Bradford (Park Avenue) were saddened to learn of the recent death of former player Barrie Wright at the age of 78.

The Bradford-born full-back joined Avenue in October 1971 following a year out of the game where he worked as a warehouseman.

He made 120 appearances for Avenue and was included in the team for the club's last-ever match in May 1974.

Wright came to the notice of Leeds United after picking up a host of junior honours, including captaining England Schoolboys on seven occasions.

He was taken on to the ground staff at Elland Road, and he signed professional forms on his 17th birthday in November 1962.

In an early outing with the senior team, he played alongside the legendary Welsh international John Charles in a pre-season friendly.

Wright made his full debut for Leeds in April 1963, against Preston North End, deputising for Grenville Hair.

Unfortunately, his first team chances were limited and after captaining Leeds’ Central League side, he left in 1966 for a new adventure.

He signed for New York Generals in the USA, who were then coached by his former Leeds team mate Freddie Goodwin.

When the US club disbanded in 1968, Wright returned to England and signed for Brighton, who had recently appointed Goodwin as their manager.

During his two-year stay with the Seagulls, he made 10 senior appearances and spent a short spell on loan at Hartlepools before quitting full-time football.

After leaving Avenue, he played for Gainsborough Trinity and Bradford side Thackley.