Saying that the gesture was the least the club could do given his years of service, Manchester City today revealed that they will honour recently retired goalkeeper Richard Wright by retiring his seat on the club’s bench.
The former Arsenal man hung up his gloves on Tuesday after more than four years without a single competitive appearance at the Etihad, with the club immediately announcing the retirement of the seat he inhabited during his spell.
“Richard has been with this club for a long time and has sat through some of our best moments in recent years. As a result, we feel it’s only correct that we honour him in this way,” said sporting director Txiki Begiristain, adding that the players would miss the strange feeling that the 38-year-old was there even when they couldn’t see him.
“As a football team you need players you can depend on. Richard is such a man; sometimes he’d sit in that seat for days on end. He was a consummate professional.”