Man City hero Trautmann passes away at 89

Former Manchester City and Germany goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has died at the age of 89, The Guardian have reported.

Trautmann was presented with an honorary OBE for his services to Anglo-German relations after he made over 500 appearances for City between 1949 and 1964, initially arriving in England as a prisoner of war.

The legendary stopper is mainly known in England as the ‘keeper who played the last quarter-of-an-hour of Man City’s successful 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck. After surviving two hearts attacks earlier in 2013, Trautmann passed away at his home in La Llosa, Valencia on Friday morning.

Wolfgang Niersbach, President of the German FA said of Trautmann: “Bert was an amazing sportsman and a true gentleman, he went to England a soldier, thus a war enemy and became a hero.

Born in 1923, Trautmann fought as a paratrooper in the Second World War before he was captured after three years on the Russian front. After escaping the prisoner of war camp he was captured again by the Allies and held in Lancashire.

Following the end of the war Trautmann started his playing career with St Helens. After his playing career Trautmann tried his hand at management with Stockport County before returning to his native Germany to coach Preussen Munster in 1967.

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