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20 years ago Ian Wright left football career

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20 years ago Ian Wright left football career

20 years ago Ian Wright left football career

On 7 June 2000 that Ian Wright was quitting professional football to focus on a television career, announced Former Arsenal and England striker.

For three months, the 37-year-old had just been on loan at third-tier Burnley, helping them promote Division One when he called time on his career that began in 1985, ending with 324 goals in 626 games.

Wright came through non-league after a tough upbringing and made his name at Crystal Palace, scoring two goals in the final of the 1990 FA Cup.

Throughout the 1990s, it was at Arsenal that he became a household name with consistent performances which earned his 33 caps in England.

On his way to helping the team reach two FA Cups, a League Cup, a UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, and most memorably a Premier League title in his final campaign at Highbury, he regularly overtook the scoring charts.

Wright broke Cliff Bastin’s record of 178 goals for the Gunners during the 1997-98 season – a feat Thierry Henry has since outdone.

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