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Ben Wright
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Wright
Date of birth July 1, 1980 (1980-07-01) (age 29)
Place of birth Münster, Germany
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Macclesfield Town
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Kettering Town 11 (0)
1998–2001 Bristol City 2 (0)
2000–2001 Woking (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2002 Viking 48 (7)
2003–2007 I.K. Start 68 (29)
2006 Moss FK (loan) 11 (2)
2007–2009 Lincoln City 67 (17)
2009– Macclesfield Town 32 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:40, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin "Ben" Wright (born 1 July 1980 in Münster, Germany) is an English footballer, currently playing for Macclesfield Town.

Club career

Ben began his career in the youth system at Deeping Rangers and was also part of the Deepings School team which won the Lincolnshire Schools County Cup in 1999. He was soon snapped up by local football conference side Kettering Town and began to attract scouts from the football league, appearing twice for Leeds United in the FA Premier Academy Under-19 League[1] before joining Bristol City for £30,000 in March 1999.

Ben spent the majority of his time at Bristol City in first the youth team and then the reserves. He found first-team opportunities hard to come by, though he did spend a week on trial with Bolton Wanderers and a month on loan with Woking.

In April 2001, Ben linked up with his former manager Benny Lennartsson at Norwegian club Viking. he spent two seasons with Viking and attracted attention when he scored a 90th minute header against Chelsea in a UEFA Cup First Round, First Leg, match at Stamford Bridge in September 2002. Though Viking lost the game 2-1, it was a vital away goal and put pressure on Chelsea for the away leg which they subsequently lost 4-2.

For the 2003 Norwegian season, Ben linked up with I.K. Start and went on to spent five seasons with the club, finishing as the club's leading goalscorer when they won the First Division title and promotion to the Tippeligaen in 2004. In September 2005, he suffered a broken left leg in training, an injury that kept him out of much of the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Recovering fitness, he spent the remainder of the 2006 season on loan to the Norwegian championship side Moss FK.

In the summer of 2007, Ben elected to return to England and trialled with Barnet. He was spotted by the Lincoln City management and turned down a contract offer from Barnet to join Lincoln at the beginning of August 2007. Wright ended the season as top goal scorer for Lincoln, netting 15 league goals. He was released on 5 May 2009, and on 18 May it was announced that he had signed for Macclesfield Town on a one year deal.[2]


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