Bert Trautmann. An excellent question for a football quiz. As a German soldier, Trautmann had been captured by the British in 1945 and sent to a POW camp in Ashton, Makerfield, where football became a welcome distraction. Originally preferring to play outfield, an injury forced him to take up a place between the posts. Here, his breathtaking displays soon caught the eye, and as the war ended, he joined St Helens Town. He quickly became a firm favourite and, in 1949, completed a move to Manchester City. The move outraged many people throughout the country, as anti-German sentiment was still strong. Demonstrations took place outside Maine Road and fans threatened to boycott the club, but the big, amiable German soon won over the City faithful with his bravery and breathtaking agility. It was not until May 5th 1956 however, that the German captured the hearts of the entire nation. In the 74th minute of the FA Cup Final against Birmingham City at Wembley, Trautmann bravely dived at the feet of opposing striker Peter Murphy, sustaining an horrific neck injury. Despite intense pain, Trautmann refused to leave the pitch and reduce Manchester City to 10 men. Instead, he continued in goal and was involved in two further dramatic saves to help Manchester City beat Birmingham 3-1. Trautmann continued to suffer from chronic headaches in the aftermath of the match and an x-ray 3 days after the game revealed that the giant keeper had in fact broken his neck! Incredulous doctors marvelled at Trautmann’s luck, when the merest jolt could have sent Bert to footballing heaven. The giant German's heroics saw him win the Footballer of the Year award, worldwide acclaim for his bravery and guaranteed his place amongst the legends of FA Cup Final history.