MKE Ankaragücü (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈankaɾaɟydʒy]; full name Makina Kimya Endüstrisi Ankaragücü) is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Ankara. The club wears a yellow and navy kit and play their home matches at Ankara 19 Mayis.
The clubs greatest domestic success were two Türkiye Kupası trophies in 1972 and 1981. They also won the second division on two occasions. Amateur-wise, the club won five Ankara Football League titles. The club has a rivalry with Gençlerbirliği.
Early years (1909–1959)
Ankaragücü is based in Ankara, but was originally founded in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul in 1904 as Altin Örs Idman Yurdu. The club competed in theIstanbul Friday League. It is unclear as to the motive behind the uprooting of the Istanbul based club to Ankara. However, two separate theories are accepted by the club. The first theory entails that the club moved from Istanbul to Ankara because of the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1923).
Another theory is that the club splintered, with some players following Şükrü Abbas and others following Agah Orhan. Şükrü Abbas founded Turan Sanatkaragücü in 1910. In 1938, both clubs merged to form AS-FA Gücü. The club name was changed for one last time in 1948, with both sides settling on Ankaragücü.
1. Lig Years and Relegation (1959–1981)
The club were one of the original sixteen in the 1959 Milli Lig. They were admitted into the league after finishing second in the Ankara Professional League. The club finished fifth in the Beyaz Grup (White Grup) in the first season of the Milli Lig.
Ankaragücü were relegated to the 2.Lig in 1967–68 after finishing second to last place. The club returned to the top league next season. Ankaragücü was again relegated in 1975–1976 season, but promoted to the 1st League next season. Ankaragücü was relegated for the third time in 1977–1978 season.
Back to 1. Lig (1981–2000)
Ankaragücü returned to the 1st League in 1981; Turkish president Kenan Evren and the Ankara governor Mustafa Gonul changed the status of the league so that the club gained promotion to the 1. Lig, after winning Turkish Cup, despite having placed second to Sakaryaspor in the second league. Ankaragücü has played in the 1st Leaguesince then. The club was occasionally successful during the 1990s.
Ersun Yanal Period (2000–2002)
Under Ersun Yanal's managership, the club has seen two successful seasons, becoming 6th in the 2000–2001 season and 4th in the 2001–2002 season.
The Disarray Years (2002–2009)
After Ersun Yanal left the club, Ankaragücü found it in a struggle to be saved from relegation each year and were in full-blown and widespread dissa. The club luckily managed to stay clear of relegation at the last few matches during these years. Consequently, a financial crisis hit the club during late 2000s.
Ahmet Gökçek's Presidency (2009–2011)
After the economic crisis, Ahmet Gökçek became the chairman replacing Cemal Aydın. He promised that the club would become a champion in upcoming years. He was formerly (informally) associated with Ankaraspor and TFF objected to the control of two clubs at the same time and relegated Ankaraspor. After the relegation of Ankaraspor, he merged the football squads of two teams, but he did not manage to form a squad that would win a championship.
The congress in which Ahmet Gökçek was elected annulled by Turkish court and Cengiz Topel Yıldırım returned to the chairman position. Due to economic crisis, Cengiz Topel Yıldırım sold key players of the squad and the team is one of the weakest teams of Turkish Super League. Sami Altınyuva became the next chairman but did not solve the financial problems. Due to lack of money, many players left the club.
Special relationship with Bursaspor
In the early 1990s Bursaspor's ultra group Teksas had a leader called, 'Abdulkerim Bayraktar'. He went to study in Ankara, whilst in the city he started attending Ankaragücü games and started building ties between the two clubs.
In 1993 however, his life was cut short, during his military service he was martyred by terrorists. This tragic event bought Bursaspor and Ankaragücü even closer together. During the first game after his death, Bursaspor organized a tribute to him, the events which happened next cemented the brotherhood between these two teams. A large group of Ankaragücü supporters made their way onto the pitch and unveiled a large banner reading, 'Our brother Abdul will never die, he lives on in our hearts'. The two supporter groups united and hundreds of Ankaragucu ultras attended his funeral. From that day on Bursaspor supporters would chant Ankaragucu's name in the 6th minute of every home game, 6 being significant due to 6 being Ankara's city code.
Ankaragücü supporters in return chant Bursaspor's name during the 16th minute, 16 being Bursa's city code. When the two sides play, the supporters sit together, its one of the rare occasions in which ultra from opposing teams watch a game together in a mixed environment, they bring 'Bursankara' scarfs (a merger of the two clubs names) to the games and create a fantastic atmosphere full of mutual respect.
The club currently play their home matches at Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium. The stadium is shared with fellow-Ankara based clubs and rivals Gençlerbirliği. The stadium has a fully seated capacity of 19,209.
- Türkiye Kupası:
- Winners (2): 1972, 1981
- Runners-up (3): 1973, 1982, 1991
- Winners (2): 1969, 1977
- Turkish Football Championship:
- Winners (1): 1949
- Ankara Football League:
- Winners (5): 1935–36, 1936–37, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57
- Runners-up (4): 1938–39, 1943–44, 1954–55, 1958–59