Tommy Wright (footballer, born 1928)

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Tommy Wright
Personal information
Full nameThomas Wright [1]
Date of birth 20 January 1928
Place of birth Clackmannan, Scotland
Date of death 5 May 2011(2011-05-05) (aged 83)
Place of death Sunderland, England
Playing position(s) Right winger
Youth career
Blairhall Colliery
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1946–1949 Partick Thistle 35 (20)
1949–1955 Sunderland 170 (52)
1955–1957 East Fife 36 (18)
1957 Oldham Athletic 7 (2)
North Shields
Total248(92)
National team
1952–1953 Scotland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Wright (20 January 1928 – 5 May 2011 [2] ) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scotland national football team as a midfielder.

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Club career

He started his professional footballing career with Partick Thistle, where he made 35 appearances scoring 20 goals ranging from 1946 until 1949. [3] From Partick Thistle, he joined Sunderland in 1949, [3] and made his debut on 12 March 1949 against Portsmouth in a 4–1 defeat at Roker Park. [4] He was part of the Sunderland team that finished third in the 1949–50 season and played regularly. [5] Overall, in his Sunderland career he scored 51 goals in 170 league appearances, [6] before moving to East Fife in 1955, [3] in a deal seeing Charlie Fleming going the other way. [5] He made 36 appearances scoring 18 goals during 1955 to 1957 at his time at East Fife. [3] He then moved to Oldham Athletic in 1957 where he made 7 appearances and scored 2 goals in a single season. [3] He then moved on a short spell to North Shields before retiring in 1957. [7]

International career

Wright won his first international cap for Scotland against Wales in a 2–1 on 18 October 1952 at Ninian Park. [8] He won two further caps for his country, making it three in total, without scoring a goal. [9] A regular at the "Whitegates Comrie" until he was taken to a retirement home in Sunderland.

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References

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  2. "Obituary of Tommy Wright". The Scotsman. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
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  4. "Sunderland 1-4 Portsmouth". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  5. 1 2 "Tommy Wright". A Love Supreme. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  6. "Tommy Wright". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  7. "OLDHAM ATHLETIC : 1946/47 - 2006/07". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  8. "Sat 18 Oct 1952 Wales 1 Scotland 2". London Hearts. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  9. "Thomas Wright". London Hearts. Retrieved 1 August 2008.