Trautmann's Journey: From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend (Paperback)Catrine Clay (author)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR
How did one man go from Nazi Youth indoctrination to English footballing icon?
Bert Trautmann is a football legend. He is famed as the Manchester City goalkeeper who broke his neck in the 1956 FA Cup final and played on. But his early life was no less extraordinary. He grew up in Nazi Germany, where first he was indoctrinated by the Hitler Youth, before fighting in World War Two in France and on the Eastern Front.
In 1945 he was captured and sent to a British POW camp where, for the first time, he understood that there could be a better way of life. He embraced England as his new home and before long became an English football hero. This is his story.
'A gripping story of an unlikely redemption through football' Sunday Times
'He was the best goalkeeper I ever played against. We always said, don't look into the goal when you're trying to score against Bert. Because if you do, he'll see your eyes and read your thoughts.' Bobby Charlton
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
A truly remarkable story, uncovered with immense skill by Catrine Clay - Miranda Seymour, Telegraph
An extraordinary story - Mail on Sunday
Britain's best-loved German ... it's a remarkable story - Daily Mail
[A] brilliant new biography - Observer
Utterly compelling - Independent on Sunday
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