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Ian Wright
Ian Wright
Arsenal F.C.s all-time leading goal scorer turned TV presenter

Ian Wright was one of the best known footballers in Britain. He was born 3rd November 1963 in Woolwich. He was first employed as a builder doing plastering for very little money, playing at the weekends for the "10 Em Bee Club". His managers soon recognised his talents as a striker, and when he was 17 scouts from Crystal Palace saw him, and he was signed up for a three month contract at 100 a week. His first game came in 1985 when he came on as a sub against Oldham FC. Within minutes he scored.

In 1990, he was an FA runner up with Palace, and in 1991 he was chosen to play for England in a friendly against Cameroon. After six years at Palace, he moved to Arsenal for 2.5 million pounds, and scored on his debut in the Coca-Cola Cup against Leicester City, and then scores a hat-trick against Southampton in his first league start for the Gunners. He ended the season with 24 goals in 30 appearances, and makes a further three appearances for England.

In 1992, Wright ended the season as top English goal scorer, beating Gary Lineker by one goal, but isn't chosen for the England squad and the European Championships. In 1993, he becomes the quickest Arsenal player to score 100 goals for the club, beating Ted Drake's 40 year record. He won the FA Cup and League Cup with Arsenal, and scores for England against Poland. That year, he also got married to Debbie Martin.

After winning the Cup Winner's Cup and the League Double for the second time, with Wright scoring in every round, he left Arsenal in 1998, and joined West Ham for half a million pounds. He failed to make an impression there, and joined Celtic nine months later. He was the approached by ITV to host his own show, and has since carved out a very successful television career. He has been awarded the MBE.




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