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  • Writer's pictureHayley Jackson

Famous Brit of the Week #83 - Ian Wright

This week's Famous Brits Assemblies is about Ian Wright, who played with Crystal Palace and Arsenal as a forward, spending six years with the former and seven years with the latter. With Arsenal he lifted the Premier League title, both the major domestic cup competitions, and the European Cup Winners Cup. Wright was known for his speed, agility, finishing and aggression, he played 581 league games, scoring 287 goals for seven clubs in Scotland and England, while also earning 33 caps for England, scoring 9 international goals.

Wright also played in the Premier League for West Ham United, the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and the Football League for Burnley and Nottingham Forest. As of 2021, he is Arsenal's second-highest scorer of all time and Crystal Palace's third-highest.

After he finally retired from the game he has been active in the media, usually in football-related TV and radio shows. Two of his sons, Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips, are both professional footballers.

Ian is outspoken campaigner against racism in football. As a player he said that every time he ran out onto a football pitch, he expected to encounter racism.

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