Skive IK

Skive Idrats Klub, commonly known as Skive IK, SIK (especially locally) or simply Skive, is a Danish professional football club based in Skive, Central Denmark Region. Founded in 1901, the club is affiliated with the DBU Jutland association and play their home games at Hancock Arena. The club colours are yellow and blue.

History

Historically, Skive are a lower division team, who, in recent years have performed above their expectations with a solid place in the second-tier Danish 1st Division. Their best result came in the 2010–11 season, where they finished fourth in the 1st Division. In club history, Skive's most renowned players are AaB club icon and Danish international Rasmus Wurtz, who played at the club during his youth, and Christian Lundberg, who played for various clubs in Denmark, Greece and Faroe Islands.

On 4 May 1971, Skive IK played against English club Leicester City. Leicester narrowly won the match 1–0 after a goal by Mike Stringfellow, and would, at the end of the season, reach promotion to the English top tier. In the same period, Skive also faced German clubs Hamburger SV and Hannover 96 in friendlies.

In 2005, the club began its rise through the division, promoting from the fourth-tier Denmark Series and since then striding straight through the third-tier 2nd Division. Recently promoted, Skive ended in a respectable 10th place in the 1st Division league table despite struggling early in the season. Thus, Skive had their first win in the 12th matchday; a home 4–3 home win over FC Fredericia on 21 October 2007, after having been down 0–2 earlier in the game. On 1 May 2010, Skive beat archrivals Viborg FF 2–0 at home, which was their first win over Viborg in 50 years.

Skive's historically best result came in the 2010–11 season when they, via a 0–1 win away over Vejle Boldklub Kolding in the last round of the season, finished in a surprising 4th place in the 1st Division, ahead of Bronshoj Boldklub and FC Fredericia. Skive's captain Martin Thomsen was named 1st Division Player of the Year after the strong season, where he scored 12 goals from midfield.

In the 2012–13 season, Skive finished in relegation spots in the 1st Division, which resulted in relegation to the 2nd Division West. As a consequence of the relegation, Skive IK and head coach Michael Hansen parted ways. Nine players also left Skive. Assistant coach Claus Madsen took over the vacant coaching seat with the aim of returning the club to the second tier. After the first six months of the 2013–14 season, Skive went on winter break undefeated with a lead of nine points to the nearest pursuer. Still, a change of coach proved necessary. Madsen was forced to resign due to personal reasons, and Jakob Michelsen took over as the new head coach. Madsen continued the season as assistant coach. Under Michelsen's leadership, Skive increased their lead and ended the season in a historically strong first place, 22 points down to second place, securing their return to the country's second best tier from the 2014–15 season.

Recent cup history

In 2004, Skive qualified for the quarter-finals of the Danish Cup, despite finishing in the bottom of the third-tier 2nd Division. They would face FC Copenhagen, and were knocked out after losing 0–2 at home after two goals by Peter Moller in the second half.

In the 2007–08 Danish Cup, Skive once again qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament. This time, the club lost 0–4 at home to Esbjerg fB. The following season, Skive got revenge against Esbjerg fB in the cup tournament when the draw for the 3rd round resulted in a visit from Esbjerg. Skive won the match 2–1 after two goals by Thomas Dalgaard. The fourth round, however, was the final stop for Skive when they lost 5–2 away to Lyngby Boldklub.

In the 2019–20 Danish Cup, Skive experiences a very adventurous tournament that started in the first round away against Lystrup IF, a match which Skive won with the record score 16–1. The match reached national media even before being played, due to Lystrup first-team players attending Smukfest, an annual music festival, which meant that Lystrup were forced to forfeit their Danish Cup matchup against Skive. After facing pressure from Divisionsforeningen, representing the Danish divisions, and criticism from Skive's director of football, Rasmus Brandhof, Lystrup head coach John Stoltze Madsen stated that he simply did not have enough players available to compete. Club chairman Susanne Pedersen later explained that Smukfest was not the reason for players cancelling the cup match, but that the main reason was the club's relegation from the Denmark Series to the Jutland Series, which had seen many players leave the club during the summer. The following day, Lystrup announced that a mixture of first-team and veteran's team footballers could form a competitive team, which meant that cancellation was avoided. The match was eventually played on 8 August, and ended in a 16–1 win for Skive, tieing Brondby IF's 16–1 win over BK Pioneren in 1982 as the biggest win ever in the Danish Cup. In the second round, Skive drew Middelfart Boldklub away and returned home with a 0–2 win. Skive drew Danish giants Brondby IF for the third round; a cup rematch as they had lost 0–3 to Brondby at home a few years earlier. With 3,720 people at the stadium, Skive lost 2–3 in extra time and were knocked out. The top scorer of the 2019–20 edition of the Danish Cup with 7 goals ended up being Skive player Jeppe Mogensen; all goals came in the same match – the 16–1 win over Lystrup.

Skive IK

team squad

goalkeepers
AN
21
Anders Nørgaard
JB
24
Jacob Bernberg
MK
30
Mads Knügle
defenders
GK
3
Gustav Kjeldsen
AS
4
Anders Sønderby
FN
5
Frederik Nielsen
AF
7
Alexander Fischer
JV
12
Jacob Vetter
CS
14
Christian Skou
MG
15
Mathias Gertsen
 Aab
29
Aab
midfielders
FB
6
Frederik Bernberg
ND
8
Nicolai Dohn
LH
10
Ludvig Henriksen
BM
18
Benjamin Møller Nielsen
MF
19
Mikkel Frankoch
ZN
20
Zifarlino Nsoni
SD
34
Sebastian Denius
forwards
CP
9
Christoffer Petersen
MA
11
Mads Agger
MM
17
Mostafa Maarouf
O
23
Oliver Østergaard