The photo above is probably the oldest recorded photograph of a football match in the Netherlands. It concerns the EFC P.W. who plays in the Volkspark in 1890. After the city fire, English mechanics were already working in Enschede and they already tried a few things with football. But it was only when Jan-Bernard van Heek introduced the game in 1885 and made the young people enthusiastic. In 1885, EFC P.W. founded, the oldest club in Twente.
1890 - 1920

At the end three fields were constructed at the Volkspark and various footballclubs played there, in addition to P.W. Eightteen players withdrew from that club and founded De Tubanters in 1895. Two smaller clubs, Hercules and Phenix, merged in 1910 to form the later illustrious Sportclub Enschede and the current Phenix initially started under the name Voorwaarts and would later be given other names, including EFC and EVV. Another illustrious association was founded in 1906 and derived its name from an English team that was visiting P.W.: Enschedese Boys. Rigtersbleek also saw the light of day in 1910 and E.M.O.S. was created on the catholic front in 1916. Football was played on many fields, but the Volkspark was the central center of the football world in Enschede. In 1918 a second top location was added: the G.J. van Heekpark where SC Enschede would play.
1920 - 1940

Football is popular and many clubs are created. We only list clubs that are listed in the T.V.B. but there are other unions such as the christian union C.J.M.V., the catholic union R.K.U.V.B. and the workers' union A.V.B.H. Business teams are also active and there is competition between the textile teams.
In addition to 'pillarized' clubs, clubs are created that are tied to a certain neighbourhood: Geel-Zwart from De Krim, Arminia from Sebastopol, Soppendorp, S.T.B. from Broekheurne, U.D.I from the Drenthe neighborhood of Pathmos, V.V.T. from Twekkelerveld and Pathmos Boys.
Other new associations will later make a name for themselves: Sparta, Vosta and Vogido. In addition, the big clubs SC Enschede and the Boys are always looking for additional fields for their reserve teams. To this end, the municipality is constructing two municipal sports parks: Erve Diekman in the South and Voortsweide in the North.
1940 - 1960

After the war, the city grew and the new construction resulted in a shortage of playing fields, while the number of football players increased enormously. The ambitions are also getting bigger and people think it is time for a stadium. In 1956, the municipal sports park in Enschede-South was equipped with the Diekman Stadium. There is a lot of discussion about who should be the player, but in the end it will be SC Enschede. The Boys have to make do with the G.J. from Heek Park.
Company football has resulted in a number of new clubs: W.W.S. comes from textile factory Holland, the P.T.T. has its own team, Favorita is the company team of van Heek & co, the Twentsche Boys are from Vredestein (later the name became VSV '50), the Oosterveld spinning mill has a team and G.U.N.I.A. represented the railway staff. In the 1960s and 1970s, many of these clubs would disappear from the TVB again. The association of the South Eschmarke community was also new in 1940.
1960 - 1980

Professional football was introduced in the 1950s and Enschede wants to have an established place in it, which requires the joining of forces. In 1965, what was thought impossible happened: the former arch-rivals Sportclub and Boys together form FC Twente. Both clubs will continue as an amateur association.
The Technische Hogeschool is being built in the west of the city, which means that DTO'39, among others, has to move and the club Drienerlo is created. DTO'39 will later be given a place at the new sports park in the north: the Wethouder Horstman sports park. Most of the developments are located in the south, where new construction is growing rapidly: Victoria, UDI and Enschedese Boys, among others, are going to play on the Wesselerbrink.
A few new associations are still being founded: the neighborhood association Boswinkel, FC het Centrum of the caravan camp, the Flamingos as a branch of Geel Zwart and the first multicultural association of Italian guest workers: Mediterraneo.
1980 - heden

In the 1980s and 1990s, a turning point took place: although a few more multicultural associations were added, UDEET and SVV'91, other associations ceased to exist because they had too few members: Flamingos, DTO'39, VSV '50, Boswinkel, UDEET and Geel Zwart disappear from the stage. At the Horstman sports park, the Turkish association TVV continues in the yellow-black uniform, the only memory of the original club of De Krim.
In 1998 FC Twente made the switch to a new stadium to conquer the championship of the Netherlands in 2010. However, the mother associations are having a hard time and in 2017 the lights will go out for Enschedese Boys. Another renowned association is also disbanding itself: Zuid-Eschmarke.
After 2010 two more clubs were created: FC Suryoye, which merged with Mediterraneo and FC Aramea. It will also not stand still in terms of sports parks: the municipality has plans for a cluster of sports parks. The oldest club in Enschede, EFC Princess Wilhelmina is still there!