Tommy Wright (footballer, born 1928)

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Tommy Wright
Personal information
Full name Thomas Wright[1]
Date of birth 20 January 1928
Place of birth Clackmannan, Scotland
Date of death 5 May 2011(2011-05-05) (aged 83)
Place of death Sunderland, England
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Blairhall Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1949 Partick Thistle 35 (20)
1949–1955 Sunderland 170 (52)
1955–1957 East Fife 36 (18)
1957 Oldham Athletic 7 (2)
North Shields
Total 248 (92)
National team
1952–1953 Scotland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Wright (20 January 1928 – 5 May 2011[2]) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scotland national football team as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

He started his professional footballing career with Partick Thistle, where he made 35 appearances scoring 20 goals ranging from 1946 until 1949.[3] From Partick Thistle, he joined Sunderland in 1949,[3] and made his debut on 12 March 1949 against Portsmouth in a 4–1 defeat at Roker Park.[4] He was part of the Sunderland team that finished third in the 1949–50 season and played regularly.[5] Overall, in his Sunderland career he scored 51 goals in 170 league appearances,[6] before moving to East Fife in 1955,[3] in a deal seeing Charlie Fleming going the other way.[5] He made 36 appearances scoring 18 goals during 1955 to 1957 at his time at East Fife.[3] He then moved to Oldham Athletic in 1957 where he made 7 appearances and scored 2 goals in a single season.[3] He then moved on a short spell to North Shields before retiring in 1957.[7]

International career[edit]

Wright won his first international cap for Scotland against Wales in a 2–1 on 18 October 1952 at Ninian Park.[8] He won two further caps for his country, making it three in total, without scoring a goal.[9] A regular at the "Whitegates Comrie" until he was taken to a retirement home in Sunderland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tommy Wright". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Obituary of Tommy Wright". The Scotsman. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tommy Wright". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Sunderland 1-4 Portsmouth". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Tommy Wright". A Love Supreme. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Tommy Wright". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  7. ^ "OLDHAM ATHLETIC : 1946/47 - 2006/07". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  8. ^ "Sat 18 Oct 1952 Wales 1 Scotland 2". London Hearts. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  9. ^ "Thomas Wright". London Hearts. Retrieved 2008-08-01.