7 May 2021

James Trainer (Preston North End)

By Tolga Genç

One of the first famous goalkeepers is James Trainer. He was born in Wrexham, Wales, in 1863. He was 19 while working in a factory and then started playing for Wrexham, his hometown team. Two years later, his club was banned from trophies after insulting the referee in a match. He also accepted the transfer offer from Great Lever, knowing that he would be penalized by the club. Again, two seasons later, it was Bolton Wanderers’ turn. This transfer was for £5, and the Trainer would receive 50 shillings per week. The goalkeeper, who always played for two seasons, moved to Preston North End this time, and it was 1887.

James Trainer won the title with his team for the first two seasons of the new Football League. Trainer, who played for Preston North End until 1899, took part in more than 250 matches. James Trainer, who moved to London after football and was not very successful in the business he established, and his whole order was broken, became a beggar at the hotels where the Welsh national team camped 20 times. The first champion goalkeeper James Trainer, the goalkeeper of the famous Preston North Ends team, nicknamed “The Invincibles,” died in 1915.