Ian Wright Is Born

Ian Edward Wright, MBE (born 3 November 1963 in Woolwich, London) is an English former professional footballer, turned television and radio personality.

Wright enjoyed great success with London clubs Crystal Palace and Arsenal, spending six years with the former and seven years with the latter. He is considered as something of a legend at both clubs. With Arsenal he has lifted the Premier League title and both major domestic trophies. As well as playing 581 league games, scoring 387 goals for seven clubs in both Scotland and England, he also earned 33 caps for the English national team.

After retiring from the game he has been active in the media, usually in football related TV and radio shows. He has also kept the footballing connections running through his sons Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Ian Wright came to professional football relatively late. Despite having had trials at Southend United and Brighton during his teens, he was unable to attract sufficient interest to win a professional contract offer. Reverting to playing for amateur and non-league teams, he was left disillusioned about his chances of a career as a professional footballer, and looked set to pursue a job as a full-time plasterer.