Special Trautmann programme for Newcastle
- 18 August 2013 10:28
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Make sure you pick up a copy of the match day programme for Monday night’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.
Not only will you get your usual blend of MCFC news, features and interviews, but there will also be a special tribute to Bert Trautmann.
We’ve sent away for extra copies of the programme so that all supporters will have the opportunity to get this timeless memento celebrating the life of a genuine club legend.
We’ll have a 16-page tribute feature and a reproduction of the 1956 FA Cup final programme for supporters to remember the incredible contribution Bert made to the club and to educate younger fans on what makes the German goalkeeper such an intrinsic part of the club’s history.
Of course, it was in that famous 1956 cup final that Trautmann played the final 17 minutes of the match with a broken neck, helping the Blues to their third FA Cup trophy.
We’ll be bringing you tributes from former teammates, friends and family members in our feature, attempting to do justice to an incredible person who has left an indelible mark on Manchester City Football Club.
The tributes to Bert don’t end there; the club has organised a full programme of events to fall on the night of the Newcastle game, including:
- A wreath laying ceremony will take place at 7pm, attended by 24 members of the Trautmann family
- The first team squad will warm up in goalkeeping shirts with ‘Trautmann 1’ on the back and the shirts will subsequently be auctioned to benefit the Trautmann Foundation
- The game will begin with a minute’s applause led by goalkeepers from every Academy age group, alongside former City keeper Alex Williams and Bert’s great friend the former Arsenal and Scotland number one Bob Wilson
- The players will wear black armbands during the match
- Bob Wilson and Uwe Rosler will be live in City Square to share their memories of Bert
- Bert’s sons, Mark and Stephen, will be presented on the pitch at half time
An announcement about a permanent memorial will be made in due course.