Richard Wright (footballer)
Wright with Ipswich Town in 2009
|Full name||Richard Ian Wright|
|Date of birth||5 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Ipswich, Suffolk, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2007–2008||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|2008||→ Southampton (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012||Preston North End||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 6 July 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Ipswich, he joined Ipswich Town as a trainee, going on to play for the club more than 200 times between 1995 and 2001. He then moved to Premier League club Arsenal, before being signed by Everton in 2002, where he spent five years. A brief spell on loan from West Ham United with Southampton was followed by a transfer back to Ipswich Town. Having made over 50 more appearances for the club, he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season. He joined Premier League champions Manchester City on a free transfer on 31 August 2012.
Wright was born in Ipswich, Suffolk and joined Ipswich Town as a trainee in January 1995, making his debut as a 17-year-old in a 2–0 victory at home to Coventry City in May 1995. He played a major role in Ipswich's 1999–2000 season when the club were promoted from the Football League First Division to the Premier League via the play-offs, defeating Barnsley, and Wright saved an all-important penalty kick. He made a total of 355 league and cup appearances for Ipswich.
Wright joined Arsenal in July 2001 for an undisclosed fee, reported as £6 million but claims have suggested it was as low as £2 million due to a clause in Wright's contract, a figure subsequently suggested as more likely by the club's accounts. He signed a five-year contract. Manager Arsène Wenger envisaged him as a long-term successor to David Seaman and also as a more experienced competitor for the previous second choice goalkeeper Alex Manninger (who soon left the club). He made his debut against Derby County on 29 September, but despite an injury to Seaman which gave him an extended run in the team, his season soon fell apart. He punched the ball into his own net in a 4–2 home defeat to Charlton Athletic and then limped off with injury in a UEFA Champions League match against Deportivo La Coruna. Wright later slipped to third-choice behind youth goalkeeper Stuart Taylor and only played FA Cup matches for the remainder of the season, although Seaman replaced him for the final, which Arsenal won 2–0 against Chelsea. He made his last Arsenal appearance on the final day of the 2001–02 season, a 4–3 victory over Everton. He ended the season with 12 league appearances, meaning he was eligible for a winners' medal. Wright made 22 appearances for Arsenal in total.
Although initially first-team keeper at Everton, a number of injuries, including damage to his shoulder after falling out of his loft, hampered his playing aspirations. He lost his place at Everton and had to be content with being understudy to veteran Nigel Martyn. During the 2005–06 season, Martyn had a spell out with injury, but Wright injured himself soon after while warming up for a match against Chelsea; a large sign instructed players to use temporary goals for their warm-up but he ignored the warning and fell on the sign, injuring his ankle. This was the second strange injury involving Wright as he had injured himself falling from his loft three years earlier. He did come back to finish the remainder of the season but his form was unimpressive. Despite Martyn's retirement, Wright remained second in the pecking order for the 2006–07 season behind new arrival Tim Howard.
West Ham United
On 20 March 2008, he joined Southampton on a month's loan as their first three goalkeepers were all unavailable through injury. He made his debut for Southampton in a 0–0 home draw with Coventry City on 22 March. On 18 April, the loan was extended to the end of the 2007–08 season.
Return to Ipswich Town
Wright rejoined Ipswich on 21 July for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract with the option of a third year. He then made his 300th club appearance for Ipswich in a 4–1 loss against Wigan Athletic on 23 September in the third round of the League Cup. His fine performances for his hometown club earned him the Players and supporters' player of the season awards for the 2008–2009 season. On 1 December 2009 Wright was ruled out for up to 4 months following a knee injury suffered during a 2–1 win against Cardiff City. Wright was released by Ipswich at the end of the 09/10 season.
After a brief trial spell, Wright joined Sheffield United on a free transfer on a four-month short-term deal in September 2010, having been extended until the end of the season. Despite this Wright spent most of his time at Bramall Lane injured and made only two starts, both times being withdrawn midway through the game due to further injuries. His contract was terminated with Sheffield United by mutual consent on at the start of April 2011.
Third spell at Ipswich Town
Wright returned to Ipswich in the summer of 2011 to train with the club. Having been on trial at other clubs he had impressed enough while training with Ipswich to earn a call up to the reserves, in which he featured in a game against Colchester United.
Wright re-signed for the club for his third spell on 23 November 2011. Earlier in the week he had stated he wanted to return to the club: "I love Ipswich Town Football Club, I don’t hide that. I think everyone knows that, but at the moment there’s nothing there for me – simple as that, you just get on with it and look elsewhere. If anything changed and something came up (at Ipswich) then I’d be a liar to say I wouldn’t consider it because I would." In his third debut for the club, Wright conceded three times in a 3–2 home defeat to Reading.
Preston North End
On 1 July 2012, Wright signed for Preston North End; however, he left the club only one week into pre-season training as he was suffering from homesickness, having made no appearances for the club.
Following a trial with Colchester United, Wright signed for Manchester City on 30 August 2012, completing a free transfer and agreeing a one-year contract. On 10 July 2013, Wright signed a one-year extension with City. Despite not making a competitive appearance for the club in either season, he was awarded a new contract for the 2014–15 season, at the expense of second-choice Costel Pantilimon.
Wright has been capped twice for England, making his debut against Malta in a friendly on 3 June 2000; he gave away two penalty kicks, conceding the first as David Carabott's shot rebounded into the net off his head after hitting the post, and saving the second, again from Carabott, in the 88th minute as England won 2–1. He was a member of the England UEFA Euro 2000 squad, where he was third choice behind David Seaman and Nigel Martyn.
On 15 August 2001, he earned his second cap, replacing Martyn at half time in a 0–2 friendly defeat against the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, and did not concede a goal. However, he has not been called up to the England squad since 2003.
- As of 22 September 2013
|Club performance||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|1994–95||Ipswich Town||Premier League||3||0||0||0||1||0||—||4||0|
|2007–08||West Ham United||0||0||0||0||3||0||—||3||0|
|2012–13||Manchester City||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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- Richard Wright career statistics at Soccerbase
- Profile on The FA website
- ESPNSoccernet.com player profile