In the middle of the year, the word 'Bayer' and the Bayer Cross appeared in the letter heading of the club of footballers for the first time; it became the works club of IG Farben. On 18 November 1935, SpVgg Leverkusen 04 became SSV Bayer Leverkusen. At the annual general meeting in December 1935, "the new club matters will be discussed over the course of the evening," reported the Allgemeine Zeitung. It continued: "The first teams in football and handball will now wear black shorts and a maroon shirt with the white 'Bayer Cross' on a black background. The board have given their permission for the Bayer Cross to be worn on the sports clothing."
Unfortunately, it is not known when the football and handball players wore the Bayer Cross on their shirts for the first time. According to Walter Scharf, the journalist who wrote the 50th anniversary book on Bayer 04 entitled ‘50 Jahre Bayer 04 – Die Geschichte einer Sportvereinigung’, this could have been at the promotion matches against Solingen 95 in May 1936. Both matches were won after a great struggle and promotion to the Middle Rhine district league was sealed. Bayer 04 were in the second tier for the first time – and definitely with the cross on their shirts.
Klaus Bruckmann was born in Oberhausen on 9 October 1953. He started with football at TuS Grün-Weiss Holten. After his move to MSV Duisburg his coach in the U19 squad was Willibert Kremer. With him, he won the Germany U19 championship in 1972 with a 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart. He was then signed on professional terms and he played for MSV Duisburg 75 times in the Bundesliga from 1972 to 1977. In June 1975 he played for the Zebras in the cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt but the game ended in a 1-0 defeat.Show more
It is Sunday, 22 October 1933 and it's derby time in Leverkusen. Spvgg Leverkusen 04, with Bayer only appearing in the club name from 1935, and Jahn Küppersteg faced each other in front of 1,000 spectators at the Am Stadtpark Stadium.Show more
In this video you can watch impressive and important goals in the history of Bayer 04 in the month of October. It is not always about the beauty of the goals but also about remembering special games and players.Show more
Bayer 04 Leverkusen travel to newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday eight in the 1998/99 season. The Werkself are third in the table with 12 points albeit with a four and seven point gap to the two Munich clubs Bayern and 1860 in first and second place. The start of the season is not seen as successful in spite of the high position. So three points are almost a must at Frankfurt.Show more
The first game in October takes Bayer 04 to the steel town of Solingen. Union Solingen entertain our Werkself at the Herman Löns Stadium in front of 12,000 supporters on Sunday 8 October 1978. The league leaders arrive in confident mood – and go home with a black eye.Show more