23 Facts About Alan Wright


Alan Geoffrey Wright was born on 28 September 1971 and is an English football manager and former professional footballer.


Alan Wright was a left back who has played over 750 league and cup games for eight clubs, including an eight-year spell in the Premier League for Aston Villa.


Alan Wright has played for Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United plus he has had loan spells at Derby County, Leeds United, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest.


Alan Wright finished his career with spells at Cheltenham Town and Fleetwood Town.


Alan Wright was capped twice by the England U21 team in 1992.


Alan Wright began his career as a trainee at Blackpool, for whom he made 98 league appearances between April 1988 and October 1991.


Alan Wright spent four years at Ewood Park, but, after the arrival of England left back Graeme Le Saux, made only 67 appearances, seven as a substitute.

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Alan Wright was part of the Aston Villa 1996 League Cup winning side, beating Leeds again, this time at Wembley.


Alan Wright appeared in the Aston Villa side that lost the 2000 FA Cup Final to Chelsea.


Alan Wright extended his loan with Nottingham Forest in May 2007 and played in the League One play-off semi-final against Yeovil Town, in which he scored an own goal.


Alan Wright was released by Sheffield United in May 2007.


In July 2007, Alan Wright was offered a trial by Oldham Athletic but eventually joined Cheltenham Town on non-contract basis on 8 October 2007.


In July 2009, Alan Wright signed for Conference North outfit Fleetwood Town.


Alan Wright was called up to Terry Venables' England squad in January 1996 and April 1996, but ultimately was never capped for the senior side.


In June 2011, Alan Wright was named as a coach at Blackpool FC's Centre of Excellence.


Alan Wright went on to become assistant manager during Steve Thompson's spell as caretaker manager in 2013.


Alan Wright was appointed assistant manager to Paul Simpson at non-league Northwich Victoria in February 2012 and worked in this role alongside existing duties at Blackpool.


On 21 February 2012 against Rushall Olympic, Alan Wright took control in Simpson's absence.


Alan Wright remained in his role as assistant manager to incoming manager Martin Foyle.


On 15 May 2013, Alan Wright was appointed Southport manager, succeeding Liam Watson who resigned to take over at Telford United.


Alan Wright's first signing for Southport was ex Barrow and Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Danny Hurst.


Alan Wright was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.


Five players from each decade are inducted; Alan Wright is in the 1980s.