have friends that live in Deventer. Also had a good friend when I lived in France who was from Twente.
    Just goes to show that not all Amsterdammers are focused in their own city, etc. etc...

  7. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    Well that's nice to hear! It's not a bad place to live really, and as long as you don't put on airs and drink loads of Grolsch you'll fit right in.
  8. Conejito

    Conejito Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Groningen, Holland
    I know this a bit of an old topic but hey, someone's actually interested in my favorite little club! I'm impressed.

    Here's some additional information. The reason why Go Ahead changed it's name from Be Quick is because that name was already taken by another club so they had to change it. "Be Quick" is a silly name and "Go Ahead" is even sillier, but they must have thought it was a translation of dutch "Voorwaarts" meaning "Forward," like they say in the army.

    The addition "Eagles" came in 1971, when the amateur and professional branches split. The amateur branch went on under the name Go Ahead,the professionals added the word "Eagles", inspired by the name of the stadium "de Adelaarshorst," meaning "eagle's nest." Adding it was an idea from welshman Barry Hughes, the coach who later would turn into a very silly dutch showbiz celebrity when he launched the utterly ridiculous carnaval song
    "Ik wil op mijn kop een kamerbreed tapijt" in the eighties. I never really managed to get that rotten tune out of my system completely.

    Anyway, Go Ahead used to be one of Holland's best clubs back in the amateur days, winning the dutch championship in 1917, 1922, 1930 and 1933. They also were the first club with a boarding school for talented youth, so lots of professional players have started their career in Deventer.

    Biggest rivals are FC Zwolle, playing a bit north of Deventer, and it's a local derby as well as a battle between a club with its roots in the working class (Go Ahead) and a middle class club (Zwolle).

    Right now the club is in shambles, it's living in the past and probably would have been relegated to the amateurs if that had been possible. The problem is bad management, the club never lost it's loyal fanbase though.

    I'd say, whenever you're in the neighbourhood don't hesitate to visit the stadium, it's old but has charm and we need all the support we can get, dammit
  9. nutte

    nutte New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    doing very well these days. going for mpromotion ans almost knocked champions PSV out of the cup in eindhoven (3-2)
  10. davidmphill

    davidmphill New Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    A fan of the mighty Eagles myself for many a season now.
    Tend to produce some decent players over the years including Jan Kromkamp.
    The playoffs can't come soon enough!

    CANADA-AZ Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    I hate to make me sound even older but my dad played for GO AHEAD in the late 1940's
    He was born in 1922 and played on the under 18 Oranje just before the war and joined GO AHEAD afer the war--played for them for a couple of years

    then went to Phillips--I guess PSV now--was officially an employee of Phillips since they were still "amateurs" but spent most of his time either mowing lawns or other menial stuff so he wouldn't be too tired for practice which was right after work

    until he moved to Canada in 1952

    All his memories of those teams and times after the war were extremely positve
  12. Amsteldam

    Amsteldam Red Card

    Oct 5, 2005
    FC Barcelona
    And the reason they named FC Twente is because their budget was only Twenty dollars.......... (and still is to this day)

  13. jasperb

    jasperb Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    how/why did you become a GAE fan?
  14. jasperb

    jasperb Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    i wonder if tranmere rovers have any dutch fans :p
  15. mdewals

    mdewals New Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    if that is the case, I recon the entire world would be trying to hire the staff of FC Twente.

    name me 1 club that wouldnt want such a great selection of players for only 20 dollars.
  16. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    It was just a pun on his part, not a very original one but there you have it.

    Anyway, did you people all know that AZ's Demy de Zeeuw also is a product of the GA Eagles youth academy just like Marc Overmars.
  17. Fc_Eindhoven

    Fc_Eindhoven New Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Very old ground! If Eindhoven dont go bust, I will certainly visit their ground next season.
  18. mdewals

    mdewals New Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    I got the pun and punted it back :rolleyes:
  19. nutte

    nutte New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    I´ve been to to tranmere once ( and i´m dutch)
    1-5 loss

    tu tu Superrovers still rings in my ears :D
  20. AFCA

    AFCA Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    X X X rated
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    The ground (Adelaarshorst) is definitely worth a visit. GA Eagles had some great support back in the day. Don't know how it is now.
  21. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    It's a great old-fashioned rambling sort of stadium right smack in the middle of a working class neighbourhood, the sort of stadium we all used to have.

    They still have a small group of very passionate fans who regularly get involved in punch-ups with Zwolle fans. I like the Eagles, they're my second favourite Jupiler league club.
  22. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
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    Antario2 Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    AFC Ajax
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