Preston pub with 'Invincibles' link is put up for sale

A pub once run by one of Preston North End’s legendary Invincibles players has gone up for sale.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 12:30 pm

The Royal Consort in Meadow Street, which can boast fabled goalkeeper James Trainer amongst its former landlords, is on the market for £175,000.

The alehouse, described in the sales brochure as a “classically British pub” is a popular watering hole for soccer fans on match days, with North End’s Deepdale Stadium just up the road.

The pub dates back to at least 1854 and had a string of owners until the Boddingtons Brewery bought it in 1900.

The Royal Consort has been serving ale in Meadow Street for around 170 years.
The Royal Consort has been serving ale in Meadow Street for around 170 years.

Trainer, who was part of the famous PNE squad which won the league and cup double in 1888/89 without losing a single game, took over behind the bar in 1902 and stayed for two years.

As goalkeeper, the Wales international was an eccentric character and at times was reported to have worn a raincoat and sheltered under an umbrella during games in wet weather.

He played 253 times for North End between 1887 and 1899. After retiring from the game he was landlord of four pubs in Preston - the Black-a-Moor Head, Lamb Hotel, Horse Shoe Hotel and finally the Royal Consort. He was also steward at Fulwood Club in Victoria Road.

Trainer moved to London where a business he set up failed and he died in poverty in 1915 aged 52.

Invincibles goalkeeper James Trainer was landlord between 1902 and 1904.

The Dorbiere Group, which owns the pub, says it is “hailed by away fans as one of the great match day pubs.”

The company also describes it as “full of charm” and says the traditional alehouse is “filled with history.”