Josh Wright

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Josh Wright
Josh Wright Millwall.jpg
Wright playing for Millwall in 2012
Personal information
Full name Joshua William Wright[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Bethnal Green, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
000?–2007 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Charlton Athletic 2 (0)
2007–2008 Barnet (loan) 32 (1)
2008 Brentford (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2011 Scunthorpe United 71 (0)
2011– Millwall 45 (1)
2013 Leyton Orient (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2005 England U16 4 (0)
2005–2006 England U17 9 (0)
2007 England U18 1 (0)
2007– England U19 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:50, 29 January 2014 (GMT).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:20, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Joshua William "Josh" Wright (born 6 November 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Millwall as a midfielder in the Championship. Wright signed for Millwall in November 2011, having previously played for Scunthorpe United between 2009–11. He began his career at Charlton Athletic at the age of 17 in 2007, but spent the majority of his two years there on loan at Barnet, Brentford and Gillingham.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bethnal Green, London,[1] Wright started his football career at Charlton Athletic, with whom he signed a two-year professional contract in April 2007 at the age of 17 alongside close friend Harry Arter.[2] Before joining Charlton's academy full-time at the age of 16, he attended Chigwell School in Chigwell, and Roding Valley High School in Loughton, Essex. Fellow professionals Lee Sawyer and Billy Lumley also attended Roding Valley High School. while Jordan Spence was in the same year group as Wright at Chigwell.[3] He plays in midfield as a playmaker.[4]

In August of that year, Wright moved to Barnet on loan for what eventually amounted to three months.[5] After a successful spell, which saw him score his first ever goal against Stockport County[6] and be named Barnet's player of the month for November,[7] he returned to Charlton. A month later, he was re-signed on loan by Barnet for the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[8]

On 19 September 2008, Wright was signed by League Two side Brentford on a month's loan.[9] The loan was extended but soon after Alan Pardew decided to call Wright back due to an injury crisis at the club, on 25 October 2008, he made his debut for Charlton in 1–1 draw against Burnley. He then joined Gillingham on loan in March 2009 until the end of the season.[10]

He made his debut for Gillingham on 4 April 2009 in the 2–0 home defeat to Barnet. Wright was responsible for the corner kick that allowed striker Simeon Jackson to score in the 2009 Football League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, sending Gillingham to Football League One for the 2009–10 campaign.

He signed for Scunthorpe United in July 2009. He scored his first goal for the club in a Football League Cup game against Manchester United on 22 September 2010. Wright was one of seven players released by Scunthorpe in May 2011.[11]

After leaving Scunthorpe, Wright suffered a foot injury ahead of the 2011–12 season, which prevented him from joining a new club.[12] In November 2011, he joined Championship side Millwall on a free transfer following a successful trial period.[12] The club signed Wright on a "short-term deal running until the January 2012 transfer window".[13] On 3 January 2012, Wright made his debut for Millwall against Bristol City and made his first start before coming off for Nadjim Abdou in the 67th minute of a 1–0 loss. Millwall subsequently extended his contract until the end of the season.[14] On 25 February 2012, Wright scored his first goal with a 30-yard volley in a 3–1 win over Burnley.[15] On 10 March 2012, Wright provided the assist for Darius Henderson to score Millwall's only goal in a match against Nottingham Forest which they lost 3–1. His performance at Millwall led the club to offer him a new contract on a long-term deal.[16][17] At the end of the season, Wright went on to sign a new three-year deal, keeping him until 2015.[18]

On 19 November 2013, Wright signed on loan for Leyton Orient.[19]

International career[edit]

Wright made his debut for his country at U16 level against Japan in March 2005.[20] Since then, he has represented England at the U17, U18 and, most recently, U19 levels. He was captain of the U17 side on several occasions,[21][22] having previously captained the U16 team.[23]


Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of The Only Way Is Essex stars Mark and Jessica Wright.


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  2. ^ "Promising players sign pro". Charlton Athletic F.C. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Josh Wright profile 2006". Charlton Athletic F.C. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Josh Wright profile 2007". Charlton Athletic F.C. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Barnet extend Wright's loan spell". BBC Sport. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Stockport 2–4 Barnet". BBC Sport. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Charlton scoring across the country". Charlton Athletic F.C. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Wright rejoins Barnet". Charlton Athletic F.C. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Bees sign Mr Wright". Brentford F.C. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  10. ^ "Charlton midfielder joins Gills". BBC Sport. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Murphy and Mirfin exit Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 20 May 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Millwall sign midfielder Josh Wright". BBC Sport. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "From Iron to Lion". Millwall F.C. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Wright agrees Den stay". Sky Sports. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Burnley 1 Millwall 3: Wright on cue as Lions end barren run". Daily Mail. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wright offered Lions deal". Sky Sports. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Lions battle to keep Wright". Sky Sports. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Millwall agree three-year deal with midfielder Wright". News at Den. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Wright Set To Sign". 19 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "England U19s squad". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 February 2008. [dead link]
  21. ^ "England open with a win". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 February 2008. [dead link]
  22. ^ "Lions through to final". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 February 2008. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Squad named for Iceland". The Football Association. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2008. [dead link]
  24. ^ {{cite news
    • 2013-14 Community Ambassador of the Year, Millwall
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