Wright-Phillips with Plymouth Argyle in 2010
|Full name||Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips|
|Date of birth||12 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Lewisham, England|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Current club||New York Red Bulls|
|2013||→ Brentford (loan)||15||(5)|
|2013–||New York Red Bulls||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:08, 29 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Family and early life
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.
He is sometimes referred to as the "half-brother" of Shaun Wright-Phillips. Shaun was adopted by Ian Wright, Bradley is Ian Wright's biological son.
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.
After many frustrating appearances for Manchester City, with few goals, he was sold to Championship team Southampton for £500,000 on 5 July 2006. 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.
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. After he recovered from a knee injury, Wright-Phillips made his debut for the club on 15 September 2009 against Watford. The knee injury re-occurred once again and he was sidelined for another long-term spell. In January 2010, Plymouth Argyle's manager, Paul Mariner, declared that Wright-Phillips was not far away from full fitness and he made his long awaited return for Argyle in the FA Cup against Newcastle United that month. 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.
On 24 January 2011, it was announced that Wright-Phillips was moving to fellow League One club Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee. He scored the only goal on his debut against Colchester United on 1 February 2011. On 28 February 2012, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win at Chesterfield. He was released by Charlton at the end of the 2012–13 season.
On 19 February 2013, he joined Brentford on loan until the end of the season. 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
On 24 July 2013, Wright-Phillips joined the New York Red Bulls. Despite joining the club in the latter part of the season Wright-Phillips was a key contributer in helping New York capture its first major title the MLS Supporters' Shield.
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.
On 25 March 2008, Dyer and Wright-Phillips were both arrested over the theft and were questioned at a Portsmouth police station. They were formally charged with burglary on 17 June. They appeared before Portsmouth magistrates on 8 July 2008. 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. However, the case was dismissed by the District Judge following legal argument from Wright-Phillips' barrister, Rupert Bowers, that there was insufficient evidence.
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. 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."
- As of match played on 5 May 2012.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|New York Red Bulls||2013||7||1||0||0||2||1||0||0||9||2|
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- Bradley Wright-Phillips career stats at Soccerbase
- Bradley Wright-Phillips England stats at The Football Association