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Footballer, Ian Wright – Dad with a Heart of Gold

Updated on June 20, 2014

Shaun Wright-Phillips

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.

Match Details

Also Read: David Beckham Academy and the Man behind it.


Brazil Score against England - 14 Nov 09


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Lets hope he stays scandal free. A lot of Hanky panky going on in the Football world right now - what with England Captain, Ashley Cole etc.

      Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Sa Toya 8 years ago from England

      I an Wright is a great man and he has done a great job. As far as I know SWP is pretty scandal free and a very hard worker :)

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very nice. I wish him the best.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Fastfreta, for your comments. You've reminded me I have some cooking to do after reading your most recent recipes. Nice to read from you. :)

      ** Hi Dr Cris, thanks for stopping. :)

      ** Thanks Floating mind - Chocolate helps lift your spirits, when your feeling down - so the Health Experts say. :)

      ** Lovely to see you again Seriina. Thanks for your comments. :)

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      **Lol Pete. UK and US will always be fascinated with each other. I particularly love the American Accent and the last time I called America, the person I spoke to said "Oh! I love your accent". lol

      Thanks for stopping. :)

      **Hi Andromida - That's true, I'll be needing more double burgers for the world cup. I wonder who you will be supporting other than your nation. Nice to hear from you. :)

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      Seriina 8 years ago from Anywhere

      I love this hub!!! Im not a sports fan either but I find this very interesting. Well spoken!

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      floating mind 8 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hi Lady_E.

      Very nice hub. I'm not that much of a sports fan, but I really like the human interest side of your story. And also ... Chocolate!!! (Chocolate Gateau for Dessert). :)

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      drcrischasse 8 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      Great writing and topic

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I forget that football to Europe is not the same as football to North America. So of course I was not familiar with the people you mentioned, but I read it anyway, because you wrote it. Thanks for that, see you soon.

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      I think you will be in need of many more double cheese burgers-world cup football is getting nearer.I love football..

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I watched World Football when I would take my trips to Europe. Manchester United always seemed to be on but I did see them play Arsenal.

      Speaking of language someon once said that the UK and the US are two people separated by the same language. An old friend of mine from Yorkshire used to always kid me about the way Americans pronounce privacy and vitamins with a long I sound.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Paul, I've amended it. I used to work with a Paul Rooney in Liverpool. Got my "Rooneys" mixed up. I wish they didn't put us against Brazil - not happy we lost. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Hi Resspenser - it's so funny the way UK and US have different names for things. E.g

      Football - Soccer

      Sat Nav - GPS

      Petrol - Gas

      Flat - Apartment

      Lol. I could go on.... Nice of you to drop by. Thanks :)

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      Ronnie Sowell 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Football??? Looks like soccer to me! LOL!!!

      Good hub.

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      paulgc 8 years ago

      Lady E, i'm disgusted with England, yet another lacklustre performance, oh well, nothing new there then. By the way i think you meant Wayne Rooney and not Paul Rooney. Enjoyed the Hub.