Manchester City to honour late keeper Trautmann

German-born Bert Trautmann will always be remembered for playing on with broken neck

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 August, 2013, 3:57am


Manchester City are planning several tributes to mark the life of former goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who died last month at the age of 89.

Trautmann, an outstanding goalkeeper, is best remembered for playing on with a broken neck during Manchester City's 1956 FA Cup final win over Birmingham at Wembley.

His career was remarkable in several respects, with City's decision to sign Trautmann highly controversial as he had arrived in England as a prisoner of war, having been captured serving as a German paratrooper in Normandy shortly after the D-Day landings in the second world war.

But his 545 appearances for City between 1949 and 1964 were widely seen as doing much to improve Anglo-German relations after the war.

City said tomorrow's Premier League match against Newcastle at Eastlands would be dedicated to Trautmann, with a wreath laid before kick-off while the team will warm up in goalkeeping shirts with "Trautmann 1" written on the back.

Players will also wear black armbands and fans are set to participate in a minute's applause.

Trautmann was ambivalent about his Cup final heroics, which helped him be voted English soccer's player of the year in 1956.

"I played over 500 league games for City but that moment is still the one people refer to, so it can be a little frustrating at times because no matter how well I played during that time, people will still say, 'Ah, you're the fellow who broke his neck playing at Wembley,'" he said in an interview published two years ago.

"I'll admit it's not something I particularly like but it's something I've had to live with."

Some City supporters have called for a statue of Trautmann to be erected outside Eastlands or for one of the ground's stands to be named after him. "An announcement about a permanent memorial will be made in due course," City said.