The career of young centre-half Matthew Wright interests me as
he comes from the Norwich suburb of Sprowston which is where I
spent the first 18 years of my life. His sister Nicola was in
the same class at school as my sister Diane. Matthew played schoolboy
football for Sprowston Lads and Catton Juniors as well as the
Sprowston High school team (see also Paul Clayton, Danny Mills). He caught the eye of Norwich City scouts who
invited him to register at their centre of excellence. He trained
with Norwich until he was 16 but was released as City thought
him unable to make the grade.
He kept match-fit by playing for Great Yarmouth's reserve and
youth teams whilst seeking trials with other league teams. He
had a trial at Everton before being offered a six-month contract
at Torquay United. He made his league debut for the Third Division
side against Colchester. At the end of the 1996/97 season, he
had made 9 league appearances. Torquay released him in June 1997
and The Daily Telegraph reported that he had joined Irish
side Galway Town in July 1997. However he started the 1997/98
season back in Norfolk with King's Lynn of the Dr Martens Southern
League Premier Division. Partnering Matthew in the new look King's
Lynn defence was former Canary Tony Spearing.
According to the Pink Un
of 29th November 1997, Matthew's performances for the Linnets
has gained the attention of Vauxhall Conference sides Woking and
Rushden and Diamonds.
At the end of October 1998, new King's Lynn manager Gary Mills
announced that there were no places in his vision of Lynn for
Wright and fellow ex-Canaries Coren Hardy,
Glyn Roberts and Steve Lewis. Matthew reported a week later that he
had been contacted by a number of Jewson league clubs but that
he is "keeping his options open at the moment and waiting for
some decent offers... I would like to stay in the Dr Martens League
and doesn't really want to drop down to the Jewson League but
if I have to then I have to." It appears that Matthew had to accept
this last option as he joined Diss Town the following week.
At the beginning of July 2006, Matthew joined Ridgeons League
rivals Mildenhall but he returned to Diss in late September 2006.
By the start of the following season, he had joined Norwich United
Matthew also joined Norwich City's academy in the summer of 2007
as the skills coach for the Under 9s and Under 10s. He has an
UEFA "B" license. He was appointed as manager of the
Under 10s in January 2008 and was then appointed as manager of
the Under-11s for the 2008/009 season
As of 2012, he was Foundation
Phase Lead Coach at the Norwich City academy. He left Norwich on 25th June 2019.