"I spent my youth on the main and with the handball players", tells karlheinz menger – and his face is beaming and he looks as if he doesn't want to miss a minute of it. For over 50 years he has been loyal to his club, the gymnastics club 1861 marktsteft, and has already experienced a lot together with them. At the annual general meeting on friday evening he was awarded the golden pin of honor of the association for special merits. "He did a lot as a youth coach for many years, coordinator on the court and helper in the club", said the chairman gunther thorwarth in his laudation.
The 1939 born TV-urgestein from marktsteft remembers gladly old times: "we played in former times handball-grobfeld with eleven men on the place down at the main, that knows today almost nobody more." In his early days at TV, grobfeld handball was played outdoors, later also in the old gymnasium in neubaustrabe (today's reservist home) and after the new building in 1990 in the multi-purpose hall, which belongs to the city. Menger was always there. He played with the schoolboys, in the youth (C-youth for eight years), in the 1st team and in the first team. And 2. Team and with the old men. "Until I was 45 years old, I played as an active handball player", he tells proudly. For eight years, he was also in charge of the old men's team, after which he continued to work as a referee for his club. His position was mainly center forward.