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Full name Altijd Sterker Worden
Founded 1929-08-01
Ground Schildman
Ground Capacity N/A
Chairman John Middendorp
Manager Bill Tukker
League Hoofdklasse
2006-07 Saturday Hoofdklasse A,

ASWH is a football club from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. The club is playing in the Saturday Hoofdklasse A, where it won the title in the 2004-05 season. The club would go on to win the national Saturday amateur football title and the national amateur football title. ASWH reached the third round of the KNVB Cup 2006-07, defeating professional side Cambuur in the second round.


The club was founded on August 1, 1929, as ASW, by five youths from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht: Bas van Wingerden (born 1915), Johannes van Wingerden (born 1917), Jan van Nieuwenhuyzen (born 1917), Siem van der Wulp (born 1919) and Harmen Haksteeg (born 1920). The oldest of the five, 14-year old Bas van Wingerden, became the club's first chairman. He was succeeded by then 16-year old Harmen Haksteeg in 1936. Haksteeg would remain chairman of the club until 1971.

The origin of the club name is not clear. Some claim it stood for Altijd Sporten Wij (We Always Play Sports), others claim it meant Altijd Sterker Worden (Always Grow Stronger). The club eventually settled on the latter.

The club initially only played away matches, for lack of an own ground. This changed when a local farmer gave the club a pasture in 1936. The first home match was played on May 25, 1936, against ULO Groenendijk. The club sought admission to the Rotterdam district of the Christian Dutch Football Association.

The club was suspended from football competition during World War II; the board had refused to sign an oath of loyalty to the Nazis. Club members had to go in hiding or were deported.

The club was re-established in 1945 in Oostendam. The first title, in the highest division of the Dordrecht district of the Royal Dutch Football Association, was won in 1949, by winning all matches. This posed a problem: the pitch didn't meet the criteria for admission to the league system of the football association. A new ground was found in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, and the club was promoted. An H for Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht was added to the club name, to avoid confusion with another club called ASW. The club played in the Vierde Klasse, without much success. The club hovered between the Derde Klasse and Vierde Klasse throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Slowly but steadily, ASWH rose through the ranks, and in 1996 the club was promoted to the Hoofdklasse, the highest tier of amateur football in the Netherlands. The club was relegated two years later, followed by the title in the Eerste Klasse and automatic promotion back to the Hoofdklasse. The club was placed in the Saturday Hoofdklasse B, where it finished in third place. The next season brought the first Hoofdklasse title in the club's existence. The next season the club won the title, this time in the Saturday Hoofdklasse A. The third Hoofdklasse title was won in 2004-05, this time followed by the national title for Saturday amateurs (defeating IJsselmeervogels and Excelsior '31) and the national amateur title (defeating Argon).

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Jacob van den Belt
GK Lee Quincy Cheuk-A-Lam
GK Ronald Ermes
GK Sander Schreuder
DF Brian Berends
DF Leon van Dalen (captain)
DF Ivar Eltenberg
DF Stefan Lezer
DF Gerson Rodrigues
DF Damiën Vereecken
DF Danny Versluis
DF Antoine Wellens
MF Sander Barragan
MF Joshua Brard
No. Position Player
MF Stefan van Dam
MF Wessel de Jager
MF Brian Leons
MF Jan Willem Schep
MF Sonny Schouten
FW Bryan Brard
FW Giovanni Klaverweide
FW Alex Munveneza
FW Henk Roeland
FW Jessey Soares
FW Yuri Petrov
FW Ramon Ouwehand
FW Silvino Soares

External links

  • Official website (Dutch)
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