RIP :: Manchester City Goalkeeper Bert Trautmann – TOW #FlashbackFriday

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Jul 19, 2013

RIP :: Manchester City Goalkeeper Bert Trautmann – TOW #FlashbackFriday

Trautmann broken neck

Bernhard Carl “Bert” Trautmann, OBE (22 October 1923 – 19 July 2013) was a German professional footballer who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964. Brought up during war times in Germany, Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe early in the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper. He fought on the Eastern Front for three years, earning five medals, including an Iron Cross.

Later in the war, he was transferred to the Western Front, where he was captured by the British as the war drew to a close. One of only 90 of his original 1,000-man regiment to survive the war, he was transferred to a prisoner-of-war camp in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire.

Trautmann refused an offer of repatriation, and following his release in 1948, he settled in Lancashire, combining farm work with playing as goalkeeper for local football team St Helens Town. He did well there. In October 1949, he signed for Manchester City, a club playing in the highest level of football in the country, the First Division.

The club’s decision to sign a former Axis paratrooper sparked protests, with 20,000 people attending a demonstration. Over time, he gained acceptance through his performances in the City goal, playing all but five of the club’s next 250 matches.

Named FWA Footballer of the Year for 1956, Trautmann became a legend when in the 1956 FA (Football Association) Cup Final Trautmann suffered a serious injury, after diving at the feet of Birmingham City’s Peter Murphy.

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Despite his injury, he continued to play, making crucial saves to preserve his team’s 3–1 lead. (Video after the jump). Legend has it that his neck was noticeably crooked as he collected his winner’s medal; three days later an X-ray revealed it to be broken.

Trautmann continued to play for Manchester City until 1964, making 545 appearances. After ending his playing career, he moved into management, first with lower-division sides in England and Germany, and later as part of a German Football Association development scheme that took him to several countries, including Burma, Tanzania and Pakistan.

In 2004, he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for promoting Anglo-German understanding through football.

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On July 19th 2013, Manchester City’s goalkpeeing legend Bert Trautmann sadly passed away.

I was going to post something else for TOW Flashback Friday until this video popped up on YouTube today and I saw below, how fucking awesome is it that the player is taking a cup of an adult beverage im sure, out of the FA Cup trophy, while he has a heater in his hand!!!! I love this!

player smoking with fa cup trophy

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