S10E59 Guest Special: Stephen Wright

The two John’s are back together this week and they welcome a man who they used to cheer on from their Aberdeen days in right back Stephen Wright, who also played for Rangers, Bradford City and Dundee United and won two Scotland caps.

Stephen begins by discussing his current role at Dundee Football Club as Head of Academy, overseeing the clubs youth development programme. He discusses the current challenges faced by the Coronavirus pandemic and potential cuts caused by no fans at Dens Park.

We move onto Stephen’s playing career, which began at Aberdeen having signed an S-Form. He talks about the influence of senior players such as Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Stewart McKimmie and Robert Connor when he was learning his trade and breaking into the first team. He very nearly became a league winner in his debut season on 1990/91 before a last day defeat at Ibrox handed the title to Rangers. Wright went onto play more than 150 games for the Dons, playing in two more cup finals and helped the Dons escape relegation in 1994/95 in his last act for the club before moving to boyhood team Rangers.

His time at Ibrox was marred by suffering a career threatening injury against Juventus. He talks openly about the struggles of overcoming that injury, which relapsed nearly a year later, and how that his Rangers career was over before it got started as a result. A move to Bradford brought some happier times as the Bantams won promotion to the Premier League in 1999. Stephen wound down his career at Dundee United and Scunthorpe before retiring at 31. We round off with the usual slow fire questions including Stephen’s best eleven.

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