Film to Be Made About Former Nazi Soldier Who Became a Man City Legend

Saul Nozari

A feature film is being made telling the story of former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.

Traurmann played 508 games for City between 1949 and 1964. He is best remembered by City fans for his performance in their FA Cup final victory over Birmingham City in 1956, when he played the final 17 minutes of the game with a broken neck.​ At that time, substitutes were not allowed, so Traurmann carried on after clashing with Birmingham's Peter Murphy, making a crucial save and helping his side win the cup final.


The goalkeeper, who passed away in 2013, fought for the German army during World War II, and was captured by British Troops, before being released in 1948. He moved to Manchester City in 1949 and the rest is history.

Despite protest from supporters after he signed for the club, his dedication and talent meant that by the time he left the club, those same fans saw him as a club legend.

Discussions for the film have reportedly been ongoing prior to Trautmann's death, and the synopsis is as follows:

“A man whose love for football, for England and for the love of his life, Margaret saw him rise from Nazi ‘villain’ to British hero. Trautmann won over even his harshest critics by playing on with a broken neck in the 1956 FA Cup Final, ensuring victory for his team.”

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