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Ex-Saint Mark Aims For The Wright Result On Sunday…

You may or may not have been following my coverage of Nivea For Men’s Great Football Experiment.

The experiment aims to see if you can take a regular Sunday League side (in this case Ivory Fc from the Brentwood League first division in Essex), give them the right coaching, nutrition, physio and facilities and turn them into a successful team. Coached by the likes of Terry Venables, Ray Wilkins and Ray Clemence the Ivory team have already had an impressive start to their league campaign, and the perennial strugglers currently lie top of the table.

This Sunday the Ivory lads get their biggest test though, when they face off against a team of England Legends!

Boasting over two hundred caps between them, the ex-pros will not want to be beaten by a ‘pub-side’ and will be going all out to ensure they don’t get egg on their faces.

Amongst the England legends will be ex-Saints legend Mark Wright, and GWC.com are proud to be his official backer for the match!

The no-nonsense but stylish defender made two hundred and twenty two appearances for Saints between April 1982 and May 1987 having signed from Oxford United and was part of the great Saints team that finished league runners up in the 1983/84 season. Lawrie McMenemy succesfully predicted at the time that he had just signed a future England player and got he his first cap within two years.

Fresh Face Saint Mark Wright - pic from exsaints.co.uk

Wright would have been a shoe in for the 1986 World Cup squad but unfortunately broke his leg in Saints FA Cup Semi final against Liverpool. Having left Saints for Derby County, he did however make the 1990 squad, scoring his only international goal, a crucial winner against Egypt in the group stages.

Wright went on to play for Liverpool and gain forty five caps for his country before moving into management with Southport, Oxford United, Peterborough and Chester City.

Wright in England Action - Image from theFA.com

Wright will lineup with his fellow ex-England pro’s at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Ground this Sunday for a 1400 kick off against the Ivory FC boys. His team mates consist of:- Ian Walker, Luther Blissett, Nigel Winterburn, Viv Anderson, Ray Parlour, Clive Allen, Rob Lee, Alvin Martin, Tony Woodcock and Rob Jones.

As Wrights official backers, Nivea For Men have given the readers of this site a chance to win bundle of their products! If Wright is selected as the England legends Man of the Match on Sunday, anyone who has retweeted this article, or commented on it below could be picked at random to win the prize!

Let’s hope we see some of Mark’s old school, classy defending and he catches the judges eye!

For previous articles on the Great Football Experiment check here.

Chris

Goal Celebrations. Another important lesson for Ivory FC….

Now that the Ivory FC players are well into the swing of their professional regime of training, nutrition and tactics, it was time for them to learn what is really important in football.

The Goal Celebration.

You may remember Icelandic team Stjarnan FC gaining worldwide fame last year when a youtube clip of their fishing celebration went viral, so who better than to give the Ivory boys a lesson than the Stjarnan players themselves.

Great Football Experiment expert Terry Venables was invited along, but celebrations aren’t his thing  “As much as I’d love to have given the Ivory Boys my advice, after the trouble Gazza got me into in ’96 with his infamous dentist chair goal celebration, I felt it best to stay well clear.”

Here is how the Ivory players got on:-

You might have thought that the Stjarnan FC player had rested on their laurels after their success last year, but now elaborate goal celebrations have become their calling card, here are some of their more recent designs:-

The Nivea for Men Great Football Experiment aims to prove that with the right coaching, nutrition, physio and facilities you can turn an average Sunday league team into a winning machine. Venables, Ray Wilkins, Ray Clemence and other FA coaches are overseeing Ivory FC as they assault the Brentwood Sunday League First division in Essex.

Catch up with all the latest goings on at Ivory FC here:- http://www.niveaformen.co.uk/football

Chris