"It's one of those stories that, when you read it, you think it cannot be true..." - hmv.com talks to David Kross and Freya Mavor
For longtime fans of Manchester City, goalkeeper Bert Trautmann is a man who needs little introduction. One of the club's most storied figures, Trautmann joined Man City in 1949 and went on to make over 500 appearances for the club, including a famous FA Cup final in which Trautmann suffered a broken neck with 15 minutes of the game to go - and played on until the end.
For those outside Manchester, however, Bert's incredible story is not so well-known. A former German paratrooper who enlisted in the army to serve in WWII, Trautmann was captured an interned at a POW camp in Lancashire, where he was talent-spotted by the manager of struggling local side St. Helens.
Despite opposition from players and fans, Trautmann worked hard to shed the prejudice against him in the wake of the atrocities committed by the Nazis and eventually won round both fans and the wider public with his heroic performances on the pitch.
Before Trautmann passed away in 2013, German director Marcus H. Rosenmüller was able to interview the former goalkeeper at length and used the transcripts as the basis for a new biopic about Trautmann's life and achievements.
With The Keeper arriving in cinemas this Friday (April 5th), we spoke to stars David Kross & Freya Mavor about bringing Bert's story to life...