David Wright (footballer)

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David Wright
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Personal information
Full name David Wright[1]
Date of birth (1980-05-01) 1 May 1980 (age 34)[2]
Place of birth Warrington, England[2]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 2
Youth career
0000–1997 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Crewe Alexandra 211 (3)
2004–2007 Wigan Athletic 45 (0)
2005 Norwich City (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2010 Ipswich Town 120 (5)
2010–2013 Crystal Palace 51 (0)
2012 Gillingham (loan) 7 (0)
2013– Colchester United 47 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:09, 27 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Wright (born 1 May 1980) is an English footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Colchester United. Wright began his career at Crewe Alexandra, going on the make over 200 league appearances for the club. He also played over 100 league games for Ipswich Town, as well as representing Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Gillingham.

Career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Wright rose through the youth team ranks at Crewe Alexandra,[3] making his first-team debut for the Railwaymen in August 1997 as a late substitute during a 2–0 away win against Norwich City. He made three First Division appearances during the 1997–98 season,[4] and established himself in the following season, making 20 league appearances and a substitute appearance in the League Cup. He scored his first goal during the 1998–99 season when he netted the opening goal in a 5–1 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion on 5 April 1999.[5]

Wright went on to make 213 league appearances for Crewe in his seven years with the club. On the back of relegation to the Second Division in 2002, Wright helped the club gain immediate promotion back to Division One after finishing in the runners-up spot.[3]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In June 2004, Wright signed for Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee in the region of £250,000.[3] Making 31 Championship appearances in the 2004–05 season, he again experienced promotion, on this occasion to the Premier League.[6] However, Wright found himself out of favour in his second season, and having not made a league appearance, he joined Norwich City on a one-month loan deal in November 2005.[7]

Wright made five appearances for the Canaries before returning to Wigan.[8] Following his loan spell, Wright made his Premier League bow for the Latics, replacing Leighton Baines at left back after 66 minutes in what ended as a 3–0 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 31 December 2005.[9] He made one further appearance in the 2005–06 season, starting in an away game at Birmingham City two days after his last appearance. Wigan were defeated 2–0 as Wright played the full 90 minutes.[10]

The 2006–07 season saw Wright make 12 Premier League appearances.[11] Wright played his final game for Wigan on New Year's Day 2007, featuring as a substitute in another 3–0 home defeat to Blackburn.[12]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Ipswich Town signed Wright from Wigan in January 2007 on a three-and-a-half year deal.[13] He made his Town debut in a 1–0 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 13 January,[14] and in only his second appearance for the club, Wright found himself sent off for handling the ball in Ipswich's 3–2 win over local rivals Colchester United.[15] His only goal of the campaign came in the East Anglian derby against his former side Norwich City, the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw on 22 April.[16]

Wright featured regularly for Town in the 2007–08 season, ending the campaign with 43 appearances in all competitions and scoring two goals;[17] against Bristol City in a 6–0 thrashing[18] and against West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Day 2008.[19]

During the 2008–09 season, although Wright was born in Warrington, England, Scotland and former Ipswich Town manager George Burley was considering selecting Wright for the Scotland national team due to his grandparents Scottish ancestry. However, this never came to fruition.[20][21] Another solid season saw Wright rack up another 36 appearances[22] and score the decisive goal in a 2–1 win against Nottingham Forest on 18 February 2009.[23]

Wright scored the only goal of the game in a match against Derby County on 31 October 2009 to halt manager Roy Keane's winless run of 15 games, in what was the team's first win of the season.[24] Following this, Wright made a further 21 appearances in the 2009–10 season, bringing his total appearance figure for Ipswich to 128 matches.[25]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Former Scotland manager George Burley signed Wright for his Crystal Palace side on a two-year contract in June 2010.[26] He made his debut for the Eagles on 14 August 2010 as Palace fell to a 1–0 defeat away at Barnsley.[27] Wright made 29 appearances during the 2010–11 season[28] and made a further 25 appearances in his second season.[29]

Wright played just three games for Palace during the 2012–13 season[30] before being shipped out on loan to League Two club Gillingham in September 2012 for one month.[31] He made seven appearances during the spell, and although the club attempted to extend his loan, the deal fell through as it was not confirmed before a 17:00 GMT transfer deadline on 22 November 2012.[32] Following this loan spell, Wright did not make any further appearances for Crystal Palace before leaving the club.[33]

Colchester United[edit]

On 25 January 2013, Wright signed for League One club Colchester United on a free transfer.[33] He made his debut for the club in a 2–0 win over Walsall the following day, a win which marked the first points in nine games for the U's.[34]

After ending his first season with Colchester with 12 League One appearances,[30] Wright held down a regular role during the 2013–14 season[35] and scored his first professional goal in four-and-a-half years in Colchester's 4–2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on 25 March 2014.[36] He signed a new one year contract with the club on 3 July 2014.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 1997–98[4] First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1998–99[5] First Division 20 1 0 1 0 0 21 1
1999–2000[38] First Division 45 0 1 0 3 0 49 0
2000–01[39] First Division 42 0 2 0 4 0 48 0
2001–02[40] First Division 30 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
2002–03[41] Second Division 31 1 4 0 1 0 4[a] 0 40 1
2003–04[42] First Division 40 1 1 0 2 0 43 1
Total 211 3 12 0 11 0 4 0 238 3
Wigan Athletic 2004–05[6] Championship 31 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2005–06[8] Premier League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2006–07[11] Premier League 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
Total 45 0 1 0 3 0 49 0
Norwich City (loan) 2005–06[8] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Ipswich Town 2006–07[11] Championship 19 1 1 0 0 0 20 1
2007–08[17] Championship 41 2 1 0 1 0 43 2
2008–09[22] Championship 34 1 2 0 0 0 36 1
2009–10[25] Championship 26 1 1 0 2 0 29 1
Total 120 5 5 0 3 0 128 5
Crystal Palace 2010–11[28] Championship 28 0 1 0 0 0 29 0
2011–12[29] Championship 22 0 1 0 2 0 25 0
2012–13[30] Championship 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Total 51 0 2 0 4 0 57 0
Gillingham (loan) 2012–13[30] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Colchester United 2012–13[30] League One 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2013–14[35] League One 35 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 36 1
Total 47 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 49 1
Career total 486 9 20 0 22 0 5 0 533 9
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Crewe Alexandra
Wigan Athletic
All honours referenced by:[43][44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details: David Wright". English National Football Archive. 
  2. ^ a b c "David Wright". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wright moves to Wigan". BBC Sport. 28 June 2004. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Canaries swoop for Wigan defender". BBC Sport. 17 November 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Games played by David Wright in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Wigan 0–3 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Birmingham 2–0 Wigan". BBC Sport. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Games played by David Wright in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Wigan 0–3 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ipswich snap up Wright from Wigan". BBC Sport. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sunderland 1–0 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 13 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ipswich 3–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Norwich 1–1 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ipswich 6–0 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Ipswich 2–0 West Brom". BBC Sport. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Lomax, Andrew (14 December 2008). "Scotland to watch Ipswich defender David Wright". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Burley to check Wright's ancestry". BBC Sport. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ipswich 2–1 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ipswich 1–0 Derby". BBC Sport. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Crystal Palace swoop for defender David Wright". BBC Sport. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Barnsley 1–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  30. ^ a b c d e "Games played by David Wright in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "Gillingham sign Crystal Palace's David Wright on loan". BBC Sport. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  32. ^ "Gillingham: Bid for Crystal Palace's David Wright falls through". BBC Sport. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "David Wright leaves Crystal Palace to join Colchester". BBC Sport. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  34. ^ "Colchester 2–0 Walsall". BBC Sport. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  35. ^ a b "Games played by David Wright in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  36. ^ "Wolves 4–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  37. ^ "Colchester United: Josh Thompson and David Wright sign deals". BBC Sport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  38. ^ "Games played by David Wright in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  39. ^ "Games played by David Wright in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  40. ^ "Games played by David Wright in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  41. ^ "Games played by David Wright in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  42. ^ "Games played by David Wright in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  43. ^ "League One (Tier Three) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  44. ^ "Championship Honours (Tier Two)". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 

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