In 1904, a singing and social club, who were part of the Hungarian freight and machine factory, founded a club interested in “kick ball” called (Egyetértés Torna Osztály), meaning Understanding of sports department, which made up the name of “ETO.” They soon welcomed members from other branches of sports into their organisation. During the first four decades, table tennis, athletics, wrestling, rowing, cycling, boxing, chess, rifling, tennis, hiking, gymnastics, swimming, water polo and fencing were all represented. Success in these sports quickly brought fame to the club.
The footballers, however, over 70 years ago, in 1937 took part in the Hungarian first division, NB1, for the first time. Following the Second World War, Vasas Eto quickly developed and its football team in 1960 were among the top positioned clubs. Since that time, they have played for 40 unbroken years in the top flight. Their first noticeable achievement was in 1963, when they won the half season cup, before the winter break. Further success followed when ETO reached the last 4 of the European Champions Cup and only a defeat, against Benfica, saw them fall out of the competition.
From 1967, under the name of Vasas ETO, for the next 3 years they were picked out as a special team, under central direction. From this era, special praise is deservedly given to the rowers and handball players for their great success in the Olympic games.
The green and white footballers managed to win the Hungarian Cup on 4 occasions. ETOs golden age was at the beginning of the 80s. In 1982 and 1983, Raba ETO won the football championship. Two top place finishes were followed in the next few years with two runners up positions and a 3rd place finish.
Today, ETO concentrates only on football instead of the old Olympic sports. ETO’s aim being to achieve a long-term position of one of the top teams in Hungary, in accordance with their tradition and former glories. Eventually, we would like to get recognised on the international scene. The development of ETOs youth teams has always been recognised, mainly that the side should have a backbone of homebred players. The capability and success of the youth system has been proven abroad, with players such as Miklós Fehér, Péter Stark, György Korsós, Tamás Priskin, Ádám Dudás and Barna Horváth …
ETO’s youth policy now boasts daily training for more than 400 youngsters between the ages of 6-18. Today, a total of 18 teams achieve outstanding results in national and international tournaments. From year to year, we can be proud of the number of players chosen, from different age groups, for the national squad.
Gyori Eto’s aim is to teach their youngsters a healthy way of life and have as many home-grown players as possible, in their various teams. Furthermore, to give them a love of football from an early age where football should be a way of life. In order to achieve this, ETO is building up close cooperation with local schools and organisations. Youth training and the scouting system are in accordance with international standards, paying special attention to the individual needs of each age group.
Using these principals, from December 2006, Gyori Eto Fc, next to the redevelopment of their stadium, designed a specially built college, according to international standards, housing room for 100 beds, under the name of Miklos Feher football college. The boarding students have facilities for sharing bedrooms for 2 or 3, restaurants, 2 indoor artificial pitches, 5 normal sized grass pitches, an artificial floodlit pitch, a modern gym, infra cabins, 1 covered indoor swimming pool together with saunas and a Jacuzzi.
This institution is unique within the region and has full time teachers and coaches with dieticians, sport physiologists and doctors. The foundation responsible for the running of the college is called “For the Future of ETO. In addition they have a contract with the vocational institute of Gyor. Beyond the basic subjects, the students can learn IT subjects and foreign languages at an advanced level.