Arsenal legend pays tribute to 'hero' goalkeeper Bert Trautmann
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 July 2013
FORMER Arsenal stopper Bob Wilson has led tributes to goalkeeping great Bert Trautmann.
Trautmann, who won the FA Cup with Manchester City in 1956, has died at the age of 89.
The German is best remembered for playing the final 17 minutes of City’s Cup final win against Birmingham City with a broken neck.
He played more than 500 times for the Blues between 1949 and 1964, having first arrived in England as a prisoner of war.
Trautmann, who had survived two heart attacks this year, passed away near Valencia in Spain yesterday (Friday).
Ex-Gunners and Scotland keeper Bob Wilson, founder of Old Hatfield-based charity The Willow Foundation, tweeted his admiration of the player he described as his “hero”.
He wrote: “Sad news.
“My hero #BertTrautman, the gt Man C gk has died.
“Amazing man who helped bring our warring countries closer together.
“Thank u Bert”.