Nick Wright (footballer, born 1987)

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Nick Wright
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Personal information
Date of birth (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Gloucester City
Youth career
Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 1 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (Kent) (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town 8 (3)
2007–2010 Tamworth 87 (28)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012–2013 Mansfield Town 17 (1)
2013–2014 Lincoln City 19 (2)
2014 → Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 9 (1)
2014–2015 Worcester City 25 (4)
2015– Gloucester City 1 (0)
National team
2008– England C 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:52, 27 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:30, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Nicholas "Nick" Wright (born 25 November 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Gloucester City.

Wright played in the Football League for Bristol City and Northampton Town while on loan from Birmingham City where he began his career. He went on to play non-league football for a variety of clubs: three years at Tamworth, two with Kidderminster Harriers, and shorter periods for Ashford Town (Kent), Halesowen Town, Mansfield Town, Lincoln City and Worcester City.

In 2008, he was first capped by England C, the team that represents England internationally at semi-professional level.

Club career[edit]

Birmingham City[edit]

Wright was born in Birmingham, West Midlands. He joined Birmingham City's youth academy when he was a teenager, but never progressed into the first-team. He spent spells on loan to several clubs before turning down Birmingham's offer of a new one-year contract, and left the club at the end of the 2006–07 season.[1]

Loans[edit]

In January 2006, Wright joined Conference Premier strugglers Tamworth on loan. During his spell with the Lambs, Wright appeared in their FA Cup Third Round game against Championship club Stoke City. He also played in the replay at The Lamb Ground, in which Tamworth lost 5–4 on penalties.[2]

Wright joined League One club Bristol City on a month's loan on 12 October 2006 to gain first team experience.[3] The loan was not extended following the death of Wright's grandfather.[4] He joined Northampton Town, also of League One, on loan at the end of November,[5] and went on to make five appearances. Wright and Birmingham teammate Asa Hall spent the last month of the 2006–07 season helping Ashford Town (Kent) avoid relegation from the Isthmian League Division One.[6]

Tamworth[edit]

After leaving Birmingham City, Wright spent a couple of months on non-contract terms at Halesowen Town, for whom he scored three goals from eight matches in the Southern League Premier Division.[7] He returned to Tamworth, who were by then in the Conference North, on 17 October 2007, and signed until the end of the season.[8] On 12 February 2008, Wright scored all three goals in a 3–1 away win at Vauxhall Motors. This was the first time a Tamworth player had scored a hat-trick since Marcus Ebdon's three goals in a 5–0 win against Gresley Rovers in the FA Trophy in January 2005.[9] Just four days later, he scored another hat-trick as Tamworth beat Hucknall Town 4–0 at home.[10]

Wright finished the season with 15 goals, and re-signed for 2008–09.[11] In September 2008, Tamworth rejected an offer from former manager Mark Cooper, then with Conference side Kettering Town, for Wright's servces, and confirmed that the player was "happy to still be a Tamworth player".[12] On 21 April 2009, Wright scored the only goal of the match against local rivals Hinckley United to confirm Tamworth's promotion as champions back to the top flight of non-league football.[13]

Wright was placed on the transfer list by Gary Mills in December 2009 to "freshen up" his squad.[14] A move to Stevenage Borough fell through when the player could not agree personal terms,[15] and a chipped ankle bone and damaged ligaments suffered in February 2010 kept him out for most of what remained of the season.[16][17]

Kidderminster Harriers[edit]

In the subsequent summer Wright left Tamworth, signing a one-year deal with another Midlands-based Conference Premier team, Kidderminster Harriers.[18] He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–3 home loss to Southport on 17 August, and added a further two goals in a 2–2 draw away to Wrexham seven days later. His fourth goal came in a 3–1 home win against Hayes and Yeading on 11 September, and despite appearing in a further nine games that was his last goal of 2010. 2011 started much more brightly; Wright scored in the third minute against former employers Tamworth on 3 January, and he finished the season with 8, from 39 Conference matches.[19]

Wright produced one of his most influential performances against Newport County on 9 April 2012 when he recorded a ten-minute hat-trick at Aggborough. He came on as a substitute after an hour, with Newport 2–0 up, and converted a penalty in the 86th minute. In stoppage time, the turnround was complete when he scored twice more, in the 94th and 96th minutes, to seal a 3–2 win.[20] He was Kidderminster's top scorer for 2011–12, with 15 goals from 43 Conference matches,[21] and turned down the offer of a new contract.[22]

Conference[edit]

On 11 June 2012, Wright joined another Conference club, Mansfield Town, on a free transfer. Manager Paul Cox said of him: "He has a good goal scoring ratio, which I feel we can improve on next season. He can play anywhere along the frontline and has pace in abundance. Nick is a young player who has the ability to play in the Football League."[22] He made only four starts and thirteen substitute appearances, scoring once, as Mansfield won the Conference title and promotion to the Football League, and his contract was not renewed.[23]

Lincoln City signed Wright for 2013–14, but he never established himself in the first team, made his last Conference appearance in January 2014, and rejoined Kidderminster Harriers in mid-March on loan till the end of the season. He made nine appearances for the Harriers scoring once, in a 1–1 draw at Forest Green Rovers.[24][25]

Conference North[edit]

After a seven-month spell at Conference North club Worcester City, during which he scored 5 goals from 34 appearances in all competitions, Wright joined divisional rivals Gloucester City on a non-contract basis on 26 March 2015.[26][27]

International career[edit]

In recognition of his goalscoring for Tamworth, Wright was selected on standby for England C, the team that represents England internationally at semi-professional level, for a match against Italy Lega Pro U21 on 12 November 2008. He was the only outfielder playing below Conference Premier level to be included.[28] Injuries to other players meant he was called into the travelling squad and made his debut as a late substitute as England drew 2–2 to qualify for the final of the 2007–09 International Challenge Trophy.[29][30] Wright was also capped in September 2009 against a Hungary U20 warming up for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[31] and against Poland U23 in November.[32]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 August 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2005–06[2] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[33] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tamworth (loan) 2005–06[2] Conference Premier 1 0 2 0 3 0
Bristol City (loan) 2006–07[33] League One 4 0 0 0 1[a] 0 5 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2006–07[33] League One 4 0 1 0 5 0
Ashford Town (Kent) (loan) 2006–07[6] Isthmian League Div One 10 4
Halesowen Town (loan) 2007–08[7] Southern League Premier 8 3 3 1 1[b] 0 12 4
Tamworth 2007–08[34] Conference North 30 11 9[c] 4 39 15
2008–09[35] Conference North 32 13 3 0 4[d] 0 39 13
2009–10[36][37] Conference Premier 25 4 1 0 2[e] 0 28 4
Total 87 28 4 0 15 4 106 32
Kidderminster Harriers 2010–11[38][39] Conference Premier 39 8 1 0 1[f] 0 41 8
2011–12[40][41] Conference Premier 43 15 2 0 5[g] 2 50 17
Total 82 23 3 0 6 2 91 25
Mansfield Town 2012–13[36] Conference Premier 17 1 2 0 1[e] 0 20 1
Lincoln City 2012–13[36] Conference Premier 19 2 4 0 3[e] 0 26 2
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2013–14[36] Conference Premier 9 1 9 1
Worcester City 2014–15[36][26] Conference North 25 4 7 1 2[h] 0 34 5
Gloucester City 2014–15[36] Conference North 1 0 1 0
Career total 257 62 26 2 0 0 29 6 322 74
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in Birmingham Senior Cup
  3. ^ 5 appearances 2 goals in FA Trophy, 3 appearances 2 goals in Conference League Cup, 1 appearance in Staffordshire Senior Cup
  4. ^ 1 appearance in FA Trophy, 1 in Conference League Cup, 2 in Birmingham Senior Cup
  5. ^ a b c Appearances in FA Trophy
  6. ^ Appearance in Worcestershire Senior Cup
  7. ^ 4 appearances in FA Trophy, 1 in Worcestershire Senior Cup
  8. ^ 1 appearance in FA Trophy, 1 in Worcestershire Senior Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tattum, Colin (5 July 2006). "Wright rejects new Blues deal". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Games played by Nick Wright in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "City sign winger Wright on loan". BBC Sport. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Wright ends loan spell with City". BBC Sport. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Gorman delighted with Wright deal". BBC Sport. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Quartet offered new deals". Birmingham City F.C. 14 May 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b For Halesowen debut: Johnson, David (25 August 2007). "First win but more injuries as Yeltz overcome battling Centurions". Halesowen Town F.C. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. 
  8. ^ Clayton, Dave (17 October 2007). "Mills brings in striker". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Clayton, Dave (12 February 2008). "Wright hat-trick confirmed". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 12 February 2008. 
  10. ^ Clayton, Dave (16 February 2008). "Wright hat-trick sinks Hucknall". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  11. ^ Pullen, Nick (5 June 2008). "Rangers have date at the Lamb". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Clayton, Dave (5 September 2008). "Tamworth reject Kettering offer". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Wright secures Tamworth promotion". BBC Sport. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Striker Nick Wright is put on transfer list by Tamworth". BBC Sport. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Stevenage Borough target Nick Wright stays at Tamworth". BBC Sport. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tamworth suffer injury blow as striker Nick Wright faces missing rest of the season". Birmingham Mail. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Nick Wright in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kidderminster sign striker Nick Wright from Tamworth". BBC Sport. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Nick Wright in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Full-Time: Harriers 3–2 Newport". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Kidderminster squad details 2011/12". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Mansfield Town sign Nick Wright from Kidderminster Harriers". BBC Sport. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Nick Wright in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Pakey, John (10 March 2014). "Lincoln City striker Nick Wright joins Kidderminster Harriers on loan". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Nick Wright in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "The team: Nick Wright". Worcester City F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "Nick Wright swaps Worcester City for rivals Gloucester City". Worcester News. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  28. ^ "Nick's England call is all-Wright by him". Tamworth Herald. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  29. ^ Philpotts, Christopher (11 November 2008). "Gee hails England star Wright". Tamworth Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  30. ^ "Wright makes England C debut". Tamworth Herald. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  31. ^ "Küzdelmes döntetlen a fiatalok főpróbáján" [Youngsters struggle to draw in warm-up]. Nemzeti Sport (in Hungarian). 15 September 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  32. ^ "England C hero is focused on club". Tamworth Herald. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  33. ^ a b c "Games played by Nick Wright in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  34. ^ From linked match reports: "Fixtures: 2007/2008". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  35. ^ From linked match reports: "Fixtures: 2008/2009". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  36. ^ a b c d e f "N. Wright". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  37. ^ From linked match reports: "Fixtures: 2008/2009". Tamworth F.C. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  38. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers Appearances & Goals – 2010–11". kidderminsterharriers.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  39. ^ "Results 10–11". Harriers Online. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  40. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers Appearances & Goals – 2011–12". kidderminsterharriers.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  41. ^ "Results 11–12". Harriers Online. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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