Wrighty on his High­bury corker

vs Ever­ton, Premier League, 1993

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High­bury’s North Bank was re­placed by a mu­ral in the early 1990s. When fans re­turned, it took only three matches for Ian Wright to give them a close-up view of some­thing spe­cial.

He had al­ready put Arse­nal 1-0 up against Ever­ton when David Sea­man sent a long kick for­ward. With Kevin Camp­bell and Gary Ablett un­able to get their head on it, Arse­nal’s star striker latched on to the bounc­ing ball 25 yards out, right in front of the newly re­built stand.

“My first thought was just to re­tain pos­ses­sion, but as I flicked the ball over Matt Jack­son I saw he’d com­mit­ted him­self too much one way,” Wrighty tells FFT. “I thought he’d strug­gle to turn again, so I flicked it back over him and by then I was in the penalty box. Neville Southall might have thought I was go­ing to smash it, but the ball sat up nicely and I popped it over him.” It was a fin­ish that even Southall was in awe of. “Neville was one of the great goal­keep­ers and for him to say nice things about my fin­ish af­ter­wards, I was quite pleased with that,” says Wright. “The best thing about that goal is that I’d never ex­pected it. If you’re go­ing through on goal, you think about what you’re go­ing to do and hope­fully do it – this was just pure in­stinc­tive stuff and it all hap­pened very nat­u­rally. “The ap­plause from the fans was a bit dif­fer­ent, too: you could hear peo­ple mur­mur­ing when we kicked off again, be­cause I think they thought they saw some­thing spe­cial. When peo­ple talk to me nowa­days, they’ll al­ways men­tion that goal.”

Ian Wright forms part of the BBC’S foot­ball line-up. You can watch Match of the Day ev­ery Satur­day evening on BBC One

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