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City’s 73-year link with Hannover 96

The club’s best wishes go to Hannover 96 this weekend as their 2019/20 Bundesliga II campaign resumes with an away trip to Osnabrück.

The two clubs have shared a connection since 1947, when the two cities were twinned.

‘The Friendship Cup’ celebrated the link during the 1966/67 campaign. There were home and away matches played with City losing out on both occasions!

The matchday programme from 1966

On November 16th Danny Bartley and John Giles scored in a 3-2 defeat at Ashton Gate, witnessed by 4,599 supporters.

The away final was played in Germany, where 10,000 spectators witnessed the German side’s 2-1 win on May 23rd 1967. Fred Ford scored from the penalty spot.

The 1954 Championship-winning side

Fast forward to the present day and the two are battling it out in their respective second tiers. City in touching distance of the play-offs in the Sky Bet Championship, with Hannover 96 around midtable in Bundesliga II and promotion still very much on the cards.

About Hannover 96:

The club was formed in 1896 with 2021 set to mark their 125th anniversary, not long after City’s own celebrations! The two clubs also share a nickname, with both referred to as ‘The Reds’ – that’s ‘Die Roten’ in German.

Kenan Kocak is their manager, who was appointed in November 2019 with Martin Kind holding the role of chairman since 1997. Die Roten play theur home matches at the HDI-Arena, which was originally opened in September 1957. It has been modernised over the years and was used as a venue for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. It has a capacity of 49,200.


Hannover 96 share a local rivalry with Eintracht Braunschweig in a fixture referred to as the Lower Saxon derby.

Die Roten have won the majority of those games (believed to be close to 100) with around 150 matches played. Eintracht Braunschweig play in the division below, much like our own local rivals...

Hannover in action during the 19/20 campaign

Club honours:

  • German Championship: Champions 1938, 1954
  • DFB-Pokal: Winners 1991/92 (first time second-division side wins the cup)
  • Bundesliga II: Champions 1986/87, 2001/02
Hannover lifted the DFB-Pokal trophy in 1992

Names you might know:

John Guidetti - The striker is a Sweden international currently on loan from Alaves. He’s played at the likes of Celtic, Stoke City, Feyenoord and Burnley all of which were loan spells, having came through Manchester City youth ranks.

Linton Maina – Often used as a wide man or forward, he has scored twice and grabbed four assists in Bundesliga II this season. The 20-year-old German has been likened to Leroy Sane.

Hendrik Weydandt – Local to the area and has been dubbed the ‘Fairytale Kid’. Weydandt has put in some stellar performances this season with a return of eight goals and assist. Three of those goals came in Hannover’s last six matches, as well as two Man of the Match displays.

Mama Diouf – The striker spent two and a half seasons at the HDI Arena between January 2012-July 2014, when he departed for Stoke City.

Hannover 96 supporters

Need to know:

Hanover (Hannover in German) is the capital and largest city in the Lower Saxon region. With a population of a little over half a million (2017), it is the 13th largest city in Germany.

The City was heavily bombed during the Second World War and it was claimed by the United States on April 10th 1945.

The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen are among the main tourist sites, with the history of the gardens themselves spanning centuries. The Great Garden is considered one of the most distinguished Baroque-style gardens in Europe.

The Hanover Fairground is the largest exhibition ground in the world, hosting fairs and other large-scale events throughout the year, while the Oktoberfest Hannover fair is held across 17 days in September and October.

Twinned Cities:

The history of the twinning dates back to 1947. Councillor St.John Reade, Professor August Closs of Bristol University, Edward Seath of the city Youth Department, Crofton Gane, a local businessman, and Donald Hughes, a local artist were pioneers behind the move. News came out of Hannover that the city’s children had no shoes to wear during the winter and Bristol responded by providing shoes. An official visit to Hannover followed in 1950 and the link strengthened over the years with school exchanges and family friendships blossomed over the generations.

The Bristol-Hannover Council (BHC) is the twinning association which has its own registered charity and works closely with its partner, the Hannover-Bristol Gesellschaft.

Hannover mark their return to football this weekend