1960’s

Promotion finally came in 1960. In a tight battle, Richmond claimed the Division One South Championship from Geelong. The Germany team also won the Laidlaw Cup that year. Playing out of the Olympic Village ground in Heidelberg, Richmond finished in 11th place in the State League in 1961. It wasn’t until late July that the team won a game (3-1 against Hakoah), but a late season rally saw Alemannia pass Box Hill but finish four points behind Moreland to be relegated.

Victorian soccer then saw a breakaway League formed under the rebel Victorian Soccer Federation. Some Alemannia members, believing they would be more successful independant of the Tivoli Club, formed SC Richmond and joined the V.S.F. The old amatuer Association collapsed and the V.S.F. became the sole governing body. The Supreme Court of Victoria ruled Alemannia Richmond had to be admitted to the V.S.F. The SC Richmond faction amalgamated with the Lions club.

Many players were lost during this division, and only through recruiting players from the dissolved Sunday League side Kolpinghaus was Alemannia able to field two teams in 1962.

Picked up from Kolpinghaus were Bruno Fink, Adi Nueckel, Karl Heinz Gewinner and Adolf Bachhuber. With Fritz Rauch and Rolf Erdmann arriving as immigrants, and Fritz Aldeschulte returning from the United States, a new team was put together to play in the First Division.Losing only one game, Alemannia suprised many by taking out the Division One South Championship by three points over Austria to return to the State League.

Determined to do better at the second attempt and State League football, money was spent to sign State League veterans for the 1963 season. This divided the club again somewhat, as some of the younger players who had won promotion were cast aside. Winning one more game than in 1961, the club still finished 12th in the 1963 State League and were relegated. Two wins over fifth placed Wilhelmina, and a defeat of fourth-placed Slavia were not enough and Richmond ended up six points behind Croatia (also relegated) and seven behind Hakoah.

With the departure of the “Foreign Legion” as the veteran State League signings had been dubbed, and unable to convince all the disenfranchised youngsters to return, the 1964 season shaped as a distaster for Alemannia. So it proved, as Richmond finished in 11th spot and were relegated to Division Two. In 1965 the club finished in 4th place, before finishing in 3rd spot for the following two seasons.

Though having sustained reasonable results in those years, the club struggling through those years and nearly folded on several occassions. In 1968 Walter Roth became President, and the club finished 7th in Division Two. A new group of players, headed by Manfred Kuhn, took the club to the runner’s-up spot in Division Two in 1969, returning Alemannia to a brief stint in Division One (12th in 1970) before the remainder of the 1970’s would be spent in Division Two.