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Manchester City to remember legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann
4:40pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
THE life of legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann will be celebrated by Manchester City before tonight’s game against Newcastle.
Trautmann, who was signed for City after being spotted in St Helens Town colours, played on in the 1956 FA Cup Final despite suffering a broken neck.
He died last month at the age of 89.
Monday night's game at the Etihad Stadium will be dedicated to Trautmann. A wreath laying ceremony will take place at 7pm, attended by 24 members of his family.
The matchday programme will have a 16-page pull-out tribute and the first-team squad will warm up in shirts with 'Trautmann 1' on the back.
There will also be a minute's applause before kick off and players will wear black armbands during the match.
Trautmann was a former prisoner of war, who was held at Ashton-in-Makerfield. He played 43 times for St Helens Town before a switch to Manchester City.
A City legend, he appeared 545 times for the club, including the infamous 156 FA Cup final against Birmingham in which he broke his neck.
He left City aged 42 and went on to coach at Stockport, then in Germany, Burma, Liberia and Pakistan.
In 2004, he received an OBE for promoting Anglo-German understanding through football.
Speaking about his time in St Helens, he told the Star’s Mike Critchley in 2009: “I will always have such fond memories of the place in my heart. If I had to write a CV my time in St Helens would be at the top of the list.
“St Helens gave me a new life – the five years in the war and three years as a POW took eight years out of my life.
“I came out and was welcomed in to a beautiful community in Sutton. It was a mining district – miners are the same the world over and very warm-hearted and they took to me.”
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