|Full name||Ian John Painter|
|Date of birth||28 December 1964|
|Place of birth||Wombourne, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Painter was born in Wombourne, England, but graduated from Stoke's youth system at the Victoria Ground, making his debut one day before his 18th birthday against Everton in 1982. He became a key player for Stoke at a time when the club was struggling both on and off the field, he earned an England under-21 call up in 1983 and also became the club's top scorer in the 1984–85 season. However Stoke were relegated with just 17 points and new manager Mick Mills decided Painter was surplus to requirements and let him join Coventry City for a fee of £85,000. His time at Coventry was overshadowed by injuries and made only three appearances before he decided to retire from football at the age of 23. He later played for non-league Willenhall Town to keep fit.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Stoke City||1982–83||First Division||22||4||3||1||0||0||25||5|
|Coventry City||1986–87||First Division||3||0||0||0||3||0||6||0|
- *Lowe, Simon: "Stoke City The Modern Era - A Complete Record" (Desert Island Books, ISBN 1-874287-39-2).
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- "Hednesford Town FC". BBC. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Ian Painter joins the Association". CCFPA. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- Ian Painter profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- Ian Painter at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database