He was for many years connected with Southport Football Club as trainer and was later groundsman at the Southport Rugby Club. In his youth in the early years of the century he was a prominent member of Southport Harriers, winning their 10-mile cross country run for six consecutive years from 1903. He acted as trainer at the Park Villa club, then members of the West Lancashire League, before being approached by Southport Central Football Club Chairman Harry Rimmer to apply for the position of groundsman/trainer. He stayed with the club from 1911 to 1926 and when the Third Division (North) was formed he was appointed Head Trainer. He became the brother-in-law of the famous Sinclair brothers when he married then aster, Ethel.