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Skive IK
Full nameSkive Idræts Klub
Nickname(s)Sikkerne (The SIKs)
Short nameSIK
Founded28 March 1901; 120 years ago (1901-03-28)
GroundHancock Arena, Skive
ChairmanPeter Svendsen
Head coachChristian Flindt Bjerg
League1st Division
2019–201st Division, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Skive Idræts Klub, commonly known as Skive IK, SIK (especially locally) or simply Skive, is a Danish professional football club based in Skive, Central Denmark Region. Founded in 1901, the club is affiliated with the DBU Jutland association and play their home games at Hancock Arena. The club colours are yellow and blue.


Historically, Skive are a lower division team, who, in recent years have performed above their expactations with a solid place in the second-tier Danish 1st Division. Their best result came in the 2010–11 season, where they finished fourth in the 1st Division.[1] In club history, Skive's most renowned players are AaB club icon and Danish international Rasmus Würtz, who played at the club during his youth, and Christian Lundberg, who played for various clubs in Denmark, Greece and Faroe Islands.[1]

On 4 May 1971, Skive IK played against English club Leicester City. Leicester narrowly won the match 1–0 after a goal by Mike Stringfellow, and would, at the end of the season, reach promotion to the English top tier. In the same period, Skive also faced German clubs Hamburger SV and Hannover 96 in friendlies.

In 2005, the club began its rise through the division, promoting from the fourth-tier Denmark Series and since then striding straight through the third-tier 2nd Division.[2] Recently promoted, Skive ended in a respectable 10th place in the 1st Division league table despite struggling early in the season. Thus, Skive had their first win in the 12th matchday; a home 4–3 home win over FC Fredericia on 21 October 2007, after having been down 0–2 earlier in the game.[3] On 1 May 2010, Skive beat archrivals Viborg FF 2–0 at home, which was their first win over Viborg in 50 years.

Skive's historically best result came in the 2010–11 season when they, via a 0–1 win away over Vejle Boldklub Kolding in the last round of the season, finished in a surprising 4th place in the 1st Division, ahead of Brønshøj Boldklub and FC Fredericia. Skive's captain Martin Thomsen was named 1st Division Player of the Year after the strong season, where he scored 12 goals from midfield.[4]

Former head coach Michael Hansen in April 2012. Sitting on the right is former assistant Claus Madsen.
Former head coach Michael Hansen in April 2012. Sitting on the right is former assistant Claus Madsen.

In the 2012–13 season, Skive finished in relegation spots in the 1st Division, which resulted in relegation to the 2nd Division West. As a consequence of the relegation, Skive IK and head coach Michael Hansen parted ways. Nine players also left Skive. Assistant coach Claus Madsen took over the vacant coaching seat with the aim of returning the club to the second tier. After the first six months of the 2013–14 season, Skive went on winter break undefeated with a lead of nine points to the nearest pursuer. Still, a change of coach proved necessary. Madsen was forced to resign due to personal reasons, and Jakob Michelsen took over as the new head coach. Madsen continued the season as assistant coach. Under Michelsen's leadership, Skive increased their lead and ended the season in a historically strong first place, 22 points down to second place, securing their return to the country's second best tier from the 2014–15 season.[5][6]

Recent cup history

In 2004, Skive qualified for the quarter-finals of the Danish Cup, despite finishing in the bottom of the third-tier 2nd Division. They would face FC Copenhagen, and were knocked out after losing 0–2 at home after two goals by Peter Møller in the second half.[7]

In the 2007–08 Danish Cup, Skive once again qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament. This time, the club lost 0–4 at home to Esbjerg fB.[8] The following season, Skive got revenge against Esbjerg fB in the cup tournament when the draw for the 3rd round resulted in a visit from Esbjerg. Skive won the match 2–1 after two goals by Thomas Dalgaard. The fourth round, however, was the final stop for Skive when they lost 5–2 away to Lyngby Boldklub.

Ayinde Jamiu Lawal receives the Player of the Year Award 2011.
Ayinde Jamiu Lawal receives the Player of the Year Award 2011.

In the 2019–20 Danish Cup, Skive experiences a very adventurous tournament that started in the first round away against Lystrup IF, a match which Skive won with the record score 16–1. The match reached national media even before being played, due to Lystrup first-team players attending Smukfest, an annual music festival, which meant that Lystrup were forced to forfeit their Danish Cup matchup against Skive.[9][10] After facing pressure from Divisionsforeningen, representing the Danish divisions, and criticism from Skive's director of football, Rasmus Brandhof, Lystrup head coach John Stoltze Madsen stated that he simply did not have enough players available to compete.[11] Club chairman Susanne Pedersen later explained that Smukfest was not the reason for players cancelling the cup match, but that the main reason was the club's relegation from the Denmark Series to the Jutland Series, which had seen many players leave the club during the summer.[12][13] The following day, Lystrup announced that a mixture of first-team and veteran's team footballers could form a competitive team, which meant that cancellation was avoided.[14][15] The match was eventually played on 8 August, and ended in a 16–1 win for Skive, tieing Brøndby IF's 16–1 win over BK Pioneren in 1982 as the biggest win ever in the Danish Cup.[16] In the second round, Skive drew Middelfart Boldklub away and returned home with a 0–2 win. Skive drew Danish giants Brøndby IF for the third round; a cup rematch as they had lost 0–3 to Brøndby at home a few years earlier. With 3,720 people at the stadium, Skive lost 2–3 in extra time and were knocked out.[17] The top scorer of the 2019–20 edition of the Danish Cup with 7 goals ended up being Skive player Jeppe Mogensen; all goals came in the same match – the 16–1 win over Lystrup.[18]




First-team squad

As of 25 July 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Denmark DEN Ludvig Henriksen
3 DF Denmark DEN Gustav Kjeldsen
5 DF Denmark DEN Frederik Fisker
6 MF Denmark DEN Frederik Bernberg
8 MF Denmark DEN Nicolai Dohn
11 FW Denmark DEN Mads Agger
12 DF Denmark DEN Jacob Vetter
16 MF Denmark DEN Kacper Sciborowski
21 GK Denmark DEN Anders Nørgaard
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW Denmark DEN Oliver Østergaard
DF Denmark DEN Alexander Fischer
DF Denmark DEN Christian Skou
DF Denmark DEN Mathias Gertsen
DF Denmark DEN Oliver Børsting (on loan from AaB)
FW Denmark DEN Christoffer Petersen
GK Denmark DEN Mads Knügle
GK Denmark DEN Jacob Bernberg

Former players

Club staff

As of 6 December 2020[19]

First Team Management
Role Person
Head Coach Denmark Christian Flindt Bjerg
Assistant Denmark Vacant
Goalkeeping Coach England Stephen Lowe
Director of sports Denmark Rasmus Brandhof
Physiotherapist Denmark Henrik Nissen


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  6. ^ Henriksen, Michael (9 December 2014). "Et "jubelår" går på hæld". Skive Her (in Danish). Retrieved 6 December 2020. Da Jakob Michelsen tiltrådte jobbet som cheftræner lige inden sidste træningskamp mod Kolding IF i marts 2014 var målet klart. Det arbejde Claus Madsen og jeg havde startet skulle fuldføres og udmunde i oprykning til Nordic Bet Ligaen ved sommerens sæsonafslutning – og som sagt så gjort! Med en margin på 22 point ned til 2. pladsen blev oprykning en helt suveræn kendsgerning, hvor året i 2. division bl.a. bød på en danmarksrekord for flest sejre i træk.
  7. ^ "Skive-keeper fik sit livs oplevelse". B.T. (in Danish). 8 April 2004. Retrieved 6 December 2020. Selvom FCK nok kunne have lukket kampen noget før, hvis de havde givet sig 100 procent, synes jeg vi spillede en flot kamp. Hvis vi spiller sådan i 2. division rykker vi i hvert fald ikke ned,« sagde Svenson, der var chanceløs ved begge Peter Møllers scoringer.
  8. ^ "efbhistorik-dk - tal og historie om Esbjerg fB". Retrieved 6 December 2020.
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  15. ^ Ipsen, Christian (7 August 2019). "Trods Smukfest-afbud: Oldboysspillere hjælper Lystrup til at stille hold". TV 2 / Østjylland. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
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  17. ^ Ritzau (25 September 2019). "Brøndby undgår fiasko med gyldne minutter i forlængelse - se målene her". TV 3 Sport (in Danish). Retrieved 6 December 2020.
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  19. ^ "Sportslig stab". Retrieved 6 December 2020.
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