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Richard Wright
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Personal information
Full name Richard Ian Wright
Date of birth 5 November 1977 (1977-11-05) (age 32)
Place of birth    Ipswich, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Ipswich Town
Number 1
Youth career
1994–1995 Ipswich Town
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1995–2001
2001–2002
2002–2007
2007–2008
2008
2008–
Ipswich Town
Arsenal
Everton
West Ham United
Southampton (loan)
Ipswich Town
240 (0)
012 (0)
060 (0)
000 (0)
007 (0)
058 (0)   
National team2
2000–2001 England 002 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:28,24 November 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:17,03 September 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Richard Ian Wright (born 5 November 1977) is an English goalkeeper, currently playing for Ipswich Town, his second spell with the club, after rejoining in July 2008. He has been a member of the England squad, and has two caps.

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Club career

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Ipswich Town

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.[1] 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 289 league and cup appearances for Ipswich.

Arsenal

Wright joined Arsenal in July 2001 for an undisclosed fee, reported as £6m but claims have suggested it was as low as £2m due to a clause in Wright's contract.[2] He signed a five-year contract and was signed as 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 was substituted in the 85th minute for Taylor, which gave both goalkeepers enough appearances to qualify for a Premier League winners' medal that season. Wright made 22 appearances for Arsenal in total.

Everton

Although initially first-team keeper at Everton, a number of injuries, including a serious knee injury, hampered his playing aspirations. He lost his place at Everton and had to be content with being understudy to veteran Nigel Martyn. During 2005–06 Martyn had a spell out with injury, but Wright promptly injured himself whilst warming up in a match against Chelsea. This was a freak accident in which Wright saw a large sign instructing players to use temporary goals but he ignored the warning and fell on the sign, thereby injuring his ankle.[3] 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. [4] Despite the retirement of first choice goalkeeper Martyn, Wright remained second in the pecking order for the 2006–07 season behind new arrival Tim Howard.

West Ham United

Wright was released by Everton at the end of the 2006–07 season[5 ] and signed for West Ham United in July 2007.[6]

On 20 March 2008 he joined Southampton on a month's loan as their first three goalkeepers were all unavailable through injury.[7] He made his debut for Southampton in a 0–0 home draw with Coventry City on 22 March.[8] On 18 April the loan was extended to the end of the 2007–08 season.[9]

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.[10 ] 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 have earnt 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 confirmation of a knee injury suffered during a 2–1 win against Cardiff City.[11]

International career

Wright has been included in 8 squads and capped twice for England, making his debut against Malta in a friendly in 2000; he conceded a penalty kick early on but saved a second penalty in the 88th minute as England won 2–1. He was a member of the England Euro 2000 squad, where he was third-choice behind David Seaman and Nigel Martyn, and won his second cap as a substitute in a friendly against the Netherlands in 2001. However, he has not been called up to the England squad since 2003.[12]

Career statistics

Club[13]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Ipswich Town Premier League 3 0 - 1 0 - 4 0
1995-96 First Division 23 0 3 0 1 0 - 27 0
1996-97 40 0 1 0 5 0 - 46 0
1997-98 46 0 4 0 6 0 - 56 0
1998-99 46 0 2 0 4 0 - 52 0
1999-00 46 0 1 0 4 0 - 51 0
2000-01 Premier League 36 0 2 0 6 0 - 44 0
2001-02 Arsenal Premier League 12 0 5 0 1 0 4 0 22 0
2002-03 Everton Premier League 33 0 1 0 3 0 - 37 0
2003-04 4 0 - - - 4 0
2004-05 7 0 2 0 3 0 - 12 0
2005-06 15 0 1 0 - - 16 0
2006-07 1 0 - 1 0 - 2 0
2007-08 West Ham United Premier League - - 3 0 - 3 0
2007-08 Southampton Championship 7 0 - - - 7 0
2008-09 Ipswich Town Championship 46 0 2 0 2 0 - 50 0
2009-10 12 0 0 0 1 0 - 12 0
Total England 376 0 24 0 41 0 4 0 445 0
Career Total 376 0 24 0 41 0 4 0 445 0

Stats accurate as at 22:27, 24 November 2009.

Honours

With Ipswich Town
With Arsenal

References

  1. ^ "Sky falls in on Coventry". The Independent. 1995-05-07. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/sky-falls-in-on-coventry-1618504.html. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  2. ^ "Arsenal complete Wright signing". BBC Sport. 2001-07-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/1420099.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-15.  
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8051673.stm
  4. ^ Brodkin, Jon (2006-02-09). "Robben keeps his feet as Everton fall". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2006/feb/09/match.sport. Retrieved 2008-07-21.  
  5. ^ "Everton release Pistone & Wright". BBC Sport. 2007-05-14. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/e/everton/6655123.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-14.  
  6. ^ "Wright signs on free transfer", West Ham United Official Site, 4 July 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Saints sign Wright". www.saintsfc.co.uk. 2008-03-20. http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/articles/article.php?page_id=9898. Retrieved 2008-03-20.  
  8. ^ "Southampton 0-0 Coventry". BBC Sport. 2008-03-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7298122.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  9. ^ "Wright loan extended". www.saintsfc.co.uk. 2008-04-18. http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/news/?page_id=10032. Retrieved 2008-04-19.  
  10. ^ "Ipswich re-sign goalkeeper Wright". BBC Sport. July 21, 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/i/ipswich_town/7517822.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-21.  
  11. ^ "Ipswich Town keeper Richard Wright out for four months". BBC Sport. 2009-12-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/i/ipswich_town/8389177.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-01.  
  12. ^ "England Players - Richard Wright", England Football Online. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
  13. ^ "Richard Wright Career Stats". Soccerbase. 30 December 2009. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=8726. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  

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