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|Full name||Vivian Wright|
|Place of birth||England|
|Date of death||May 2005|
|Place of death||Cardiff, Wales|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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Vivian "Jaws" Wright was a fictional character in the Sky One drama series Dream Team in Series 7 and immediately became one of the maddest, strangest and most popular characters in the show.
Joining Harchester United
Following the death of former first choice goalkeeper Jamie Parker at the end of the previous season, Harchester were having goalkeeper troubles, and due to the vast amount of money loaned out from various sources that was spent on striker Luke Davenport, could not afford a new goal keeper. However, Harchester manager Stuart Naysmith came up with a solution - Sign Vivian Wright, a talented goalkeeper currently not playing for anyone. The problem? No-one really wanted to play with Viv following an incident in the middle of a game where Viv bit the nose of an opposing player.
As a result of the massive debts, the Dragon's Lair was closed, an emotional plea not only from the staff, players and fans of Harchester United, but other Premier League clubs, allowed Harchester to remain open - So long as they qualified for the UEFA Champions League or higher at the end of the season. Added incentive for the players, was that they would only receive payment for the rest of the season if the club achieved this. At the same time, news arose of an Arabian Sheikh interested in buying the club, but only if the value of the club dropped.
Match Fixing Scandal
This led to Stuart Naysmith, Pilar Hernandez & the current owners coming up with a match fixing plot to lower the club's value. Stuart played with the already unstable Viv's head, leading him. However, the Sheik passed on the club, and they were left in danger of missing out on a UEFA Cup place. Viv's unwitting role in the scandal led to him having mental counselling on orders of wife Chelsea as he grew more unstable as time went on.
However, the scandal threw another obstacle in the team's path - club captain Marcel Sabatier was accidentally killed by hitmen, attempting to kill Stuart. After the autopsy revealed that Marcel had overdosed on a painkiller Stuart had taken at the start of the season, the guilt ridden coach told the Police about the match fixing, and they subsequently told the FA & UEFA.
Whilst Viv & his team mates managed to get a place in the UEFA Champions League & keep the club open, owner Dean Boyle & former agent Jeff Stein made an emotional plea to UEFA.
As the players celebrated their success, they received the news - due to this being the second match fixing scandal in 2 years at the club, Harchester were relegated to the Championship as punishment. However, they remained in the Champions League. Viv & many of his team mates demanded they were released from their contracts upon hearing this, but were then told they would only get the money owed if they played in the Champions League the following season, prompting the players to stay & fight to get back into the Premier League the next year.
Chelsea left him after having an affair with Ryan Naysmith, who Viv cornered with a shotgun. Fearing for his life, Ryan blamed Clyde Connelly - who had recently committed suicide as a result of manager Don Barker's persistent bullying - saying that the reason Clyde committed suicide is because Viv had learned of the affair & was afraid of what he would do to him. Upon his arrival in the team's changing room for the first game after Clyde's death, Viv told his teammates that Clyde had slept with his wife. Unbeknownst to Viv, most of the other players knew that it was Ryan who had actually slept with Chelsea.
Chelsea's infidelity & leaving him, added to Viv's frustrations at being unable to gain some retribution on the man he blamed for his wife leaving him, made the already mentally unstable Wright even more deranged, to the point he believed Chelsea had returned to him, despite Lee Presley (who was living with Viv at the time) never seeing her. It eventually took psychologist Naomi Wyatt to cure him. Viv stopped seeing "Chelsea", but instead began to believe he could see into the future.
Following the departure of Don Barker, team mate Karl Fletcher attempted to gain the position. However, Viv who had "seen" that if Fletch were to become manager that the team would lose a vital game against Arsenal, but if he became manager they would win, also lobbied for the role. Due to everyone believing that Viv was now mentally stable, he was given the position due to his "improvement".
Regardless of Viv being the manager instead of Fletcher, Harchester still lost to Arsenal.
Viv led Harchester to the Championship playoffs, where they faced West Ham United in the final. Coincidentally, Viv's predecessor, Don Barker, was now Director of Football at West Ham. Prior to the game, Viv found out the truth about Naysmith's infidelity with his wife, causing a petrified Naysmith to flee the Millennium Stadium in Don Barker's car, which contained the body of the missing Karl Fletcher, who had been murdered by Barker. Viv phoned Ryan and convinced him to return, saying that they'd sort out their issues later, and that the team was more important. Although Ryan did attempt to return, the police found Fletch's body in the boot of the car & took him in for questioning.
Viv didn't have a chance to confront Ryan afterwards, as the team bus was blown up by deranged ex-boss Barker who decided he'd rather die than face the consequences of his murder of Fletch, and drove his car, containing Fletch's body, into the Harchester coach. Viv was not on the coach, but was in close proximity to it when the incident occurred.
Everybody on the coach died in the explosion (except Naysmith, Sullivan, Fenton, Viv and Tyson), whilst several people who weren't on the coach but were nearby were also caught in the explosion. Though Naysmith, Sullivan,Fenton and Tyson did survive. Viv was never found.
It had been speculated that Viv would return at some point to deal with "unfinished business" at the club possibly hinting at Ares involvement in later series. However, the series has now ended. Ironically, the spiritual incarnation of the very man whose fate sealed Viv's own, Karl Fletcher, was the last image the show closed out on.Vivian Wright now has a chain of bars called Chelsea's
Viv appeared in Dream Team between episode 15 (series 7) to episode 32 (season 8). Despite his short time at Harchester, he was involved in several key storylines.
- Vivian 'Jaws' Wright at Harchester.net
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