Kevin Day: Ian Wright leaving Palace broke my heart

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I still haven’t quite forgiven him for leaving us for Arsenal. Every time I see him he always laughs and says ‘What will it take for you to stop calling me Judas?’

Well, get a time machine and don’t kiss the Arsenal badge when you score against us which is what he did unfortunately.

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In all seriousness, no one resented him as he came to us from a non league side called Greenwich Borough and the thing with Ian Wright is, just like Jamie Vardy, he does things that you aren’t meant to do because he didn’t have it coached out of him.

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For example, when you see Jamie Vardy first arrive at Leicester from a non league experience at Fleetwood and Stockbridge Steels, get the ball down and try and chip the goalkeeper from 40 yards. No one ever told him that you weren’t meant to do that or take the ball from the corner flag past three players before finishing it off.

That is what Ian Wright was originally. A truly exciting and instinctive player.

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Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 300 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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