Rotterdamse Voetbal en Atletiek Vereniging "Sparta"

Founded in 1888 Sparta (Rotterdamse Voetbal en Atletiek Vereniging "Sparta") is Rotterdam's senior club. They played their first season of championship football in 1893–94.


Sparta won the National championship in 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913 and  1915.
In 1899 the club adopted the colours of Sunderland.

Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax also sported these colours , red black and white being the civic colours of Amsterdam. When Ajax joined the  Eerste Klasse in 1911 the rules dictated that  there could be no duplication of strips, and Ajax adopted their iconic white shirts with a broad red band. 

The poster advertises a match between Sparta and D.F.C (Dordrecht).The Dordrecht club was founded in 1883. D.F.C still exists as an amateur club. In 
1904–05 D.F.C joined the Eerste Klasse West.  The seasons 1911-12 (goals scored), 1912-13 (1 point) and 1915-16 (1 point ) saw them finish runners up to Sparta by narrowest of  margins.
In 1923  Eerste Klasse West was split into West I (North Holland & Utrecht) and West II (South Holland), placing Sparta and D.F.C in different leagues.