To a point, Hungary had surprising season – surprising, because the expected fall of Ujpesti Dosza did not happen again. It looked like that Lilak was going to survive a change of generations without suffering and no worthy rival was going to rise in the meantime. Which made for a familiar season… somewhat. Down in the Second Division life was mysterious to outsiders: 60 clubs divided geographically into three leagues of 20 teams each. Rather big for for a country with small population and also entirely exotic, for many clubs were second and third clubs of not so large towns, having no chance of ever reaching top flight. The conditions favoured former first league members, that depending on their current form. Yet, small population means small pool of talent and very few clubs were strong enough to look higher than their current place – in fact, there was practically no race for the promotional spot in any second division group. Debreceni VSK won most comfortably their group – leaving their nearest rival 7 points behind.
DVSK was more likely than not to be found in first division and although never impressive, they seemingly belonged there. So, a return and without trouble. The squad was not much, but still much stronger than the competition. The boys from Debrecen were going up in the free style of the 1970s: mixing Puma and Adidas gear. As a side note, Hungarian clubs were the best dressed in Eastern Europe – almost every club, big or small, was fashionably clad. Other countries were not like that at the time.
The second group was full of Budapest clubs – almost halve of the total. They varied widely – from faded old clubs established at the beginning of the century, like BVSK, to clearly industrial clubs, formed by factories after 1945, like Vasas Ikarus SK, belonging to Ikarus, bus making plant. A club with strange name took the lead and won the league with 5 points advantage:
Volan SC was hardly heard of outside Hungary and rightly so: Budapest had so many clubs, Volan would be ranked in the city alone 8th or 9th at best. The name is pure exotica – immediately refers to something automotive, very likely representing some automotive industry, but it is a name suitable for a motoring club, not for a football one – what exactly they steer? Going up was a rare luxury for the boys – they never played first division before. As for surviving among the best, it was a worry for the next year.
The third group was perhaps the only one with something like a competition for the first place.
Komloi Banyasz, a former member of first division, appeared to be dreaming of returning there, and fought better than any second-placed club in second division. Yet, they finished 4 points short of success. The winners were long forgotten club – Pecsi VSK.
Not a young club at all, judging by their shield, but already forgotten one: the known represent of the city of Pecs for many years was Pecsi Munkas SC. It was coming almost as a big surprise that there was another club in the same city. Pecsi MSK was not much and Pecsi VSK was clearly less… most likely trying to stay in first division for a season or two, but at least Pecs was going to have a local derby the next year.