First Vienna FC is an Austrian association football club based in the Döbling district of Vienna. Established on 22 August 1894, it is the countrys oldest team and has played a role in the history of the game there. It is familiarly known to Austrians by the English name Vienna, in the early 1890s English and Austrian gardeners working for Nathaniel Anselm von Rothschild began to play football on his estates. To avoid further damage to his flowers Nathaniel ceded them a nearby and also granted the teams blue-yellow kits. The Manx player William Beale designed the logo, also in the Rothschild colours blue and yellow. The city of Vienna quickly became the centre of Austrian football and by the end of 1896 there were seven clubs playing there, cricket won the first cup competition in 1897, but First Vienna followed with consecutive cup titles in 1899 and 1900. The club also made a appearance in the 1907 final of the Wiener Cup which emerged when the Challenge Cup competition fell into disarray between 1903 and 1905. That same year the team won the Mitropa Cup, one of Europes first international club competitions. The cup title was unique in the history of the competition as they swept their opposition, Vienna captured a second national title in 1933 with a third Austrian Cup following in 1937. They later successfully played the countrys first match under floodlights on 3 November 1956, after Austria was united with Germany in the Anschluss in 1938 the football competitions of the two countries were also merged. First division Austrian teams played in the newly formed Gauliga Ostmark as part of the structure established under the Third Reich in the re-organization of German football in 1933. This led to the appearance of Austrian sides in the finals of Germany and in competition for the Tschammerpokal. Vienna repeated as champions the following season, but this time advanced only as far as the semi-finals before being put out 1,2 by FV Saarbrücken. A third Gauliga title in 1944 again put the club into Germanys national playoffs where this time went out 2,3 in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Dresdner SC. As World War II drew to a close and Allied armies advanced into Germany league play collapsed with Vienna still in a race again looking to repeat as division champions. Occupied by Allied forces after the end of the war, Austria was once again independent of Germany, in league play in the 1946 season Vienna earned only a fifth-place finish but did go on to capture the Liberation Cup donated by the Soviets. Through the late 40s and on into the early 50s the clubs performance was uneven as they earned only mid-table results. Goal difference was not yet implemented, a 1,0 was better than a 10,1 win, the lower the quotient the better, the ideal one being zero
Challence Cup 1899 winners First Vienna FC.
Historical chart of First Vienna FC league performance