The archives this month bring the village of Burton to the fore. In a story related to me by my very good friend and former Burton player, Andy Bain, it appears that when Bert

Trautmann was a prisoner-of-war for a short time at Bela River Camp, near Milnthorpe, the outstanding goalkeeper of Manchester City actually played football for Burton.

Bernhard Carl "Bert" Trautmann, OBE (born 22 October 1923), was a German footballer who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.

Brought up during times of inter-war strife in Germany, Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe early in the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper.

He fought on the Eastern Front for three years, earning five medals including an Iron Cross.

Later in the war he was transferred to the Western Front, where he was captured by the British as the war drew to a close.

One of only 90 of his original 1,000-man regiment to survive the war, he was transferred to a prisoner-of-war camp in Lancashire.

Trautmann refused an offer of repatriation, and following his release in 1948 he settled in Lancashire, combining farm work with playing as goalkeeper for local football team St. Helens Town.

In 2004 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for promoting Anglo-German understanding through football.