Win £500 in book vouchers by helping us with a 7 minute reader survey click here.

newgen books for YA readers debuts of the month book price comparison books of the month
Search our site
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn Read the opening extract of the brand new A. J. Finn book before its publication on 22/01/2018

Trautmann's Journey : From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend by Catrine Clay
  

Lovereading view...

Winner of the Best Biography category of the British Sports Book Awards 2011.

Shortlisted for the Best Football Book and Best Publicity Campaign categories of the British Sports Book Awards 2011.

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2010.
From an amateur footballer working on a bomb disposal unit in Liverpool, to celebrated Manchester City goalkeeper adored by thousands, Catrine Clay charts Trautmann's conversion from Hitler Youth star to all-England football hero, mirroring Europe's own journey through the horrors of war to a fragile post-war peace.

Win a SIGNED FIRST EDITION of How to be Champion!

Get into the Spirit of Christmas with our special SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS competition! We are giving away THREE first edition hardback copies of Sarah Millican's fabulously funny autobiography How to be Champion, each signed by the author!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 December 2017. The winners will be notified by 11th December 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/12/2017

Synopsis

Trautmann's Journey : From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend by Catrine Clay

'He was the best goalkeeper I ever played against' - Bobby Charlton. Every football fan knows the legend of Bert Trautmann. Fifteen minutes from the end of the 1956 FA Cup Final, Trautmann - the goalkeeper for Manchester City - falls spectacularly mid-tackle. He continues to play on to the end of the game, ensuring Manchester City win the cup. An X-ray later reveals a broken neck. But there is more to this legend than a plucky goalkeeper. Bert Trautmann was born Bernhardt Trautmann in Germany in 1923. Brought up in a country already in the grip of National Socialism, he joined the Hitler Youth at the age of ten and went to fight for the Vaterland when he was seventeen. Despite enduring inconceivable hardships in the name of war, Trautmann continued to believe wholeheartedly in the cause. Until one day he stumbled into enemy territory to be greeted by the words, 'Fancy a cup of tea, Fritz?'. What follows is an extraordinary story of transformation. Bernhardt - a Nazi living in a POW camp in Cheshire - becomes Bert. From an amateur footballer working on a bomb disposal unit in Liverpool, to celebrated Manchester City goalkeeper adored by thousands, Catrine Clay charts Trautmann's conversion from Hitler Youth star to all-England football hero, mirroring Europe's own journey through the horrors of war to a fragile post-war peace.


Browse inside this book

Reviews

A truly remarkable story, uncovered with immense skill by Catrine Clay * Miranda Seymour, Telegraph * An extraordinary story * Mail on Sunday * Britain's best-loved German ... it's a remarkable story * Daily Mail * [A] brilliant new biography * Observer * Utterly compelling * Independent on Sunday *


About the Author

Catrine Clay has worked for the BBC for over twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries, mainly for the History Unit. She has written three previous books. Her most recent book, King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins who Led the World to War, was published in 2007 to high acclaim (‘Proof that good storytelling is a true art,’ Caroline Moorehead, Spectator, ‘Weird and wonderful,’ Hilary Spurling, Observer). She is married with three children, and lives in London.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Catrine Clay

More books by Catrine Clay
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Publisher

Yellow Jersey Press an imprint of Vintage

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Biography: sport
Football (Soccer, Association football)

ISBN

9780224082891

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools