Arka Gdynia were formed in 1929 and are one of two major clubs in the tri-city; the other being Lechia Gdansk. Despite playing in Liga I they are one of the best supported teams in Poland with supporters clubs in all other major cities in Poland; even in faraway places such as Zakopane. The clubs has formed an allegiance with the fans of Cracovia and Lech Poznan with the three being known as ‘The Great Triad’. All three clubs have a rivalry with the allegiance of Lechia Gdansk, Wisla Krakow and Slask Wroclaw who are known as ‘The Three Kings of the Great City’, with matches between any of the sides being seen as a big rivalry.
The best period in the club’s history came in the late 70s; they finished 7th in the top league in 1978 and also won the Polish Cup in 1979. The club has spent most of its existence in the top two tiers of Polish football, with the club not having played below the third tier since 1953. Arka’s last appearance in the Ekstraklasa was in 2011. The club also came close to success in 2014 when they made it to the semi-final of the Polish Cup before losing to Zaglebie Lubin.
After a couple of near misses in the past seasons, Arka will be looking to return to the Ekstraklasa sooner rather than later. The club also has one of the nicest stadiums in the league; a 15,000 modern all-seater stadium, which makes watching an Arka Gdynia game a great experience.
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