A.S.D. Gallarate Calcio
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|Full name||Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Gallarate Calcio|
|Founded||1876 (as multi-sport society)|
1909 (football division)
|Ground||Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia,|
|2020–21||Prima Categoria/A, suspended|
Founded in 1909 as a section of the Gallaratese Gymnastic Society (active since 1876), it was subsequently transformed into an independent club, incurring several dissolutions and re-foundations. In 2018, it merged with the Unione Sportiva Crennese, which changed its name to Crennese Gallaratese, and in 2021 with the Uboldese, achieving the current status.
The beginnings (1909-early 1990s)
The Gallaratese Gymnastics Society officially began practicing football in 1909, with the invitation from football companies of the such as Inter and Ausonia. In 1912, the team signed up for its first championship (Terza Categoria) and until 1927, the team played in the regional leagues in Lombardy.
In 1927, the team was promoted to the Second Division. In 1928, the team was admitted to the First Division. In the 1930s and 1940s, it mainly played in the Serie C and at the end of the Second World War it was officially admitted (due to enlargement of the championship) in Serie B. The team played in Serie B ifor three consecutive seasons, returning to Serie C at the end of the 1947–48 season due to the championship reform (reduction of Serie B rounds from three to one).
The club performed poorly during the 1951–52 season and was relegated to the fourth series. The fourth series has changed its name several times, to Serie D, then Interregionale, and finally C.N.D. It remained in this series for about 20 years until it was relegated to the regional championships in 1972. In the 70s, 80s and early 90s, the team played in the Lombard championships with occasional participation in the Serie D.
The transformation to Busto Arsizio (1995)
At the end of the 1994–1995 season, Gallaratese was promoted to Serie C2. However, when the championship was over, the club decided to move to Busto Arsizio to represent the sporting tradition of the dissolved Pro Patria et Libertate. The club changed its name to Pro Patria Gallaratese Gallarate Busto, maintaining the FIGC registration number of Gallaratese (valid for access to the fourth series). This decision left the city of Gallarate without its biggest football team.
Re-foundation and dissolution (1998-2013)
In 1998, after three years of inactivity, the club was re-founded under the name of Società Ginnastica Gallaratese Amateur Sports Association and entered the championship of Third Category.
The quality and the loyalty of the fans allowed the "new Gallaratese" to go up again in Eccellenza within five seasons. The club remained stable in the highest category of regional football until 2007–2008, when they lost the play-off against the football club Luino Calcio.
After two consecutive seasons in Promozione, in 2010, Gallaratese acquired the sport's title of Saronno, allowing the club to play in Serie D 2010–2011. In 2012, the team relegated into Eccellenza, which they decided to join Promozione Lombardia instead.
In the meantime, the club was experiencing growing economic difficulties; at the end of the 2012–2013 championship, the club became financially unsustainable forcing them to cease operations just 15 years after the re-foundation.
The second transformation (2015 - present)
In 2015, after two years of inactivity, a consortium of members led by Ciro Intermite, Giovanni Meneguz, and Orlando Balconi agreed with the Solbia Sommese for the transfer of the sports title (valid for enrolling in the championship of Eccellenza). However, the attempt was not successful, as the selling club finally decided to accept the offer of A.S.D. Matteotti, who used the title to re-found the Saronno (inactive for several years).
In the summer of 2016, the same consortium decided to act on its own and founded the Gallarate Amateur Sports Association, enrolling it in the Varese group of the Third Category 2016–2017 championship.
During the championship, the "New Gallaratese", made it to the top of the league, which guaranteed their promotion in Second Category.
|History of the Gallarate Amateur Sports Association|
- Serie D:1st place
- Third Division: 1st place
- Eccellenza: 1st place
- Prima Categoria: 2nd place
- 1976–1977, 2002–2003
- Terza Categoria: 2nd place
- 1999–2000, 2016–2017
- Third place: 1941–1942
- Third place: 1954–1955 (girone B)
- Third place: 1927–1928
Colours and symbols
Since its foundation, the social colors of Gallaratese are white and blue. The home uniform is a blue jersey with white shorts, while the away uniform reverses the two colors.
The historical crest of the Gallaratese is a Samnite shield with alternating white and blue horizontal bands.
From this basic structure, different design versions have been developed over the years. Sometimes the shield has a golden border, while in some cases the club's name is written in full (and supplemented by the year of foundation) and in others abbreviated in the acronym SGG. The version in use between 1998 and 2013 is more elaborate: the white-blue banded shield overlaps with the corporate name (written in large letters, so as to overflow from the crest) and the design of a soccer ball in motion (emphasized by a sinuous trail that connects with the letters of the name itself). This version is sometimes in solid blue, sometimes with details in red and black.
The coat of arms of the city of Gallarate (ancile truncated silver and red to the two roosters of one in the other, with outward ornamentation from the city), which in Third millennium has assumed a predominant role, being applied to the uniforms in place of other social emblems.
At the time of its foundation, in 1909, the Gallaratese football section adopted the Stadio Alessandro Maino as its home ground (named after the original politician of the city), located at the railway station, in the outbuildings of the sports club. The plant has a covered central grandstand on the west side and exposed steps on the north and east sides. Being used only for football, the stands directly overlook the edges of the playing field.
This location, poorly remodeled over the decades, has gradually revealed considerable obsolescence, so that in the two-year period 1994–1995 the team moved to the more modern Atleti Azzurri stadium in Italy, on the northern outskirts of the city. This structure was more modern, but less spacious than its last stadium (since it had a single covered grandstand on the west side). It includes an athletics track and is also used for rugby practice.
In 1998, when the club was refounded, the "Maino" returned to fill the role of the home ground, being again abandoned in favor of the "Atleti Azzurri d'Italia" in 2010 following the repechage of the biancoblù in Serie D.
The Gallaratese then returned to the "Maino" following its second formation, in the 2016–2017 season, only to have to change the facility again the following year, not having found the agreement for the management of the historic city stadium: in 2017– 2018 it, therefore, disputes the internal tenders to Casorate Sempione
- L'articolista scrisse sulla Gazzetta dello Sport che il campo non-era buono per poterci giocare delle partite di football perché troppo gibboso ed irregolare.
- It is not in the list of affiliated teams reported in the published official announcements. In the first race in Busto Arsizio on 23 January 1910 an incomplete one Aurora 1–0 (complained 3 absentee holders and replaced by reserves) beats. Published on 27 January by the magazine Foot-Ball Official Organ of the F.I.G.C. – Milan, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense.
- The minimum measures required by F.I.G.C. are 90x45 to be able to play the Third Category. The Gallarat newspaper The Union at the presentation of the Gallaratese-Aurora match on 19 January 1913 reports: normal entry 30 cents, cents. 20 boys and free for members. Newspaper kept in the Municipal Library "Maino" of Gallarate.
- 3 points in the standings canceled (1 equal and 1 win) with two 0 -2 at the table following the CRL resolution of 10 February 1920 on the complaint of Luino for using a player of another team under a false name.
- Federal Directorate F.I.G.C. press release n. 47 of 31 July 1935 published by the sports newspaper Il Littoriale of Rome on / 2up n. 191 of 3 August 1935 pag. 2.