The title was retained the following year as Berliner FC Vorwärts 1890 were defeated 5-0 in Düsseldorf. The 1922 final between Nürnberg and Hamburger SV was never completed. The first game in Berlin was called off in extra time with the score standing at 2-2. It was deemed too dark to carry on.
The replay in Leipzig was 1-1 when Nürnberg went down to just seven men through injury. The referee wrongly deemed that they should not be allowed to continue and abandoned the game. The DFB awarded the tie to Hamburg, although the trophy was never presented.
Nürnberg became founder members and moved into the historic Frankenstadion at the same time. The hero of the period was Max Morlock. The striker appeared over nine hundred times for the club, scoring around seven hundred goals.
The team improved in 2015-16 finishing in third spot and qualifying for the play-off against Eintracht Frankfurt. Der Club lost on aggregate to remain in the second tier, with Weiler being replaced by Alois Schwartz.
An eventual twelfth place finish led to the departure of Schwartz, with Michael Köllner arriving in his place. Fan power eventually won the day when the latest stadium sponsorship deal ran out, with Frankenstadion being renamed Max-Morlock-Stadion in July 2017.
It would appear that the popular move inspired the team as they finished as 2. Bundesliga runners-up, only missing out on the title as they were overtaken when eventual champions Fortuna Düsseldorf won the final day decider in Nuremberg.
The goals of Hanno Behrans and Mikael Ishak proved too much for opposing defences throughout the season.