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Thursday 18 July 2013

On this day in 2005: Chelsea buy Wright-Phillips

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the England winger moving to the champions

  • Wright-Phillips skips past Tottenham's Jamie O'Hara in 2008

  • Wright-Phillips's goals against West Ham in 2007 were his first in the League for Chelsea

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 18 July 2005 - Chelsea sign Wright-Phillips

Shaun Wright-Phillips became Chelsea's fourth signing of the summer of 2005 when he joined the Barclays Premier League champions from Manchester City.

The 23-year-old, who had been at City since 1998, signed a five-year deal with the London club to join Asier Del Horno, Scott Sinclair and Lassana Diarra in completing moves to Stamford Bridge.

"We're delighted that Shaun has joined us," Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said. "He'll be a fantastic asset to the team and squad. This carries on the Chelsea policy of investing in young, top English talent."

Wright-Phillips made 27 appearances as Chelsea retained the Barclays Premier League title in his first season at the club but had to wait until April 2007 for his first League goal, when he scored twice in the victory over West Ham United.

He won the FA Cup and the League Cup in 2006/07 but after falling out of favour with manager Felipe Scolari, Wright-Phillips rejoined Manchester City in 2008 after making a total of 82 League appearances and scoring four goals in the blue of Chelsea.

Wright-Phillips spent four seasons at the Etihad Stadium before joining Queens Park Rangers in 2011.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Man City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips joined Chelsea