Billy Wright

 
Billy Wright
 
Name: William Ambrose Wright
Date of Birth: 6th February 1924
Place of Birth: Ironbridge, Shropshire
England Debut: 28th September 1946
Against: Northern Ireland
Final Game: 28th May 1959
Against: USA
League Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
 
Born in February 1924 in Shropshire, England, Billy Wright grew up to be the first man to represent England on one hundred occasions. His early career began at the young age of 14, when he started out working as a groundsman for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He displayed a different kind of talent on the pitch, and at the same age found himself making his debut for the B team in a match against Walsall.  He was given an 8 month trial period and went on to debut for the first team when he was just 15 years old in a match against Notts County.  This match, however, took place just after the start of the Second World War and isn’t counted in official stats, so Wright’s first actual recorded debut didn’t occur until a 1945 – 1946 FA Cup fixture against Lovells Athletic.
 
Wright officially signed for the team as a 17 year old, but spent time serving in the Military during WWII as a fitness instructor.  He still managed to make appearances for Wolves during that time though.
 

At the end of the war Wright took over captaincy of Wolves and led the team to win three First Division titles.

 
His England call-up came on 19 January 1946 when England beat Belgium 2-0.  On 28 September of that year he made his first full debut in an impressive 7 – 2 win against Ireland.  He became the England Captain in 1948 and kept that role until he retired from professional football 90 matches later.
 
After his football career finished, Wright took on the role of Head of Sport for ATV and Central Television.  Not long after he officially retired in 1989 he joined the Board of Directors for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
 

Billy Wright died on 3 September 1994, aged 70, after losing his battle with stomach cancer.