Bradley Wright-Phillips

Bradley Wright-Phillips is an English striker who was born in Lewisham, London on 12th March 1985. Bradley is the son of former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright and the brother of Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips. BWP began his career with Manchester City and was top scorer for the clubs reserve side in 2003/04. Wright-Phillips made his first team debut on 21st September 2004 in a 7-1 Carling Cup win over Barnsley. The striker scored just minutes after coming off the bench in his league debut at Middlesbrough on 6th December 2004, in a 3-2 defeat. The next 18 months Wright-Phillips was used mainly as an occasional substitute for The Eastland's club, and scored one more goal, against Birmingham in a 4-1 win on 17th December 2005.

Wright-Phillips joined Southampton on 5th July 2006. The former City man's £500,000 transfer was partly funded by Coca Cola's win a player fan competition. Wright-Phillips made his Saints debut on August 6th in a 2-2 draw at Derby, and scored a superb goal to put his new side 2-1 ahead before Derby pulled themselves level. He followed that up with three goals against Yeovil and Millwall in the League Cup. In the final months of the campaign, Bradley often found himself stuck behind the more prolific Grzegorz Rasiak, Marek Saganowski and Kenwyne Jones. He usually performed well when called upon though, and scored 11 in 44 in his first season at St Marys.

After a reasonable start to 2007/08, Bradley struggled for form later in the campaign. He scored 8 times overall, but only one of them came in 2008. The highlight of Wright-Phillips season came at Barnsley on December 28th, where he came off the bench and completely changed the game. He grabbed two excellent goals for Saints, turning around a two goal deficit to draw level at 2-2. Ian Wright's son also performed well in a Saturday evening game at Burnley in October, and was unlucky not to score more than once. In March 2008, Wright-Phillips was arrested after being accused of stealing money and mobile phones from bar staff at Bar Bluu in Southsea on 28th February along with team mate Nathan Dyer. Dyer was convicted of burglary, but charges against Wright-Phillips were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Saints fans initially booed Wright-Phillips after his arrest, but later rallied round the striker who they thought had "robbed from The Skates".

After appearing in the opening day defeat at Cardiff in August 2008, Wright-Phillips was frozen out in favour of the clubs lower earning academy players. He returned to the side in September, but struggled in front of goal. The highlight of his 2008/09 season undoubtedly came at Reading on November 22nd 2008, when he scored both of Southampton's goals in a surprise 2-1 victory. In January 2009, he ran into more legal problems when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a Saints fan on a night out, along with team mate David McGoldrick. Charges were eventually dropped however. Bradley scored six times in 34 appearances in his final season at the club. His final match for the club saw him net Saints only goal in a 3-1 defeat on the last day at Nottingham Forest. Wright-Phillips was released from the club in the summer of 2009.

On 15th July 2009 Bradley signed a two year deal with Championship side Plymouth. Wright-Phillips first season at Home Park was very stop start due to injury. He only made 16 appearances over the entire 2009/10 campaign, which saw Plymouth drop to League 1. He made his Pilgrims debut on 15th September 2009 in a 1-0 defeat at home to Watford, and scored his first goal for the club on March 16th 2010 against Bristol City.

Wright-Phillips was fully fit for most of the 2010/11 season. He performed brilliantly for Plymouth in the first half of the campaign, topping the goal scoring charts. The Pilgrims were in dire financial trouble however, and were forced to sell Bradley to Charlton on 24th January 2011 for an undisclosed fee. He continued where he left off at Plymouth and ended the season as third top goal scorer in League 1. One of those goals came against former club Southampton on 22nd March.