Petition urges freedom honour for King’s Lynn football legend

24.10.15 ANL-151117-165703005
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King’s Lynn Town Football Club legend Mick Wright says he is honoured at a move to try to give him the freedom of the borough.

The club have started an online campaign to recognise Linnets stalwart Mr Wright, who holds a British appearance record which is never likely to be beaten.

He played an incredible 1,152 games for the club over three decades, making an astonishing 424 consecutive appearances between April 30, 1962, and November 30, 1968.

Mr Wright, who lives in the Springwood area of town, said: “It’s a great honour to have it. It’s just a pity my mum and dad aren’t alive to see it.

“It’s nice to be recognised but I’m quite satisfied to have just played all those games.”

“I always tried to chat to all the supporters when I saw them in town.

“Maybe they remember that as well. I still see quite a lot of the supporters.”

His commitment to the cause was nothing less than extrodinary.

He played for the club on the day of his marriage, insisted on appearing for the team despite rupturing a spleen, he was never booked and never once picked up an injury.

Mr Wright was married on the morning of January, 13, 1962 – and still took part in the afternoon match against Bath City.

Linnets president and former playing colleague Keith Rudd said: “Mick is a remarkable man and player who has never been recognised by the town. People get the Freedom of King’s Lynn for far less.

“Mick was a titan of a player who played through some pauper times at the club and he deserves some recognition from the club and the town.

“In 1965 he was approached by Len Richley at Bury [then in the second flight of the Football League] but he turned them down to stay at Lynn.

“If he got this it would make me so happy. I can’t tell you how inspirational he was in my early days.

“He was a good mentor for me as a youngster and is is the epitome of the word legend.”

In 1980, the late Bobby Robson brought a full Ipswich Town squad to play the Linnets at The Walks in a benefit game for both Mr Wright and Mr Rudd.

The campaign has also received the backing of chief sports writer Henry Winter at The Times, while people from as far away as Australia and all over the world have already signed the petition.

Mr Rudd was behind the petition, along with King’s Lynn Town reserve team manager Robbie Back.

Speaking to the Lynn News, Mr Back, who is also in the process of setting up a club Hall of Fame from the end of the season, said: “Mick is an inspiration and richly deserves the freedom of the borough.

“There were no histrionics with Mick. He is a very modest man, but one of the nicest blokes you could meet.

“It would be fantastic if the council were to recognise what Mick did for both the club and the town.”

During his Lynn career, Wright scored 116 goals, including one-hat-trick.

To add your name to the petition, visit: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mick-wright-freedom-of-kings-lynn