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Season 2013/14

The football world pays tribute to Trautmann

  • 19 July 2013 14:35
  • Posted by @roline_mcfc

Tributes have poured in to Manchester City, following the sad death of legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.

They were led by Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee. 

"The word 'legend' is bandied around far too often but Bert was a man for whom the word might have been coined.

"What a life story he had. Those from older generations know all about his war stories and the fact that he broke his neck playing in a memorable FA Cup final win in 1956 and the folklore will not be buried with him. 

"He was a big man, a giant of a man, in every sense of the word. He was courageous, determined, intrepid and above all that one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time who always retained a deep interest in Manchester City and kept a place in his heart for the Club’s fans."

Former City goalkeeper, Alex Williams, had these words:

"The death of Bert Trautmann, is a real shock to everyone here at Manchester City FC.

"Bert was one of the first genuine true legends of the game, and he will always be remembered as part of the great history of Manchester City Football Club.

"All our thoughts are with his close family, and friends."

German FA (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach also made comment:

"Bert Trautmann was an amazing sportsman and a true gentleman.

"He went to England as a soldier, and thus a war enemy, and he became a celebrated hero there. He was a legend.

"His extraordinary career will remain forever in the history books."

City's former player and Chairman Francis Lee was also deeply saddened by the news:

"He was one of the all-time great keepers.

"I knew Bert wasn't keeping well for the last six months but it has still come as a shock that he has passed on.

"I made my debut as a 16-year-old for Bolton against City with Bert in goal and I scored a header after a quarter of an hour. It convinced him, he later told me, that it was time to pack up."

FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter wrote a letter to England's Football Association Chairman, Greg Dyke, conveying his sadness at the news: 

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy on learning of the death of legendary former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann earlier today.

“There are few better illustrations of the power of football to build bridges than Bert, who arrived in England as a prisoner of war and went on to become one of the English game’s best and most famous goalkeepers, as well as being the author of one of the bravest and most famous acts in FA Cup history when he played out the last 17 minutes of the 1956 final with a broken neck.

“In his contribution to Anglo-German relations following the Second World War, Bert Trautmann was a prime example of how football can be used to bring people together and forget their differences, one that FIFA is proud to follow in its social development work across the globe.

“On behalf of the members of the international football family, I should be grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to Bert’s family, friends and loved ones."

The social media world also paid tribute, with football fans across the country sending messages of condolence.

On the Club's official Facebook page, comments flooded in. Jordan Swinburn wrote: "An incredible player, an incredible man and an incredible story. R.I.P to a true legend, inside and outside the game, Bert Trautmann."

Here are just some of the Twitter comments that were made shortly after the news broke:

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