Liberian striker Christopher Wreh had an interesting career. At his peak he was playing with the likes of Ian Wright and Denis Bergkamp. At the end of his career he was playing with Perseman Manokwari. He even took in a brief spell with St Mirren.
The supposed cousin of Liberian president George Weah, Wreh started his career in France with Monaco. In 1997 he made his first appearance on British shores, signing for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.
He started like a house on fire, netting on his debut against Wimbledon. Important winning goals against Bolton in the league and a cup semi-final against Wolves earned him a spot in the 1998 FA Cup final.
A certain Thierry Henry quickly ousted Wreh out of the Arsenal picture and several loan spells ensued before he moved to Saudi Arabia with Al Hilal. After returning to the UK, Wreh moved north to join St Mirren.
A brief encounter
It would be on the 8th of December 2001 where Wreh would make his debut. The Buddies were struggling, and despite being favourites for the First Division title, they found themselves closer to the bottom.
The Liberian was meant to be the man to deliver goals for the struggling side. His debut didn’t quite go to plan, playing a part in the Buddies’ 5-1 thumping at the hands of Falkirk.
His next appearance was equally as underwhelming, featuring in a 1-0 defeat to Falkirk. Wreh would have to wait until January for his next game, another 1-0 defeat, this time against Clyde in the Scottish Cup. He would eventually feature in a win though during his fourth and final game for the Paisley side, a 3-2 away victory over Airdrie.
Fitness meant Wreh rarely got a game at Love Street and he was shuffled out of the club in 2002. In total he played 57 minutes for St Mirren over his stint at the club. It was a disappointing spell and the Buddies faithful will do well to remember any sort of contribution he made.
He won the double during his glory years at Highbury but his career was set to send him down a path far away from that reality. Spells at Persepolis, Bishop’s Stortford and Buckingham Town ensued before he finished his career in Indonesia.
Wreh had dreams of becoming Liberia’s new poster boy and many thought he would fulfil that goal. After his time in Paisley though he may have been the only one to believe that claim.
The Buddies may not have seen much of the next George Weah, but they do play a part in what was a weird career for Wreh.