Ryan Rainey

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Ryan Rainey is a defender/midfielder currently playing in the Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-21s.

Ryan Rainey
Full Name Ryan Gavin Rainey
Date of Birth 11 October 1996
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Place of Birth Letterkenny, County Donegal
Position Defender/midfielder
Nationality Irish
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Previous club/s Bonagee United


Youth career

Rainey started playing for Bonagee United at six, and was usually a central midfielder, but when he began playing for the Republic of Ireland he was used as a defender. He joined Wolves at sixteen, turning down other offers including one from Fulham. He had met Stephen Ward and Stephen Hunt, both Irish internationals, and had been impressed by Mick McCarthy, and by Molineux.


He has represented the Republic of Ireland regularly throughout the age groups.

Career statistics

No data pre 2014-15. Wolves give no squad information for U18 apart from the FA Youth Cup. Correct up to 4 December 2015.

Club Season Senior Under-21 Lge Under-21 PLC B'ham Senior Cup Under-18 Lge FA Youth Cup
Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals
Wolves 2014-15 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - - 7 1 0 0
2015-16 0 0 0 6 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - - - - - -

Career honours

All-Ireland First Year title with St Eunan’s College 2010 (defeating Cork’s Rochestown College 2-1 in the final in Athlone). Also part of the Wolves squad that won the 2015 Bitzer Cup in Germany.


Rainey received a two-year professional contract in 2014. This had been arranged as part of the deal when he first moved over from Ireland to play full time.

Additional sources

Donegal Democrat 2011

Donegal Democrat 2012

FAI Schools