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Top 10 EVER Manchester City Players – No. 7

This blog is designed to choose the greatest ever Manchester City player in my opinion (remember I am only young!). I shall publish one of these every now and again until finally we reach the best player ever to have embraced Maine Road or The City of Manchester Stadium!

*DRUM ROLL PLEASE!*

NUMBER 7 >>>

Bert Trautman

1946-1964, 545 appearances

Bert’s story is one of an international importance and one that touches many different aspects of life, not simply sport. He is arguably the greatest MCFC figure of all and, as such, his place in the City Hall of Fame was guarenteed from the beginning. He recieved more votes than any other player and his is also recognised as one of the Football Leagues 100 greatest legends. However because I have only seen videos of him, he rates in my top ten at number seven.
Regardless of the German view during his career, it’s fair to say that England’s leading footballing figures recognised Bert’s greatness, especially in 1956 when he was awarded the Football Writer’s Association Football of the Year award. He was the first foreign footballer to be given this presitigious title. Gradually, through his skill, courage and sportsmanship, he won over the Nazi-critics. One game – at Fulham in 1950 – typified his experience. Incessant chants of ‘Kraut’ and ‘Nazi’ greeted him at Craven Cottage; ninety minutes later, following an outstanding display, Trautman left the field to a standing ovation. He firmly established himself in City folklore in the FA Cup Final of 1956 when he broke his neck 15 minutes from full-time. Incredibly, he continued playing and was able to collect his winner’s medal. he won the respect of the footballing community.

He was a true footballing legend who captured the true essence of what this club is all about. Heroes.

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Steven, my posts never seem to go on the home page anymore?!

  2. Jack

    13 April, 2009 at 20:42

    I’m 64 and remember Bert like it was yesterday, growing up in Hulme, Bert was my hero. Did you know he was the only foreigner to captain England? It was at Goodison Park and in those days they had representative teams from different leagues playing against each other. The match in question was against the League of Ireland team. Not a lot of people know that.

  3. Steven Goran Erikkson

    13 April, 2009 at 21:00

    Matt, you know my views on whether he should be in your top ten, so I won’t divulge further. A good shout, but (if you are doing it your way) he should be a lot higher even if you have only seen videos. A quality keeper who showed amazing bravery in every game, exemplified by the broken neck incident.

    “Steven, my posts never seem to go on the home page anymore?!”
    Same with mine sometimes?!?!?

  4. Thank you for your comments, Steven I wanted to put him higher but I didn’t feel I could due to your comment!

  5. Jack…WOW that’s fascinating, thanks for your contribution and keep reading the blog to see who comes in at number one!

  6. Blue Moon

    13 April, 2009 at 21:29

    A true hero. Possibly the finest goalkeeper of all time. For someone who breaks their neck, not just to keep on playing, but to walk up to collect his winners medal – can only show how committed he is for his team. If anything like that were to happen nowadays, to the scummy number 7 from the scummy team from scummy stretford for example, he would be on the floor in an instant and wouldn’t get up again. Football has changed for the worse since those great days.

  7. Blue Moon

    13 April, 2009 at 21:32

    although…. his gaze does seem to be dropping downwards on the picture of himself and the Queen ;-).

  8. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;)

    13 April, 2009 at 22:15

    Ricky, thanks you for your contribution…and that awful suggestion in comment seven! Hows the oral prep going?

  9. Blue Moon

    14 April, 2009 at 00:20

    badly

  10. I*T*P*L

    14 April, 2009 at 10:26

    “He was a true footballing legend who captured the true essence of what this club is all about. Heroes.” – I think you should change that to “was all about”. Now Robinho epitomises what the club at present stands for, money.

    I am enjoying these numerous one off features you’re doing Matt, I plan to many similar ones over the summer when there is less current news to comment on.

  11. Steven Goran Erikkson

    14 April, 2009 at 16:56

    In a desperate attempt to redeem myself, I will put my neck on the line, and say that the Hamburg preview will be posted at exactly 6.00 pm on Wednesday evening.

    Matt, you can post the next one in this series next Wednesday, between the West Brom review and the game after that.

  12. Yeah, okay, or how about Saturday morning?

  13. Oh, VJ, ”“He was a true footballing legend who captured the true essence of what this club is all about. Heroes.” – I think you should change that to “was all about”. Now Robinho epitomises what the club at present stands for, money.”

    That’s so true!

  14. Steven Goran Erikkson

    15 April, 2009 at 11:23

    Saturday morning would not be good, because the Hamburg review will go up probably Friday evening, and the West Brom preview will go up on Saturday evening, so if you want to be on the front page for longer, then Wednesday would be better.

  15. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;)

    15 April, 2009 at 14:19

    Okay, no problem, I dont think I am going to the West Brom game so you can do the ratings if you want?

    I am however going to Hamburg so will do the ratings for that game if you wish?

    I’ve torn a muscle in my back, absolute agony 🙁

  16. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;)

    15 April, 2009 at 14:24

    Steven, I was looking through football boots and you know the pink nike ones that Bendtner wore, heres what an article said about them!

    ‘Nice boots! Do they make them for men?

    Finally, Nike answered Nani’s call for a prettier boot and he can now do his ballet moves in the corner, in conform AND style!

    Seriously though… what are they thinking? The only legitimate reason I can come up with, besides what I already mentioned above, is that they’re preparing for the Women’s Euro in 2009… but that isn’t till the 23rd August 2009, so surely there’s enough time next year to promote these.

    Nike don’t usually make such decisions without a lot of forethought, so I’m sure there’s good reasoning for the berry pink, but if they seriously think a professional “male” player is going to wear these boots in a competitive match (please don’t prove me wrong here Ronaldo and/or Nani), I think they’ve got another thing coming…

    Well either that or the player who wears them is going to have to be really, really fucking quick! Just imagine the amount of people (present company included) that’ll be queuing up to slide tackle the knob that even tries to make these look cool. WHACK! Cop that you punce!”

    Brilliant!

  17. Steven Goran Erikkson

    15 April, 2009 at 16:54

    Love the article!! (especially the last paragraph)

    I will do WBA ratings then, and if you want, you can do the Hamburg ones, although since I will have gone to the game, I will be able to no doubt dispute/praise your ratings!

    How do you tear a muscle in your back??? My eyes are n aginy atm, been trying lenses and eyes are really sore 🙁

    Hope the Spanish is going well.

  18. Steven Goran Erikkson

    15 April, 2009 at 16:55

    in agony*

  19. Ched Evans I LOVE YOU!

    16 April, 2009 at 16:23

    I did it at the gym and aggrevated it player golf, not good, my shoulders are not functioning properly and I cannot move my arms without severe pain. I’ve had it in a brace…not good.

  20. Ched Evans I LOVE YOU!

    16 April, 2009 at 16:24

    p.s, its the top of my back near my shoulder blades.

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