As the scoreboard at the Volksparkstadion in the north Germany clearly indicates, FC ST. PAULI’s first-ever Bundesliga victory over intra-city adversary SV HAMBURG occured on September 3, 1977.
FRANZ GERBER and WOLFGANG KULKA scored the goals for traditional underdog FC St. Pauli that day.
England international star KEVIN KEEGAN had just joined SV Hamburg from reigning UEFA European Cup champion FC Liverpool to start the 1977-78 season. The 26-year-old striker, who finished second in the voting for France Football’s prestigous Balon d’Or award in 1977, was given a contract by the Rothosen which made him the highest-paid player in the country at the time. Keegan scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga his first season but Hamburg SV finished a disappointing 10th in the final table.
Another player in the Startelf for SV Hamburg that noteworthy day was ARNO STEFFENHAGEN, the native of a divided Berlin with one cap in his career for West Germany. The well-traveled midfielder, who had a season with FC Hellenic in South Africa and three with successful Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam before joining the Rothosen, signed with FC St. Pauli — demoted back to the 2.Bundesliga — for the 1978-79 season. Steffenhagen later finished his career in the old North American Soccer League and won a championship in 1981 with the Chicago Sting.