MICHELLE Keegan paid a sweet tribute to her husband Mark Wright after he made his professional football debut for Crawley Town in the FA Cup.
At 33-years-old it appeared Mark's dreams of a football career were fading, but months of hard work on the training ground paid off yesterday as he took to the field for the final few minutes of his club's shock win against Leeds United.
The radio host described the occasion as a day his family would cherish forever, with his brother Josh also making his debut for the club.
Proud Michelle commented "What a day," along with a red love heart emoji.
Midfielder Josh, who has had a lengthy career in the game with the likes of Gillingham and Leyton Orient, commented: "Thoroughly deserved through hard work and determination.
"Can't wait for the rest of the journey. Love ya bro x."
Mark's cousin Cousin Elliott Wright remembered their kickabouts as kids, writing: "So proud, the memories of us as kids playing in the garden, too see both of you playing a professional game together, makes you realise, cherish every moment in life, it's too short…
"Playing as kids pretending to be your inspirations… to actually make it on the same field together.. special X and what a win that was.. well done!!"
While his mum Carol wrote: "Well done my boys so proud and happy to be your mumma x x."
As a teen Mark broke down in tears when he was released by Tottenham – but now he harbours hopes of scoring his dream goal against Arsenal to taunt Piers Morgan.
The Only Way Is Essex star was in the Spurs academy, captained the youth team and played alongside Jamie Redknapp in the reserves.
But after a summer of drinking and eating, he came back out of shape and was let go – leaving him broken.
However, with the chance of a big FA cup tie ahead, Mark wants to stick it to Good Morning Britain presenter and avid Arsenal fan Piers.
He appeared on the ITV show today to discuss his short cameo in the shock cup upset.
The star could not resist a dig at Piers, who branded his penalty shootout Soccer Aid managerial win in 2019 as the 'best night of my life'.
Mark said: "The buzz was nearly as much as the buzz you had when you beat us on penalties in Soccer Aid – it was an incredible moment.
"Obviously I only got a few minutes. It was sensational to come on and make my professional debut and my brother making his debut.
"It was a memory I'll never forget and my family will never forget."
And now the ultimate dream for Wright would be to score against Piers's beloved Arsenal at Wembley.
Asked about putting the Soccer Aid demons to bed, the former I'm A Celebrity and Strictly contestant quipped: "If I score in a penalty shootout against Arsenal in the FA Cup final, there's only one man I'll be thinking about at that point."
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