This is a family website dedicated to our late father, Arthur Wright who devoted his footballing career to Sunderland Football Club.
The family have amassed quite a bit of memorabilia over the years which was just put into boxes, drawers etc as you do. However, a friend and massive SAFC fan asked if he could have a look at some items. He really enjoyed what he saw and said the items should not be hidden away as supporters would like to see these things ......consequently, the idea of a website was born !!
After gaining 3 caps for England schoolboys at the age of 14 he was snapped up by Sunderland in 1934. He was allowed to continue his development with Hylton Colliery Juniors before making his reserve team debut aged just 16 in 1936 then made his first team debut aged just 18 on 16 April 1938 at home against Leeds United. Arthur then went on to play approx 280 first team games despite the interruption of WWII.
During the war he was stationed in N.Ireland ( where he met the future Mrs Wright) but he "guested" for Linfield with whom he won an Irish Cup winners medal.
His style of play for Sunderland gained him many admirer's and he played a representative game for the "Football League" in 1948 before being chosen to gain his full England cap, however a family illness forced him to withdraw and his chance never came again.
He played on until 1955 and although he didn't get his full international cap, he was very proud that he only ever played top flight football with Sunderland as at that time Sunderland had NEVER been relegated.
He then stayed on with the club as part of the backroom staff until 1969, 35 years service in total. During this spell he was 1st team trainer to the 1963-64 promotion team and then he spent time developing the youth team, working with youngsters such as Bobby Kerr, Billy Hughes and others and although he left in 1969, not long after his youth team won the Youth FA Cup Final, he was invited to go to Wembley as a club guest for a certain final in 1973.
Whether you are a Sunderland supporter or not, we hope you enjoy glimpses of the old days and being able to compare the past to the present in so many ways, To our family however it's about "Dads" time at this great club.
If you like great old photo's, click here
1934 - 1969
Castletown & Sunderland boys
thank you to Rob Mason,
on the forum page
o/t/d 15 Oct 1949
and it's derby day,
info is on the forum
o/t/d/ 15 Sept,
info on the
What you see on this website comes from the family collection of press cuttings and photographs given to Arthur & the family by newspapers, journalists and supporters over many years. We would be happy to remove any which could be shown to be someone else's property. Please email us with your proof of ownership.Unless otherwise stated, all images on this website are copyrighted. Before copying or re-distributing any image from this website you must first obtain permission from the copyright owner.Inability to contact the copyright holder or lack of response from the copyright owner means that permission is NOT granted. See the contact page for our email address.