Thomas Wainwright

Last updated

Thomas Wainwright
T Wainwright.JPG
Wainwright in a Burslem Port Vale team photo.
Personal information
Full nameThomas Wainwright [1]
Date of birth 1876 [1]
Place of birth Nantwich, England [1]
Date of death(1949-05-13)13 May 1949 (age 72-73) [1]
Place of death Nantwich, England [1]
Playing position(s) Half-back
Youth career
Crewe Carriage Works
1893–1900 Nantwich
Senior career*
1900–1902 Burslem Port Vale 21 (0)
1902 Crewe Alexandra
1903 Wellington Town
1904–1905 Notts County 8 (0)
1906 Wellington Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Wainwright (1876 – 13 May 1949) was an English footballer who played as a half-back for Burslem Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, Wellington Town, and Notts County between 1900 and 1906.



Thomas Wainwright was born in 1876 in the Johnstons Buildings on Beam Street in Nantwich. His father was James Wainwright (1851–1926) who married his mother Mary Ann Simmons (1852–1937) on 3 March 1872 in Nantwich. He was one of nine children, having six brothers and two sisters. Around 1891 he moved from Beam Street to 24 Mill Street, Nantwich, and according to the 1891 census his occupation was a boot clicker. He started his footballing career with Crewe Carriage Works before appearing for Nantwich in The Combination in 1893–94, going on to serve his home town club to the turn of the century. In 1901 the census reports him as a general labourer just before he went on to play football.

Wainwright joined Burslem Port Vale in November 1900 and made his debut at the Athletic Ground in a 3–2 win over Barnsley on 1 December. [1] He enjoyed a spell in the first team, and ended the 1900–01 campaign with 14 Second Division appearances to his name. [1] However he then fell out of the first team picture, and was released at the end of the 1901–02 season. [1] He then moved on to Crewe Alexandra, Wellington and Notts County. [1] He finished his playing career back at Nantwich before becoming the club's trainer in 1913.

At the end of his professional playing career he married Emily Pitt in Nottingham. They then moved back to Nantwich, living at 22 Mill Street, Nantwich, where he became an engineering labourer, moving on to be a furnace-man at the local railway works. They had five children between 1907 and 1922: Eric, Doris, Leonard, James and Olive.

Thomas Wainwright died in Nantwich on 13 May 1949 from prostate cancer. He is buried in Nantwich cemetery with his wife Emily and daughter Doris.


Source: [2]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeague FA Cup Total
Burslem Port Vale 1900–01 Second Division 14000140
1901–02 Second Division702090
Notts County 1904–05 First Division 500050
1905–06 First Division300030

Related Research Articles

Nantwich Town F.C. association football club

Nantwich Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. The club was founded in 1884 and is nicknamed The Dabbers, a reference to the town's tanning industry. They currently compete in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, and play their home matches at the Weaver Stadium.

Billy Beats English footballer

William Edwin Beats was an England international footballer. A centre-forward, he scored 150 goals in 403 league games in 16 years from 1891 to 1907.

Steve Davis (footballer, born 1965) English association football player and manager

Steven Peter Davis is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender. After managing Cheshire-based non-league teams Northwich Victoria and Nantwich Town, he was manager of Crewe Alexandra and then head coach at National League club Leyton Orient for just over four months up to 14 November 2017.

Herbert Birchenough was an English football goalkeeper. He played 167 league games in the Football League for Burslem Port Vale, Glossop, and Manchester United between 1898 and 1903.

James Peake was a footballer who played inside-left for Burslem Port Vale and Millwall Athletic.

Thomas J. Lander was an English footballer who played for Burslem Port Vale at the turn of the 20th century.

Meshach Dean was an English footballer who played for Burslem Port Vale in the 1890s.

Henry Cotton was an English footballer who played in goal for Nantwich, Burslem Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, and Stoke in the 1900s.

Edward McDonald was an English footballer who played at left half for Stoke, Burslem Port Vale, Notts County, and Portsmouth.

Thomas Davies was an English footballer who played 65 league and cup games at left-back for Burslem Port Vale between 1899 and 1903.

William Elson was an English footballer. He played 241 games and scored 15 goals for Burslem Port Vale, however 114 of these games were friendlies.

Alfred Edward Maybury was an English footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Nantwich, Burslem Port Vale, and Chesterfield.

Ralph Barlow was an English footballer who played for Burslem Port Vale in the mid-1890s.

Tom Poole was a footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Burslem Port Vale between 1897 and 1901.

Joseph Benton Sandham was an English footballer who played at centre-forward for Stoke, Crewe Alexandra, Burslem Port Vale, and Dresden United.

Thomas J. Walker was a footballer who played on the right-wing for Burslem Port Vale and Burton Swifts in the 1890s.

Jack Prince was an English football goalkeeper who played for Nantwich, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Rochdale, Wrexham, Shrewsbury Town, Northwich Victoria, and Crewe Alexandra. He won the Third Division North title with Port Vale in 1929–30.

The 1893–94 season was Ardwick A.F.C.'s third season of league football and second season in the Football League. In the latter half of the season, financial difficulties forced the reorganisation of the club into the team Manchester City F.C. on the day of their last league game of the season. By this name the club have been known for the rest of their history.

The 1893–94 season was Newcastle United's first season in The Football League after they, and Middlesbrough Ironopolis, were elected to the Second Division from the Northern League.

1899–1900 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season Burslem Port Vale 1899–1900 football season

The 1899–1900 season was Burslem Port Vale's second consecutive season of football in the English Football League. Another season of charging to the summit of the Second Division table, only to fall into mid-table obscurity, this time the club suffered from low support and subsequently poor finances. Once again the team maintained a decent defensive record, only to fail miserably in front of goal – the second lowest total in the league.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 299. ISBN   0-9529152-0-0.
  2. Thomas Wainwright at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)