Ian is one of the best known footballers in Britain, and one of its greatest goalscorers. Since retiring he has carved out a very successful television career. He has also been awarded the MBE.
He first turned professional for Crystal Palace in August 1985, just three months short of his 22nd birthday. A Crystal Palace talent scout, Peter Prentice, happened to see Wright playing for Dulwich Hamlet and invited him to have a trial at Selhurst Park.
In 1991, Wright signed for Arsenal for £2.5 million, which was at the time a club record fee. In his first season for the Gunners he won the Golden Boot by scoring 29 league goals.
Wright was handed his England début by manager Graham Taylor in February 1991. He started in the 2–0 victory against Cameroon at Wembley and helped England reach the finals of Euro 1992 in Sweden.
He began his television career as a guest host on Top of the Pops. He was later signed up by ITV to present his own chat show, Friday Night’s All Wright, where he interviewed such showbiz greats as Elton John, Mariah Carey and Will Smith which ran for two seasons.
He also starred in Ian Wright’s Excellent Adventure in which he travels to Greenland with a friend, ‘Mrs C’ (Novello Noades, wife of former Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades), to scale the highest mountain in the Arctic.
Wright also presented the extremely popular Football Behind Bars reality TV series, aired on Sky1.
In 2010 Wright joined Absolute Radio Rock ‘N’ Roll Football for post match analysis and hosts this on their new Digital and MW radio station Absolute Extra.
Ian Wright is still a familiar in the television scene and his entertaining sports speeches are in demand at events and seminars nationwide.