To many, Bert Trautmann is one of the most popular post-war goalkeepers to have ever played in British football, thanks mainly to his heroic exploits in the 1956 FA Cup final – playing for Manchester City he broke his neck after a courageous save but continued playing until the final whistle, and a City victory.
To thousands he was a hero, but Bert hid a dark secret.
The documentary, The Bert Trautmann Story, tells the remarkable story of a former Hitler Youth devotee and Nazi soldier captured by the British who, after serving his time as a prisoner of war in Lancashire, went on to become one of Britain’s most popular goalkeepers.
Told by Bert himself, in his 88th year, his story starts with his childhood, where he was regarded as the perfect Aryan boy before enlisting as a soldier into the German army.
Brought to Britain as a POW during the Second World War, it was only after signing for Manchester City and playing in the infamous 1956 FA Cup final that Bert’s reputation was saved, and remade.
The extraordinary story of an extraordinary life.