Friday, March 9, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 65: Mark Wright

Voted in at number 65 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is Liverpool's 1992 FA Cup winning captain Mark Wright.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Mark Wright

Years at Liverpool: 1991 to 1998
Position: Defender

Date-of-birth: 1/8/1963
Birthplace: Dorchester

Signed from: Derby County (July 1991)

Games: 210
Goals: 7

Honours: FA Cup (1992)

Stylish England international Mark Wright was signed by Graeme Souness from Derby County for £2.2 million in the summer of 1991. With Alan Hansen retired, Glenn Hysen soon to depart and Gary Gillespie moving on to Celtic, Liverpool were desperate for a centre half of quality and, following his courageous displays for England in the 1990 World Cup, Wright fitted the bill perfectly. He made his debut in the 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic on the opening day of the season only for disaster to strike on his next appearance when he limped off during a defeat at Maine Road. It was to be the start of many niggling injuries in his first season at Anfield but he famously managed to bounce back in style by proudly hoisting the FA Cup aloft at Wembley following the 2-0 victory over Sunderland. Unfortunately, more injury problems, together with a loss of form resulted in Wright being dropped from the team and relinquishing the captaincy. More problems arose when he fell-out with recently appointed boss Roy Evans during the summer of 1994 and Wright's Liverpool career looked to be drawing to a close. However, an amazing turnaround in his fortunes saw him regain his place in the side and rediscover the form that had initially shot him to prominence. A courageous and commanding centre-half, Wright was cool under pressure and comfortable at bringing the ball out of defence. He also chipped in with some memorable goals, including a famous header that gave the Reds brief hope against Paris St Germain in the European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final defeat in 1997. But just when it seemed as though everything was rosy once again a back injury forced him into premature retirement. It was a sad end to a stop-start spell with the Reds that would have delivered much more had it not been for the lengthy amounts of time he spent on the treatment table.

Sold to: Retired (December 1998)

Claim to fame: Lifting the FA Cup in 1992

Did you know? Since leaving Liverpool he has managed Southport, Oxford, Chester and Peterborough

Where is he now? Enjoying his second spell in charge of Chester

Les Lawson on Mark Wright: "After a difficult start he proved to everyone what a good player he was. He suffered from a few injuries and a loss of form when he first came but by the end he pulled it round and he'll always be well thought of by Liverpool supporters."

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