The death of Dave Wright

July 15, 1953
The death took place last week of Dave Wright, 14 Lowfield Road, Anlaby, Hull, who for many years was a well-known Scottish and English football personality. A native of Kirkcaldy, Mr. Wright was a promising footballer as a schoolboy and after he had graduated to junior circles with St. Clair, he was immediately spotted and signed by East Fife. In a varied and colourful career, as an inside forward, he played for Cowdenbeath, Sunderland, Liverpool, Hull and Bradford, and after his retiral from the game shortly before the outbreak of hostilities he conducted a newsagent’s business in St. Clair Street.

Mr. Wright, who was 47, is survived by his wife and two children.
(Source: East Fife Press: July 25, 1953; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

East Fife Press: July 18, 1953.


A few days ago Sunderland manager Mr. Bill Murray received sad news about a former Roker Park colleague, whom he has good reason to remember. On May 4, 1927, he and Dave Wright were transferred from Cowdenbeath to Sunderland for a joint fee.

Now letter from Bob Jackson, Hull City manager, tells him that Dave, who left Sunderland for Liverpool in 1930, has died from an incurable disease, leaving a widow, a son and a daughter in straitened circumstances.

Mr. Jackson said that Dave had never asked for a thing and it came as a great shock to realise the difficulties in which his family were left.

The Hull club immediately made a generous donation to tide Mrs. Wright and her family over a few weeks and made application on her behalf for a grant from the Football League.

Mr. Murray put the Hull manager’s letter before the Sunderland board and the outcome is that a further donation is on its way to Mrs. Wright.

Dave, who played his last game for Sunderland against Liverpool on December 14, 1929, scored the first goal in that memorable game against Middlesbrough in 1928, when a 3-0 victory kept Sunderland in the First Division and doomed Middlesbrough to relegation.
(Source: Sunderland Daily Echo: August 12, 1953; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited


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