Graffiti of West German player on newsagent

Hermann15011 February ~ The shutter to this newsagent and tobacconist, Tabak Herrmann, in the north-east Frankfurt quarter of Bornheim, boasts a graffiti tribute to local club FSV Frankfurt's legendary forward Richard Herrmann, part of the West Germany squad that won the 1954 World Cup. Katowice-born Herrmann was a POW in Derby at the end of the Second World War, but Derby County's attempts to sign him were thwarted by the FA.

A fellow prisoner, Alfred Ludwig, took the forward back with him to his hometown club (currently in the German second division) where Herrmann played from 1947 until a knee injury ended his career in 1959. Capped eight times in total, he scored in his one appearance at the 1954 tournament, an 8-3 defeat to Hungary in the group phase when trainer Sepp Herberger deliberately fielded a reserve-strength team. Herrmann died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1962 at the age of 39. His son Rolf still runs the shop, which his father had taken over at a nearby location as a side-earner while playing football. Ian Plenderleith

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