Wayne Burnett (born 4 September 1971, in Lambeth) was a professional footballer who is most notable for playing at Plymouth Argyle, Huddersfield Town and Grimsby Town. Burnett is manager of Conference National outfit Grays Athletic.
In 1995 Premiership newcomers, Bolton Wanderers signed Burnett. But after only a season with the club he was sold to Huddersfield Town following a short loan spell. His time in Yorkshire was a rather impressive one and was described as a flair player with much skill, he scored a wonder goal against Bradford City from just inside his own half in a League Cup tie.
Following a clear out at Huddersfield, Burnett was loaned too Grimsby Town in 1998 and scored in his debut against Scunthorpe United as the "Mariners" put there local rivals out of the Football League Trophy.
It was in the same competition at Wembley Stadium against Bournemouth that Burnett scored the winning golden goal in the 1998 final and played in the promotion winning team in the play-off final a month later. Burnett the "Mariners" to an impressive finish in the Championship, almost securing a play-off spot to the Premiership the following season.
He stayed with Grimsby until the summer of 2002, but was troubled by a persistent injury problem that made him miss chunks of the 1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons. Burnett was released by manager Paul Groves with the player sidelined for the majority of his time in his last season.
Burnett dropped out of professional football and signed with Conference National club Woking, but his time at his new club was short lived after a spat with the clubs supporters. The incident happened in a Conference game in which Woking were trailing 2–0 with 20 minutes remaining. Burnett was brought on as a substitute but could not change the outcome of the game. In a statement made to the Grimsby Telegraph, Burnett claimed that Woking supporters had singled him out for abuse, stating that they expected him to come on and win the game for them because he was a professional footballer. Burnett claimed that just because he is a professional does not mean he can change the outcome of every game.
He then joined Fisher Athletic for a short period of time. As well as this Burnett went into acting appearing as an extra for Sky One football television drama Dream Team. Burnett can be seen in a number of episodes appearing to be sat on the substitutes bench also training with the fictional Harchester United team.
In 2004 Burnett made a shock return to the professional game signing for Peterborough United on a non contract basis. He only made one appearance for the club.