Stegman’s Old Boys Football Club is an adult amateur soccer club based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Stegman’s is a collection of ageing greats, technically proficient schemers, strong cloggers and Ginola-esque dilettantes who train during the week, have a big matchday experience and typically retire for drinks together after both. It’s surprisingly friendly and the feeling of team unity is strong.
The club fields a competitive team in the MASL, Stegman’s Old Boys. The team joined the league for the 2012 season and, like all teams, started at the bottom in the Fourth Division. The Blues missed promotion by two points, finishing third in their inaugural season, and are tipped by pundits to go up in 2013.
The club fields two teams in the MRSL. Stegman’s Old Boys play on Sundays in the Third Division. Stegman’s Other Boys play on Mondays in the Fourth Division.
Stegman’s Old Boys FC was formed in January 2010 by Jon Bisswurm, Dan Hoedeman and Nick Sindt. Bisswurm and Hoedeman were members of the famous Centerville Blitz soccer team, founder members of the Midwest Premier Youth Soccer League. It is from the coach of the Blitz, the magnificently moustachioed Mr Tom Stegman, that Stegman’s Old Boys gets its name.
The Old Boys played their first match at Arlington Park in St Paul, their home field for their inaugural season, against Sound & Fury FC, running out 3-2 winners with goals from Jon Bisswurm, who banged in the first-ever goal by an SOB, Dan Erickson and Dave Tesch. In addition to the three goalscorers, the first starting XI also included Justin Dzelzkalns, Mark Schmitt, Dan Hoedeman, Ben Savitt, Robby Peichel, Aleksey Polukeyev, Jon Scott and Brandon Overlie.
The Old Boys wore all-blue in the inaugural season, from which comes the club nickname “The Blues”.
The club won its first piece of silverware in 2011, winning the SOB Cup pre-season tournament with a thrilling 2-1 victory in the final. All signs point to a future of honors and silverware ahead.
Surly Brewing Company, a Twin Cities icon, joined as a club sponsor in 2012. Their generous support is most obvious in the cases of Furious, Cynic and Bender that turn up cold, tasty and ready to be imbibed at Old Boys home games. Nothing goes better together than beer and soccer.
Northern Brewer, the top supplier of homebrew gear, has sponsored the club and the SOB Cup since 2011. Their generous help has allowed the club to expand, and their great homebrew gear means that there is always an SOB touting his newest brew as the best in the club.
Smile Design Dentistry, very possibly the best dental practice in the Twin Cities was the founding sponsor of Stegman’s Old Boys, and remains a club sponsor to this day. With locations in Plymouth and Woodbury, you have no excuse not to go to Smile Design.