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Lothar Reidock

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Lothar Reidock (* 31 October 1940 in Noldau) was a football player in the GDR-Oberliga. In the highest division of the East German Football Association he played for SC Aufbau Magdeburg and BSG Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt

Athletic career

Reidock first started playing organised football at the age of ten with the Traktor company sports club (BSG) in the Börde village of Irxleben near Magdeburg. Via the sports communities Aufbau Börde Magdeburg and Dynamo Oschersleben, he joined the regional top club SC Aufbau Magdeburg in early 1960. He was part of Magdeburg coach Fritz Wittenbecher’s concept to freshen up the team, which had been promoted to the top division, with young talent. Together with the 18-year-old Reidock, the later Magdeburg mainstays Joachim Walter (19) and Wolfgang Blochwitz (19) joined the team

Initially, it seemed as if Reidock would succeed in gaining a foothold at SC Aufbau. In his first two seasons, he played 38 of the 65 Oberliga matches played as a defensive player. In the 1962/63 season, however, he was only used once on matchday 8. After the end of the first half of the season, Reidock was sent out to BSG Turbine Magdeburg, whose football team played as a newcomer in the second-class GDR league. Reidock stayed with Turbine Magdeburg for one and a half years.

At the beginning of the 1964/65 season, Reidock switched to GDR league team Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt. At the supporting company Eisenhüttenkombinat Ost he was employed as a gas master. When Stahl finished the 1968/69 season as promoted to the Oberliga, Reidock was not part of the 1st team line-up. In the Oberliga he started with Eisenhüttenstadt on matchday 6 as a centre-back. Later he was mostly used as a libero, but played only twelve first division games in total. After relegation from the Oberliga, BSG Stahl was subsequently demoted to the Frankfurt Bezirksliga for violating the association’s statutes, so Reidock had to play in the third division for a year. After promotion, he continued to play for Eisenhüttenstadt in the GDR league until 1973, after which he ended his career as a competitive athlete. From 1973 to 1976, Reidock, who had studied to be a sports teacher at the Blankenburg Sports School, took over the training of Eisenhüttenstadt’s GDR league team

Literature

  • Hanns Leske: Enzyklopädie des DDR-Fußballs. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-556-3, p. 383.
  • Andreas Baingo, Michael Horn: Die Geschichte der DDR-Oberliga. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2003, ISBN 3-89533-428-6, pp. 309, 333.
  • Uwe Nuttelmann (Ed.): DDR-Oberliga. 1962-1991. self-published, Jade 2007, ISBN 978-3-930814-33-6.
  • GDR sports newspaper Deutsches Sportecho, 16 January 1975, short biography

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