In this article, we are taking a look at how one former England player is now serving as a police officer out in the Midlands.
An ex-Premier League footballer in Tommy Wright is now swapping the touchline for tackling crime after hanging up his boots to become a student officer with Leicestershire Police.
The 35-year-old is now back in his hometown where he remains a much loved figure after scoring Leicester’s winner against arch rivals Nottingham Forest back in 2003.
Tommy also represented England at under-19 and 20 level and was also capped 15 times by his country at the European Championships and the FIFA World Championships.
The striker helped Leicester City to the Premier League in 2002-2003 season before going on to play for a big number of clubs as you will see in his career stats below.
2001–2006 – Leicester City – 21 apps (2 goals)
2003–2004 → Brentford (loan) – 25 apps (7 goals)
2005 → Blackpool (loan) – 13 apps (6 goals)
2006–2007 – Barnsley – 34 apps (2 goals)
2006–2007 → Walsall (loan) – 6 apps (2 goals)
2007–2008 – Darlington – 54 apps (17 goals)
2008–2010 – Aberdeen – 18 apps (1 goal)
2010 – Grimsby Town – 14 apps (1 goal)
2010–2011 – Darlington – 22 apps (4 goals)
2011 – Kidderminster Harriers – 2 apps (0 goals)
2011–2012 – Luton Town – 4 apps (1 goal)
2012 – Forest Green Rovers – 7 apps (2 goals)
2012–2013 – Tamworth – 41 apps (8 goals)
2013 – Harrogate Town – 4 apps (1 goal)
2013–2016 – Corby Town – 57 apps (7 goals)
2016–2017 – Nuneaton Town – 1 app (0 goals)
Total – 323 apps (61 goals)
2002–2003 – England U19 – 10 apps (5 goals)
2003 – England U20 – 4 apps (0 goals)
2013–2016 – Corby Town (player-manager)
2016–2017 – Nuneaton Town (player-manager)
2017–2019 – Darlington
2019 – Stratford Town
2020 – Corby Town
Football League First Division runner-up : 2002–03
Football League One play-off winner: 2006
FA Trophy: 2011
Southern League: 2014–15
As a youth player Tommy was described as ‘’one to watch” by BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty before he went on to play over 250 professional games during an 11 year career.
It was during his time managing the education programme for Mansfield that he spotted a job advert to become a trainee police officer this summer.
Leicestershire Police said Tommy’s “life skills and experience” were “favourable qualities” which helped land him the job with the force.
Tommy, of Kirby Muxloe, Leics., said: “I worked in football for 20 years and every part of it was a dream come true.
“I feel very fortunate to have been involved in it as a player, a coach and a manager which was something I had always wanted to achieve.
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— James Rodger (@jamesdrodger) December 2, 2020
“I have always worked as part of a team, and that along with communication skills and people management, have set me on the right path to become a police officer.
“I was coaching at Mansfield Town when my wife came across the police officer recruitment advert, it caught my eye because, even though I loved being involved in football, I instantly knew this was what I wanted to do next.
“I felt like I had achieved everything I set out to do within football and once the process started to become an officer and I progressed through each stage I grew more and more excited about the prospect of joining the police.
“I had wanted to try something new for a while but I needed something that was rewarding, that would challenge me and provide me with a role that my friends and family would be proud of.
“I was lucky enough to represent my hometown by playing for Leicester City and to now be given the opportunity to represent Leicestershire Police is something that I am immensely proud of.
“In one way it’s like starting again, I’ve got a lot of experience to gain but also a lot to share.”
Fans reacted after seeing this former England player is now serving as a police officer, why not check out the fan reaction for yourself…
Great player, watched him a number of times. 2192
— Harborough and Lutterworth Police (@LPHarborough) November 20, 2020
There’ll be no running away from him
— Artist (@a1275m) December 2, 2020
Rock on Tommy! Well done mate, bet you had a great role model!
— john mayne (@jaguarxf2010) November 20, 2020
Ooo Tommy Wright, Ooo Tommy Wright
— shaun hudson (@hudsaine) November 20, 2020
That goal against Forest 👌
— Thomas Emlyn (@ErewashCavalier) November 20, 2020
Congrats tommy, if you give to the force, what you gave to your club, they will be immensely proud as we were.💯
— Philip Betts (@PhilipBetts2) November 20, 2020
Oooh Tommy Wright – what a player
— SR (@Custardboy2) November 20, 2020
Another ex city player called Tommy in the police force. I remember Tommy Williams who used to come to the Northfields estate to coach us kids there on football. Him, Mark and Augustus.
— TC – Winz 🦊💙L💙C💙🦊 (@tomjc187) November 20, 2020
Couldn’t meet a nicer guy really, wishing you all the best Tommy.
— Stuart Armstrong (@stretcha75) November 20, 2020
Having seen him play for Harborough Town against Rugby last season I’d be very confident of evading him if it came down to a foot chase for a minor crime. Turn of pace was long gone and alas, he was off injured after 10. Maybe branch off into traffic police. All the best!
— Jamie Heggie (@heggie89) November 21, 2020
Well done Tommy. Who’s 1st 2 get nicked by oohhh tommy wright oohhh tommy wright. #lcfc
— adrian tew (@tewy63) November 20, 2020
Best of luck tommy. Sure you will do a great job on the beat!
— RH (@MKDarlo) November 21, 2020