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Rated

The True Story Of One Man's Journey From Prisoner Of War To Man City Goalkeeper

Bernd Trautmann was a German prisoner of war who ended becoming a professional footballer in the UK.

The Keeper CREDIT Parkland Entertainment

The film explores prejudice and public hostility after the Second World War (Picture: Parkland Entertainment).

A new film, 'The Keeper', tells the story of Bernd Trautmann, a German prisoner of war who ended up becoming a professional footballer in the UK.

Mr Trautman was a Nazi paratrooper during the Second World War.

In 1944, he was captured by the British and sent to a prisoner of war camp in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire.

 

Whilst playing football with his fellow prisoners, he was spotted by a manager from a local club.

Mr Trautmann then went on to play football professionally, first for St Helens Town and finally Manchester City. 

In 1956, he famously played in the FA Cup final with a broken neck, helping City to a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.

The Keeper CREDIT Parkland Entertainment
The film is directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Picture: Parkland Entertainment).

David Kross, the actor who plays Mr Trautmann, told Forces TV's RATED about the many challenges the footballer faced:

"There were lots of protests against him when he was signed as Manchester City's goalkeeper because it was just post the Second World War.

"He was part of this criminal regime and he was part of the Hitler youth and he went through all this brainwashing. 

"It is a film about reconciliation. 

"It is also a film about someone who comes to terms with his own past and comes to terms with his own guilt."

'The Keeper' will be released in UK cinemas on 5 April.