Bert Trautmann w/t (1×60′) – Documentary looking at the extraordinary story of the Nazi soldier who defied the odds to become a British footballing legend. The programme is the first time that Bert Trautmann has spoken in-depth on television about his remarkable life.
He arrived in the UK as a Prisoner of War in 1945 and after falling in love with Britain, refused repatriation to Germany. A talented footballer, he soon signed for Manchester City and in one of the most famous Wembley incidents of all time, broke his neck during the 1956 FA Cup Final.
Despite the injury, he refused to go off the pitch, playing on until the final whistle, securing victory for his side. He was later hospitalised and spent the following year in plaster. His football career seemed to be over, but he made a miraculous recovery and kept goal for his team until 1964.
Other contributors to the documentary include Bert Trautmann’s friends, family, and football legends from the game’s golden era. Their interviews will be illustrated with archive, including several minutes of Bert Trautmann in action on the football pitch, including his FA Cup goalkeeping highlights.
Channel: UKTV Yesterday
Producer: Testimony Films
TX: Winter 2011
Source: UKTV Press Office