The supporters and stadiums bring color to the Eredivisie. For many fans, the stadium has become a second home. Whether the sun is shining or it's raining, in good times and bad, hundreds of thousands of supporters gather weekly in the stands to cheer for their favorite club. Alongside the clubs, players, and staff, they are all part of Our Football. This season, we take a tour of the eighteen fields with some photographers. This week, we showcase images from Heracles Almelo.
On May 3, 1903, the club Hercules was established. Three years later, in 1906, the Almelo-based club changed its name to Heracles to join the Nederlandsche Voetbal Bond. The original black-green kit was replaced by the iconic black and white, and since the 1913-1914 season, matches have been played at the iconic Bornsestraat venue.
After experiencing Eredivisie play in the '60s and '80s, the Almelo club, under the guidance of coach Peter Bosz, secured promotion back to the Eredivisie in 2005. The glory years ensued, reaching a pinnacle with European football in 2016 under coach John Stegeman. The Eredivisie team has been competing at the highest level for almost 20 years, with over 12,000 supporters cheering on the Heraclieden at Erve Asito.
Below, you'll find a selection of stadium and cultural photos captured by photographer Melvin Winkeler during the Twentse Derby between Heracles Almelo and FC Twente on October 22, 2023.