Ben Wright (footballer, born 1988)

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Ben Wright
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Ben Wright (centre) celebrates scoring for Forest Green Rovers in 2012–13
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Matthew Wright[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Havant & Waterlooville
Youth career
2003–2005 Basingstoke Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Basingstoke Town 24 (3)
2006 Winchester City (loan) 5 (3)
2007 Andover (loan) 13 (7)
2007–2008 Carshalton Athletic (loan) 15 (2)
2008 Andover 6 (3)
2008 Fleet Town 7 (3)
2008–2009 Hampton & Richmond Borough 21 (13)
2009–2010 Peterborough United 5 (0)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 11 (3)
2009 Luton Town (loan) 5 (1)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Barnet (loan) 3 (0)
2010 Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 4 (5)
2010–2011 Crawley Town 9 (0)
2010–2011 Newport County (loan) 5 (1)
2011 Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 18 (1)
2011–2012 Braintree Town 40 (17)
2012–2013 Forest Green Rovers 18 (3)
2013 Braintree Town (loan) 10 (2)
2013–2014 Salisbury City 20 (5)
2013–2014 Basingstoke Town (loan) 3 (1)
2014 Eastleigh (loan) 20 (13)
2014 Eastleigh 10 (1)
2014– Havant & Waterlooville 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:10, 9 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin Matthew "Ben" Wright (born 20 August 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for Havant & Waterlooville as a striker.

Career[edit]

Wright was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire.[2] After scoring prolifically for Hampton & Richmond Borough in 2008, Wright attracted attention from bigger clubs, including Fulham, where he passed a medical and looked set to sign.[3] However, Roy Hodgson backed out of the £50,000 transfer at the last minute, and he instead joined League One team Peterborough United on 29 January 2009 on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[4] He made his League debut in a 2–1 defeat to Southend United after coming on as a substitute in the 86th minute on 28 February.[5] He joined Conference Premier team Kettering Town on loan until the end of April in March and he made his debut after starting in a 2–0 victory over Weymouth.[6][7] He scored his first two goals for Kettering in a 2–1 victory over Ebbsfleet United.[8]

On 29 September 2009, Wright signed on a one-month loan for Conference side Luton Town.[9] On 27 November Wright signed a two-month loan deal with Grimsby Town, but after only featuring in two games inside his first month, and spending the rest as an unused substitute, manager Neil Woods allowed him to return to Peterborough a month early.[10] On 11 March 2010, Wright agreed to join Barnet on an emergency loan deal until 20 April after injuries depleted their forward line.[11]

Wright was transfer listed at the end of the 2010–11 season, before joining Hayes & Yeading United on loan in August 2010,[12] scoring two goals on his debut against Bath City. Later that same month he joined Crawley Town on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[13] On 3 November 2010, Wright was sent out on loan to fellow Conference side Newport County. In January 2011 he rejoined Hayes & Yeading United on loan until the end of the season.[14]

Wright left Crawley Town by mutual consent in June 2011 and subsequently joined Braintree Town. He spent a season with Braintree, finishing as top goal scorer notching 18 goals in all competitions but left the club at the end of the season.

Wright then joined fellow Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers on 11 May 2012.[15] He made his debut for Forest Green on the opening day of the 2012–13 season against Cambridge United as a substitute.[16] He scored his first goal for Forest Green on 1 September 2012 in a 3–1 win against Hyde at The New Lawn.[17] After a lengthy injury lay off, Wright returned on loan to former club Braintree Town on 28 March 2013.[18] On the same day Wright made his second debut for the club, earning an assist for Braintree's first goal in a 2–1 win against Alfreton Town.[19]

On 23 July 2013, Wright and Forest Green came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract a year early so he could go in search for more first team football.[20] He signed for Salisbury City the next day, on a 2 year contract. The pre-season period ahead of the 2013–14 season saw him feature regularly for Salisbury in their fixtures. He impressed by scoring 4 goals against a developmental Bournemouth squad, and one against Eastleigh. He was also recognised for his impressive delivery of the ball from set pieces. He re-joined Basingstoke Town on a month's loan in December 2013,[21] making his re-debeut in the abandoned match at Gosport Borough on 28 December 2013. On 4 December 2014 he joined Havant & Waterlooville from Eastleigh for an undisclosed fee, after being contracted to Eastleigh since the summer.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/05/2012 and 31/05/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 7. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 445. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  3. ^ "Posh is the Wright move for Ben". Peterborough Today. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peterborough complete Wright move". BBC Sport. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Peterborough 1–2 Southend". BBC Sport. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Wright Makes Move To Poppies". Peterborough United F.C. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Weymouth 0–2 Kettering". BBC Sport. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Kettering 2–1 Ebbsfleet". BBC Sport. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Wright Move". Luton Town F.C. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10417~1919692,00.html
  11. ^ http://www.barnetfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10431~1991075,00.html
  12. ^ "Hayes and Yeading clinch triple deal". BBC Sport. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Crawley Town sign Ben Wright from Peterborough United". BBC Sport. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hayes and Yeading sign Crawley Town striker Ben Wright". BBC Sport. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign Braintree striker Ben Wright". BBC Sport. 11 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Forest Green 1–1 Cambridge". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Forest Green 3–1 Hyde". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ben Wright: Forest Green striker rejoins Braintree on loan". BBC Sport. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Braintree 2–1 Alfreton". BBC Sport. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Striker Ben Wright leaves club". BBC Sport. 23 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Wright and Partridge return to 'Stoke". Non League Pitchero. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Wright off ahead of Spitfire's big match". Southern Daily Echo. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

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