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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 October, 2004, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Trautmann to be given OBE honour
Man City legend Bert Trautmann
Trautmann was the star of the 1956 FA Cup final
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann is to be awarded an OBE.

The 82-year-old is famous for playing on in the 1956 FA Cup Final against Birmingman, despite breaking his neck.

A former German POW won the hearts of City supporters in the 1950s and is being honoured for his ongoing work to improve British-German relations.

Trautmann has just launched the Trautmann Foundation, aimed at promoting British-German understanding through football.

Trautmann, who came to England as a prisoner of war, joined Manchester City in 1949 to the fury of fans.

Season ticket holders threatened a boycott and 40,000 people marched on the streets to protest the signing of an "enemy" soldier so soon after World War Two.

But Trautmann won fans over with his brilliant goalkeeping and most memorably his heroics in the 1956 Cup final when ensured City beat Birmingham City 3-1.

Fifteen minutes before the end of the game, Trautmann dived at the feet of opposing striker Peter Murphy and sustained a horrific neck injury.

He carried on in considerable pain and went up to collect his winner's medal from the Queen.

Prince Philip, the Queen's husband, is said to have asked him why he was cocking his head. "I've got a stiff neck," Trautmann replied.

That year he was honoured as the first foreigner to be named 'Footballer of the Year.'

Trautmann stayed with Manchester City for 15 years even though this excluded him from the German national team which did not select those playing overseas.

The former City goalkeeper, alongside current Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, will be the guest of the Queen next week when she makes a state visit to Germany.




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