|Full name||Neil Wainwright|
|Date of birth||4 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Warrington, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1999–2000||→ Darlington (loan)||17||(4)|
|2000–2001||→ Halifax Town (loan)||13||(0)|
|2007||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2008||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009||→ Barrow (loan)||5||(0)|
|2010||→ Barrow (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Neil Wainwright (born 4 November 1977 in Warrington) is a former English footballer.
Wainwright played most of his football on the wing or in more recent times at full back. His former clubs include Wrexham, Sunderland and Darlington. He returned to Darlington on short term contract in February 2012 signing a short-term contract, before the club folded in the summer.
Wainwright began his career as a trainee at Wrexham in July 1996, making 11 league appearances in two season before joining Sunderland for a fee of £100,000 in July 1998. He made only two substitute appearances in the league and 6 in the League Cup for Sunderland before being loaned to Darlington in February 2000 for the rest of the 2000–01 season. He joined Halifax Town on loan in October 2000 for three months and then returned to Darlington on a permanent transfer for a fee of £50,000 in August 2001, where he made over 270 appearances in all competitions and was the club's player of the year in the 2006–07 season, but after making only six first-team appearances for Darlington at the start of the 2007–08 season he joined Shrewsbury Town on a one-month loan in October 2007. He later joined Mansfield Town in March 2008 until the end of the 2007–08 season but was recalled by Darlington a month later having made five appearances for Mansfield.
Following Darlington's failure to gain promotion from Football League Two in the 2007–08 season, Wainwright was one of several players surprisingly released by the club in May 2008. He joined Morecambe in June 2008 and excelled in a left wing-back role before his season was cut short by an achilles injury. In 2011, Wainwright was released by Morecambe. Wainwright scored once during his spell at the club; in a 3–1 defeat to Rotherham United.
On 28 February 2012, Wainwright re-signed for former club Darlington, who were in severe financial straits and battling relegation from the Conference National following a 10-point deduction for entering administration in December 2011. He had been playing for Kendal Town prior to his signing for Darlington; making his league debut on 27 September 2011 and scoring in a 3–3 draw with Marine, Wainwright would go on to play in 2 more league matches, alongside 7 cup appearances, before leaving Kendal in November 2011. Wainwright made his second Darlington debut on 3 March 2012, in a 0–1 home loss to Stockport County; he wore the number 26 shirt and was replaced by Clark Keltie in the 67th minute. He left the club in the summer of 2012 as the club were relegated and folded to reform as Darlington 1883 in the Northern Football League. For the start of the 2012–13 season Wainwright signed as a player for Northern Premier League club Lancaster City taking over as joint manager of the club in October 2012 before leaving in February 2013.
- 3 appearances in the 2011–12 Lancashire FA Trophy or 3 appearances in the FA Trophy in 2011, included in the Kendal town totals.
As a player
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 425. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Neil Wainwright". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
- "Shrews sign winger from Quakers". BBC Sport. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
- "Stags bag Horlock and Wainwright". BBC Sport. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
- "Darlington recall for Wainwright". BBC Sport. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2008.
- "Nine players released by Quakers". BBC Sport. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
- "Wainwright and McEvilly set for new clubs". Chester Evening Leader. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
- "Morecambe 1–3 Rotherham". BBC. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2012.