AIK in English The history - year by year

The 1937 football champions.

The history - year by year

Below some of the most important moments in the history of AIK have been put together.

The compilation is far from complete but hopefully gives you a good picture of what has happened at the club since the foundation in 1891.

Written by: Tommy Bäckman

Isidor Behrens
1891 On 15 February 1891, AIK (Allmänna Idrottsklubben) were founded. One of the initiators to its foundation, Isidor Behrens, became the first chairman. Initially AIK competed in athletics.

1892 Skating become part of the activity.

1893 AIK starts competing in wrestling, wightlifting and odd sport kick-sled.

1894 AIK get hold on their first major trophy as athletic Patrick Löfgren wins the desirable Dickson-trophy on an English mile for the third successive year. Swimming and shooting becomes part of the club’s activities.

1896 Football is introduced on initiative of Sigfrid ”Sigge” Stenberg.

1897 Cycling and figure skating are started. Football: The first match between arch-rivals AIK and Djurgårdens IF is held. AIK wins 2-1.

1898 Fritz Carling creates the present badge.

Champions of 1900
1900 Football: AIK win their first Swedish championship as Örgryte IS from Gothenburg are defeated 1-0 in the final. Örgryte have been the only previous champions since the competition started in 1896.

1901 Orienteering becomes part of the activity. Football: AIK defend their championship. The final against Örgryte’s second team is cancelled, but AIK are awarded the title thanks to defeating Örgryte’s first team 3-0 in the semifinal.

1902 Skating: David Jahrl wins four Swedish championships, on 500, 1.500, 5.000 metres and in total.

1905 AIK starts with bandy.

1908 Football: Theodor ”Thodde” Malm and Kalle Ansén are selected for Swedens’s first international, against Norway. Skating: Moje Öholm wins the Swedish championship on all distances. He also becomes european champion on 500, 5.000 and 10.000 metres.

1909 Athletics: AIK’s tenth championship title is captured as Ragnar Ekberg wins the long jump and Knut Stenborg wins the 400 metres race. Bandy: AIK become Swedish champions after defeating Djurgårdens IF in the final, 7-3.

1910 AIK starts with bowling.

1911 Football: The third championship is captured as IFK Uppsala are defeated 3-1 in the final.

1914 AIK become champions in both football and bandy. The football final ends with a record 7-2 win over Hälsingborgs IF and the bandy team once again defeat Djurgårdens IF, this time by 4-2.

1915 Athletics: For the last time AIK captures a championship medal as Paul Zerling wins both 110 and 400 metres hurles. The club’s tally ends at 26 championships in athletics.

1916 Football: 3-1 in the final against Djurgårdens IF means a fifth championship came AIK’s way.

1921 AIK starts competing in icehockey on initiative of Anton Johansson.

1923 Football: Yet another championship is won after defeating IFK Eskilstuna 5-1 in the final.

1924 Football: AIK are one of twelve founder members of the football league. The historical first game ends with a 5-1 win at home to Västerås IK, followed by a 7-1 derby victory over Hammarby IF. AIK ends up fifth.

1928 Ulrich Salchow, a former world champion in figure skating, is elected chairman of AIK. The club had not had a committee for five years.

1929 Football: AIK are threatened by relegation but manage to survive. The escape of relegation is also the start of a glorious decade.

1930 Football: AIK defeats IFK Malmö 9-0 – still the record league win.

1931 Bandy: AIK are crowned champions for the third time after defeating IF Göta 4-3 in the final.

1932 Tennis becomes part of the activity. Football: For the first time AIK win the league – Allsvenskan – and thereby collect their seventh Swedish championship.

1933 AIK start with Table-tennis.

The 1934 icehockey champions
1934 Icehockey: AIK defeat local rivals Hammarby IF in the final and win their first ever Swedish championship. Football: As the first Swedish team AIK tour England, losing 1-6 to West Ham United FC and defeating Luton Town FC by 3-2.

1935 Icehockey: AIK defend their championship title, once again defeating Hammarby IF in the final, this time by 2-1.

1937 Football: AIK move from their previous home Stockholm Stadion to newly built Råsunda Stadion – still the national arena. Later on the same year AIK win the championship again, nine points clear of runners-up IK Sleipner. Olle Zetherlund becomes top-scorer.

1938 Icehockey: AIK win their third championship. As previously, Hammarby IF are defeated in the final, 2-0.

1943 Handboll is introduced as the fifth ballsport at the club.

1945 AIK start a section for Badminton in which the club would reach great success, both on the domestic scene and at an international level.

1946 AIK start with curling, in which the club wins two championship titles. Icehockey: AIK win their fourth championship, defeating Södertälje SK 5-1 in the final. Football: A friendly against Charlton Athletics FC at Råsunda ends with the odd score 7-7. AIK were 1-7 down in the second half!

1947 Icehockey: The fifth championship is captured after defeating IK Göta 3-2 in the final. Figure skating: Hans Lindh becomes the first AIK-represant to win a championship medal. There would be nine more onwards until 1952.

1948 Football: Three AIK-players are included in the national squad that wins the 1948 Olympic gold medals in London: Sune Andersson, Henry Carlsson and Börje Leander. Rudolf ”Putte” Kock, with a present at AIK, is the manager of the national team.

1949 Football: For the first time AIK wins the Swedish Cup after 1-0 in the final against Landskrona BoIS. Henry Carlsson turns professional in France – the first of five AIK-players to leave for professional football abroad during late 40s and early 50s. Tennis: AIK start their dominance in Swedish tennis.

1950 Football: AIK defend their cup-title, defeating Helsingborgs IF 3-2 in the final.

1951 Football: For the first time ever AIK are relegated from Allsvenskan (the premier league). Handball: AIK are champions after defeating IFK Kristianstad 12-11 in the final.

1952 Football: AIK are league-winners in Division II and back in Allsvenskan.

1953 Icehockey: AIK are relegated from the top level. The remainder of the decade sees them go up and down between the two first levels.

1961 Football: AIK are relegated for the second time ever.

The goal that took AIK back to the top-flight.
1962 Icehockey: An all-time record crowd of 17.098 attend the derby between AIK and Djurgårdens IF – a record still standing. Football: AIK back in the premier league after one year in the second level. A goal on injury time in the last game of the season decided a promotion-thriller. Tennis: Ulf Schmidt wins a championship title – the 39th and last captured by the club in tennis.

1966 Football: AIK enters the European cups for the first time as they defeat belgian Royal Daring 3-1 and 0-0 in the Fairs’ Cup.

1967 Icehockey: Bert-Ola Nordlander becomes the first AIK-player voted ”Player of the year”.

1970 AIK starts with women’s football. Icehockey: Legendary goalkeeper Leif ”Honken” Holmqvist is voted ”Player of the year” for the second time (first time in 1968).

1973 Icehockey: Leif Holmqvist becomes the first AIK-player to turn professional abroad.

1975 Football: The derby between AIK and Djurgårdens IF attracts a crowd of 40.669 – still a record attendance for AIK. Icehockey: AIK are one of ten founder members of Elitserien (the premier league).

1976 Football: AIK collect their third Cup-title as Landskrona BoIS are defeated 1-1 and 3-0.

1977 AIK starts with women’s bandy.

1979 Football: For the third and last (?) time AIK are relegated.

1980 Football: Like on the previous two occasions, AIK earn immediate promotion back to Allsvenskan.

Icehockey champions of 1982
1982 Icehockey: After 35 years AIK are at last crowned champions again. In the Championship play-offs IF Björklöven are defeated 3-2 in matches.

1983 Football: AIK are league-winners but lose in the semifinals of the Championship play-offs. (The Swedish championship was decided through a play-off during 1981-90.)

1984 Icehockey: Champions once again, this time after winning both the league and the play-offs. In the finals AIK defeat arch-rivals Djurgårdens IF in three successive matches.

1985 Football: AIK are Cup-winners after winning the final against Östers IF on penalties.

1986 Icehockey: AIK are relegated for the first time since the 60s, but promoted the following year.

1988 Bandy: The women’s team win their first championship title, defeating IF Boltic 7-1 in the final. The men’s team is since a few years defunct.

1990 Bandy: Champions again, once again after defeating IF Boltic in the final, this time by 3-1.

1991 AIK celebrate their centenary with poor results both on the pitch and in the wallet.

Gary Sundgren celebrates his championship-winning goal in 1992.
1992 Football: For the first time in 55 years AIK are champions. The title was captured on the last day of the season.

1993 Icehockey: AIK are relegated once again.

1994 Icehockey: AIK earn promotion back to Elitserien (the premier league) after one of the most dramatic closing days ever. AIK needed a three-goal win at home to Bodens IK in order to get promoted. With a minute and a half remaining of the game AIK are 3-0 up and the opponents fail to score on a penalty. Football: AIK defeat Slavia Prague in the UEFA-cup but goes out to Parma AC.

1995 Bandy: AIK are champions for the third time, defeating Västerstrands AIK 6-4 in the final.

1996 AIK starts a section for floorball. Football: AIK are Cup-winners for the fifth time after defeating Malmö FF in extra time. Bandy: AIK defend their championship title by once again defeating Västerstrands AIK, 5-4.

1997 Football: AIK reach the quarter-final stage of the Cup-Winners’ Cup, where FC Barcelona ends AIK’s Cup-adventures. The third successive appearances in the Swedish Cup final results in a second successive win, 2-1 against IF Elfsborg. Gary Sundgren (Real Zaragoza), Magnus Hedman (Coventry City) and Pascal Simpson (norwegian Vålerengen) leave AIK for careers abroad.

Thomas Lagerlöf, Alexander Östlund and Johan Mjällby celebrates the final goal of the season, that brought the trophy back to AIK.
1998 AIK starts a section for women’s icehockey. Football: For the tenth time AIK are champions, winning a decisive match on the last day of the season. AIK won the league despite scoring fewer goals than any other side! The average attendance – 11.112 – is the best since 1972. Johan Mjällby leaves for Celtic FC. Bandy: After failing to reach the final in 1997 the womens team are crowned champions again. In the final Kareby IS are defeated 7-4.

1999 Football: AIK reaches the first group stage of the Champions League after defeating Belorussian FK Dnjepr-Transmasj Mogiljev and Greek AEK Athens in the qualifying rounds. Tough luck in the opening games against FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC – conceeding decisive goals on injury time – leaves AIK with only one point in six games (at home to AC Fiorentina). The team finish runners-up in the league, attracting an average attendance of 13.521, but once again wins the Swedish Cup after 1-0 on aggregate against IFK Göteborg. Bandy: For the fourth time in five years AIK are champions. Icehockey: The women’s team finish runners-up in their first ever season.

2000 Football: AIK finish third in the league and lose the Cup final to Örgryte IS. In the UEFA Cup Belorussian FK Gomel are defeated in the preliminary round but 0-1 at home and 1-1 after extra time away to Danish champions Herfølge means the end of the international adventures. Average attendance rise to 14.474. Bandy: Yet another championship is won by the women in black and yellow, this time following a 5-4 win in the final against Västerstrands AIK. Icehockey: Once again the women´s team finish runners-up, but this time loosing the final only on penalties. Floorball: The men’s team is promoted to the first level. During the 1999-2000 season the club´s record attendance in floorball is improved five times.

2001 Football: Like the previous season AIK end up third in the league and lose the Cup final (this time after penalties against IF Elfsborg). Welsh Carmarthen Town AFC and Danish OB (Odense) are defeated in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, but not French ES Troyes AC. Attendances improves again, this year AIK end up with an average of 15.496. Icehockey: The men’s team reaches the Championship play-offs for the first time in four years but are defeated in the quarterfinals, the women’s team finish as runners-up for the third consequtive year. Floorball: In their first season at top level the men’s team reaches the Championship Play offs but goes out in the quarterfinals.

2002 Football: With three different coaches during the season (none of them sacked but all left) AIK only manages a fifth place in the league and for the third consecutive year lose the Cup final. Despite this the average attendance continues to improve and stoped at 16.551 this time. Icehockey: The men’s team is relegated following a poor season. Floorball: The men’s team win the league but go out in the semifinals of the Championship Play offs.

Big crowds follow the football team.
2003 Football: Despite another disappointing season AIK attracts an average attendance of 17.302. Bandy: The women’s team win the championship after a 10-0 victory in the final. Icehockey: The men’s team missed promotion back to the top flight. Handball: After a 23 years absence AIK starts with handball again.

2004 Football: AIK have played in the top-division all seasons but three since Allsvenskan (the premier league) was introduced in 1924. In 2004 AIK were relegated for the first time in 25 years finishing second bottom after a poor season. The women´s team is second level league-winners and consequently back in the premier league for the first time since 1995. Bandy: The ninth championship title since 1988 is captured after a 4-1 win in the final against Västerstrands AIK. The men´s team is restarted for the 2004-05 campaign. Icehockey: The Swedish Icehockey Federation relegates AIK to the third level due to financial difficulties. The women are champions for the first time ever after 5-2 in the play-off final against Limhamn Limeburners HC. During the previous five years since the start AIK finished runners-up four times and third once.

2005 Football: One year in the second division was enough. AIK win the league and are back in Allsvenskan 2006. After a poor start the men in black prove the best and finish nine points clear of runners-up Öster. The women's team goes the opposite way, relegated from Allsvenskan after only one year. Bandy: The womens team win their tenth championship (since 1988) after defeating Västerstrands AIK 3-1 in the final. Icehockey: The men´s team are promoted from the third level. In the decisive last home game 6.115 AIK-supporters pay tribute to the team that during the final playoffs included NHL-stars Mattias Norström and canadien George Laraque. The women´s team fail to defend their championship title after 3-4 in the final. Floorball: For the second time in four years the men´s team win the premier league but just like the previous season AIK loose the final, this time 2-3 to Warbergs IC 85 infront of a 14.656 crowd.

2006 Football: AIK's comeback i Allsvenskan ended in title-race that lasted until the final day of the season. AIK finished as runners-up, scored more goals than any other team and attracted an average attendance of 21.434. The women's team are promoted back to the top flight.
Floorball: The first ever championship is won as Pixbo Wallenstam are defeated 6-2 infront of a 13.000 crowd in Stockholm.



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