1 August 1929
Jack van den Berg
| Marco van Vugt|
Sportpark Schildman ASWH
| Altijd Sterker Worden
Saturday Hoofdklasse B,
ASWH is a football club from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands, founded in 1929. Since 2016 the club is playing in the Saturday Derde Divisie.
The club won section championships in 1949, 1959, 1961, 1970, 1883, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2005, gradually ascending among the Dutch amateur leagues. In 2005 it also won the Dutch Championship Amateur Soccer and the Dutch Championship Saturday Soccer.
It has won several national cups: the KNVB Amateur Cup in 2006 and 2014, the District Cup South I in 2006, 2014, 2016, and the Dutch Super Cup for Amateurs in 2005, 2014. ASWH reached the third round of the 2006–07 KNVB Cup, defeating professional side Cambuur in the second round. In 2016 it reached the eighth finals against AZ Alkmaar.
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 after 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 for ASWH 1, 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).
From Fall 2010 through Spring 2016 ASWH played continuously in Hoofdklasse B.
In the 2015–2016 season ASWH finished third. Through playoffs it was promoted for the first time beyond the Hoofdklasse, to the newly coined Derde Divisie (formerly Topklasse). ASWH started its first semi-professional season with a series of victories that stopped at a loss against Heemskerk-side ODIN '59.As of 26 October 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.Yuri Petrov – before ASWH 1 played for Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Waalwijk, Twente, Den Haag, Metalist Kharkiv, and Volendam
Marten de Roon – after ASWH 1 played for Sparta Rotterdam, SC Heerenveen, Atalanta B.C., and Middlesbrough F.C.
Robin Schmidt – after playing in ASWH youth teams, played for Sparta Rotterdam, FC Twente, FC Dordrecht, and SuS Stadtlohn
Raymond de Waard – before ASWH 1 played for Excelsior Rotterdam, Norwich City, AZ Alkmaar, and RBC Roosendaal
Jeffrey Altheer – played shortly in ASWH 1 after Feyenoord (bench only), Excelsior, Helmond Sport, VVV-Venlo, and Willem II (bench only)
Joshua Brard – after playing in ASWH youth teams, played for Sparta Rotterdam (bench only), FC Oss and LRC Leerdam, before playing in ASWH 1
Gert van Hanegem – after playing in ASWH youth teams, played for USV Elinkwijk and FC Utrecht
Milco Pieren – played in ASWH 1 after Sparta Rotterdam, SC Cambuur, VVV-Venlo, and FC Zwolle
Xander van der Veeke – played in ASWH 1 after PEC Zwolle and now defunct Zwart Wit '28
Jordi Boogers, Raymon Kuipers, and Ferry van Lare arrived from FC Dordrecht
Michel Devilee – played 2 seasons for Excelsior Rotterdam, between his years at ASWH 1
Boudy Hoogendoorn and Richard Lodder joined ASWH 1 from ADO Den Haag
Jan Scheurwater – after ASWH 1 played for FC Dordrecht, then returned to ASWH 2