HVV Den Haag

HVV (Haagse Voetbal Vereniging: Dutch for Hague Football Club) is an amateur football club in The Hague, Netherlands.[3] It was founded in 1883 as an extension of HCC, the Hague Cricket Club. In 1978, on the occasion of the club's centenary, Queen Juliana granted the club royal patronage, with prefix Koninklijke ("Royal"), because of its pioneering role in sport,[3] including in the formation of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) in 1889. Since then it has been called Koninklijke Haagse Cricket & Voetbal Vereniging, abbreviated KHC&VV. The club's grounds since 1898 have been at the 1,200-capacity "De Diepput", on the border between Benoordenhout and Wassenaar. It now also plays tennis, squash and judo and has around 1750 members.[3]

Full nameHaagse Voetbal Vereniging
GroundDe Diepput
The Hague
ChairmanHans Willinge[1]
ManagerKees Mol[2]
LeagueSunday Tweede Klasse C
(District West 2)
2006–07Sunday Derde Klasse A
(District West 2)
2nd (promoted)


HVV was the most successful Dutch football club prior to World War I, winning ten Dutch championships between 1890 and 1914.[4] Two of its players won bronze medals with the Dutch side in the 1912 Olympic football tournament. Subsequently, it was superseded as top club in the Hague by HBS and then ADO.[5] Its last season in top-flight football was 1932.[5] The introduction of professionalism by the KNVB in 1954 did not affect lower division clubs such as HVV.

Current status

HVV is now an amateur football club.[6] The main squad, HVV 1, was promoted after the 2006–2007 season, and again in 2008–2009 season, and is now playing in the Sunday Tweede Klasse C, the fifth tier of football in the Netherlands, in KNVB District West 2.



In May 2007, the KNVB endorsed a scheme for teams to wear one gold star on their shirts for every ten national championships won;[7] HVV are one of four teams eligible for a star,[8] alongside Ajax, Feyenoord, and PSV, three former European champions. The first shirt emblazoned with the gold star will be sold at an auction on 24 November 2007 to mark the opening of the club's new clubhouse.[9]

1890–91,[11] 1895–96,[11] 1899–1900, 1900–01, 1901–02, 1902–03, 1904–05, 1906–07, 1909–10, 1913–14
  • KNVB Cup Runner-up:[12] 3
1898–99, 1903–04, 1909–10[13]


HCC is the most successful cricket team in Dutch history. It won the first, unofficial, national championship in 1884.[14] Its first XI is still in the top division. It was so dominant after World War I that its second XI was allowed into the top division in 1925.[14] The following year these two sides shared the national title, and the second XI won it outright on several occasions.

In this list, (II) indicates second XI; (jt.) indicates joint champions who shared the title.
  • Dutch champions:[15] 47
1895, 1899, 1900(jt.), 1903, 1910(jt.), 1912, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926 (HCC and HCC(II) shared), 1927, 1928(II), 1929(II), 1930(II), 1931, 1932(II jt.), 1933, 1934, 1935(II), 1936, 1940(jt.), 1941, 1947, 1952(II), 1955(II), 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961(II), 1963, 1964, 1965 (jt.), 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973(II), 1976, 1985, 2008

Notable players

The following HVV footballers won caps for the Netherlands:



  1. KHC&VV. "Bestuur "(Directors)"" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  2. KHC&VV. "HVV 1" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 23 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
  3. KHC&VV. "Welcome to De Diepput!". Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  4. "Netherlands First Class Champions 1888–1954". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  5. "Netherlands Final League Tables 1898–1954". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  6. KHC&VV. "Senioren HVV "(HVV senior sides)"" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  7. "Kampioenssterren wijzen op historische roem ""Champions' stars show past glories""" (in Dutch). Eredivisie. 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007.
  8. Novum (22 May 2007). "HVV krijgt ook gouden kampioensster "HVV gets gold champion's star"". nieuws.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  9. "Veiling!!! "Auction!!!"" (in Dutch). 23 October 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  10. "Netherlands Eerste Klasse West Final League Tables 1890–1950". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  11. The West division was the only league in the Netherlands prior to 1896–7; subsequent National titles were won in playoffs against the champions of other regional leagues.
  12. "Netherlands Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  13. Performance achieved by the second team
  14. "A Timeline of Dutch Cricket". CricketEurope. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
  15. "Kampioen van Nederland Heren (Men's Champions of the Netherlands)" (in Dutch). Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Union). 10 September 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
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