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Star player… Towie’s Mark Wright in Crawley cup shock

On the ball: Wright plays
for Crawley Town PICTURE: REX

THE only way was Sussex as Crawley Town produced an FA Cup shock by thrashing Leeds United — with a cameo role for Towie star Mark Wright.

League Two minnows Crawley beat the Premier League side 3-0 in front of the BBC cameras with Wright coming on in the closing minutes.

The 33-year-old, who was on the books at Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager and captained Spurs’ youth team, signed for the West Sussex side last month.

Wright, married to former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan, even managed to touch the ball — once.

He told the BBC: ‘The day I got released from Tottenham was one of the worst days of my life. I cried my eyes out, I realised I messed up. Captain of the youth team, playing for the reserves with Jamie Redknapp, Stephane Dalmat, Helder Postiga. I had it all.

The last chance: Wright’s time with the League Two club is being followed for a BBC documentary PICTURE: REUTERS

‘I went away one summer for a month, I drank alcohol for the first time, ate what I wanted every day, put on a stone and a half and came back to training pre-season and the goalkeepers were beating me. Never pulled it back.’

Wright, who also spent time on the books at Arsenal and West Ham United, has also played non-league football in recent years before his new attempt at a belated professional career.

His progress is being followed for a BBC documentary called ‘Mark Wright: The Last Chance’.