A SPECIAL one-off screening of ‘The Keeper’ will be played later this month to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Bert Trautmann.

The event, which has been organised by St Helens Town AFC and Lucem House Community Cinema, will see the 2018 biopic aired at the Corporation Street cinema on Friday, November 24.

St Helens Star:

The film tells the amazing true-life story of how a German prisoner of war finds a new life in St Helens after local businessman and St Helens Town chairman Jack Friar offers Bert a chance to play in goal at Hoghton Road.

Bert wins over the hearts of the Sutton community as well as finding love with Jack’s daughter Margaret.


His skills between the posts also attracted attention from Manchester City FC. Bert would go on to famously win the 1956 FA Cup with City, whilst unknowingly playing on with a broken neck.

Though Bert’s career and fame would take his life elsewhere he always kept a fondness for our town.

Speaking to the Star back in 2009 he said: “I will always have such fond memories of St Helens in my heart. If I had to write a CV, my time there would be at the top of the list.”

St Helens Star: Bert Trautmann (bottom row, far right) playing for St Helens Town

The evening will also feature the short film ‘Granny’. The short film celebrates the life of St Helens footballer Lizzy Ashcroft who played for the Dick Kerr Ladies football team during the First World War and for 14 years.

The team carried on playing despite the FA’s ban on the women’s game from 1921 to 1971.

Book tickets online by visiting https://lucemhouse.co.uk/films/friday-24th-november-7-30pm-the-keeper-2018-15-admission-6-ticket-link/ Tickets are limited, please contact sthelenstownafc@outlook.com if it sells out on line.