Thomas Wainwright

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Thomas Wainwright
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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 Half-back
Youth career
Crewe Carriage Works
1983–1900 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.

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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.

Nantwich market town and civil parish in Cheshire, England

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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.

Port Vale F.C. association football club

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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.

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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.

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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

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  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)