It was all Wright on the night at this year’s KL.FM West Norfolk Sports Awards on Wednesday.
King’s Lynn Football Club legend Mick Wright was given the Lifetime Achievement Award as hundreds packed the Lynn Corn Exchange for the 2016 ceremony.
The annual event is supported by the Lynn News and sponsored by Hunters Land Rover King’s Lynn.
Wright, who made a British record of 1,152 games for the Linnets which is not likely to be beaten, was rewarded for his dedication to the club over three decades.
Incredibly Mr Wright, who lives in the Springwood area of town, made 424 consecutive appearances between April 30, 1962, and November 30, 1968.
Among the well-wishers were Lynn coach Neil Fryatt and Reserves team manager Robbie Back, who is leading a campaign for Wright to be given the freedom of the borough.
Club president Keith Rudd and Back have started an online petition to present to West Norfolk Council for consideration.
The emotional 73-year-old said: “I never thought I’d be recognised.
“It feels good but it was for doing something I absolutely loved.
“You win an award for doing something you like. It’s brilliant, really.
“How does it make me feel? It would have made me feel better if we’d have won a few more games!”
During his career at The Walks the wing-half featured in many of the club’s famous FA Cup runs playing against sides such as Coventry and Everton. He played for the club on the day of his marriage, insisted on appearing for the team despite rupturing a spleen, and was never booked.
Wright was married on the morning of January, 13, 1962 – and still took part in the afternoon match against Bath City.
The stalwart told of his early days, when he was also on trial at the likes of West Ham at the same time as legends such as England World Cup winner Martin Peters: “Northampton put me out on loan to King’s Lynn – and I’ve been there ever since!
“We got to the third round of the FA Cup. The fans were following us everywhere and the club put on a special train.”
Athletes from all backgrounds and abilities were recognised for their efforts and achievements over the past 12 months.
The glittering ceremony celebrated the area’s supporting success, and was hosted by KL.FM presenter Charles Dennett.
Listeners put forward nominations for the categories, and a panel of judges had the tough task of picking the winners and highly commended.
Joint Sportsmen of the Year were England Masters athlete Matt Pyatt and swimmer Nathan Wells; and it became a swimming one-two when Natalie Coogans was announced as Sportswoman of the Year.
Like West Norfolk Swimming Club team-mate Wells, Coogans has starred on the Nationals circuit.
Dersingham Angling Club carried off the Team of the Year title for winning the Supercup Angling Times competition.
More on pages 104, 110 and 111.