There have been a number of tributes to the legendary Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who died of a heart attack in Spain last week at the age of 89. Here are just a few personal thoughts.
Corny though it may sound, the passing of the German keeper means another of my schoolboy footballing heroes has gone. Trautmann was from another era but it is important that his contribution be appreciated.
The first time I ever saw Trautmann, on our black and white television, he was glumly picking the ball out of the back of the net at Wembley after just 45 seconds of the 1955 Cup Final.