REPORT DATED 20/12/1909
A turbulent founding on 19/12/1909
Tumultuous scenes played out last evening in connection with the foundation of ”Ballspiel-Verein Borussia 1909“ [Ball Sports Club “Borussia 1909”] in the north east of Dortmund. Over 40 members of the youth Catholic Holy Trinity, Flurstrasse, met at 1900 in the ”Zum Wildschutz“ restaurant at Oesterholzstrasse 60, with the intention of founding ”BVB“ partly out of a love for sport but also out of anger at chaplain Hubert Dewald who is responsible for youth affairs in the trinity. Speaker and vice-president of the fledgling club, Franz Jacobi, announced, ”I have been a member of the Trinity Youth since 1902 and since 1906 we have been playing on the ”Weissen Wiese“. We footballers have been systematically attacked and defamed by our church since 1906. We can no longer put up with this. This club is absolutely necessary.“ Father Dewald tried to intervene personally to stop the founding without success. Both he and his followers were denied entry, at times forcibly. However, his appearance did see some 20 rebels back down and so just ”18“ true Borussen took part in the foundation. By the way, the name ”Borussia“ is leant from the Borussia brewery on the street Steiger Strasse. The club colours: blue and white stripes with a red inset, black shorts. The new club will now seek admittance to the West German FA.