1.03.2021Bayer 04

Stories: First promotion in orange and blue

TuS 04 Leverkusen broke away from the parent club in 1923 to set up their own club: the 'Football Club 04 Leverkusen', FV 04 Leverkusen for short. The club colours: Red and Black.

Five years later, this club merged with Boxsport Wiesdorf to become the 'Sportvereinigung Wiesdorf-Leverkusen 04' with football, boxing, handball, athletics and fistball sections. The second big club in addition to TuS 04 is founded. The club colours remain Red and Black.


On 28 January 1929, the General-Anzeiger newspaper reports: "The home club wore their new kit in front of a sizeable crowd: orange shirts, blue shorts and orange socks.“ These were the colours worn by Sp.Vg. Wiesdorf-Leverkusen for the next two and a half years – with a change kit of blue tops, orange shorts and socks – and they finally made it into the the third tier of German football, the Bezirksklasse 1. The Orange and Blues, as they were called in the newspapers, clocked up a convincing 3-1 win on the penultimate matchday of the season, on 22 March 1931, against promotion rivals VfB Langenfeld to secure the league title in the Cologne Bezirksklasse 2. 'Bayer' first came into the name of the team in the middle of  1935 and become a permanent part of our club name from 1936.

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