The Graduates: No.13 Bradley Wright Phillips
- 11 October 2011 11:25
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
He may be better known as the brother of fellow City Academy graduate Shaun, but Bradley Wright-Phillips has forged a career in his own right since progressing through the ranks at Platt Lane.
Born in Lewisham and son of former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, Bradley joined the Blues’ Academy at the same time as his brother after leaving Nottingham Forest.
His mother wanted him to be with his big brother and believed City would be the better option. The scout who recommended the boys also tipped Bradley to be the more promising of the two.
A prolific scorer for the reserves scoring 32 in 46 games and possessing an abundance of pace and ability, he was given his senior debut in a 7-1 League Cup victory over Barnsley in September 2004.
The 19 year-old came off the bench to replace Jon Macken and played alongside brother Shaun for the first time under the stewardship of Kevin Keegan.
His appearance meant the Wright-Phillips were the first brothers to graduate through the Academy since its formation.
Although the striker made 40 appearances for the senior side he only scored twice, finding the net against Middlesbrough and Birmingham, and failed to establish himself in the starting XI
Frustrated with a lack of opportunities, he signed for Southampton in July 2006 – a deal partly funded by a Saints supporter winning £250,000 to help sign a new player - and made an immediate impression, scoring on his debut against Derby County at Pride Park.
During his time on the south coast he scored 22 goals in 111 appearances. When Southampton were relegated to League One at the end of the 2008/09, BWP was released from his contract - and promptly snapped up by Plymouth Argyle.
The striker made his debut for the Green Army against Watford in September 2009, but sustained with a serious knee injury and was side-lined for several months.
He returned for Argyle in March 2010 against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena and scored his first goal for the club against Bristol City a fortnight later.
BWP scored 17 goals in 32 appearances for the Pilgrims before signing for Charlton Athletic in January 2011 and promptly scored on his debut against Colchester United at The Valley in February 2011.
Since then, Bradley has continued to impress for the Addicks and he was named in the 2010/11 PFA League One Team of the Year and is currently spear-heading the South London outfit’s bid for promotion with seven goals in his first 11 games of the current campaign.