1951-1960 | Neftchi

“Neftchi” Professional Football Club

1951-1960

  • 1951

    After two years of playing in Group of Strongest «Neftchi» left it and had to play in «B» class. That year teams competed in two class, in «A» and «B». In «A» class teams competed for medals, and in «B» class for joining the Group of strongest. And there were some strong teams like team of Kalinin city (MHD), «Locomotive» teams of Moscow and Kharkov cities, «Dynamo» (Minsk), «Torpedo» (Stalingrad), «Spartak» (Vilnius) and etc.

    Although «Neftchi» had equal competition with these teams, only unsuccessful finish prevented it from joining to Group of Strongest. The team could keep the last year staff. Shirali Shiraliyev was appointed as chief coach, who known as footballer in 30-40-ies years in Baku and Victor Patsevich as his assistant. Already a collective comprised from unity of youths and veterans was formed in «Neftchi». Simply, one needed to keep this collective and to inspire on it a higher bellicose spirit.

    The supreme bodies of the Republic also took care of team; all its needs were met in timely manner. They put a task before «Neftchi» to return to Group of Strongest. But their interference besides help to team, sometimes led to bitter results.

    In February the team gathered in one place. After first intensive exercises in Feb 18 the test game was held with Baku «Dynamo». At game, which took place in Baku, «Neftchi» won with score of 4:0 without any difficulty. At that meeting due to playing of persons with trace in Azerbaijani football let’s look at teams’ staff:

    «Neftyanik»: Karmayev, Kagakov, Shevchenko, Khystov, Jamkochian, Abramashvili, Rasskazov, Anoshkin, Huseynov, Mammadov, Pavlidi.

    «Dynamo»: Devlyashov, Shorin, Mkrtichov, Melikian, Kuzin, Danielian, Babakhanov, Talishinski, Chaldorian, Safarov, Bushuyev.

    Goals: Anoshkin (2), Abramashvili, Huseynov.

    And in March a team went to Sochi for training-exercise gathering and had some unofficial games. «Neftchi» defeated strong teams like Stalingrad’s «Torpedo» (4:0), Minsk’s «Dynamo» (3:1) and Riga’s «Daugava». In general, Sochi trip was effective; all lines of team, particularly forward line had a good impression.

    And on Apr 1 the games of B class started. Unfortunately; the team could not start a championship with success. The first game was held with team of Kalinin city. «Neftyanik» although created few dangerous situations during the game, but could not open the score. And counter attack of guests resulted in 62nd minute with goal after strike of Sherbakov. 2 minutes after Manoli Pavlidi could score a goal, which was a first goal of a team in season, and the score became equal. The same scenario repeated in game with Stalingrad’s «Torpedo» after one week. The player of guests Mineyev scored auto goal at 50th minute. But the team could not keep the victory score and just 3 minutes later Matveyev scored a reciprocal goal.

    At third game the team was bitterly defeated in Baku. At first game with Yerevan’s Dynamo Beglerian had disappointed a team twice. At first 45 minutes the defence line made some gross errors. Although «Neftchi» took the lead in the second part of the game but it could not change the score. Only at the meeting the first victory was won. The team began the match with Uzhgorod «Spartak» very actively. Already at 12thminute having a pass from Anoshkin Alakbar Mammadov opened a score. After that some opportunities were missed. Meanwhile guests became active and at 26thminute the score was equalled with goal of Gaylik. After that forwards of «Neftyanik» could not use the opportunities. Finally, at 67th minute Nikolay Rasskazov increased a score from penalty. Having held first four matches in Baku «Neftchi» could win only once. These games revealed all shortages in forward line. Forwards could not use skilfully all suitable situations.

    Later «Neftchi» went on trip with 7 matches. Our footballers had not bad games and joined the group of leaders. The team had two victories, four draws and only one defeat during this tournament. And this defeat took place at first trip match. In Kharkov the first half of the match with «Locomotive» passed on equality. The goal of home team was responded with exact strike of Manoli. But in the second half the team showed very slack performance. At 80th minute Borzenko score a victory goal of home team. After that «Neftchi» had demonstrated an interesting game in Minsk with local «Dynamo». The double of Alakbar Mammadov allowed Dynamo footballers to get a peace – the game ended with 2:2 score. But in game with Vilnius «Spartak» the team could finish the game with goalless draw. After that the first victory won in trip. In Tallinn «Kalev» was defeated with single goal. This success repeated in Petrozavodsk with team of «Red Star». The draw was gained in Ivanovo with team of «Red Flag». The teams scored one goal for each.

    Finally, at last match of trip in May 29 the match with «Locomotive» in Moscow took place. Both teams were strengthened their position in group of leaders. The match began with attacks of home team. At 24th minute Alekseyev take a lead of «Locomotive» with strike from 22 meters. But Baku representative could equal the match after this score. Just 5 minutes later N.Rasskazov scored reciprocal goal and the match finished with this score. Although the team completed the trip matches with success, the forward line of the team was not free of shortages. These results were mainly based on beautiful game of backs and goalkeeper Vladimir Karmayev.

    The last 6 matches of first lap «Neftyanik» held in Baku. As the rivals were not so strong Bakuvians could won with big scores in 5 matches. The first rival was a team of Home of Officers of Dashkand on June 4. This match also may be called as benefit of Viktor Anoshkin. Author of all 4 goals scored to gate of guests was this forward. In next two games «Neftyanik» could pass ahead of rivals. 3 unrequited goals to gate of Alma-Ata «Dynamo», 4 to Frunze (now Biskek) Labour Reserve Forces team were scored. Already there was some progress in performance of team. At that time Yuri Vanyat, famous football journalist had written his thoughts about the team in newspaper «Azerbaijani physical culture»: «Neftyanik» demonstrated himself well in Sochi at training-exercise gatherings. But the calendar games started badly. The team gained only 4 points from 8 possible. Despite good performance of defence line, the forward line used to demonstrate ordinary game. And it prevented them from victories. Upon allowing a goal the team became disappointed and demoralized. Later they demonstrated good performance in trip matches. They gained 8 points from 14 possible. If they could mobilize its all strength, it may finish the 1st lap with good result and can cope with a task of passing to group of strongest».

    The journalist indeed gave a right characteristic to the team. It was confirmed in very next match. «Neftyanik» met at home with Stalinabad’s «Dynamo» on June 20. Bakuvians went to this match without having due evaluation of rival. Footballers hoped for easy victory, and did not play a match in struggling mood. Truly, at 55th minute Alakbar Mammadov could succeed to open the score. But using the weak performance guests could equal the score at 72nd minute. At result, «Neftyanik» lost a valuable point. But in next two matches a team could consolidate its force and defeated Ashkhabad’s «Spartak» with score of 4:0 and Kishinev’s «Burevestniki» with 3:0 score. Thus 1st lap finished and a team established in group of leaders. Bakuvians were considered to be one of the main candidates to return to Group of Strongest.

    First four games of 2ndlap «Neftyanik» had to hold in visit. At match in Kalinin city the foundation of future misfortune was laid down. Local team was very strong at that season. They even could reach the final of the Cup. Despite «Neftyanik» played this game in visit but it demonstrated high resolution. Bakuvians could finish the game with victory. But Anoshkin and Rasskazov though occurred to be face to face with goalkeeper, they could not use the suitable opportunity. The draw without goals with leader was not a bad result.

    And before this match there was one match, which was not so noteworthy. Reserve players of «Neftyanik» had unofficial match with champion of Kalinin city «Dzerjinets» team. Namely the situation after this match had a great influence on further decisions. Somebody from staff of team informed wrongly Baku that as if players of «Neftyanik» had a paid game with city combined team. Therefore footballers got tired and could not win at main match. The team was not aware of these events. They visit Stalingrad (present Volgograd) in high mood and unexpectedly they were met by deputy of republic KGB. Although the colonel had investigation and was convinced that there was no any commercial game, but he delivered a strict decision of Central Committee to staff. At meeting of team mostly I.Abramashvili and M.Pavlidi were reprimanded. Herewith a colonel hinted to I.Abramashvili (during war while being wounded he was captured by enemy and was POW) and M.Pavlidi (he was Greek by nationality and during war all Greeks were exiled to the Central Asia) about the bitter moments of their life. All players knew that if they would not win the next game they will face a strict punishment. All footballers were aware of their liability burden. The team could not perform the match with local «Torpedo» in high mood. The first half of the game passed under absolute superiority of home team. Thanks to brilliant performance of full-backs and goalkeeper V.Karmayev the gate was kept intact. At second half despite having injury Alakbar Mammadov joined the game. The activity at forward line went up. At 65th minute of the game Mammadov demonstrated personal mastership crossed three full-backs and opened a score. While «Torpedo» arranged attacks M.Pavlidi scored 2nd goal in counter-attack. Home team using the opportunity of sending off Valentin Khlystov from field could score a reciprocal goal at 87th minute. The victory in this match although protected the team from strict punishments temporarily, unfortunately, it could not save them fully. In other three visiting matches a team gained three points. It defeated «Burevestnik» in Kishinev (1:0) and a draw was recorded in Uzhgorod with «Spartak» (1:1). Having finishing a trip with success a team returned to Baku as one of leaders. Now thay had to spend 7 consecutive matches in Baku. But at first match they lost to Kharkov’s «Locomotive» (0:1). A next match was with a single leader of the group - «Dynamo» of Minsk. The team demonstrated high resolution at this match. There was no goal at first half. Even at 43rd minute Anoshkin could not use a penalty. At early parts of 2nd half guests could score two goals. After these goals Bakuvians as if waked up. They could get the initiative entirely and disappointed guests four times. A.Mammadov and V.Magaltadze made a double. Other main rival "Locomotive” of Moscow was defeated, too. This match took place at newly built Republican stadium. Even a ceremony of inauguration of arena was not held. Simply there was a need to check a grass cover. Bakuvians started game very actively. Already at 9thminute Viktor Magaltadze opened a score, 10 minutes later Alakbar Mammadov scored a second goal. Guests could compensate one of the missed goals one minute before the finish of first half. After break the score was not changed. One fact should be noted here that in coming years there was some argue about who was the author of first goal in Republican stadium. Yes, first goal was scored by Magaltadze. But the arena was not then inaugurated yet. Therefore this goal is not considered as first one. We will talk about the author of first goal later.

    The first victory of «Neftyanik» on main rivals had increased its chance to get in group of strongest. As the rival was stronger Bakuvians used to demonstrate more attentive, more resolute performance. But unfortunately a team lost its caution in matches with weak rivals. And its bitter result played a decisive role in fate of the team. The victory on Estonian representative «Kalev» with minimum score even improved the position of «Neftyanik» in fixture list.

    Finally, on Sep 16 the match with «Spartak» of Vilnius coincided with inauguration of Republican stadium. The construction of this stadium was even started in 30-es. But at hard war years the works were suspended. Only since 1950 these works resumed and within a short time the construction was accomplished. This arena was most grandiose in Trans-Caucasia at that time. Till that day «Neftyanik» played its matches in «Dynamo» stadium (there is Hilton hotel at place of stadium) and stadium of "Lenin komsomol” located in Stepan Razin settlement (present stadium named after I.Gayibov in Bakikhanov settlement). Both stadiums were without green cover. But for new stadium grass cover was brought from Lankaran (this cover was renewed only in March of 2002). The Stadium was named after «father of nations» I.V.Stalin. It was due to will and desire of labour people. Opening ceremony was attended personally by Secretary of Central Committee Mirjafar Bagirov. The inauguration was arranged at high level with demonstrative actions of young sportsmen. After holiday footballers of «Neftyanik» and «Spartak» teams met at arena. At early minutes of the game the performance of Bakuvians was not good. It was felt that footballers were in high anxiety. The score was opened at 36th minute after goal of Alakbar Mammadov. And namely this goal was recorded as first goal scored in Republican stadium. After a break footballers could overcome the feelings of anxiety and demonstrated a good play. Guests had to start game from centre thrice. Successive victories grew the team up to 2nd place of fixture list.

    Unfortunately, «Neftyanik» unexpectedly lost the next game to outsider Petrozavodsk’s «Red Star» team. Despite superiority throughout the match Bakuvians could not breakthrough the defence line of guests. This defeat was not yet a sign of misfortune. But two important points were lost. And last match which held in Baku with Ivanovo’s «Red Flag» team was finished with victory of «Neftyanik».

    After that Bakuvians went on 6-match trip. The position in the fixture list and level of rival gave hopes that «Neftyanik» could gain one of the three licenses for group of strongest. First two trip matches, which were victorious, further increased these hopes. «Neftyanik» defeated «Spartak» in Asghabat (3:0), «Dynamo» in Stalinabad (3:1). These victories brought the team to second place in fixture list.

    But the next game laid a foundation of misfortune - Dashkand misfortune of Oct 14. On this day the team had a match with local team of "Home of officers” in Dashkand. The start of the game was not so bad. The team went on attack from very first minutes. Soon «Neftyanik» got the penalty. Sawing the fall of A.Mammadov in the penalty area the referee showed on 11 meter penalty point. But the strike of I.Abramashvili was incorrect. Despite of it the team continued its attacks. And home team responded with counter-attacks. And it is caused some confusion in defence line. Due to this confusion full-back G. Jamkochiyan scored two auto goals successively. After that Bakuvians could only score one goal by Terentyev close to finish of match. Thus the team had a bitter loss. Honorary sport master A.Dangulov, who was among the spectators of the match, said: «I didn’t see a bigger misfortune in football than this».

    Match in Frunze also had bad results. The team could not bear the heavy burden of the responsibility. Players as if did not know what to do in arena. As a result «Neftyanik» allowed three irresponsive goals in its gate. In next two trip matches in Alma-Ata and Yerevan a team could gain goalless draw. With this result Bakuvians established at 4th place of fixture list. Thus they stopped at one step to joining to group of strongest.

    At result there were many reductions. Only few footballers remained in team from key staff, all coaches were removed. And most suffered were I.Abramashvili and M.Pavlidi. They were instructed to leave Baku. Pavlidi shifted to Guba and became coach in local team. I.Abramashvili shifted to HHQ. He had a successful performance in Moscow team during two years.

    The performance of «Neftyanik» in the USSR Cup was also unproductive. The team lost to «Daugava» in Baku at very first match (0:2) and debarred from competitions.

  • 1952

    Chief coach Shirali Shiraliyev had arranged the 1st phase of preparation process of the team in Baku. But since mid-February «Neftyanik» went to Sochi for training-exercise gathering. Chief coach noted in report sent to USSR Footbal Union and which we found form Russian State Archive: «Physical exercises and gymnastics were slightly reduced. The main attention was paid on maximum running and increase of quick start speed. We had also focused on endurance-oriented exercises. Technical preparations were carried out in full extent». Sh.Shiraliyev also noted that the players had a good attitude to exercises. Bakuvians won one match out 4 and made draw in three matches. The first phase of a championship turned out to be successful for our team.

    It was decided to arrange competitions in two stages. The matches of 1st phased held in 3 cities of country - Baku, Kharkov and Ivanovo. In games held in Baku the rivals of «Neftyanik» were «Torpedo» (Gorky), «Burevestnik» (Kishinev), teams of House of Officers of Kiev and Sverdlovsk. Our representative held all matches at high level. Initially «Neftyanik» met with Kiev team. A team of House of Officers, which was strengthened with some members of «Dynamo», demonstrated stiff resistance from very first minutes. But having a perfect performance A.Mammadov could twice score a goal from difficult position, so ensured the victory at first half. After a break although guests intensified a pressure, but our full backs played without mistakes.

    The match with Sverdlovsk team passed harder. The team consisted of young demonstrated itself from a positive side. At first half A.Abilzade had moved fast towards gate and opened a score. But close to the end of half military men could equal the score. After a break Bakuvians increased the pressure took lead with goal of Timakov and kept the victory. Spending of force in two games let it know in match with «Torpedo». Already in 1st half team of Gorky scored 2 goals in our gate. After a break «Neftyanik» although intensified attacks, only Terentyev could score a goal. Although there was a chance to equal the score but Yuri Kuznetsov hit the penalty strike to column of gate. Despite the defeat the fate of 1stplace was decided in game with «Burevestnik». Both Bakuvians and Kishinyov team needed in victory. Despite parties created several dangerous situations in front of gates together with the goalkeeper of the guests Karmayev also demonstrated his mastery. And at the early of second half full-back Khlystov opened a score and brought a victory to our team. The leader of the group «Neftyanik» together with «Burevestnik» and «Torpedo» of Ivanovo, which shared 2-3rd places, got the second phase allowing to struggle for 1-9th places. Tbilisi House of Officers, «Red Flag» (Ivanovo), «Dynamo» (Alma-Ata), «Spartak» (Vilnus), «Locomotive» (Kharkov) and Navy team (Moscow) won this right.

    The matches of second phase started in July. The games for 10-18th places although played in Rostov in one lap, the matches of final stage arranged with principle of «in home» and in trip. First match of «Neftyanik» was in Leningrad with Navy team and our team won with goals of Anoshkin and Terentyev. In games with Kharkov teams Bakuvians could not win and at that did not break the "tradition” – 0:2. And Baku fans saw the lovely team in main stage for the first time in match with «Burevestnik». «Neftyanik» had made its fans enjoyed. Initially Baskov opened a score from 25 meter of distance, but little later the corner strike of Mammadov get into the gate, whereas nobody expected it. At first part Timakov score 3rd goal, but guests could minimize the difference at last seconds of part and at 60th minute. Such situation although worried the fans but at the remaining minutes Mammadov and Kuznetsov’s goals defined the final result– 5:2. Despite only victory was expected from matches with «Dynamo» of Alma-Ata and «Spartak» of Vilnius, our team only satisfied with draw, having played these two games below the level of its capacity. Having defeated Tbilisi team in Baku at last match «Neftyanik» went to Ivanovo and Gorky. Having defeated «Red Flag» with goals of Mammadov, Timakov and Kagakov the southern guys played for draw with Gorky team. Although home team opened a score, but Kuznetsov could pass two full-back skilfully and hit a strong and correct strike. This result enabled «Neftyanik» to finish the fixture list at 1st place with 11 points after 1st lap. All considered «Neftyanik» as main candidate to A class. But in 2ndlap unclear events occurred. It was shown in the report of chief coach that in the middle of 1st lap central full-back V.Sevchenko and left wing forward A.Abilzade got heavy injuries and became unfit for a long period. Our team started 2nd lap without these two leading footballers. In addition to failures in early of 2nd lap some our footballers were injured, too. V.Anoshkin and V.Baskov could not assist the team in two games, and N.Huseynov in three games. Based on this Shiraliyev noted that approximately in five games the team played without five key footballers, being replaced them with inexperienced young from lower group and therefore «Neftyanik» could not withstand the competition till the end. As far as injuries concerned the physician of the team Kamal Akhundov confessed his mistake in report sent to USSR Football Federation: «For some reasons few players (V.Anoshkin, V.Khylstov, O.Timakov) were forced to get into match despite having injuries. And it complicated their process of treatment, and prolonged it – I found it the only mistake of mine throughout the season». At result, having only won one match from 8 in 2nd lap, with two draws, five defeats, despite «Neftyanik» finished the 1st lap in group of leaders like one year earlier, but finally it was 7th.

    In matches for the USSR Cup «Neftyanik» was not distinguished with something. At 1/32 final in trip although victory over «Dynamo» (Dashkand) (5:0) gave a chance for next stage, but 1/16 final games were hard. Till the semi-finals if stages were comprised of one match, «Neftyanik» had to meet with Navy (Moscow) team twice. Main and additional time of 1st match in Baku finished with draw (2:2). But in match held at very next day our team won – 2:0. At 1/8 final the future winner of rival cup was Moscow’s «Torpedo». Unfavourable weather condition in USSR capital forced to change the match for Kharkov, at which Muscovites won easily – 4:0.

  • 1953

    Being in one step to target for two years, a team finally could not cope with task, so the leadership had to intervene. Shirali Shiraliyev was dismissed from position of chief coach. He was replaced with Viktor Novikov. Leadership pinned big hopes on V.Novikov.

    No serious changed took place in staff of «Neftyanik». A.Kagakov, N.Mylnikov, Sh.Amirov and A.Litvinov left the team. Except A.Kagakov others were not main members of the staff. Young players like Sh.Aliyev, M.Rizhov, M.Javakhian and B.Batashov were invited to main staff. The basic aim was to keep the core of team under the lead of experienced coach to get a license to group of strongest.

    The start of championship was successful for a team. In first three matches having won Bakuvians had disappointed rivals 19 times. But as the team went on trip its old disease emerged again. Bakuvians according to schedule made for trip had to spend eight successive matches in trip. In two of these first three matches in trip the team was defeated with big score. But four victories in Central Asian tours significantly improved position of «Neftyanik» in fixture list. Last three matches to be held in Baku, and in particular with key rivals, caused great hopes to fans of team. But «Neftyanik» as always finished the championship with bad results. First, the defeat in Baku from Yerevan’s «Dynamo» complicated the position of team further. After that draws in matches with «Torpedo» (Rostov) and «Spartak» (Tbilisi) totally destroyed all hopes. Later taking 4th place in 1ststage our team had to struggle for 10-12th place in 2ndstage. At that mini-tournament held in Baku «Neftyanik» won one match, but lost in other and satisfied with 11th place.

    Like in championship Bakuvians had a good start in cup matches. At first stage «Red Star» team (Petrozavodsk) was defeated – 4:2. At next stage Moscow’s «Khimik» although played decisively, but after struggle for two matches «Neftyanik» could pass this barrier, too – 1:1, 4:1. But at 1/32 final «Neftyanik» unexpectedly lost to team of Leninabad city (4:8), debarred of competition.

  • 1954

    Though matches of B group, in which «Neftyanik» had to play in new season, games of A group «Spartak» (Moscow) – «Torpedo» (Gorky) and «Locomotive» (Moscow) – «Torpedo» (Gorky) did not let Baku fans to be bored. At that due to weather conditions teams of northern cities had to play their "home” matches at early of season in southern cities. And games of lower group had to be started on April 18. Here 36 teams had to compete in 3 semi-groups, in which «Neftyanik» got the place in 1st one.

    Our team started its preparation since second half of January. Chief coach Viktor Novikov wrote about it in edition of «Fizkulturnik Azerbaydjana» newspaper dated Jan 27, 1954: «The focus is made on dealing with ball, technical movements and strikes. Within physical exercises gymnastics, acrobatics and light athletics exercises are performed. Daily one hour is dedicated to theoretical exercises. Except Vladimir Karmayev and Viktor Shevchenko, leaving the team at preparation process, all footballers participated at preparations. We invited some young footballers to team and it has a purpose to form a reserve force». After completion of preparations in Baku «Neftyanik» went to Batumi on March 11 for training-exercise gatherings. On the eve of championship Pavlidi and Abramashvili returned in team. But Yuri Kuznetsov was in very good form. The season started new, the matter of trip of Bakuvians came to agenda. Therefore some matches of the team were postponed till July.

    Among the USSR teams for the first time from participants of B group «Neftyanik» that crossed the borders, had a very successful trip. Our footballers score in total 39 goals from gates of Finnish teams. The success of the trip raised the mood of footballers. Although the 1st lap of the championship finished, but few games of the team remained.

    Close to end of first lap Alma-Ata’s «Locomotive» was a leader with 16 points. Yerevan’s «Spartak» had 14 points, team of Leninabad city (Tajikistan) had 13 points. Few teams, including «Neftyanik» followed them. To reach the leaders matches should be played with minimum losses. The game of Bakuvians with DZE (Tbilisi) in trip was hard. The home team opened a score at early of match. But soon guests could take the superiority. Little after Timakov used face to face with goalkeeper, the strike of Pavlidi was resulted in goal and full-backs had to take out the ball from empty gate. Finally, after corner strike Zeytulla Suleymanov equalled the score with head strike. As second half started «Neftyanik» went on attack. Although the strike of Mikuchadze returned from column at 47th minute he could pass through two full backs allowed Suleymanov to strike position and Zeytulla did not face any difficulty in scoring 2nd goal. Close to end of match Javakhian with strong strike from 15 meters scored 3rd goal. And in the last match of 1st lap «Neftyanik» crushed a team of Leninabad city – 7:1. Mikuchadze, Pavlidi and Kuznetsov demonstrated a high performance at this game. And the match with Chelyabinsk’s «Avangard» was remembered with scandal. After 1st part of match held on Aug 3 chief referee D.Remishvili used as excuse as if fans threw a stone on him refused to participate in 2nd half. After two days the game was replayed again. Borisbey Batashov, who replaced Abilzade in start staff moved forward on right wing gave a pass in front of gate. Anoshkin made an exact strike to far corner without stopping the ball. Soon Batashov self also became an author of second goal after a good combination. Close to end of half guest could reduce the difference of score. But Batashov could restore a difference of 2 scores before the break. In the second half Batashov continued active game. Our Chechen origin footballer having passed through some rival players moved rapidly towards gate. The last full back hurried to prevent him but Batashov’s strike on ground made a score 4:1. Unfortunately, our footballers, being relaxed, had "put aside a weapon”. At result of very weak playing of Yaralov in right wing and Aliyev in gate Chelyabinsk team scored two goals. 10 minutes left to finish guests could equal the score. Despite of a draw «Neftyanik» took 2nd place in semi group. In 2nd lap the game in Frunze with «Iskra» was also productive. Despite of defeat of home team in 2nd lap, at 3rd minute after pass of Pavlidi Anoshkin opened a score. But due to blunder of Mkrtichov Frunze team scored a reciprocal goal. While our full-backs came to themselves the score turned to be 2:1 at 12th minute. Since the mid of 1st half our footballers equalled the game and then the score at 40th minute: Abramashvili tricked the full back and made a pass to Khlysov and the latter score a goal. But the mistake in our defence did not allow leaving for break with this score and it became– 3:2. At break time coach replaced Javakhian with Batashov. Although our team got the full superiority, a wrong pass of Terentyev resulted in 4th goal in our gate. Home team consolidated in defence and tried to keep the score as it was, to overcome their resistance was difficult. But 18 minutes left to end Batashov went on attack alone and with correct strike from a long distance reduced the difference in score to minimum. While the applauses were not stopped Batashov taking the ball could skilfully pass through 3 full backs went face to face with goalkeeper and equalled the score. Frunze team, which till then tried just to keep the score, did not know what to do. Immediately after sound of gong, saying about remaining 5 minutes Pavlidi score 5th goal. At last minutes the hero of the game Batashov again scored a goal and the victory of «Neftyanik» was ensured– 6:4.

    After 20 games Bakuvians were leaders with 32 points. «Spartak» (Yerevan) with 31 points (from 19 games), «Locomotive» (Alma-Ata) with 25 points (from 17 games) were pretenders to 2 place that allowed license to next stage. But finally Alma-Ata team left the struggle and «Neftyanik» with «Spartak» reached the final stage. Our team could not prove the hopes at final stage held in Stalino. Despite a brilliant game of Batashov and Kuznetsov the accumulated scores did not allow to spend next year in A class. The performance of Kuznetsov so impressed the specialists that despite he played in B class he was invite din the combined USSR team. It was first time the player was invited to main team of the country from lower group.

    Although «Neftyanik» spend cup tournament games in Baku, it could not go ahead so much. Bakuvians first met with team of Budyonny plant, winners of Azerbaijan Cup. Based on that time Regulations the winner of Republican cup is allowed to participate in country cup. In contrary to expected performance the game was not so easy for «Neftyanik». The team could win country followers with minimum score. To prove what can «little brother» played at field with full strength. The double of Borisbey Batashov who demonstrated a perfect game in that season allowed «Neftyanik» to get in next stage. But at next stage the team met with a real fiasco. Receiving at home Kiev military men (DZE) Bakuvian from very first half understood that to pass to next stage was impossible. Kiev team could find a way to our gate due to mistakes of full backs of «Neftyanik». At second part the course of game was not changed. Teams could score one goal each. Thus «Neftyanik» having agreed with big score defeat (1:4) debarred from cup tournament.

  • 1955

    This year like previously «Neftyanik» had to struggle to get in A group. But the staff was not so stronger than a staff, which could not tackle the task. Therefore there few people who believed in our team in achieving its target.

    This year compared to previous the matches in B class were arranged in two zones. In Bo zone the main competition will be among «Neftyanik», Tbilisi military men and Gorky’s «Torpedo». But let’s say from now neither they, nor Bakuvians justified the hopes. In book published in 1956 under editorship of M.Miriyev in the conclusions of 1955 the following were noted: «Neftyanik» did not justify the hopes of Baku fans. Former chief coach Viktor Novikov till the start of championship and event after it used to do experiments. He tried the players of forward-line in defence, in half backs and did vice versa. At result, despite having numerous forwards, the team had no even minimum number of good full-backs in team. It showed self just in first matches: successive three games were lost». The instability that followed «Neftyanik» showed itself here. Finally, at 6thgame Bakuvians had crushed the team of Tbilisi House of Officers– 4:1. At Urals trip with 6 points at 4 games our footballers’ performance changed towards improvement. At last games in Baku successful results led «Neftyanik» after 1stlap to 5th place with 19 points.

    Having replaced V.Novikov with N.Rasskazov in July the administration tried to get stability doing it. The team started the second lap with victory with large score. In Saratov, in game with local «Energy» at first minute of the match Galkin opened a score. Then Batashov made the score 2:0 and in 2nd half these footballers each distinguished once more. But in match with Stalingrad’s «Torpedo» the events went entirely in contrary direction. After a defeat with 1:4 score the successive draws outdistanced «Neftyanik» from target significantly. First, in Dashkand with «Spartak», later in Alma-Ata with «Urojay» and in Baku with Rostov’s «Torpedo» our team gained overall 3 points. The large score defeat in Krasnodar to local «Neftyanik» and in Baku to Tbilisi team almost buried all hopes. In match with Krasnodar team although R.Mammadov opened a score, but at the end of 1st half after a mistake of goalkeeper Sanoyan the home team could score a reciprocal goal. But in the 2ndlap unexpectedly the guests allowed 3 more goals. In match with Tbilisi’s DZE team, which was defeated by «Neftyanik» in 1st lap with score of 4:1, our team now faced the biggest defeat in its history. One fact should be noted here, at 2nd lap Bakuvians made 6 draws. So, «Neftyanik» occupied 6th place in its zone, and could not achieve the assigned target. At the early of 2ndlap the leader of team the invitation of Yuri Kuznetsov to Moscow’s «Dynamo» had its negative impact. The forward that left Baku joined «Neftyanik» only in A group.

    In the struggle for Cup Baku representative could not justify the hopes. Initially having won in the game with a team of Baku House of Officers with score of 3:2, «Neftyanik» crushed at 1/64 final the winner of Turkmenistan cup, a team of Krasnovodsk city – 12:1. At next stage due to no show of Odessa team at match the game with «Pishevik» did not took place. At 1/16 final «Neftchi» although defeated the team of Voronezh city with 1:0 score, but at 1/8 final it lost to Vilnius «Spartak» (0:3) and stopped the competition.

    «Neftyanik» finished the year with two international unofficial matches in Baku. First, Lebanese combined tam visited our city. Young Lebanese players could not withstand the pressure of experienced rivals. The goalkeeper of guests M.Shahin although could save the team in some cases, but in the middle of 1st half A.Abilzada opened a score, little later B.Batashov scored 2ndgoal. Although footballers went to break with score of 3:1, but in 2ndhalf teams succeeded once – 4:2. The game with team of Kabul city caused interest of fans. The score also shows that guests were unable to resist. At 1st half Batashov, Borkin, Mikuchadze, Smirnov and Abilzade 5 times disappointed 17-year old afghan goalkeeper. The 2dn half passed little limply and Borkin score one more goal and finalized the total score – 6:0.

  • 1956

    In new season at B class 36 teams struggled in two semi-groups. In first semi group the rival was not so strong and two teams pretended for leadership. But other semi-group in which «Neftyanik» is represented was distinguished with tension. During the season there was change of leadership 6-7 times. Bakuvians had to meet in hard matches with teams of Tbilisi House of Officers, «Krilya Sovetov» (Kuybishev). Chief coach V.Panyukov, reporting about readiness for season on the eve of championship at meeting of Football Division of Sport Committee of the Azerbaijan SSR had complained on shortages in staff: «There is a shortage of half-backs in a team. At this position Chistokhvalov, Sultanov may be used, too. Our problems with goalkeepers remain unsolved. To settle this problem in future a school of goalkeepers is to be established in stadium named after Stalin». By the way, it was noted in the minutes of that meeting held on March 23 that participants found the process of readiness of «Neftyanik» and the training-exercise gathering as satisfactory.

    Good start of team for a season indeed gives an impression of satisfactory readiness of team. «Neftyanik» won five victories in first six tours reached to a leadership. «Neftchi» won «Krilya Sovetov», «Spartak» (Yerevan) and «Neftyanik» (Krasnodar) with score of 1:0, and Voronezh and Stalingrad footballers with score of 3:1 and gained 10 points from 12 possible and led the fixture list. Particularly the game with Yerevan team passed in tension. The victory at this match would bring our team to leadership. There was wide information in press of that time about the game: «Match of Baku and Yerevan footballers always passes in tension. It is not a surprise that the match of these rivals gathered at Republican stadium over 30 thousand spectators. Since start of game the tense struggle began. Gradually the initiative passes to home team and more tense situations created in front of «Spartak» gate. The full backs of guests and goalkeeper Israelian played under big pressure, but Bakuvians could not realize the superiority for a long time. The fate of match was decided with only goal scored by Mikuchadze». Close to the end of 1st lap Bakuvians won a large score victory. At 1sthalf of match with Stalinabad’s «Kolkhozchu» Terentyev and Smirnov distinguished. At second half «Neftyanik» played speedy game. Besides Galkin and Smirnov, having distinguished twice, Abilzade, Terentyev and Mikuchadze also scored a goal and led the score to 7:0. And only goal of guests was auto goal by our footballer Zinin. But as usual «Neftyanik» could not keep the leadership for a long time due to instability. Particularly the failures in trip outdistanced the team from leaders. The 2nd lap was not started as desired. Having lost in Baku to team of Tbilisi House of Officers «Neftyanik» went on Central Asian trip. Here the team lost in Dashkand and Alma-Ata at 4 matches and had to satisfy with half of possible points. This factor also influenced on growing of disagreements between coach and footballers. Chief coach Viktor Panyukov was not saved with victory over «Neftyanik» (Krasnodar) with score of 11:4. The next day of game he was replaced temporarily by Kamal Akhundov. Following defeats in Kuybishev and Yerevan, draws in Stalingrad and Rostov cost Bakuvians high. Having not coped with trip failures at this season, too our team although had relatively satisfactory last 7 matches «in home», but it did not changed something. After defeat from Gorky’s «Torpedo» (2:3) the draw with Molotov’s team (2:2) brought first point for team. Victories over footballers of İzhevsk, Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk with scores of 1:0, 2:0 and 5:3 respectively did not give the expected result. Finally «Neftyanik» as in previous year gained the same points as Voronezh footballers- 39 points, for better difference of goals it took 5thplace.

    «Neftyanik» again made its fans gladden with international matches. Besides Ethiopia and Indonesia, after 30-years gap Iranian footballers vested Baku. The match with Africans passed with our team’s superiority. Initially Terentyev opened a score at match, but later Mikuchadze scored three more goals. Guests could compensate one of these goals till the break. At beginning of second half Ethiopians distinguished twice. First forward Kebbede reduced the difference and then full back scored an auto goal and thus restored a difference. With next goal Mikuchadze finally set a result – 6:2. But match with Indonesians passed slightly difficult. Having fast footballers guests already at 9th minute opened a score. But they had no further force to do something extra. With high level performance in the match Abilzade scored a reciprocal goal at 33rd minute. In 2nd half the superiority of «Neftyanik» became more visible. At early of half Abilzade scored second goal, and 5 minutes left to finish he scored his 3rdgoal and finalized the match with 3:1 score. And in fall combined team of Tehran city visited «Neftyanik». The match started on equal level. Although guests arranged more dangerous attacks, our goalkeeper Chingiz Ismayilov repulsed attacks skilfully. Two minutes left to break the strike of captain of guests Brumand was repulsed by Ismayılov but Hatami reaching there opened a score. At 2nd half using attacks of our footballers the guests scored a second goal in counter-attack. And numerous attacks of Bakuvians had no results. The home team could only compensate one goal and submitted to defeat – 1:2. Despite productivity in unofficial matches, the useless forward line showed itself in championship more vivid. It was written in calendar-information booklet dedicated to conclusions of year: «From forwards Mikuchadze was more effective. Despite of it there were a lot of defects in forward line of «Neftyanik»».

    In connection with organization of Games of the USSR peoples this year cup tournament was not held at all.

  • 1957

    In new season at B class 36 teams struggled in two semi-groups. In first semi group the rival was not so strong and two teams pretended for leadership. But other semi-group in which «Neftyanik» is represented was distinguished with tension. During the season there was change of leadership 6-7 times. Bakuvians had to meet in hard matches with teams of Tbilisi House of Officers, «Krilya Sovetov» (Kuybishev). Chief coach V.Panyukov, reporting about readiness for season on the eve of championship at meeting of Football Division of Sport Committee of the Azerbaijan SSR had complained on shortages in staff: «There is a shortage of half-backs in a team. At this position Chistokhvalov, Sultanov may be used, too. Our problems with goalkeepers remain unsolved. To settle this problem in future a school of goalkeepers is to be established in stadium named after Stalin». By the way, it was noted in the minutes of that meeting held on March 23 that participants found the process of readiness of «Neftyanik» and the training-exercise gathering as satisfactory.

    Good start of team for a season indeed gives an impression of satisfactory readiness of team. «Neftyanik» won five victories in first six tours reached to a leadership. «Neftchi» won «Krilya Sovetov», «Spartak» (Yerevan) and «Neftyanik» (Krasnodar) with score of 1:0, and Voronezh and Stalingrad footballers with score of 3:1 and gained 10 points from 12 possible and led the fixture list. Particularly the game with Yerevan team passed in tension. The victory at this match would bring our team to leadership. There was wide information in press of that time about the game: «Match of Baku and Yerevan footballers always passes in tension. It is not a surprise that the match of these rivals gathered at Republican stadium over 30 thousand spectators. Since start of game the tense struggle began. Gradually the initiative passes to home team and more tense situations created in front of «Spartak» gate. The full backs of guests and goalkeeper Israelian played under big pressure, but Bakuvians could not realize the superiority for a long time. The fate of match was decided with only goal scored by Mikuchadze». Close to the end of 1st lap Bakuvians won a large score victory. At 1sthalf of match with Stalinabad’s «Kolkhozchu» Terentyev and Smirnov distinguished. At second half «Neftyanik» played speedy game. Besides Galkin and Smirnov, having distinguished twice, Abilzade, Terentyev and Mikuchadze also scored a goal and led the score to 7:0. And only goal of guests was auto goal by our footballer Zinin. But as usual «Neftyanik» could not keep the leadership for a long time due to instability. Particularly the failures in trip outdistanced the team from leaders. The 2nd lap was not started as desired. Having lost in Baku to team of Tbilisi House of Officers «Neftyanik» went on Central Asian trip. Here the team lost in Dashkand and Alma-Ata at 4 matches and had to satisfy with half of possible points. This factor also influenced on growing of disagreements between coach and footballers. Chief coach Viktor Panyukov was not saved with victory over «Neftyanik» (Krasnodar) with score of 11:4. The next day of game he was replaced temporarily by Kamal Akhundov. Following defeats in Kuybishev and Yerevan, draws in Stalingrad and Rostov cost Bakuvians high. Having not coped with trip failures at this season, too our team although had relatively satisfactory last 7 matches «in home», but it did not changed something. After defeat from Gorky’s «Torpedo» (2:3) the draw with Molotov’s team (2:2) brought first point for team. Victories over footballers of İzhevsk, Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk with scores of 1:0, 2:0 and 5:3 respectively did not give the expected result. Finally «Neftyanik» as in previous year gained the same points as Voronezh footballers- 39 points, for better difference of goals it took 5thplace.

    «Neftyanik» again made its fans gladden with international matches. Besides Ethiopia and Indonesia, after 30-years gap Iranian footballers vested Baku. The match with Africans passed with our team’s superiority. Initially Terentyev opened a score at match, but later Mikuchadze scored three more goals. Guests could compensate one of these goals till the break. At beginning of second half Ethiopians distinguished twice. First forward Kebbede reduced the difference and then full back scored an auto goal and thus restored a difference. With next goal Mikuchadze finally set a result – 6:2. But match with Indonesians passed slightly difficult. Having fast footballers guests already at 9th minute opened a score. But they had no further force to do something extra. With high level performance in the match Abilzade scored a reciprocal goal at 33rd minute. In 2nd half the superiority of «Neftyanik» became more visible. At early of half Abilzade scored second goal, and 5 minutes left to finish he scored his 3rdgoal and finalized the match with 3:1 score. And in fall combined team of Tehran city visited «Neftyanik». The match started on equal level. Although guests arranged more dangerous attacks, our goalkeeper Chingiz Ismayilov repulsed attacks skilfully. Two minutes left to break the strike of captain of guests Brumand was repulsed by Ismayılov but Hatami reaching there opened a score. At 2nd half using attacks of our footballers the guests scored a second goal in counter-attack. And numerous attacks of Bakuvians had no results. The home team could only compensate one goal and submitted to defeat – 1:2. Despite productivity in unofficial matches, the useless forward line showed itself in championship more vivid. It was written in calendar-information booklet dedicated to conclusions of year: «From forwards Mikuchadze was more effective. Despite of it there were a lot of defects in forward line of «Neftyanik»».

    In connection with organization of Games of the USSR peoples this year cup tournament was not held at all.

    As over the years "Neftyanik” failed to rich to the alleged aim the Authorities of the Republic had to keep up making changes. At this time the team was prepared for the new season by new head coach Oleg Timakov. Assistant of coach also had been changed. Timakov was assisted by Isay Abramashvili. Fans hope to new trainer was also described in the K.Malafriyev’s topic satire which belonged to the calendar of that time: "Timakov is highly cherished. After all, he is a great star of the Football World. Most of the people who has seen the bright performance of Timakov in the team of "Spartak” with their own eyes, regard him as one the honorable masters of football. And now, everyone is thinking about one question – will Timakov be able to instill his experience to our sportsmen? He must, absolutely he must!”. Beforehand, let’s mention that also Timakov couldn’t. Although, "Neftyanik” didn’t begin the season with a bad performance. The players of Baku whose competitors were the team of Caucasus and Middle Asia in the 3rd subgroup of B class, promised hopes to fans in the start. After 8 rounds, Timakov’s successors had already got 12 points from 4 "home” and from the trip matches. But again our team was away from leaders after Middle Asia journey that accompanied with losses. Although, at the end of the session "Neftyanik” defeated "Kayrat” in Baku (1:0), suddenly it lost the game with the big score to the team of Frunze (1:5) and finished the round in the 5th place. The fullback of our team’s gate, who said that "although we were playing weakly in the first part, we played the second part well” – Chingiz Ismayilov’s memories about that round are interesting: "The matches with Armenians always were principal. And every time special awards were set for those games. Because Armenians also had prepared particularly for the matches with us, and no matter what, they didn’t want to lose in front of the team of Azerbaijan. As, Armenians spoke tactlessly during the game was held in Baku with "Spartak” of Yerevan, in 1957, the Authorities became angry. Before the game they said that if you win the game, the prize will be high. Although we fall behind with the 0:1 score, Mikuchadze and Galkin’s goals brought us a victory. As we won with 2:1 score each football player was awarded with Macintosh.”

    New head coach’s efforts made benefits in the second round. During uninterrupted 15 games "Neftyanik” won 11 games, finished 3 games with a draw, and lost only 1 game. As leaders had passed quite ahead in the first round, also this time the team of Baku couldn’t reach the aim and was in the 3rd place. The Press announced that the goalkeeper Ch.Ismayilov, the fullback V.Denisov and the forward K.Eynullayev had successfully performed in the season.

    "Neftyanik” who spent all its power to alleged aim, didn’t pay any attention to Cup matches. And for this reason, it lost the game (1:2) with the team of local Dynamo, held in Kirov. "Neftyanik” had to stop Cup competition in the first phase.

    This year some more games were added to the International game rank of "Neftyanik”. First, in April, our team set out to Iran and played 2 games in Tehran. These games were disputed comprehensibly in the Ali Abilzada’s book called "Journeys of Neftyanik” was published in 1960. To the memories of Ali Abilzada, the team of Baku players was superior during the first game with team of "Taj” and they won the game easily – 3:0. The second game, which took place after 3 days, was harder. Ali Abilzada clarified the reason of that: "After first meeting for calling up the best players to Tehran, the telegram was sent to Rasht, Abadan and other cities. When we came out to the arena, we saw new fullbacks and halfbacks in the team of Iran. It meant that "Neftyanik” had to compete not with the team of Tehran, but the national team of Iran. Even, the host players opened the score after the fullback Turan Mammadov’s blunder, but Galkin and Mikuchadze’s goals brought our team forward. To the end of game by scoring one more goal the team of Iran fixed the result – 2:2. The journey to Ceylon passed rather easier. The results say everything: vitories were with scores as follow: over the team of Colombo State 16:3, over the national team of Colombo city 14:1 and over the combined national team of country 3:2 . Also in Combojo "Neftyanik” played 3 games. They defeated the Young players’ team of the Pnompenh city with 5:1 score and the national team of capital twice with the 2:0 score.

  • 1958

    "Neftyanik” which was sent for the International tour at the beginning of the year, in comparison with other teams, has started preparations for the championship so late. Oleg Timakov, the coach of Baku players’ team which has spent the whole January on visit, could practice the first training in February. But at this time, it turned out that not everyone were ready for the training: some was in need of rest, others needed treatment. The masteries of those who had involved in the team newly were not worthy of the team. At the end of the season K.Akhundov, the Head of the Football Division of Azerbaijan SSR wrote in the "Azerbaijan Physical Culture” newspaper: "During the training process, numerous mistakes were done in the theoretical lessons. These mistakes were appeared in the collective’s technical, tactical improving and physical training. So, it would not be fair to blame Timakov completely. No, we must be honest, the main guiltiest of occurring of mistakes and voids are the sportsmen. Passivity, indiscipline and lack of diligence of some of them preventing to be the high level sportsmen, did not let to play with the full power.”

    Although, the members of the team Terentyev, Denisov who were in staff for 8 years had disappointed us, but youth like experienced Abilzada, Mikuchadze and Alasgarov did the same as well. Babayev, Kosenkov, Galkin were pinned great hopes on. While Zulgarniyev was a hardworking, technical and skillful in a tactical point of view, at the last moment, there was a short of confidence in his actions. Dikaver was the best successful transfer in the preseason period. Soon, the tall and physically strong fullback was in the main staff. There were not any significant changes in the staff, though it had not fulfilled the objectives that were set in the previous season. As the same time there was a huge hope that "Neftyanik” will be back to A class.

    The Schedule of calendar also was a successful for our team. The team of Baku had to hold the games of the first 5 tours in Baku. After one week our football team which defeated Yerevan’s "Spartak” with 1:0 score at the beginning, scored 4 unanswered goals against the Stalinolu. But in the next 3 games they just achieved 3 points. We had to wait full 6 tours for the next victory. After first period with the 20 points "Neftyanik” settled in the middle of fixture list, and the difference with the leaders’ point was not so noticeable. Because of studying in the High School one of the main fullbacks of the team Turan Mammadov had to stop his career after the first period. His position was assigned to young Dikarev by the coach Timakov and fullback proved that coach was not wrong. By the way, the way leads the T.Mammadov to different positions commenced at that time. Likewise his other team members Ismayilov also remembers Mammadov well: "While Turan was working in "Kompressor” factory he was playing for the team of that factory. Then he was taken to the "Neftyanik”. He was well-educated and was studying at Institute of Physical Culture. He was a good fullback and during our travel to the Seychelles Islands he was our captain. Due to his studies he asked permission for not to participate in the trainings and then Timakov offered him a choice either playing football or studying at the Institute. He preferred to study. After graduating from the Institute he had stayed and worked there. First he was working for "Neftchi” Sport Corporation and was a Director of "Neftyanik”, after that he was the Head of Central Board of "Neftchi” Corporation.

    Turning back to Championship, there is a need to mention that our team was weaker in the second round and had to satisfy with the 7th place. The players of Baku – beginner for the Country Cup from the 1/6 final, met Kuban team in "home”. The goal of Zibrov was responded by Javakhian. Allowing one more goal in the extra time for determining winner, our team had stopped struggle in the first phase. Upon finishing of a season the head coach Oleg Timakov was expelled from the team.

  • 1959

    From year to year the poor results of «Neftyanik» forced Sport Committee of Republic to make some changes. Thus in 1959 it was offered to hold transitional game with «Neftyanik» and winner of Republican championship in order to define which team will represent Azerbaijan. In November 1958 «Neftyanik» played with a team of Compressor unit of «Orjonikidzeneft» trust, which then was a republican champion. At first game teams played under referee Tofig Bahramov. Let’s note in advance that both game passed in tense situation. At first half of first game there were no goals. Plus, due to leaving the playground by Javakhian after being injured «Neftyanik» had to play in minority. Alizade and Galkin in our team were quite active. At early of second part although fullback Malkin prevented Mikuchadze to score a goal, little bit later he played with hand in penalty area and referee Tofig Bahramov appointed a penalty. Having scored from penalty Abilzade soon made a score 2:0. But along with Javakhian Abilzade was also injured and had to miss the game could cost «Neftyanik» a high price. Thus, with such dangerous players in staff like Fatullayev, Timakov «Orjonikidzeneft» opened a score, and soon Movsumov scored a second goal. But little bit to interval Galkin could reduce the difference. At second part after strikes of Mammadnaghi Babayev and Klim Xachaturov our team could win. Thus in 1959 our Republic was to be represented in the USSR championship with «Neftyanik». But transitional games once again showed that the situation in the team is not satisfactory.

    The season of 1959 «Neftyanik» started with great changes in staff. Shirali Shiraliyev was appointed as a team chief. And head coach O.Timakov, who had been removed from a team at the end of last season for lacks in works, was replaced by Konstantin Kuznetsov, who was considered as genius of pre-war Azerbaijan football. To assist K.Kuznetsov former popular footballer Pavel Reich was appointed as assistant. To strengthen the staff a group of young footballers of the republic – A.Babayev, A.Manafov, A.Kazakov, T.Fatullayev, V.Yudanov, V.Hajıyev, N.Ayrapetov, S.Muradov and V.Khluchin were involved in a team.

    The team played a first game of the season with success. After a long interval «Neftyanik» finally, again meet with Republican representative team. And this rival was a newly established team of Kirovabad «Tekstilshik». Bakuvians could win a rival without any difficulty. But the game showed that a team had not a good readiness for a season. The next game confirmed these assumptions. Tbilisi military men won in Baku with two irresponsive goals. And a team returned from Armenia trip with just one point in two games, then was bitterly defeated in native playground by «Kuban». Krasnodar team scored five irresponsive goals into our gate. Truly, in trip game in Nalchik «Neftyanik» could win «Spartak» thanks to goal of V.Smirnov. But in next game a team again met with a fiasco and allowed four irresponsive goals in Stavropol from «Spartak». It was already known that a team could pass to group of strongest, but it will be hard for it to maintain its place in B class. As there was a doubt that K.Kuznetsov could take out the team from a crisis, again an administration had to intervene. After first lap he was removed from a position. A new coach of team was appointed in person of Venyamin Krylov.

    The debut of a new head coach was successful. His appointment was coincided with start of competition for the USSR Cup. At first game «Neftyanik» could pass to a next phase by winning «Terek» in native playground (3:1). At this phase a hard victory in Stavropol over «Spartak» was won – 2:1. This victory could make fans to forget a bitter defeat in Stavropol in the first lap. A team just losing at 1/16 final in Stalingrad to «Tractor» with minimum score debarred from cup matches.

    Let’s note that a head coach tested young players like E.Piriyev, Lysov, Udunian in Cup games. Unfortunately, neither of them stayed in team.

    Like in Cup games a team started a second lap with success and returned from Kirovabad with a victory. But after having three successive games in «home» and just winning in one of them, it became clear that a team already would not be able to fulfill its task. Truly, V.Krylov made certain positive changes in a team’s performance. Although a team did not face with a bitter defeat, but there was no stability in performance. As there was no unity among veterans of «Neftyanik» and its young players, a team could not find its performance. At the end of a season in the games played in trip three successive defeats brought «Neftyanik» to the bottom of fixture list. Bakuvians just could take ahead of «Temp» and «Tekstilshik» could preserve its place in B class.

    The year 1959 may be considered as most unsuccessful season in history of «Neftyanik». Already there was a need in starting of reforms in a team.

  • 1960

    Having passed weakly the last 2-3 years in B class «Neftyanik» gained a right to play in A class in his history due to reforms carried out by the USSR Football Federation. According to this decision none of 12 teams left the group of strongest and 10 teams from B class joined them. The new regulation provided that 22 teams will play in 2 semi-groups with 11 teams in each. The first three teams of the semi group had to play for 1-6 places and next three teams would compete for 7-12th places. Although to join the competition for first six places was hard for debutant, it was possible to pretend for 7-12th places. For this purpose a republican leadership made steps to strengthen «Neftyanik». First of all from Moscow «Dynamo» members of the USSR combined team Alakbar Mammadov and Yuri Kuznetsov were sent back to a native team. By their advice two more «Dynamo» player Adamas Golodets and Yevgeni Baykov were also attracted in a team. Let’s note in advance that Baykov faced with a problem to join a team and soon went back. But «three» although made their best but the majority in a team of those who had no experience in playing with strongest teams did not allow getting the required results. And the beginning of the championship passed weakly for a team: at first three games «Locomotive» (Moscow) scored in gate of our team 4, «Spartak» (Moscow) 3, «Admiralteyets» (Leningrad) 2 irresponsive goals. At 4th tour the match in Kuybishev with «Krilya Sovetov» finished with a draw 1:1 and «Neftyanik» besides scoring its first goal also got its first point. Following it a game with «Shakhtyor» (Donetsk) in Baku finished with same score. And the only victory in first lap was won in Vilnus over «Spartak». It was the last points of our team in first lap and finally only 4 points could be gained.

    However in interval between laps a head coach V.Krilov could eliminate some lacks. In addition the played unofficial games were very useful in view of gaining the experience. From German Democratic Republic «Motor» (0:0), from Indonesia «Persica» (5:2) clubs visited Baku. But the most remembered match was in Baku with Turkish strong team «Galatasaray». Despite playing in staff of Turks the footballers like captain of a team Turgay Sheren and Metin Oktay, who was popular in whole Europe, «Neftyanik» could win with a score 3:1. Our team continued to gladden its fans in second laps, too. 4 victories and 2 draws in games with «Kayrat», Central Army Sporting Club, «Spartak» (Vilnius) and in Moscow over «Spartak» could improve further a position of Bakuvians. But losses in first circle allowed «Neftyanik» to compete just for 19-22th places with «Spartak» (Vilnius), with «Moldova» (Kishinev) and «Kalev» (Tallin) teams, which occupied last two places in other semi-group. In this mini-tournament where points gained at first phase were deleted and teams had to start anew Bakuvians took 21th place and preserved its place in A class.

    After completion of a season likewise every year «Neftyanik» went to foreign trips, this time to Sudan and Ethiopia. In Khartoum it started a game with local «Muroda» club unsuccessfully, but A.Mammadov, Y.Kuznetsov and A.Golodets scored goals and a team won with a score 3:2. In match with «Merih» A.Mammadov (2 goals) and A.Golodets were main players– 3:1. But a match with «Hilal» team, which made a base of Sudan combined team, turned to be hard. Despite the strongest team of the country aimed to win, but 2 goals of Y.Kuznetsov were decisive in a victory of our team (3:2).

    But a trip to Ethiopia passed easily. First, the combined team of capital Addis-Ababa was defeated – 7:0. Six goals were scored by Golodets. In next game with a combined team of Daradava province he again disappointed a goalkeeper. And two more goals of Kuznetsov strengthened a victory – 3:1. According to press of that time the hot weather conditions made a task of Bakuvians even harder. It manifested itself in a game with Ethiopian combined team. At first half using the confusion of the guests a rival team scored 2 goals. But after interval having concentrated self «Neftyanik» could win with a hat-trick of Golodets with score 5:2. At last game Bakuvians win the team of Asmara city with a score of 3:1 returned a home without any defeat.

    In the season which was going to finish our team had brilliant performance of players like Kamil Eynullayev, Vyacheslav Semiglazov, Robert Chanchaleyshvili and Anatoly Gryazev. Besides Baykov Ivan Margunov from «Locomotive” (Moscow) could not join the staff indicated about the strong competition in that year. Taking it into account a team started a new season with hopes.

    Due to change in Regulations of Cup matches last year «Neftyanik» did not play this year.













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