20 years ago this very day, something special happened. The very first game by Shimizu S-Pulse was played away to Gamba Osaka.
The J. league has come a long, long way in a short time. Teams have dominated then fallen, big guns have got relegated and faded to mere shadows of their former selves, and even one team was callously folded by it's owners.
S-Pulse has trodden a long and eventful path of it's own, almost going to the wall at one stage, saved by the efforts and actions of the local residents. Two decades on from that first game we can proudly claim our status as one of the original ten teams in the J. League. Not only that, one of the few to have spent every season in the top flight.
We can only imagine where the next 20 years and beyond will take us, but you can guarantee one thing - it's not going to be boring! Congratulations to everyone connected with our club, and here's to many, many years as the heart of football in Shizuoka.
As the best supported and most glamorous club in the prefecture (by a mile on both counts) we're set to sell out this Saturday's 20th anniversary game with Kawasaki Frontale. If you've not got your ticket yet, don't delay! Come and watch us leap back into the league reckoning with all three points, at the same time getting that damn 1000th league goal out the way!
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