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Alois Eisenträger
Born (1927-07-16)16 July 1927
Hamburg, Germany
Died 10 August 2017(2017-08-10) (aged 90)
North Somerset, England

Alois Bernhard "Alec" Eisenträger (16 July 1927 – 10 August 2017[1]) was a German footballer who played as an inside forward.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

Eisenträger was made a POW aged 16 after being captured on a Dutch airfield and spent the rest of the war at a POW camp near Trowbridge, England. He started playing for Trowbridge Town and then in 1949 moved to Bristol City, scoring 4 goals against Newport County in September of that year. Thus, he was part of a professional British football team even before the famous Bert Trautmann moved to Manchester City. He gained promotion with the Robins to the Second Division in 1955. Until he left for Merthyr Tydfil in 1958 he had appeared in 246 games for Bristol City, netting 57 times.[3] In 1959, Eisenträger signed for Chelmsford City, making his debut in a 2–2 home draw against Worcester City on 22 August 1959, becoming the joint 250th player to represent the club.[4]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He married a woman from Wales in the early 1950s and had four children.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/alec-eisentrager-1927-2017/ Death notice
  2. Football League career stats at Neil Brown – Bristol City players
  3. "Bristol City career summary". http://www.citystats.org.uk/playerdetail.asp?id=230&filter=E. 
  4. "Blog Number 7". 11 July 2010. http://thechelmsfordcityhistorian.blogspot.com/2010/07/. Retrieved 5 January 2019. 
  5. Streppelhoff, R. (2009). Zwei Deutsche in England: Die Fußballkarrieren von Bernd Trautmann und Alois Eisenträger. SportZeiten. Sport in Geschichte, Kultur und Gesellschaft, p. 44.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Harris, N. (2006). The Foreign Revolution. How Overseas Footballers Changed the English Game. London: Aurum Press Ltd.. 
  • Ramsden, J. (2006). Don't Mention the War. The British and the Germans since 1890.. London: Little, Brown Book Group. 

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