Bradley Wright-Phillips

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Bradley Wright-Phillips
Bradley Wright Phillips nyrb.jpg
Wright-Phillips with New York Red Bulls in 2014
Personal information
Full name Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-12) 12 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Lewisham, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 99
Youth career
2001–2004 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester City 32 (2)
2006–2009 Southampton 111 (22)
2009–2011 Plymouth Argyle 32 (17)
2011–2013 Charlton Athletic 82 (31)
2013 Brentford (loan) 15 (5)
2013– New York Red Bulls 35 (25)
National team
2005 England U20 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips (born 12 March 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.

He has previously played for Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth Argyle and Charlton Athletic and earned five England U20 caps.

Family and early life[edit]

He is the son of former Arsenal and England player Ian Wright, and younger brother to Queens Park Rangers and England international Shaun Wright-Phillips, with whom he used to play at Manchester City. He grew up in Brockley, South London and attended the state school Kelsey Park School in Beckenham and then moved to Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College nearby in New Cross Gate.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

He was the top-scorer for the Manchester City reserve team in the 2003–04 season. On 6 December 2004, he scored his first Premier League goal, four minutes after making his league debut as a substitute for Jon Macken against Middlesbrough.[2]

His only goal of the following season was the last in a 4–1 win over Birmingham City on 17 December 2005.[3]

Southampton[edit]

After many frustrating appearances for Manchester City, with few goals, he was sold to Championship team Southampton for £500,000 on 5 July 2006.[4] The fee was partly funded by a prize from Coca-Cola won in a competition amongst fans. He made an immediate impact at Southampton, scoring on his debut against Derby County at Pride Park, and scoring an impressive goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 2–0 win at St. Mary's. He scored a total of 11 goals in the 2006–07 season.

In 2007–08 he started the season with goals against Burnley and Queens Park Rangers.

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Wright-Phillips warming up for Plymouth Argyle in May 2010

At the end of the 2008–09 season, following Southampton's relegation to League One, Wright-Phillips was released from his contract at the club. On 15 July 2009, he signed a two-year deal with Plymouth Argyle of the Championship.[5] After he recovered from a knee injury, Wright-Phillips made his debut for the club on 15 September 2009 against Watford. The knee injury occurred once again, and he was sidelined for another long-term spell. In January 2010, Wright-Phillips made his long awaited return for Argyle in the FA Cup against Newcastle United. He made his first start for the club against Coventry City in March 2010, and scored his first goal for Plymouth against Bristol City on 16 March 2010. On 11 December 2010, Wright-Phillips scored both goals against Exeter City in the Devon derby in a 2–0 Plymouth win, the second marked his 12th of the season.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 24 January 2011, it was announced that Wright-Phillips was moving to fellow League One club Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.[6][7] He scored the only goal on his debut against Colchester United on 1 February 2011.[8] On 28 February 2012, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win at Chesterfield.[9] Wright-Phillips contributed 22 goals in 42 matches as Charlton Athletic won the 2011–12 Football League One title. He was released by Charlton at the end of the 2012–13 season.[10]

Brentford[edit]

On 19 February 2013, he joined Brentford on loan until the end of the season.[11] He was man of the match on 13 April 2013 against Portsmouth. He scored two crucial goals and provided the winning assist for Clayton Donaldson. However, it wasn't enough to see Brentford promoted to the Championship.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On 24 July 2013, Wright-Phillips joined the New York Red Bulls.[12][13] Despite joining the club in the latter part of the season Wright-Phillips was a key contributor in helping New York capture its first major title the MLS Supporters' Shield. On 23 April 2014, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win against Houston Dynamo.[14] Wright-Phillips secured his second hat-trick for New York on 10 May during the 4-5 home loss to the Chicago Fire. As of 9 August 2014 he led the scoring in MLS with 18 goals in the first 21 games of the season as well as scoring the winner in a friendly against his father's team Arsenal[15] and the equaliser against Bayern Munich in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. Two day after the all stars game Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh claimed that Wright-Phillips' scoring exploits were producing international transfer interest in the player.[16] On 23 August 2014, he scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season in a 4-2 win against Montreal Impact surpassing Juan Pablo Ángel's club record for goals scored in a single season.[17] On 20 September 2014, he returned from a short term injury to score his 3rd hat trick of the 2014 MLS season in a 4-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC.[18]

International career[edit]

Wright-Phillips represented England at U20 level. He was first called up in February 2005 and he made his debut as a half time substitute in a 2-0 friendly victory against Russia.[19] He was called up again that summer for the 2005 Toulon Tournament where he played Tunisia,[20] South Korea[21] and the third-place playoff penalty shootout victory over Mexico. [22]

Personal life[edit]

On 9 March 2008, Wright-Phillips, along with Southampton team-mate Nathan Dyer, was accused of stealing money, mobile phones and other items from bar staff at Bar Bluu in Southsea in the early hours of 28 February 2008. CCTV footage taken at the time appeared to show a theft taking place.[23]

On 25 March 2008, Dyer and Wright-Phillips were both arrested over the theft and were questioned at a Portsmouth police station.[24] They were formally charged with burglary on 17 June. They appeared before Portsmouth magistrates on 8 July 2008.[25] Dyer was convicted of burglary and sentenced to community service and made to pay compensation and costs. Wright-Phillips pleaded not guilty, and opted to be tried at Crown Court. He was due to appear before Portsmouth magistrates again on 2 September 2008.[26] However, the case was dismissed by the District Judge following legal argument from Wright-Phillips' barrister, Rupert Bowers, that there was insufficient evidence.[27]

A year later, he and team-mate David McGoldrick were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a Southampton supporter while on a night out. The 21-year-old fan told police that he was attacked by the two footballers in a Southampton street as he made his way home from a night out. The incident is alleged to have happened on 7 February 2009 after players went drinking in the city.[28] On 13 March, the club announced: "After a thorough police investigation the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to press any charges against either Bradley Wright-Phillips or David McGoldrick, and no further action will be taken against them."[29]

Wright-Phillips holds an active interest in grime music and is affiliated with Lewisham based grime crew OGz having appeared on pirate radio sets with the group. In 2014 he clashed fellow footballer Yannick Bolasie for the long running grime DVD series Lord of the Mics.[30][31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 7 September 2014.[32]
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2004–05 14 1 1 0 2 0 17 1
2005–06 18 1 5 0 0 0 23 1
Total 32 2 6 0 2 0 40 2
Southampton 2006–07 39 8 2 0 3 3 44 11
2007–08 39 8 3 0 1 0 43 8
2008–09 33 6 0 0 1 0 34 6
Total 111 22 5 0 5 3 121 25
Plymouth Argyle 2009–10 15 4 1 0 0 0 16 4
2010–11 17 13 1 0 1 0 2 0 21 13
Total 32 17 2 0 1 0 2 0 37 17
Charlton Athletic 2010–11 21 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 8
2011–12 42 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 45 22
2012–13 19 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 1
Total 82 31 4 0 1 0 0 0 87 31
Brentford 2012–13 15 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 17 5
Total 15 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 17 5
New York Red Bulls 2013 7 1 0 0 2 1 9 2
2014 27 24 1 0 0 0 28 24
Total 34 25 1 0 2 1 37 26
Career totals 306 102 18 0 11 4 4 0 339 106

Honours[edit]

Charlton Athletic
New York Red Bulls
Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–2 Manchester City". www.bbc.co.uk/football. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
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  5. ^ "Wright-Phillips Joins Argyle". www.pafc.co.uk. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
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  14. ^ "Bradley Wright-Phillips first Englishmen to score hat-trick in MLS". dailymail. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
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  16. ^ "New York Red Bulls working on three potential moves, perhaps one for Designated Player". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Wright-Phillips case is dropped". BBC News. 2 September 2008. 
  28. ^ "Two Southampton strikers arrested". www.bbc.co.uk. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  29. ^ "McGoldrick / Wright-Phillips update". Southampton FC. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  30. ^ "The Return of Lord of the Mics". Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  31. ^ "Footballers to engage in epic rap battle in highly anticipated `Lord of the Mics` DVD". Yahoo News India. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
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