Trainer Harry Image 1 Leicester Fosse 1896

Trainer Harry Image 1 Leicester Fosse 1896


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Wrexham born inside or centre forward Harry Trainer began his football career with Wrexham Victoria in 1890 and played for Wrexham Grosvenor in 1891 and Westminster Rovers in 1893 before joining Wrexham in 1894. While with Wrexham he won three caps for Wales (all 3 caps coming within a week), scoring twice on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Ireland at The Solitude Ground, Belfast on 16th March 1895, playing in a 1-1 draw with England at The Queen’s Club 2 days later, and finally in a 2-2 draw with Wales at Wrexham on 23rd March.

After a trial with West Bromwich Albion he joined Second Division Leicester Fosse in the summer of 1895, making his Football League debut against Burton Swifts that September and joint top scoring with Willie McArthur with 14 goals in the 1895-96 campaign, which included 5 goals against Rotherham Town in an 8-0 thrashing in April 1896. He was less prolific in his second season at Filbert Street, and by the time he joined Southern League Sheppey United in 1897 he had scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for The Fossils.

After 2 seasons in Kent, he returned to Wrexham in 1899, spending one further season at The Racecourse Ground before joining Oxcroft Colliery in 1900, moving to play for Poolsbrook United in 1901.

He was the younger brother of Jimmy Trainer, also of Wrexham and a Welsh international, most famously part of “The Invincibles” double winning team of Preston North End.



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