Never let it be said that Richard Wright’s career boiled down to a couple of disastrous spells with Arsenal and Everton before a stint warming the bench with Manchester City – because there was so much more to him than that.
A product of the Tractor Boys’ youth academy, where he emerged alongside the likes of Kieran Dyer, Wright also earned two full England caps as a Town player and was part of the squad Kevin Keegan took to Euro 2000.
Wright was also an integral part of the Ipswich side that earned promotion to the Premier League in 2000 before finishing fifth, just three points off Champions League qualification, the following year.
It is, therefore, a little bit heartbreaking to learn that his final appearance actually came as an Ipswich player – back in 2011.
An Ipswich favourite with almost 300 league appearances to his name, Wright was back at the club for a third spell and keen to impress at the time, having only signed a short-term deal with the club until the end of the season.
Unfortunately, for Wright, the visit of Reading to Portman Road in his one and only game during that final spell, proved to be a difficult one.
Wright started well enough and even pulled off one impressive save from Noel Hunt (around the 3:16 mark) to keep Ipswich’s early 1-0 lead intact.
Soon enough, though, the old problems emerged.
Known to be weak from crosses, Wright fails to deal with one Reading delivery, resulting in Kaspars Gorkss leveller for the Royals.
Ipswich retook the lead before an unstoppable Alex Pearce header in injury time levelled things up again at 2-2 with a draw arguably the fairest result on balance.
Buy, as Wright no doubt already knew, few things in football are fair with the Ipswich goalkeeper guilty of letting a low Noel Hunt shot slip under his legs for the Reading winner.
A few years on and after four generously paid years at Manchester City, Wright is retiring having never quite fulfilled his early promise.
Ipswich fans will have plenty of good memories of him, though – it is just a shame that his final game will not be one of them.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.