Wright Vic Image 1 Liverpool 1936

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Bloxwich, Staffordshire born inside forward Vic Wright began his football career with Bloxwich Strollers in 1926 and spent 1928-29 on the books of Second Division Bristol City, without making a first team appearance at Ashton Gate. In the 1929 close season he joined Third Division (North) Rotherham United making his Football League debut that August at Tranmere Rovers, scoring in a 4-5 defeat, and scoring in each of his next three games. He finished his first season with 12 goals from 34 games, second on Rotherham’s goalscoring chart.

After an excellent start to the 1930-31 season when he scored 8 goals in 7 matches including 4 goals in an 8-1 win over Accrington Stanley in October, Wright was sold to First Division Sheffield Wednesday but he struggled to get a game for Wednesday and after only two games for The Owls in October 1931 he returned to Rotherham at the end of the following season.

Back at Millmoor he was again a consistent goalscorer and Liverpool saw something in him that Wednesday might have missed, signing him in March 1934 after a total of 39 goals in 94 appearances across his two spells with Rotherham. Wright played in seven of the last nine League matches of that 1933-34 season for Liverpool and scored twice. The epitome of the crowd-pleasing centre forward as he was strong and brave, good in the air and difficult to knock off the ball once it came into his possession, in 1934-35 he and Gordon Hodgson scored 46 League goals between them, with Wright scoring 19 from 36 matches. Wright had well and truly proved that he could score goals at the highest level. However, he only managed 6 from 25 appearances in 1935-36 and by 1936-37 he featured more often for the reserves than for the first team but still scored 4 goals in the 13 matches for which he was selected in his final season with the club.

After 33 goals in 85 appearances for Liverpool, he moved to Plymouth Argyle in the 1937 close season, starting the 1937-38 campaign as a regular in the forward line before losing his place in the second half of the season. Unable to reclaim it, he moved out of the League to sign for Chelmsford City after scoring 7 goals in 19 appearances for The Pilgrims.

He was a first cousin to Aston Villa and England footballer Charlie Athersmith.

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