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Ian Wright




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Ian Wright joined the professional game at the age of 22 when he moved to the club in 1985 and with nine goals in 16 appearances in his first season, Wright made an immediate impact.

When Mark Bright arrived the following year, it wasn't long before the footballing world became aware of the striking partnership making headlines in south London.

Their strike rate in front of goal was a major factor as to why the club gained promotion in the 88/89 season, with Woolwich-born forward Wright scoring 24 league goals.

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Injury meant that he was restricted to 25 starts in his first top-flight season but he made the dream return at the end of the 89/90 campaign, coming off the bench to score two goals in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in the 3-3 draw.  

Wright earned international call-ups the following season, as well as collecting a winners’ medal in the Zenith Data Systems Cup final with his two goals helping Palace beat Everton 4-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Having completed six years at the club before his move across the capital in 1991 the striker had scored 117 goals in Palace colours, which he achieved in just short of 300 appearances.  

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Signed from Greenwich Borough, 2/8/85
Debut v Huddersfield Town (H) 31/8/85
Managers at Palace Steve Coppell
Appearances 277
Goals 117
International caps 33