14.10.2017Bayer 04

In memory of Hans Benzler

Bayer 04 mourn former goalkeeper Hans Benzler. The Regional League keeper for the Werkself (1967-1969) passed away at the age of 81 on Thursday night.

Hans Benzler, who started his playing career with the youth section at SpVgg Beckum, then played for VfR Mannheim from 1958 to 1967 in the then top flight of the Oberliga South. In the summer of 1967, the then 31-year-old joined Bayer 04 where he became a fan favourite thanks to his outstanding performances in goal with the nickname of 'grandad'. His displays in goal helped Bayer 04 lift the Regional League West title in 1968. However, he was on the losing side in the promotion decider in a 2-1 defeat at Kickers Offenbach - the Werkself missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga. Hans Benzler retired in 1969.

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