Ever since, Die Mannschaft has worn the Adidas logo.
Herzogenaurach also has two football teams: ASV, which is sponsored by Adidas, and FC which wears Puma.
Since 2014, young players have trained wearing the same jersey.
“That would have been unthinkable 40 years ago,” said town mayor German Hacker.
But “the final hurdle would be a merger of the two clubs. And that’s a very long way off, with the family lines etched too deeply into people’s minds,” he conceded.