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TRAINER , JAMES ( 1863 - 1915? ), Association footballer (the ‘prince of goalkeepers’) .

b. 7 Jan. 1863 at Brook Street , Wrexham , son of James Trainer , master baker , and his wife Mary Ann Trainer . He was a coach body maker by trade. He began to play football with school teams; joined Wrexham Grosvenor football club in 1878 ; when the Grosvenor club amalgamated with Wrexham club in 1879 Trainer played for the new club as centre-half , but he was persuaded to take up goalkeeping . He played for Wrexham when the club defeated the Druids in the Welsh Cup final in 1882-3 . Later Trainer joined Bolton Great Lever Football Club , then Bolton Wanderers , and, later still, became a member of the famous Preston North End football club when this club won the Football Association Cup and League Championship in 1888-9 . Trainer 's first match for Preston was on 13 Aug. 1887 . He appeared in their opening League match on 8 Sept. 1888 at Deepdale and was a regular member of the championship side. He could not play in the Football Association Cup final , and his place was taken by another Welshman , R. H. Mills—Roberts (q.v. in Appendix) . Trainer played for Wales in international matches on twenty occasions (six against England , nine against Scotland , and five against Ireland ).

Author:

George Geoffrey Lerry, Wrexham

Published date: 1959