Drie Fonteinenstadion, Vilvoorde

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With Matricule 49 the former pride of Vilvoorde belonged to the older football clubs of our country. Founded in 1911 as “Vilvorde Football Club” the purple and white association celebrated its centenary in 2012. They however never managed to reach the highest division of the National Football Pyramid.

After Vilvoorde in reached the national divisions for the first time in 1923 they remained, from the season 1925-26, for several decades a fixture in the National Football Divisions. The club would alternate between the Second and Third Division before in 1951 and after a long period of national soccer they relegated back to the Provincial Divisions. The purple-whites would quickly promote back but would henceforth balance on the thin cord between National and Provincial football. After the relegation from the Fourth Division in 1966 the club sank all the way to the lowest level of the province of Brabant in 1975. In 1990 K Vilvoorde FC even had to forfait an entire season. At the turn of the last century the club found a new momentum and after winning the Provincial final round in 2003, Vilvoorde again and after nearly 40 years appeared back on the National Football map. Their luck turned out to be short lived and after relegation in 2005 to 1st Provincial immediately followed a second relegation to 2nd Provincial the following year. In 2009 the club managed one last season in the Fourth National Division before falling into receivership in 2010.

Drie Fonteinenstadion (Three Fountains Stadium) is located in the namesake park near the Willebroek Canal and the Brussels Ring. The name “Drie Fonteinen” dates back to 1561 when after digging the Canal Brussels-Rupelmonde a drinking fountain for the passing barges was laid out. The municipal sports stadium features an athletics track and is therefore not only the home of K Vilvoorde FC but also home to the Sparta Vilvoorde and KVAC athletics associations. For the spectators there is a covered all seated covered stand at one of the long sides of the field. This stand is flanked by the inevitable canteen annex VIP area with a view of the playing field. The remaining 3 sides around the athletics track were not developed. Striking is the perfect (free) view of both athletics track and football field from the Brusselse Steenweg which runs along the domain.