Ian Wright recounted years of painful childhood memories in a new documentary, Ian Wright: Home Truths.
The former goalscorer speaks in Ian Wright: Home Truths, which airs on BBC One this week.
The documentary shows Ian revisiting his childhood family home in Brockley, southeast London. However, the journey is not easy and arouses strong emotions.
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Ian Wright tells of abusive childhood
The former Arsenal striker lived in fear growing up in an unhappy home surrounded by his stepfather’s violence.
In one clip, Ian faces a harrowing memory when he returns to the family home for the first time since 1973. He lived in one room with his mother Nesta, brother Morris, and stepfather.
He recalls his stepfather’s cruelty in forcing football-mad Ian to turn his back on Match of The Day when it was broadcast on TV.
Ian said, “Back then, when my stepfather came home, he made me turn away and face the wallpaper when it was on just because he could.
“I only remember the music on Match of the Day. And listening to music and hearing that Match of the Day is on and you can’t watch is torture.
“When you had to turn from the TV, I remember being close to the wall. It was just so unnecessary, just cruel. ”
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Ian remembers feeling “helpless”.
Another difficult memory for Ian is remembering the violence he experienced at home. His stepfather was often violent, especially to Ian’s mother, Nesta.
Thinking about the memory, Ian says, “You know you are going to see or hear something terrible. Her eye was cut once. She said he hit her.
“I remember him grabbing my mother’s neck and I felt so helpless to see her so helpless and she tried to apologize when he had his hand around her neck.
“Even when I went to bed, I just couldn’t get rid of the memory of how helpless she was.”
Ian also remembers how older brother Morris tried to protect him when the violence happened. He said, “We both cried, then Morris tried to cover my ears. I just remember being afraid to turn around. “
Ian Wright: Home Truths airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on BBC One.
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