With a network of industry experts around the world, Kea Connect has already helped hundreds of local businesses to reach out and connect with successful Kiwis operating offshore. To stay up to date with business blog posts, subscribe to our newsletter.A hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers in September 1997 – celebrated in his aptly flamboyant style – sealed Ian's place as, statistically, Arsenal's greatest goalscorer as he broke the club's record set by Cliff Bastin in 1938-39.THE pasty-looking men in the atrium of the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey, Essex, are drinking lukewarm cappuccinos and trying to impress by doing business in VERY LOUD VOICES.
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A poor boy from a single parent family, he grew up on a south London housing estate and came to football late, at 22.
Rejected by almost every club he had trials with, he trained as a bricklayer and plasterer and was labouring in Greenwich when he finally landed a contract with Crystal Palace.
The ratings were so good that he was invited to present prime-time one-offs such as Hidden Talents of the Rich and Famous and, all of a sudden, found himself being described as the future of light entertainment.
Even so, he is still something of a gamble for the BBC - for a start, there are his problems with syntax: once he gets going, his verbal style is in the John Prescott mould.
"We were used to supporting our mum, and we knew it was important for us not to get into trouble, but I was still very disruptive at school."It was only once I started having counselling when I was a player that I realised how much the things that happen to you when you're young - missing your dad, being on your own, needing someone to talk to - forge your personality."He is, he says, an emotional man - and counselling helped him to learn that being a sensitive human being was not necessarily a crime.
(When he was going through his angriest period as a footballer, he even turned to Eileen Drewery, Glenn Hoddle's favourite faith healer.)"I burst into tears at the drop of a dime, and what I learnt was that it is good to let it all out. You do it, and you feel better afterwards."Wright's private life is complex, but oddly noble.
I had to sleep in the middle and I wasn't allowed to touch either of them." At this point, he does a little mime, his arms pinned to his sides, so I can see exactly what it was like, sleeping on a parcel shelf."It was my eldest brother, Maurice, who gave me my unbelievable drive. We're close now, but in those days he was a horrible little git.