City to celebrate the life of Bert Trautmann
- 16 August 2013 09:34
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Manchester City will this week continue to commemorate the life of Bert Trautmann who sadly passed away in July 2013.
Bert was one of the greatest Manchester City goalkeepers of all time, making 545 appearances for City between 1949 and 1964 after winning over a nation with his brilliance and bravery.
The Club will recognise Trautmann’s great contribution both to Manchester City and to life in Britain in a number of ways.
At the Club’s recent season launch party, ‘City Live’ Bert’s son Stephen Trautmann made an appearance onstage and accepted the new ‘Bert Trautmann Award for Special Contribution’ as a posthumous award on behalf of his father from Alex Williams, the City in the Community Ambassador.
This award will be awarded every year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution on or off the field.
City’s first match of the season on August 19th against Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium will be dedicated to Bert and the following activities will take place:
- A wreath laying ceremony will take place at 7pm, attended by 24 members of the Trautmann family
- The matchday programme will have a 16 page Bert Trautmann pull out tribute feature and a reproduction of the 1956 FA Cup final programme
- 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 lead 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.