Alex Wright (footballer, born 1930)

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Alex Wright
Personal information
Date of birth 1930
Date of death 2000 (aged 69–70)
Place of death Linwood, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward[1]
Youth career
–1948 Dalry Thistle[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1962 Partick Thistle[1] 233 (52)
1963–1964 East Fife[2] 32 (5)
Total 265 (57)
Teams managed
1966–1970 St. Mirren
1970–1972 Dunfermline Athletic
1973–1977 Dumbarton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alex Wright (1930 – 12 January 2000) was a Scottish football player and manager.[3]

Provisionally signed by Partick Thistle as a teenager and "farmed out" to Ayrshire Junior side Dalry Thistle, Wright signed full professional forms with Partick on Friday 28 January 1949 and made his debut the following day, exactly seven weeks after his eighteenth birthday, in the Glasgow derby against Rangers at Ibrox Park. Wright performed for Partick Thistle most of his playing career,[3] appearing in three Scottish League Cup Finals which all ended in defeat.[3] Wright subsequently played season 1963–64 for East Fife before having to retire due to knee injuries. He became a coach, working briefly for Clyde and Partick Thistle,[3] before being appointed manager of St. Mirren at the age of 35, in October 1966.[3]

St. Mirren were relegated at the end of the 1966–67 season, but Wright guided them to promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.[3] After four years at Love Street, Wright became manager of Dunfermline Athletic in October 1970.[3] He held that position for only 16 months, however, as the club struggled to win games during a period of severe financial hardship which almost led to the Club's demise.[3]

Following a brief period as assistant manager of Dumbarton, Wright was appointed manager in late 1972, a post he held for four years. Despite the Club having spent the previous 50 seasons in Division 2 prior to his appointment, Wright guided them to high of tenth position in the Scottish League in 1973–74 and a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance in 1975–76.[3] He was involved with Dumbarton in various roles for 18 years.[3] After leaving Boghead Park in 1990, Wright then worked as Chief Scout for Kilmarnock under managers Alex Totten and Bobby Williamson as well Scottish Scout for Millwall and Bolton under Bruce Rioch, and Leeds under David O'Leary.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "PARTICK THISTLE : 1946/47 - 2009/10". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "EAST FIFE : 1946/47 - 2009/10". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Alex Wright 1970-72". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. official website. Retrieved 26 January 2011.