Ian Wright was one of the best known footballers in the British game, he started off as a low paid plasterer and ended up being one of the most recognised footballers of our time.
He was recognised as an extremely talented young striker which his managers soon noticed. He was getting paid very little and was sent to Chelmsford Prison for not paying motoring fines,. Ian said he had learned a very valuable lesson and he said he never wanted to go to prison again because he saw what it was doing to people.
He imagined God saying “Is this where you want to go? cause other wise you better change”.
At 17 scouts from Crystal Palace saw him and recognised a very hard working and very talented striker. He was signed up as soon as possible. He was only offered one hundred pounds a week. His first game came in 1985 when he came on as a substitute against Oldham F.C. He came on and with in minutes he set up Palaces equalizer. He spent six years at palace.
He joined Arsenal for 2.5 million pounds, which at the time was a record. Wright won the Golden boot award in his first season and went on to be Arsenal’s top scorer for the next six seasons.? When he joined arsenal he never guessed how famous he would be when he finally left. After only one year at the club he had picked up several medals. He won the F.A cup in 1993 and the Coca Cola up in the same year.
In the 1993-94 season he was starting to head for the big time. Arsenal won the European Cup Winners Cup. The next year was almost as successful, a big almost. He managed to score in every conceivable debut game for Arsenal which was a great achievement. On the 13th September 1997 Wright scored a hat-trick against Bolton the first goal of which equaled with Cliff Bastins record as the top all time Arsenal goal scorer on 178 goals.
Ian joined West Ham United where he spent 15 months. ? He had subsequent short spells at Nottingham Forest, Celtic, and Burnley (whom he helped to promotion to Division One) before retiring in 2000. He finished his club career with 323 goals in all competitions.
He left football to concentrate on his own T.V show,? “The Ian Wright Show”.? He was awarded the RIMA award of Television personality of the year in 2003.
Ian sons are all involved in football playing for a variety of clubs.? Wright is also the patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Shortly after his retirement from playing in 2000, he was awarded the MBEfor his services to charity.