Footballer, Ian Wright – Dad with a Heart of Gold
Its Saturday 14 November - 17.30
I’m eating a Double Cheeseburger, with a large glass of Coca-Cola by my side, watching an International Football match b/w England and Brazil. I’m not into football unless it’s a big game like the World cup or World cup qualifying matches.
As I watch the match, I notice Wayne Rooney (MANU Player). I think to myself “aah, how sweet” because he just had his first child about a week ago and here he is playing for the Nation.
Then I notice Shaun Wright Phillips and my heart warms to him. (No not that way, I’m nearly old enough to be his mum). Shaun Wright Phillips is the adopted son of Ian Wright. (Phillips is his mothers Maiden or Married name). He was adopted by Ian, at 18 months old.
Ian Wright was a football player who played for Crystal Palace and Arsenal. He also played for the English National team.
Ian Edward Wright
Shaun with Mates celebrating a goal
Shaun 28, started playing professional football at the age of 15 and made his England Debut in 2004. He is 5ft 5in, the shortest player in Premiership - and yet also the most exciting. He has had a successful career so far and even though his Dad has contacts, I can’t help but notice the support that he gives his son. (They say you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink).
The Observer, Newspaper
“Shaun Wright-Phillips, a £20 million transfer target, is the most exciting young English player in the Premiership this season. He tells Paul Wilson he's relaxed about competing with David Beckham for a place in the national side, responsible about his role as a young parent, grateful for his father Ian's advice - and definitely not a stereotypical flash footballer” Feb 2005
Ian with his MBE
Ian has done a great job with his adopted son. I haven’t seen Shaun in any Footballer scandals or brawls in clubs etc. He keeps his nose clean and seems to be a very decent young guy, has been raised very well. It’s only natural in life that when children do well you look at the parents and think – "wow, they certainly did a good job." I admire how Ian Wright has set his son up very well for life and obviously his mum has played a part too.
Ian Wright retired in 2001 and has since been active in the media, usually in football related TV and radio shows. He was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2002 for his services to football.
He is also the patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
Well, its 19:00 and the game has finished. Result: Brazil 1 – England 0. I’m heading off too the kitchen to get a Chocolate Gateau for Dessert – I need to console myself, as we didn’t win the game.
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