Jeff Wrightson

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Jeff Wrightson
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey George Wrightson[1]
Date of birth (1968-05-18) 18 May 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
1984–1986 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Newcastle United 4 (0)
1987–1992 Preston North End 166 (4)
1992–1997 Gateshead 186 (1)
Yeovil Town
Spennymoor United
Blyth Spartans
Teams managed
2007–2010 Gateshead (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jeffrey George "Jeff" Wrightson (born 18 May 1968) is an English former footballer who made 170 appearances in the Football League playing as a defender for Newcastle United and Preston North End.[2] He went on to play for a number of non-League clubs, in particular Gateshead where he made more than 200 appearances and where from 2007–2010 he was assistant manager.


Wrightson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He began his football career as a member of Wallsend Boys Club, then signed apprentice forms with Newcastle United when he left school in 1984. He played alongside future England international Paul Gascoigne in the Newcastle youth team that won the 1985 FA Youth Cup. Wrightson played four games in the Football League First Division before being released at the end of the 1986–87 season.[2][3]

Wrightson joined Preston North End, newly promoted to the Third Division and managed by former Newcastle United defender John McGrath. Used mainly as a substitute in his first few months with the club, he played more regularly later in the season and helped the club to a mid-table position. The following season, Preston adopted a three-man defensive line, with Wrightson playing alongside Bob Atkins and Adrian Hughes;[citation needed] they reached the end-of-season playoffs only to lose to eventual winners Port Vale.[4]

Wrightson won the club's Player of the Year award in the 1990–91 season, but was released at the end of the next season after turning down the offer of a new two-year contract.[citation needed] He had scored five goals from nearly 200 games in all competitions. After an unsuccessful trial with Blackpool he returned to his native north-east, where he signed for non-league Gateshead. In five seasons with the club he made a total of 226 appearances,[5] before enjoying spells with Yeovil Town, Spennymoor United and Blyth Spartans.

He coached juniors at Walker Central BC for three years,[3] before returning to Gateshead in May 2007 as assistant to former Newcastle and Preston teammate Ian Bogie, newly appointed as first team manager.[6] In 2008 they led the club to promotion to the Conference North,[7] and promotion to the Conference National the following season.[8] Wrightson left Gateshead after the 2009–10 season, as he was unable to commit to a full-time role for the following season.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His son Kieran played youth and reserve football for Newcastle United and currently plays Non-League football for North Shields F.C.[10]


  1. ^ "Preston All Time Appearances 100–199". Preston North End Mad. Footymad. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Jeff Wrightson". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Big Interview: Jeff Wrightson". Lancashire Evening Post. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Preston North End". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Players A to Z 90–91 to 99–00". Unofficial Gateshead Football Club Statistics Database. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  6. ^ Bowron, Jeff (8 May 2007). "Bogie's delight". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Gateshead 2 – 0 Buxton". Gateshead F.C. 4 May 2008. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  8. ^ Bowron, Jeff (10 May 2009). "Gateshead 1 – 0 AFC Telford United". Gateshead F.C. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  9. ^ Bowron, Jeff (28 April 2010). "End of an era for Wrightson and Thompson". Gateshead F.C. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  10. ^ Bowron, Jeff (14 July 2009). "Kieran Wrightson, the son of Gateshead assistant manager Jeff Wrightson". Gateshead F.C. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Jeff Wrightson at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database