19 Facts About Alan Wright


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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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The new Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish noticed Alan Wright, and brought him to Ewood Park as his first signing for £500,000, making him Blackpool's most expensive sale as well as the most expensive sale by any Fourth Division club.

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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 signed from Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £1,000,000 in February 1995, brought to the club by then Villa manager Brian Little.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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