When the land was allocated as mining pits, the area started to attract laborers and their families. The men, most often, worked underground, with sons waiting for the time they will follow their father’s footsteps in the mines. Their mothers and sisters took care of the household or worked in auxiliary jobs. Families became part of an extended family of miners. In a society with very little to enjoy, football not only became a leisure activity but a banner for their society. Today, as mines are being replaced by other energy industries, football clubs linked to the mines are still important in different national divisions. Look at Roda JC, for instance! It is a miner football club from Kerkrade that has a nickname “De Koempels”. Ukrainian football club Shaktar Donetsk bears a mining symbol in its logo as many other mining related football clubs. Among these, several Dutch clubs from the Limburg region are still remembered in the history of Dutch mines.