|Date of birth||15 July 1953|
|Place of birth||Bolton, England|
|1982–1983||→ Barnsley (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Alan Ainscow (born 15 July 1953) is an English former professional footballer.
Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Ainscow began his career with Blackpool as an apprentice, making his debut when then-Seasiders manager, Bob Stokoe, picked him to play in the 1971 Anglo-Italian Cup. Ainscow played in the competition's final, on 12 June 1971 against Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, which Blackpool won 2–1 after extra time. Still without a league appearance, Ainscow played the whole game before being substituted prior to the end of extra time due to exhaustion. The following month he signed his first professional contract with the club.
Ainscow played again in the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1972. He scored one goal in Blackpool's 10–0 victory over Lanerossi Vicenza on 10 June 1972 at Bloomfield Road, as Blackpool again reached the final, this time losing out 3–1 to A.S. Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in front of a crowd of 75,000.
Ainscow could play on either flank, although he later found himself lying deeper. In the 1972–73 season, he was the club's joint top scorer with Alan Suddick. Also that same season he scored his only hat-trick, when Blackpool beat local rivals Preston North End 3–0 at Deepdale on 19 December 1972.
In July 1978, after 192 league appearances for Blackpool and 28 goals, he was transferred to First Division club Birmingham City for £40,000. He made his debut on 19 August 1978 in a 1–0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and helped the club to promotion in the 1979–80 season.
Three years later, in August 1981, he joined Everton for a fee of £250,000. After a brief loan spell at Barnsley, he moved to Hong Kong in 1983 to play for Eastern AA. He returned to England in 1984 to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 1986, where the following year he was part of the team that won the Full Members Cup after a 1–0 victory over Charlton Athletic at Wembley.
- Anglo-Italian Cup winner: 1971
- Full Members Cup winner: 1987
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- Alan Ainscow at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database