Richard Wright (footballer)

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Richard Wright (footballer) : biography

5 November 1977 –

West Ham United

Wright was released by Everton at the end of the 2006–07 season and signed for West Ham United in July 2007., West Ham United Official Site, 4 July 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2007.

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

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. 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 earned 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 a knee injury suffered during a 2–1 win against Cardiff City. Wright was released by Ipswich at the end of the 09/10 season.

Sheffield United

After a brief trial spell, Wright joined Sheffield United on a free transfer on a four-month short-term deal in September 2010, having been extended until the end of the season. Despite this Wright spent most of his time at Bramall Lane injured and made only two starts, both times being withdrawn mid way through the game due to further injuries. His contract was terminated with Sheffield United by mutual consent on at the start of April 2011.

Third spell at Ipswich Town

Wright returned to Ipswich in the summer of 2011 to train with the club. Having been on trial at other clubs he had impressed enough while training with Ipswich to earn a call up to the reserves,http://www.twtd.co.uk/news.php?storyid=19045&title=wright_back_in_blue_as_reserves_draw in which he featured in a game against Colchester United.

Wright re-signed for the club for his third spell on 23 November 2011.http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10272~2525674,00.html Earlier in the week he had stated he wanted to return to the club: "I love Ipswich Town Football Club, I don’t hide that. I think everyone knows that, but at the moment there’s nothing there for me – simple as that, you just get on with it and look elsewhere. If anything changed and something came up (at Ipswich) then I’d be a liar to say I wouldn’t consider it because I would." http://www.greenun24.co.uk/ipswich-town/no_ipswich_town_return_for_richard_wright_1_1133527 In his third debut for the club, he conceded three times in a 3–2 home defeat to Reading.

Preston North End

On 1 July 2012, Wright signed for Preston North End; however, he left the club only one week into pre-season training as he was suffering from homesickness. He made no appearances for the club. He has subsequently been on trial with Colchester United. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18749431

Manchester City

On 30 August 2012 he signed for Manchester City on a one-year contract as backup to Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon on a free transfer. Following his arrival fellow goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen cancelled his contract at Manchester City.

Career statistics

Club

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
2010–11 Sheffield United Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 Ipswich Town Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 Manchester City Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total England 379 0 24 0 41 0 4 0 448 0
Career total 379 0 24 0 41 0 4 0 448 0

Stats accurate as at 12:40, 3 January 2011.

Honours

With Ipswich Town
  • Division 1 (Level 2) Playoffs: 1999–2000
With Arsenal
  • FA Premier League: 2001–02
  • FA Cup: 2002