Fans call for Bert Trautmann Stand at Manchester City

A petition has been set up by Manchester City fans calling for the club to name one of their stands at the Etihad Stadium after legendary former goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.

The former prisoner of war is an iconic name in football thanks to his performance in the 1956 FA cup final, where he broke his neck during the game but still carried on to help City win the famous old trophy.

When Trautmann arrived at City in 1949 over 20,000 people showed up to protest his arrival, with Manchester having a large Jewish community at the time. Over the coming years he gained acceptance thanks to his displays in the blues goal and became a fans favourite.

Club legend

In 1956 he won the FWA footballer of the year and went on to make 545 appearances for the club before his departure in 1964.

After his retirement Trautmann had a few stints at management in the lower league of England and Germany before deciding to join the German Football Association development scheme which took him to several countries. In 2004 he received an OBE for his work helping mend Anglo-German relations through football.

Currently Manchester City only have one stand named after a former player and that being the Colin Bell stand but here is little doubt that if City decided to name another stand after a legendary figure Trautmann's name should be right at the top of the list.

The petition is on Change.org - which can be viewed HERE - if you want to lend your support.

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