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  • Published: 15 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9780224082891
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99
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Trautmann's Journey

From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend




An astounding story of war and football - the first biography of Manchester City goalkeeper and former Hitler Youth star Bert Trautmann

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

  • Published: 15 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9780224082891
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Catrine Clay

Catrine Clay has worked for the BBC for over twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries, mainly for the History Unit. She has written three previous books. Her most recent book, King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins who Led the World to War, was published in 2007 to high acclaim ('Proof that good storytelling is a true art,' Caroline Moorehead, Spectator, 'Weird and wonderful,' Hilary Spurling, Observer). She is married with three children, and lives in London.

Praise for Trautmann's Journey

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

A gripping story

Sunday Times

It's the story of Trautmann the man rather than the footballer that makes Catrine Clay's biography so extraordinary...enthralling and uplifting.

Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

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