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    Mine Hosts North Enders

Having recently searched for information on former player, Tom Pratt, I accidentally came across a site about public houses and inns, in and around Preston. I had always known about a few ex-North Enders being landlords of pubs after their footballing careers had ended but I have subsequently been able to add to my list. This list has now reached the 50 mark. If anyone has further information I would be very grateful. The site I came across is Steve Halliwell's Preston's Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses. Well worth a look.

JACK BELGER Oddfellows Arms 1886-1889 Fleece Inn 1891-1895

JAMES TRAINER Black-A-Moor Head 1890-1892 Lamb Hotel 1893-1894 Horse Shoe Hotel 1894-1897 Royal Consort 1902-1904

WILLIAM McKENNIE John O'Gaunt 1892-1893 Buxton Hotel, Chorley -1902 (Died here 17th December 1902)

WILLIAM SHARPLES Early PNE Rugby/Footballer 1877-1883 and Director of PNE Corporation Arms 1894-1917 (Died 1st March 1917)

WILLIAM GREER Horse Shoe Hotel 1897

GEORGE DRUMMOND Horse Shoe Hotel 1897-1900 Globe Tavern 1900-1901

BOB HOLMES New Inn 1899-1901 Balmoral Hotel 1904

TOM PRATT Queen Adelaide 1901-1902

DICKIE BOND Hearts of Oak 1907 Church Inn, Garstang

GEORGE TOD Hearts of Oak 1909 Victoria Hotel (Walton-le-Dale) 1911 Fortune of War 1917

SAM THOMSON Bowling Green Inn 1910 Continental Hotel 1911

PETER McBRIDE Deepdale Hotel 1913-1918

JOHN HUNTER Old House at Home 1910- Skeffington Arms 1913-1928 (Died here 13th March 1928)

JACK BARTON Central Hotel 1926-1927

SANDY DOOLAN Golbourne Hotel 1926-1927

PROCTOR RATCLIFFE HALL (PNE Reserve team player) Tanners Arms 1926-1940

GEORGE SAPSFORD Kings Arms 1927-

GEORGE HARRISON Moorbrook Inn 1932-1936

TOMMY ROBERTS New Inn 1932-1936 Craven Heifer 1936-1940 Stephenson's Arms 1940-1965 (Died 13th October 1965)

JOHN HOLLAND Plungington Hotel 1940-1944 (Died here 6th August 1944)

JIMMY DOUGAL Moor Park Hotel 1953-1963

HUGH O'DONNELL Meadows Arms -1965 Nb. At the time of his death, his son, also named Hugh, was a steward on the liner Empress of Canada.

NORRIE LLOYD Plungington Hotel

PETER SAYER Blue Bell 1991-1999



Other ex-North Enders who have been mine hosts, publicans, landlords or licensees of Public Houses outside of Preston include:

Bethel Robinson The Crown & Cushion Inn, Bolton 1888

John Goodall The Plough, Derby 1889

Archie Goodall The Plough, Derby 1891

Arthur Wharton The Albert Tavern, Masbrough, Rotherham 1892-1893, The Sportsmans Cottage, Sheffield 1894, Plough Inn, Greasbrough, Rotherham 1895

William Crispin Rose The Black Swan, Birmingham

Alf Common Cleaver Hotel, Darlington 1914-1925 Alma Hotel, Cockerton, Darlington 1925-1943

Billy Blyth The Bowling Green Hotel, Carlisle

Michael HS Good The Flowing Tide, Brighton

James Blessington White Lion Commercial Hotel, Exeter

Joseph Elliott The Cricketers, Gillingham

Ernest 'Dick' Pegg The Vine Tavern, Leicester 1916

James Bannister Ship Inn, Leyland

Eddie Holdsworth The Tenby Hotel, Swansea

David McLean Publican in Forfar, Scotland

David Anderson The Pineapple Hotel, North Bridge, Halifax c.1930’s

Albert McInroy (PNE Reserve Team Player who played for England whilst at Sunderland) The Crown, Gateshead, The Havelock, Houghton-le-Spring & The Baccus, Newcastle

Dickie Watmough Publican in Eccleshall, Staffordshire

Stanley Davies Publican in West Bromwich 1937-1946

Jack Livesey Publican in Bury

George Speak The Commercial Hotel, Clitheroe Late 1940's then an 'Accrington Hotel'

Tom Scott Publican in Wallasey 1948

William Wade Publican in Sunderland 1948

Malcolm Newlands The Black Bull, Cockermouth

Cliff Portwood Gentle Jim's, Alton, Hampshire 1982

Peter Thompson The Hare & Hounds, Bowland Bridge and The Delaine Hotel, Harrogate

Jonathan Clark Lane Ends Hotel, Wesham & The Clarence Hotel, Marton, Blackpool

Kevin Gage Green Dragon Inn, Dronfield

Well over 100 years ago James Trainer, North End's Old Invincible goalkeeper was the steward at the Fulwood club in Victoria Road, Fulwood. Pete Sayer is currently the steward at Preston Golf Club and another member of the 'Old Invincibles', Sandy Robertson, was a steward on an Atlantic liner in July 1892!

Any other additions and/or amendments to this list would be gratefully received.


  • Ian Rigby PNE Official Historian March 2013