Bert Trautmann, 1913-2013

Posted on July 19th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We were saddened to learn today about the death of the former Man City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann.

A former German POW, Trautmann won over the hearts of the people in the UK with his brilliant goalkeeping and derring-do bravery.

He’s especially fondly remembered for his tremendous courage in playing in the 1956 FA Cup Final despite breaking his neck in a collision with an opposing player, 17 minutes before the full-time whistle.

As a mark of respect to his humanitarianism and amazing skills as a custodian of the goal-posts, here are four newspaper reports that offer a fascinating insight into his career as a professional footballer in England.

historical newspaper reports on Bert Trautmann

Gloucester Citizen – Wednesday 16 November 1949

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historical newspaper reports on Bert Trautmann

Dundee Courier – Monday 16 January 1950

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historical newspaper reports on Bert Trautmann

West London Observer – Friday 17 September 1954

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historical newspaper reports on Bert Trautmann

Dundee Courier – Saturday 29 November 1952

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