Gary Martindale (born 24 June 1971) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. Having originally retired after the 2010–11 season, Martindale was registered by Vauxhall Motors as player and assistant manager in the summer of 2011.
Gary Martindale was registered by Marine to be an Assistant Manager for Manager Carl Macauley
Born in Liverpool, Martindale began his senior career in non-League football with Burscough. He later played in the Football League for Bolton Wanderers, Peterborough United, Notts County, Mansfield Town and Rotherham United, before returning to non-League football with Telford United and Burscough.
Despite having played in League One (then the Second Division) with Notts County, his most outstanding moment came after he returned to Burscough. In May 2003 they reached the final of the FA Trophy against Tamworth. Having started the competition as 400–1 outsiders, they had narrowed the odds but were still far from favourites. They pulled off a shock 2–1 win, with Martindale scoring both their goals.
Martindale was appointed manager of Formby in July 2010. Without time to rebuild the severely depleted squad before the season began, Formby had a disastrous first few games. Lacking a striker, Martindale reluctantly picked himself for the team. He scored in four out of his first five matches.
Despite turning Formby's fortunes around, including signing notable players like John Paul Kissock, Adam Farley and John Lawless, he felt unsupported by the club and after internal restructuring of the club he resigned in January 2011. He expressed an immediate desire to continue his management career elsewhere. Two months later he took up a backroom coaching role at Prescot Cables, before being hired in June 2011 as Assistant Manager of Vauxhall Motors F.C. by their new manager Anthony Wright.
During the 2011–12 season, Martindale was once more registered as a player for Vauxhall Motors. However, as of March 2012 has not made a first-team appearance, being named as an unused substitute in four matches.
At the end of season 2015-16 he was appointed assistant manager alongside manager Carl Macauley at Witton Albion