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Record breaking footballer dies

PUBLISHED: 15:28 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:59 11 December 2019

Former Linnets footballer Mick Wright. Picture: Ian Burt

Former Linnets footballer Mick Wright. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town are planning a pre-match tribute on Saturday after it was announced that club legend Mick Wright has died.

Mick Wright: Pictures submittedMick Wright: Pictures submitted

King's Lynn Town are planning a pre-match tribute on Saturday after it was announced that club legend Mick Wright has died.

The Linnets will hold either a minute of silence or applause before their home FA Trophy fixture against Dover Athletic for Mr Wright, 77, who held the British record for the most appearances for a single club.

Mr Wright had been in poor health in recent years.

A club spokesman confirmed they were made aware of his death at lunchtime today (Wednesday, December 11).

The Linnets' trailblazing squad in the 1960s  Picture: ArchantThe Linnets' trailblazing squad in the 1960s Picture: Archant

The club has already said it will look to put a permanent "fitting tribute" in place. A club spokesman said: "He was known as Mr King's Lynn, a legendary figure at the club."

Mr Wright joined King's Lynn FC in 1961, aged 19. He held the British record for the most consecutive games played without getting injured (440) and without getting booked. He also played 1,152 games for the Linnets, which remains a club record.

He also twice scored the winning goal during the club's celebrated FA Cup run of 1961-62 and is in the King's Lynn FC Hall of Fame.

A ruptured spleen ended his record-breaking injury-free run, however Mr Wright still attempted to leave hospital to play the following Saturday. Mr Wright broke his leg four times while playing for Lynn, but only found out after a hospital scan years later.

Mick Wright in his Linnets heyday  Picture: ArchantMick Wright in his Linnets heyday Picture: Archant

The most he ever earned was £25 a week, with his normal pay being £12 plus a £2 bonus if the team won a match or £1 if they drew.

When asked by the EDP in 2017 how much money he made during his playing career, Mr Wright said: "That's easy, I made this much," before making a nought sign with his thumb and forefinger.

"I didn't play for the money," he added. "I played because I loved football, simple as that. If you wanted to get rich you didn't play for King's Lynn."

His former manager and team mate Keith Rudd had been leading a campaign for Mr Wright to be awarded Freedom of the Borough in King's Lynn.

Mick Wright: Pictures submittedMick Wright: Pictures submitted

Speaking to the EDP about the campaign this year, Mr Rudd said: "I won't give up on it because I know other councils would give him it. It's just so remarkable, he was a remarkable character and was always a very loyal man to the football club."

Mick Wright, second left, after signing for the Linnets  Picture: ArchantMick Wright, second left, after signing for the Linnets Picture: Archant

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