#70SportWays (55): István Tóth, the first Fradi professional coach
István Tóth born in Budapest, on 28 July 1891. He was grown up in a long row house at the Eastern Station, that’s where he got his nickname, Potya.
He spent his junior years at BTC, then he moved to the recently founded National Sport Club in 1906, where he won the Championship of the 2nd Division in 1909. He debuted int he Hungarian National Team in 1907, where he played 19 times and scored 8 goals. He was a member of the Olympic team in Stockholm, 1912.
He played in Ferencváros for 14 years, from 1912 till 1926. He became a 2-time champion and Cup-winner with Fradi. In total, he played 372 matches in the team and scored 128 goals.
After he finished his career as a player, he became one of the most significant Hungarian football coach. He initiated the first campus for trainers in the 1920s. He was the first coach in Hungary, who wrote a training diary, and started to use such essential parts of nowadays trainings as warm-up sessions or winter preparation periods.
He was the first professional head coach of Ferencváros. He served the Club between 1925 and 1930, while he won 3 Domestic Championship titles, a Central European (or Mitropa) Cup and 2 Hungarian Cup titles with the team. In 1929, Ferencváros won a match against the National Team of Uruguay by 3:2, the year before they won the first FIFA World Cup. Then he worked for two Italian teams, Triestina and FC Internazionale. In 1943, he returned to Ferencváros for one more year.
István Tóth Potya was a reserve military officer during World War II. He has been betrayed in 1944, then he has been arrested and imprisoned. On 6 February 1945, at the age of 53, he was executed by the members of the Arrow Cross party.
This year, István Tóth Potya’s training diary has been exhibited in the Club Museum of Ferencváros, and one of the skyboxes of Groupama Arena is named after him.