The Age of the Pioneers
The Associazione Calcio Reggiana was officially founded 25 September 1919 by the merger of Reggio Foot-Ball & Cricket Club and Daring Reggio by Severino Taddei.
The first official game took place on October 19 of that year on the grounds of Mirabello and it was a friendly against Spal Ferrara ending with the result of 3 to 3.
1919/20 championship, promotion (series C)
The first championship in its history the granata team will dispute in Promozione and is now promoted in the First Division Emiliana in the year 1919/20.
1920/21 season, the first category (series B)
The following year was hired a foreign coach, the Austrian Karl Sturmer, a real drill sergeant, but can not work miracles, and also because of a little ‘inaccurate preparation both physical and technical the granata team collects a few points.
1921/22 season, the first category (series B)
In the 1921/22 season was bought by the granata leadership an Argentine native for Reggiana: this is Felice Romano, first granata to wear the jersey of the national team while wearing the granata jersey. The season is not very happy, but ends with the salvation obtained in a playoff with the A.C.. Mantova (precisely due to two goals by Romano). Despite this Reggiana relegated to 2nd series because of the merger of the two federations divided only the year before.
1922/23 season, the second division (Serie B)
In the year 1922/23 the bench is headed by granata bomber Romano both player and coach. The season ends with an excellent fourth place for the granata team, with the same Romano as leading scorer with 10 goals.
1923/24 season, the second division (Serie B)
The next year is called at the head of the bench reggiana Austrian Karl Sturmer who gets a deserved promotion to first division after a playoff against the Olympia of Fiume and a granata prevalence for 2 to 0. The team that gets the promotion is the following: Agazzani, Vacondio, Corradini, Marchi, Bezzecchi, Bottazzi, Sereno, Gariglio I, Michelin, Romano, Rasia.
1924/25 Championship, National Division (Serie A)
In 1924/25, against opponents of the caliber of Inter Milan, Genoa, Torino and Casale, Reggiana dispute a great season finishing eighth and getting a deserved salvation thanks to the attacking duo Romano and Powolny which marks across 27 networks. The coach is Severino Taddei.
1925/26 Championship, National Division (Serie A)
The following year part auspiciously, and the team, which has performed so well in the previous year, only retouched. But the results do not come, and the granata team slips slowly towards the bottom of the league and after the Sturmer exemption, the season ends with the return to the 2nd division.
1926/27 season, the first division (Serie B)
After losing a playoff in the summer against Mantova for the repechage in 1st division, the granata bench was entrusted to the German Vilmos Zsigmond who also plays as a goalkeeper.
Thanks to the explosion of the reggiano bomber Aigotti (17 goals for him) Reggiana dominates their group and get a well-deserved promotion, after a grueling head to head duel with Spal
1927/28 Championship, National Division (Serie A)
Since 1927 some disastrous start championships for Reggiana. The grenade team finishes the 1927/28 season in last place in the top flight but thanks to the decision of the Federation to withhold relegation remains in the first series.
Of note in this year suffered a dishonorable 14-0 from Torino, record result that still remains undefeated.
1928/29 Championship, National Division (Serie A)
The following year, which saw the birth of the new Serie A, things are not better and Reggiana closes second from bottom with just three victories, and without the help of the Federation recedes into the new championship just constituted Serie B.
1929/30 season, the second division (Serie B)
The economic crisis that began a few years early, show no signs of decreasing the granata team is forced to a new low ranking tournament (1929/30), and even the membership of 80 players for the first team and the reserves manage to avoid second consecutive relegation leading Reggiana in 1st division (the current C standard)
Championship 1930/31 – 1931/32, the first division (Serie C)
On the granata bench arrives in 1930 the former referee Regolo Ferretti, which drives the granata team to the final stage of the round and despite 22 goals from Montanari, Reggiana remains in first division and is ranked 4th as also occurred next year with Ferretti driving.
1932/33, the first division (Serie C)
In the year 1932/33 the company decided to focus even more on young people that do not betray the expectations (particularly well Violi marking 18 goals) and Reggiana is in second place.
1933/34 season, the first division (Serie C)
In 1933, the last year of Ferretti guide, it’s back to touch the promotion to Serie B, with a team made up almost exclusively of reggiani players. Enthusiasm returns to animate the fans who, thanks to the return of bomber Aigotti, come back to fill the stands of Mirabello.
Aigotti form a devastating pair with Violi goals (43 goals in total for them) but despite this and the first place like the Parma, the final round was again disappointing and the series B remains a dream.
1934/35 season, the first division (Serie C)
The following year the granata team tries again climbing to the second division, and won their group in solitude with 38 points, thanks as always to the goal couple Violi (17) and Aigotti (15). In the final round, however, changes the technical guide and the team is headed by Italo Rossi with coach Regolo Ferretti and the team is admitted to play a playoff for the series B against Siena from which comes out disastrously defeated by 7 to 0. At the end of this year is born the series C category to which Reggiana is admitted.
1935/36 championship, series C
In the summer of 1935are transferred due to balance problems the two bomber Aigotti (to Anconitana) and Violi (to Bologna) for the record sum of 30,000 lire. At the head of the granata team remains the coach / player Italo Rossi and despite the major divestments, the team ranks second in Group B of the fledgling series C.
Championship 1936/37 – 1937/38, series C
The following years marked a substantial period of calm and stillness of the granata team that play two honest championships who does not, however, take over the 5th place in the year 1936/37 and 3rd in the year 1937/38 (the season in which pays too many draws).
1938/39 championship, series C
In the year 1938-39 Reggiana won the championship, but then comes third in the final round paying the absence of a real bomber and the series B still fades once.
1939/40 championship, series C
The promotion, however, comes the following year with the 52 year old Janos Vanicsek on the bench. The team is made up of the Reggio Lusetti, Duo, Gatti, Fornaciari, Bernardi, Testoni, Colaussi, Romanini, De Stefanis, Malagoli and Biagini. After winning the round without too much difficulty, the granata team gets a well-deserved promotion in a play-off match against Savona.
1940/41 league, Serie B
In 1940/41, Vanicsek is still the coach of Reggiana and make a few changes to the team that the year before centered the promotion. Thanks to an excellent defense and the return of Violi (11 goals in 19 games for him), the team will square in mid-table and so achieves the goal it had set itself, namely salvation.
1941/42 league, Serie B
The good times do not last long and the following year, in 1941-42, Reggiana finishes the season in third from bottom and get relegated in serie C. The many goals against, the few marked and the various players called to arms testify the difficulties faced by granata during the season and even a double switch of coaches manages to avoid relegation to the lower division.
1942/43 championship, series C
The war is slowly transforming the various championships and Reggiana is to play in a C series now become a regional tournament. Thus, in the years 1942-43, the opponents are called Budrio, Trancerie Mossina (Guastalla), Panigale. The Presidency of the granata team is headed by Antonio Alessio, director of Officine Reggiane and as a coach is chosen Alfredo Mazzoni. Reggiana dispute a good championship and finished second in the standings undefeated all season at Home.
Championship 1943/44 – 1944/45 (not played)
The following year due to the war, the tournaments are not played and is played only the Emilia Cup; Reggiana led by Regolo Ferretti concludes the tournament in second place, then giving up on playing the final round. The 1944/45 season hasn’t benn played.