Dr Werner Wilms and the board today received an unexpected visit from a delegation of players ahead of the championship game against Karlsruher SC. The reason? The board had cunningly chosen precisely this moment to advise Erich Schanko in writing that they were not inclined to extend his contract at the club. Preissler and the players were not happy about this and quite simply set the board the following ultimatum:
”If Erich’s contract is not extended, then we will not be taking the field today!“ Not unexpectedly, Erich duly got his contract extension.