FC Utrecht will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary on Wednesday. The club was created on July 1, 1970 from a merger between Elinkwijk, DOS and Velox and won the KNVB Cup three times and the Johan Cruijff Scale once. NU.nl went into the archives for special photos from club history.

The first edition of FC Utrecht-Ajax, played in May 1971. The Danish Utrecht goalkeeper Jørgen Henriksen punches the ball away. (Photo: Pro Shots)

John van Loen has just made 1-0 in the extra time of the 1985 KNVB cup final in De Galgenwaard against Helmond Sport. (Photo: Pro Shots)

FC Utrecht coach Nol de Ruiter goes on the shoulders after the 1-0 win in the KNVB cup final against Helmond Sport. The first prize from club history is a fact. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Ronaldo duels with Utrecht defenders during FC Utrecht-PSV in the 1994/1995 season. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Erik ten Hag shows Jean-Paul de Jong the way during the 1995/1996 season. Years later, De Jong would succeed Ten Hag as a trainer in De Galgenwaard. (Photo: Pro Shots)

The selection of FC Utrecht prior to the 1997/1998 season with director of technical affairs Hans van Breukelen. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Audience favorite Michael Mols in action against Ajax in the 1998/1999 season. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Tension in the players during the penalty series of the semi-finals of the KNVB cup against Ajax 2 in 2002. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Stijn Vreven works Maxwell to the ground during the lost cup final in 2002 against Ajax. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Joy at FC Utrecht after the 1-0 of Jean-Paul de Jong in the KNVB cup final in 2003 against Feyenoord. (Photo: Pro Shots)

FC Utrecht wins the KNVB cup final against Feyenoord 4-1. The second prize from club history has been received. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Igor Gluscevic, who scores twice in the final battle in 2003. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Also in 2004 FC Utrecht reaches the KNVB cup final. Dave van den Bergh makes the only goal of the match in De Kuip against FC Twente. (Photo: Pro Shots)

The selection of trainer Foeke Booy after the cup win in 2004. (Photo: Pro Shots)

David di Tommaso heads the ball away in duel with Roda JC striker Andres Oper. In his second season in Utrecht (2005/2006), the French defender suddenly dies. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Rick Kruys points up after a Utrecht goal in December 2005 against Willem II. David di Tommaso died two weeks earlier. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Club icon Jean-Paul de Jong gets a farewell match in October 2007. Many former teammates play along. (Photo: Pro Shtos)

Barry Maguire (center) cries out after scoring Celtic. In the home game against the Scottish top club, FC Utrecht reverses a 2-0 loss (4-0) and qualifies for the Europa League main tournament. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Dirk Kuijt is with Liverpool opponent of FC Utrecht in the Europa League group phase of the 2010/2011 season. It will be 0-0 in Stadium Galgenwaard. (Photo: Pro Shots)

The match at Anfield also ends in 0-0. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Sensation in Stadium Galgenwaard on November 6, 2011. FC Utrecht defeats Ajax 6-4. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Later in the 2011/2012 season, FC Utrecht also wins in the ArenA (0-2). (Photo: Pro Shots)

A delighted Yassin Ayoub. In December 2015 he is a match winner at FC Utrecht-Ajax. (Photo: Pro Shots)

FC Utrecht surprises PSV in the quarterfinals of the KNVB cup tournament in February 2016. Partly due to two goals by Bart Ramselaar, the team of coach Erik ten Hag wins 1-3 in Eindhoven. (Photo: Pro Shots)

A bizarre revival in the final of the playoffs for a European ticket. After a 3-0 loss against AZ, FC Utrecht takes a 3-0 lead in the return on May 28, 2017. (Photo: Pro Shots)

FC Utrecht is ultimately stronger from the penalty spot and supporters celebrate with the players, including Sébastien Haller. (Photo: Pro Shots)

FC Utrecht wins 1-0 at home in the summer of 2017 against the Russian top club Zenit in the preliminary round of the Europa League. In the return, the team of trainer Erik ten Hag just does not stand. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Sander van de Streek, Mark van der Maarel and Willem Janssen in 2018 with the widow and son of David di Tommaso. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Owner Frans van Seumeren is grateful to trainer Dick Advocaat after a European ticket has been captured in the playoffs of the 2018/2019 season. (Photo: Pro Shots)

FC Utrecht wins the last play-off match against Vitesse with 0-2. (photo: Pro Shots)