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Trautmann's Journey: From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend

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'He was the best goalkeeper I ever played against.' Bobby Charlton

Every football fan knows the legend of Bert Trautmann. Fifteen minutes from the end of the 1956 FA Cup Final, Trautmann - the goalkeeper for Manchester City - falls spectacularly mid-tackle. He continues to play on to the end of the game, ensuring Manchester City win the cup. An X-ray later reveals a broken
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Yellow Jersey (first published March 1st 2010)
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Pete daPixie
Quite unlike the many football biogs that I have read, so included this one into my WWII shelf. In fact football at the English pro level only gets going in the final chapter. Catrine Clay's 'Trautmann's Journey' from 2010, is a very interesting biography that highlights Bert's early family life in Bremen, just as Hitler's machtergreifung began. Clay has written a well researched and at times quite graphic account of Trautmann's passage through the Hitler Youth movement, which he joined at the a ...more
I enjoyed this book, yet also felt disatisfied. It was fascinating to hear a first hand account of a young person growing up in Nazi Germany, but at the same time the war years were skimmed over. Here is a guy who won the Iron Cross (more than once?) and yet there is little to no account of the battles he fought or what he did. Perhaps all of that might have seemed too bad eh, when he's been acknowledged as such a great sportsman. And then the final pages seem to concertina the largest part of h ...more
Bill Phillips
I seldom read biographies or sporting books but this one tells a fascinating story. It skims the surface somewhat, which makes it a good read but also leaves you wanting to know a lot more about this man. It would make a good TV series!
enjoyed the book but felt more could be written about his life in football and the latter part of his career
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