Player of the Day: Arthur Wright

by Stuart Vose

Fine servant who represented the club either side of WW2.

Left-half Arthur Wright was a great servant to the club either side of the Second World War, playing almost 300 games for the Lads.

Born in Burradon, Northumberland, in September 1919, Arthur made his debut at the age of 18 in April 1938 having turned pro in 1936.

He played 13 senior games before war broke out and flourished when peacetime returned.

He twice played for the Football League representative side in 1948-49 and was selected for the England touring side, but was unable to go on the trip as his two daughters were ill.

Despite the war, Wright still made 283 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 14 goals. He later joined the club’s training staff are retiring and passed away in May 1985.