German football was puritannical in its anti-professionalism, and in 1931 Schalke fell foul of the authorities over payments to players.
They were suspended for 6 months.
Any doubts about the importance of the club to the people of Gelsenkirchen were answered when the ban was lifted.
Since 1928 the club had played at Kampfbahn Glückauf , a stadium designed to hold 34,000.
When Schalke played their comeback match, a friendly against Fortuna Dusseldorf, an estimated 70,000 crowded into the ground.
Glück auf Kampfbahn, FC Schalke 04- by Friedrich G. Einhoff
Good vantage point for any goalmouth incident
Lads enjoying a birds eye view of the goal