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Ian Wright, MBE

Ian Wright, MBE

Ian Wright MBE was born on 3rd November 1963 in Woolwich, London and signed for Crystal Palace in August 1985, just three months short of his 22nd birthday. Along with strike partner Mark Bright his goals took the club to top flight via the playoffs in 1989. A dramatic appearance as a 'super-sub' in the 1990 FA Cup Final against Manchester United saw him equalising for the Palace a few minutes after coming onto the field forcing extra time, then putting them ahead in extra time. The eventual score was 3-3, but Palace lost the replay 1-0. In all, Ian scored 117 goals in 253 starts and 24 substitute appearances over six seasons for The Eagles in all competitions, making him the club's record post-war goal scorer.

Signing for Arsenal in September 1991 for a then club record fee of £2.5m, he scored on his debut against Leicester City in a League Cup tie, and then scored a hat-trick on his League debut against Southampton. Wright went on to be the Gunners’ top scorer for six seasons in a row. He played a major part in the club's success during the 1990s, winning an FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993; he scored in both the FA Cup final and the final replay.

Wright also helped Arsenal reach the 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup final. He then moved to West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Celtic before ending on a high by leading Burnley to promotion in 2000. Ian Wright won 31 caps for England scoring nine goals.

Since retiring from football Ian has developed a successful career in TV & Media.


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