IAN Wright has revealed he gave cash to the dad who walked out on him when he was just 18 months old.
The Match of the Day pundit handed him enough to start a restaurant and to fix his car — but felt guilty because his mum would not have approved.
Ian Wright revealed he gave enough cash to his estranged dad so that he could open a restaurant and fix his carCredit: Getty
The England footie ace, 57, felt guilty because his mum, Nesta, would not have approvedCredit: Alpha Press
Ex-Arsenal and England striker Ian, 57, was the third son of Jamaican parents Nesta and Herbert.
In a chat with The Sun columnist Troy Deeney, Ian recalled Herbert and his wife turning up at his house, having not seem him for years.
He said: “He needed money because she’s some good cook and he wants to open a restaurant.
“I remember my missus at the time asked the woman what she wanted to drink.
“So we’re talking like quarter past ten in the morning. She said, ‘Gimme a brandy’.
“So you know the kind of people we’re dealing with.
“I don’t know what it was but I gave him enough money.
“I feel really bad in myself because, if my mum knew, she would probably be vexed but I was scared to say no.
Ian’s dad Herbert had not seen his son for seven years when he turned up at his house with his wifeCredit: PA:Empics Sport
Ian revealed ‘He needed money because she’s some good cook and he wants to open a restaurant’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The ex-Arsenal and England striker added his mum ‘would probably be vexed but I was scared to say no’Credit: PA
“But at the same time, I feel blessed because I didn’t feel like I held the hate to the point where he can say, ‘He didn’t help me when he had the opportunity’.”
After his dad walked out, Ian grew up in Woolwich, South London.
He has told how he and Nesta, now in her 90s, were physically abused by his stepfather.
Ian has told how he and Nesta were physically abused by his stepfatherCredit: PA