7 football stars who renamed pubs in their honor, including Shearer’s Bar and Royal Dyche


Forget fame, silverware and millions of pounds on offer in the Premier League. Even the honor of representing your country is less than the honor that every footballer really aspires to.

Every football club has a few cult heroes who are celebrated for their achievements in various ways. Perhaps the most prestigious of these is for the local drinker to rename their establishment after the player who brought them so much joy on the pitch.

Who wants a statue made or a stadium named after you, when your name can be inscribed above your beloved fans’ favorite pub? Bearing this in mind, Star Daily Sport took a look at seven footballers and managers who have achieved true greatness with the ultimate tribute from their supporters.

Sean Dyche

The Royal Dyche pub was named after former Burnley manager Sean Dyche

The former Burnley manager may have been sacked from Turf Moor earlier this year as the club’s owners made a desperate but doomed bid to prevent Clarets from relegation. However, Dyche’s achievements in a decade at the club have clearly not been forgotten.

The owners of the Royal Dyche pub – formerly known as The Princess Royal – have decided to keep their name as a tribute to their former manager. Dyche earned two Premier League promotions during his time in the hot seat, as well as leading Burnley to European football via the Europa League qualifying rounds in 2018.

Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards signed as a professional in April 1957 for Manchester United with manager Matt Busby

Edwards was considered one of the leading members of Manchester United’s Busby Babes and was tragically one of 23 people to die in the 1958 Munich air disaster. Club legend and World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton, described his former team-mate as “the only player who made me feel inferior”.

A number of tributes have been paid to Edwards in his home town of Dudley, and one of them was the pub formerly known as The Wren’s Nest. Situated just 100 yards from where the former United star was born, the pub closed in 2005 and was demolished a year later.

Matt Le Tissier

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier was once celebrated with a pub named after him
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier was once celebrated with a pub named after him

The Southampton legend has come under fire for several controversial social media posts in recent months and no longer works as a pundit on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday. Le Tissier recently reopened The Lapstone in Horton Heath, but once had a pub named after him.

209 goals in 540 appearances for the Saints in a career spanning more than 15 years was enough to earn the nickname ‘The God’ and perhaps most impressively, the Le Tissier Arms. However, that association with the 53-year-old is no more, with the pub now known as the Chapel Arms.

Brian McBride

Brian McBride is still fondly remembered at Fulham
Brian McBride is still fondly remembered at Fulham

The former United States international was one of the first American exports to make an impact in the Premier League. McBride was twice named Fulham’s Player of the Year, scoring 39 goals and even becoming club captain.

This hard work was truly rewarded off the pitch when the club decided to rename the Craven Cottage pub in honor of the striker. McBride ended his playing career with the Chicago Fire and was named general manager of his country’s men’s national team in January 2020.

Sir Alf Ramsey

Sir Alf Ramsey remains the only manager to lead England to World Cup glory
Sir Alf Ramsey remains the only manager to lead England to World Cup glory

While Gareth Southgate plots to become the second name on the list this winter, Sir Alf remains the only man to have led England to World Cup glory. The former Ipswich Town boss was rewarded for his ‘wingless wonderland’ approach as the Three Lions triumphed at home in 1966.

Of course, the most fitting tribute for such an achievement was for the English legend’s name to grace a pub in Tunbridge Wells. However, the facility closed for the last time in 2017 to make way for new homes.

Alain Shearer

Shearer is a Newcastle legend
Shearer is a Newcastle legend

The long-time Newcastle United fan fulfilled his life’s dream by shooting the famous black-and-white and surpassing Jackie Milburn to become the club’s all-time top goalscorer. Shearer returned home for a world record in 1996 and rewarded the Toon with 206 goals over the next decade.

A bar at the Gallowgate end of St James’ Park was opened in his name in 2004, only to be renamed Nine Bar in 2013 during Mike Ashley’s time. However, the Geordie great’s name was restored above the establishment by the club’s new owners in March this year.

Billy Wright

Billy Wright is remembered with a pub named after him on Princess Street in Wolverhampton
Billy Wright is remembered with a pub named after him on Princess Street in Wolverhampton

Wright is one of Wolves’ greatest ever players, helping the club win three top-flight titles and the FA Cup in 1949. The defender came second to Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano for the Ballon d’Or in 1957.

These achievements led to Wright being awarded a CBE in 1959 and a statue of the legendary centre-back stands outside Molineux. Perhaps most impressively though, the club icon is remembered with a pub named after her on Princess Street.


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