Kecskemeti TE (officially Kecskemeti Testedzo Egyesulet, Kecskemet Gymnastics Club) is a club that is most famous for its football team. It is located in the city of Kecskemet, Bacs-Kiskun, Hungary and is currently competing in the NB III, the third tier of Hungarian football. Kecskemeti TE's highest achievement to-date is winning the Magyar Kupa in the 2010–11 season, and gaining entry into the Europa League.
Pages of Kecskemet wrote on 6 May 1871, "company wants to play soccer in our city into an older fellow-citizens, which the company exercised twice a week he throws up and running." This experiment, however, proved unsuccessful. In 1904, they played the first football match in Kecskemet, against Budapest III. District High School defeated the team of local Piarist High School. In May 1910, the first football game between the clubs was held in Kecskemet.
The club was founded on 11 June 1911, and attracted primarily local workers as players in the early years. The first managing director was Ferenc Kery. The first colours of the club were red and green. The current colours have been used since 1913. The first match was played on 15 August 1911, in which Kecskemeti TE lost to KSC by 1–0. The second match was won 5–1 against Szolnoki MAV.
On 29 July 1913, Kecskemeti TE merged with the other team from Kecskemet, KSC. During World War I, the team was formed with mainly under 18 players. On 11 April 1926, the first stadium was inaugurated, and the first match was played against the local rival Cegledi RC. During this period, Hungarian national football team player Lajos Kovacs played here. From 1945 the team played its matches near the local railway station.
In the 1946–47 season the team was promoted to the Nemzeti Bajnoksag II (the second division) for the first time in the history of the club. On 28 June 1949, the two teams of Kecskemet merged. The new name of the team became KszTE. The colours of the team were blue and red. One of the best player during that time was Mate Fenyvesi (former player of the Ferencvaros). On 11 January 1954, the team changed its name to Kecskemeti Kinizsi.
In 1966, the team was promoted to the Nemzeti Bajnoksag II after being relegated to the third division in the previous years. In 1967, the team reached the semi-finals in the Hungarian Cup. KSC, the other club in town, was founded in 1972. The two teams became archrivals in the second and third league until their merger in 1999. KTE was always supported by local workers during these years. In the 1990s the team played in the local division and in the third division.
In 1922, Gyula Kovacs decided to build his own track club with Pal Domotor and others. Donations of today's Works facility located in Garden City on April 11, 1926, inaugurated Cegled matches against MOVE.
The teams played two wars between the Central and Southern District championship. At that time, today's system of consecutive championships did not exist (up until 1942). KTE was the mid team within the local league rivals 1929–30. The team lost twice, but came back the following season. During World War II, several team members were drafted or recruited forced labor. Other team members came from labor camps. By the end of the war, the home team was as composed of Lacza, Meszaros, Szabo, Majtany, Huszti, Jozsa, Kun, Karaizsa, Markli II, Boda and Miklos. At the time, the team played a good offensive game, but a poorly performing security marked KTE's game.
After the war, Jeno Kovacs became the association's president, and Laszlo Baron led the professional football department. The KTE football team on October 28, 1945, from Kecskemet played matches closer to the center of the park next to the track Noszlopy Gaspar. The 1946–47 NB II was the first winning season in the team's history. The first Hungarian pools coupons (5 October 1947) included in the KTE–Hungarian Textile match, which ended with a draw. This was the beginning of decades of cooperation with the KTE and the Cannery in Kecskemet. The club is the foundation of the location where the 35th anniversary of the Katona Jozsef Theatre ceremony was held.
On 28 June 1949, the United Kecskemet's two teams, the KTE and the KAC, formed a new club named KszTe. The team's new color scheme was red and blue, and Jozsef Lako was appointed president. One of the strongest players in the two years in Kecskemet was Mate Fenyvesi, who later confirmed the Ferencvarosi TC. On 11 January 1954, the club's name was changed to Kinizsi Kecskemet. The team this year dropped out of the second class, and only on 2 December 1956 could the name and colors of the original proposal of Laszlo Toth be reused.
In 1961, a torchlight parade was presented to celebrate that the club's 50-year anniversary. The defense had the better performing sub-group.
The KTE quickly returned and won the Southeast NB III group, but, because of reorganization, could not be taken back to the second class. In 1964, the team fell in the county championship, but in 1966, it was back in the NB II (even third class). The two played through the season, and the club experienced a small downturn.
In 1972, the team was re-established the KSC-t (before Dozsa Kecskemet), the Sports Club Kecskemet, labdarugocsapatuk 1974–75–os first season playing with the KTE. Although the two clubs fluctuated later in the second and third class, their "derby" was always a big city event. The majority of amateurs working KTE is a municipality of the transition of ownership, never felt before in 45 years but, among the fans, has always been more popular in the city.
The 1973–74 NB II season winner again was KTE. In 1978, a strict disciplinary investigation was conducted after the loss of the classifiers in the county championship. A good team player this year, Nemedi also suffered a double leg break against the Gyongyosi Spartacus. Only in 1981 did he manage to return.
After the regime
In 1990, Antal Toth coached the team to championship in the group NB III, but the Second Division was not able to persist. In 1995, the third time KTE came up with a second-class, once again won the NB III. This was trainer Jozsef Link's hallmarked team as a rookie in the first-place finisher in the autumn season. He moved into the sector KTE Stadium. In 1997 the government "drum beat" the old Kurucz Boulevard path, which in previous years of amateur athletes, the MAV of Kecskemet and the Tiszaug used county-level soccer teams.
In 1999, after the merger between the two clubs, and the KTE and KSC-rated RSC was created from the merger. The team manager Janos Jambor was a known entrepreneur and main sponsor. Under head coach Laszlo Nagy, the 2000–01 season champion favorite team created the famous town. The ascent, however, was lost again. Pious in 2003, left Kecskemet football, and transferred the right to play to a revived Vasas.
In 1998, the president, Istvan Pinczes, had elder and junior aged players suspended. KTE revived the football team in the county starting in class III.
In the summer of 2003, the owner of the small circle at the head of Kispest Honved, Laszlo Koncz and Pal Vida bought the NB I/B in the Buki TK operating Ltd., Kecskemet and the right to NB I/B relaunched the team.
The first years of the third millennium brought confusion and many troubles to the football team in Kecskemet. However, this ended in 2006 when Pal Rozsa and Janos Versegi became the chairmen of KTE. They started to build a strong and successful club, with great support from Dr. Gabor Zombor, mayor of Kecskemet. The promotion to NB I was finally achieved in 2008, and KTE became the first football club from the city of Kecskemet to play in the Hungarian first league.
Today, several thousand citizens attend matches. The local enthusiasm is much greater than the Hungarian average. The first season in the top Hungarian league was very successful for the team. In the Nemzeti Bajnoksag I 2008–09 the team finished 5th. The second year was less successful, because in the 2009-10 Nemzeti Bajnoksag I season the team finished 10th.
The club reached their zenith in 2011 by winning the Magyar Kupa (Hungarian Cup). On 17 May 2011, the Kecskemeti TE won the Magyar Kupa, beating Videoton in the final 3–2 in the Puskas Ferenc Stadium in Budapest. The victory meant that the club would be able to play their first international match since they qualified for the Europa League.
The centenary year 2011 became the most successful year in the 100-year history of the club. The first international match was played at home in front of 3,400 spectators at the Szektoi Stadion in Kecskemet. The final result was 1–1 against the Kazakh Aktobe. The Hungarian goal was scored by Sinisa Radanovic while the Kazakh goal was scored by Malick Mane.
After the 2014–15 season, the Hungarian Football Federation relegated Kecskemet to the Bacs-Kiskun county first division due to financial reasons. In the 2017–18 season, Kecskemet promoted to the third division or in official name to NB III.
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