It’s been 21 years to the day since Arsenal legend Ian Wright scored a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers at Highbury to become the club’s all time leading goal-scorer. It took 51 years for an Arsenal player to break Cliff Bastin’s record of 179 goals, while Wright’s record was then broken within only eight years by Thierry Henry.
Wright took to Twitter on Thursday as he remembered that special day and Arsenal fans joined in to celebrate one of the greatest players in the club’s history. Many fans responded to Wright’s tweet, describing where they were or where they were sat at Highbury the moment he banged in his second goal of the afternoon on Saturday 13th of September 1997.
According to Wright, it was a day he will remember for the rest of his life. He would eventually call time on his Arsenal career in 1998 with 185 goals to his name before the Henry era came. The Frenchman easily surpassed Wright’s record in 2005, finishing his career with 228 Arsenal goals.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions from Arsenal fans:
I was there, memorable days Wrighty. Great days. My mum loved you. Bless her. We used to go mad when you scored. COYG. X pic.twitter.com/BTEFurlWxk
— John Matthews (@UNDERCOVER_JM) September 13, 2018
I was 16 and in the clock end that day. Oh take me back. Absolute legend! Ian Wright Wright Wright!!
— Beechy (@beechy81) September 13, 2018
Couldn’t forget that. happened on my 18th birthday …. legend !!!!
— ison (@isonafc) September 13, 2018
Iconic! Also the first game at Highbury I was lucky enough to see. I do remember you displaying the 179 sign before you broke it too!
— Alain Amar (@alain_1343) September 13, 2018
I was there with my sons, what a great day will never forget it. Have this picture up framed 👍
— Malcolm Domb (@malc56) September 13, 2018
I was there Wrighty. 3 rows back just to the right of the goal in the clock end. Where you scored the goals!! The place went absolutely crazy. Great memories.
— Marc Eugene J 🍀😎🐟 (@e_marcej) September 13, 2018