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Alois Eisenträger
Personal information
Full name Alois Bernhard Eisenträger
Date of birth (1927-07-16)16 July 1927
Place of birth Hamburg, Germany
Date of death 10 August 2017(2017-08-10) (aged 90)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948 Herne Bay
1948–1949 Trowbridge Town
1949–1958 Bristol City 228 (57)
1958–19?? Merthyr Tydfil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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

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]

He married a girl from Wales in the early 1950s and had four children.[4]


  1. ^ Death notice
  2. ^ Football League career stats at Neil Brown – Bristol City players
  3. ^ Bristol City career summary
  4. ^ 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 readingEdit

  • 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.