Over the years, several memorable derbies have taken place between Poli and FC Bihor, especially in the second division. Here is an excerpt from the book “Politehnica Timișoara – Football and Handball”, by Octavian Stăncioiu and Viorel Jurcuț, published by Politehnica Publishing House on 4 December 2021, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Politehnica Timișoara Sports Society:

Access to D1 would only become possible in 1973, when coach Ion V. Ionescu achieved his first great performance. Promotion is achieved after a famous 1-0 win over FC Bihor Oradea, in Timișoara (3 June 1973, goal by Șchiopu from a free kick from 25 m, in the 67th minute). 61,300 tickets were sold for the match, far more than the stadium’s capacity!

Among others, Gaboras, Mehedințu, Arnaut, Maier, Surdan, Shchiopu, I. Bungau, I. Dima, Dascu, Bojin were part of the group. The central strikers Dașcu – Bojin couple remained famous in the hearts of Timisoara’s fans.

A period of 10 consecutive years in Division A will follow…

During the six years of “purgatory”, Nicolae Godeanu, Stere Zeană, Gheorghe Drăghiescu, Toma Jurcă (former UTA player) and, of course, Ion V. Ionescu.

Polis fans are one of the most famous and spectacular galleries in the history of Romanian football, since the time of the student gallery at the 23 August stadium, in the courtyard of the Faculty of Mechanics.

The gallery itself, one of the first in the country, was formed in 1972. Years later, on the TV show “History of Football” on Teleuniversity, Ivan Bogdanov (who would be a member of the Poles’ gallery in the 1970s and in later years, vice-president of the men’s handball team Politehnica Timișoara and representative of the Politehnica Timișoara Foundation – of which he was president – in the General Assembly of the football club ASU Politehnica) will remember that the initiative to form a gallery belonged to the student Gheorghe Gîlea, following the model of the English galleries, seen on Yugoslavian television.

The gallery was set up in the second stand, above the tunnel to the changing rooms in the 1 May stadium. It was called Clubul Sustegnotorilor Politehnicii (then Suporter Club Poli), and many students from the current UPT (in fact, the Students’ Association played an essential role in the creation of the gallery). Unfortunately, this will not be the case after the 1989 Revolution. The blue and white fans will follow their favourites to away matches.

Among the leaders of the supporters in the period before the 1989 Revolution, we remember Petru Morun, Eugen Seracin, Dan Olteanu, Vasile Miron (“Țiriac”), Aurel Buteanu, Sorin Dumitrescu (“Dumi”), Nicolaie Mursa (“Nicu UMT”), Gheorghe Dohar (“Gino”), Dan Marincu, Marius Stăniș.

The 1973 promotion sees the release of the team’s official anthem to the tune of “Yellow Submarine” by English rock band The Beatles. The team’s cheering chant becomes “Poli, Poli, fight for us!”.

In the early 1970s, when the new building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering was being planned, Nicolae Ceaușescu indicated that it should be built right on the students’ football pitch (23 August stadium). Taking an enormous risk by building the building right next to the stadium, the then rector of the Traian Vuia Polytechnic Institute, Ioan Anton, and the first secretary of the Timiș County Committee of the PCR, Mihai Telescu, saved the field from demolition… And in the middle of that decade, after the club’s promotion to Division A, the youth team of the white-violet team would play on that field.

Two emblematic books on the history of Timisoara and Polis football appear in this period. These are “Timișoara, the cradle of Romanian football”, written by Iosif Dudas (1971), and “Come on <Poli>!”, written by Mircea Jiva (1973, with a second edition in 1974).