By: Hibernian Media on 17 May, 2018 12:00
Born and bred a Hibs supporter, Keith Wright etched his name into the folklore of Hibernian’s history and earned a place in the hearts of supporters across his six-season spell at Easter Road.
Initially an S-Form signing at Hibernian, Edinburgh-born Wright left the club to join Raith Rovers, where he made his name at the Fife club.
Playing 131 times for the Stark’s Park outfit, the striker scored 61 goals, scoring almost one goal in every two games, leading to Dundee signing him in December 1986.
At Dens Park, he continued to impress as he notched 62 times for the Dark Blues in league matches, as well as helping them to win the 1990/91 edition of the Challenge Cup.
Dundee’s dangerous duo of Tommy Coyne and Wright were signed up by Celtic and Hibernian respectively as Wright moved to Hibernian for a then club record fee of £444,000 to join up with Alex Miller’s side.
At the time, Hibernian were recovering from the shock takeover attempt of Wallace Mercer, but were rapidly becoming resurgent once again in Scottish football – with Wright’s addition to the team helping to bring silverware to Easter Road Stadium.
He may have taken the long road back to Leith, but he wasted no time in announcing himself to the support in his first campaign, which is the stuff of legend, as he scored 17 goals in 48 matches; including scoring in every round of the 1991 League Cup run.
His first goal was against Motherwell in the league, before kickstarting his League Cup exploits with a goal against Stirling Albion.
The next two strikes were in Round Three and the Quarter-Final of the cup against Kilmarnock and Ayr United, with his fourth goal in green and white against Rangers at Hampden Park, squeezing a header between two Rangers defenders on the line to ensure passage for Hibernian to the final in October against Dunfermline.
A 3-0 victory over the Pars at Easter Road was a good dress rehearsal for Hibernian, as Wright, Gordon Hunter and Pat McGinlay all scored in the win.
Just over three weeks later, Wright would wrap up the final for Hibernian against Dunfermline at Hampden Park. Tommy MacIntyre’s penalty had Miller’s team 1-0 up, with Wright driving through on goal and coolly placing the ball beyond the reach of Andy Rhodes to settle the match and claim Hibernian’s first major trophy since 1972.
After this point of the season, Keith, Keith, Keith, went on to net another ten goals, and his first hat-trick for Hibernian against Dunfermline in a 5-0 win as he helped the club to a fifth place finish in the league.
Wright stayed at Hibernian until May 1997, scoring a further 59 goals in green and white, including two hat-tricks against Dundee United and signed off his Hibs career by scoring in the 4-2 win away to Aidrieonians in the Premier Division Play-Off win, helping the club to survival in the top-flight with a 5-2 aggregate victory.
After leaving Hibernian, Wright featured for Raith Rovers once again, Greenock Morton, Stenhousemuir and Cowdenbeath.
In 2012, Wright was inducted into the Hibernian Hall of Fame after a supporters' vote saw him come out on top.
The former striker is now an SFA Performance School Coach based at Broughton High School.