The Monday Profile: Mark Wright
Even if Dion Dublin had gone on to achieve diddly squat in his career, Cambridge United fans would forever cherish his memory for a youthful one man show against local rivals Peterborough in 1990. Similarly, Mark Wright, though only a loan star, will have secured himself a place in Shrewsbury Town’s spangled hall of fame after a hat-trick in the 4-0 shellacking of Hereford United a couple of weeks back.
In the county of Much Wenlock and the Long Mynd, Chairman Roland Wycherley is as Shropshire a Lad as can be and he’ll have been delighted by a victory in one of England’s less heralded, but nonetheless often highly poisonous derbies; Wright’s goals sparking hubbub in the fearsome sounding Block 19, a brouhaha likened to a natural history documentary featuring people who are “not fully evolved” by one message board poster.
Bulls legend and returning Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner will have been more rueful about his old club’s plight, stranded as they are on a meagre 15 points, but his Shrews are riding high. Easeful in fifth place within eminent reaching distance of the top two, Wright and his team mates have done Salop proud this campaign.
Wright is a successor to Joey Beauchamp and Ian Rush in experiencing homesickness blues. Back living at home in nearby Wolverhampton, he is continuing the form that saw him chalk up almost a century and a quarter of appearances for Walsall. A subsequent spell in Milton Keynes (once ATV territory, so near enough to the Midlands) was also fruitful, with 18 goals in 66 games and a promotion, but a mere quartet of appearances at distant Brighton and a 24 match goal drought at parent club Bristol Rovers have been less auspicious.
Due to report back for duty at the Memorial Stadium in January, he’s made no secret that he wishes to extend his stay by Offa’s Dyke and that’s no wonder after 10 strikes in 22. These have included braces in twin trips to Cheshire, bringing about a 4-0 win at Stockport and a 2-1 triumph over Crewe as well as some wicked crossing from his right wing sentry post. The combined effect has been a League Two Player of the Month award for the 28 year old and a deal of excitement at Greenhous Meadow.