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Ian Wright

Ian Wright  
Complete Name: Ian Edward Wright
Nationality: English
Place of Birth: Woolwich, England
Date of Birth: 02/11/1963
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg
National Team: England- A
Current Club: Retired
Position: Striker

Ian Wright Career

Crystal Palace (England), Arsenal (England), West Ham United (England), Nottingham Forest (England), Celtic (Scotland), Burnley (England)
 

Ian Wright Honours

At Crystal Palace

FA Cup runner up (1990)
ZDS Cup winner (1991)

At Arsenal

Golden boot (leading scorer in top division) 1991/2 and 1992/3
FA Cup winner (1993, 1998)
Cup Winners Cup Winner (1994) Runner Up (1995)
League Cup winner (1993)
League championship (1998)
Arsenal all-time record goalscorer with 185 goals.

With England

33 caps, 9 goals
Debut February 6, 1991 vs Cameroon at Wembley
Last cap November 18, 1998 vs Czech Republic at Wembley
 

Ian Wright Pictures

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Biography

Ian Wright, MBE (born November 3, 1963, Woolwich, England) is a former professional footballer who achieved fame playing as a striker for Crystal Palace, Arsenal and England.

Since his retirement in 2000, he has become a popular media personality, appearing on Match of the Day, where his slightly eccentric and over-the-top style of match analysis (most notably, when covering all games played in Japan during the 2002 World Cup, he wore a kimono in the studio) has gained him equal amounts of praise and derision. He is also a popular presenter having had his own chat show, Friday Night's All Wright, which began in 1998 while Wright was still playing and was noted mainly for the inclusion of a cage of Tottenham Hotspur fans (traditionally, Arsenal and Tottenham are hated rivals). Since then, he has gone on to present programmes such as the National Lottery broadcasts, Friends Like These, radio show Wright & Bright (with old footballing friend and Crystal Palace strike partner Mark Bright), An Audience with Lennox Lewis, and Guinness World Records. He was awarded the MBE in 2000 for services to football.

Ian came to professional football relatively late, signing for Crystal Palace in 1985 at the age of 22. After rejections from Millwall and Brighton, he played for amateur and non-league teams, culminating at Greenwich Borough, where he was spotted by Palace scout Peter Prentice.

At Crystal Palace, he scored twice in the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United, having only recently recovered from a broken leg. The eventual score was 3-3, but Palace lost the replay 1-0.

He signed for Arsenal in 1991 for 2.5m, which was at the time a club record fee. He scored on his debut against Leicester City, and went on to play a major part in the club's success during the 1990s. He is the club's all-time leading goalscorer.

His stepsons, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Bradley Wright-Phillips, currently play for Manchester City F.C.

Wright is also the patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
 

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