Ian Edward Wright was born on the 3rd November 1963 in Woolwich, London.He quickly developed a love of football and was impressive for his school and local youth teams.However, in his late teens he had unsuccessful trials with Brighton and Southend and began to give up on his dream of being a professional footballer.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Wright said: “We never really deal with it properly. “We need to get people who have been involved in racism and people who have been victims of racism sitting on these boards so they can understand what is going on.
“Then they can say 'I would feel like this, you cannot say that, I am not offended by that, I really wouldn't want to hear that, etc etc.
The study found that 92 per cent of footballers believed that abuse from fans from common or extremely common, while 57 per cent of respondents claimed to have seen racist abuse inside grounds.
In terms of homophobic abuse, 26 per cent of players said they had witnessed it at training ground or in the dressing room.
It was a time when attitudes were shifting.’ Wright will forever be considered a Palace legend – even going so far as being recently voted the Eagles’ Player of the Century – but his enduring love affair with football began on an estate in Brockley.
‘Everyone else had bikes, so a couple of us would get left on the estate sometimes,’ The Den could be confusing.
He’s challenged the status quo and is one of the leading minds in electrical transportation.
Originally from New Zealand, Ian went to Silicon Valley to follow his passion and achieve his ambitions with incredible results.
Having carved himself a successful career as a pundit since hanging up his boots, Wright has simply become synonymous with British football.
Ian Wright " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" src=" width="678" height="443" align="left" title="Ian Wright" /Ian Wright later played for for Arsenal " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" src=" width="249" height="443" align="left" title="Ian Wright" /Ian Wright in his Crystal Palace days " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" src=" width="479" height="319" align="left" title="Ian Wright in his Crystal Palace days" /Ian Wright playing for Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final against Manchester United " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" src=" width="448" height="319" align="left" title="1990 FA Cup Final" / ‘When I was at Palace we had myself, Mark Bright, John Salako, Andy Gray and Tony Finnegan who were the force that drove that team to the First Division,’ explains the 53-year-old.
It was during his spell at Dulwich Hamlet FC that he was spotted by Crystal Palace scout Peter Prentice and was invited for a trial at Selhurst Park, where he impressed rookie manager Steve Coppell.