Hamburg’s relegation clock became a bit of a stalwart and icon in German football.
For years it served as a reminder that Hamburg had never been relegated from the Bundesliga. That was, of course, until 2018, when the Red Shorts finally succumbed to the drop.
But now, the club have decided to remove it. The clock will now be retired as Hamburg prepare for their second straight season in the 2. Bundesliga, after Christian Titz and Hannes Wolf were unable to guide Bundesliga football back to the Volksparkstadion at the first time of asking.
In 2018, when the club were relegated despite a 2-1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hamburg assured fans that the clock would remain at the Volksparkstadion.
The Red Shorts stated that the counter would be reset to 130 years, 7 months and 3 days (at the time in 2018) to mark the anniversary of the club’s foundation.
However just one year on, with Second Division football still prevalent at the Volksparkstadion, Hamburg have chosen to scrap one of German football’s most iconic pieces of infrastructure.
It is thought that the German Football Museum in Dortmund is the most probable destination for the infamous clock. At 14 metres, is is too large to be placed in Hamburg’s own museum.
The move comes just days after the club decided to part ways with another historic tradition at the Volksparkstadion. Last week, the Red Shorts announced that the club’s anthem “Hamburg, meine Perle” would no longer be played.
Bernd Hoffmann, Hamburg Chairman, has suggested that the Red Shorts want to distance themselves from the burden of their illustrious past. “We want to align ourselves with the future. The constant look in the past does not help,” Hoffmann stated.