Tommy Wright (footballer, born 1963)

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Tommy Wright
Personal information
Full name Thomas James Wright
Date of birth (1963-08-29) 29 August 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Club information
Current team
St. Johnstone (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Linfield ? (?)
1988–1993 Newcastle United 73 (0)
1991 Hull City (loan) 6 (0)
1993–1997 Nottingham Forest 11 (0)
1996 Reading (loan) 17 (0)
1997 Manchester City (loan) 5 (0)
1997–2001 Manchester City 29 (0)
1999 Wrexham (loan) 16 (0)
1999 Newcastle United (loan) 3 (0)
2001 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
2001 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
Total 169 (0)
National team
1989–1999 Northern Ireland 31 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Limavady United
2005–2008 Ballymena United
2009–2011 Lisburn Distillery
2013– St Johnstone
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tommy" Wright (born 29 August 1963 in Belfast) is a former football goalkeeper and current manager of St Johnstone.

Wright represented Northern Ireland 31 times as a player. At club level he played for Grange Rangers, Linfield, Newcastle United, Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Manchester City, Wrexham and Bolton Wanderers. Since retiring as a player he has worked as a coach or manager for Limavady United, Ballymena United, Shamrock Rovers and St. Johnstone.

Playing career[edit]

Wright won 31 caps for Northern Ireland in a ten-year period from 1989 to 1999. The high point of his Northern Ireland career was his performance in Nuremberg in 1996, as Northern Ireland earned a 1–1 draw against reigning European champions, Germany, in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification match. Wright had not played an international match in over two years prior to that point and had just returned to club action, on loan at Reading, after a prolonged injury absence.

Management and coaching career[edit]

Wright was first a goalkeeping coach for Norwich City but left when Glenn Roeder resigned. He was then appointed Youth Development Officer at Ballyclare Comrades. In November 2003 he made his first move into management at Limavady United[1] and stayed for a couple of years. Wright was then appointed manager of Ballymena United and reached the County Antrim Shield against Linfield at Seaview. Wright resigned at the end of the 2007–08 season.

He was a full-time goalkeeping coach at Shamrock Rovers for the 2009 League of Ireland season under his former team mate Michael O'Neill. In September 2009 he was appointed manager of Lisburn Distillery.[2] His first game was against his former club Ballymena United, which Lisburn won by a single goal.

St. Johnstone[edit]

Wright left Distillery in November 2011 to become assistant manager of Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone.[3]

After Steve Lomas left the Perth club to manage Millwall in June 2013, Wright was promoted to manager.[4] Wright's first game in charge was a second round, first leg tie in the UEFA Europa League against Rosenborg, with a 1–0 win and giving St Johnstone their first-ever away victory in European competition.[5] The clubs drew the second leg, putting St. Johnstone through 2–1 on aggregate to the third round of the qualifying stages for the first time.[6] Despite winning 1-0 win against Minsk, in the first leg of third round of Europa League, they went on to lose on penalties.[7] After the match, Wright criticized Minsk, believing the team lack class in victory.[8]

After winning two games and drawing once in October, Wright won the Scottish Premiership's October Manager of the Month award.[9]

In March 2014, Wright was involved in a touchline incident with Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara.[10] This resulted a one-match ban for Wright.[11] A few days later, Wright was taken to hospital after suffering stomach pains.[12] Despite being in the hospital, Wright was still involved in the squad selection ahead of a match against Hibernian.[13] The operation was a success, and Wright made his return in a match against Partick Thistle.[14][15]

After Wright led the club to a top-six position in the Premiership, he guided them to their first Scottish Cup Final after a 2-1 win over Aberdeen.[16] They were victorious in the May 17 Final meeting with Dundee United at Celtic Park. It was St. Johnstone's first major trophy win.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Limavady United Northern Ireland November 2003 May 2005 54 23 15 16 42.59
Ballymena United Northern Ireland May 2005 April 2008 117 44 29 44 37.61
Lisburn Distillery Northern Ireland September 2009 November 2011 97 36 16 45 37.11
St. Johnstone Scotland June 2013 Present 50 24 9 17 48.00
Total 318 127 69 122 39.94

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

As a manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/news/newsid=126460.html
  2. ^ http://www.lisburntoday.co.uk/sport/wright_takes_over_at_whites_1_1643219
  3. ^ "Tommy Wright resigns as Lisburn Distillery manager". BBC Sport. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "St Johnstone appoint Tommy Wright as new manager". BBC Sport. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rosenborg 0–1 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "St Johnstone 1–1 Rosenborg (agg 2–1)". BBC Sport. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "St. Johnstone 0 - 1 Minsk". UEFA. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright slams 'ungracious' Minsk". BBC Sport. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "St Johnstone: Stevie May and Tommy Wright win October awards". BBC Sport. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jackie McNamara and Tommy Wright issued with notices of complaint". STV Football. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dundee United boss McNamara hit with five-match touchline ban for bust up with St Johnstone's Wright". Daily Mail. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright hospitalised". The Scotsman. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Tommy Wright picks St Johnstone team from hospital". The Scotsman. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "St Johnstone's Tommy Wright misses game after op 'success'". BBC Sport. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tommy Wright set for St Johnstone return". The Courier. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Scottish Cup: Stevie May the hero in St Johnstone win over Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee United". Daily Telegraph. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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