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Billy Wright

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

105 appearances, 3 goals

P 105 W 60 D 24 L 21 F 287: A 147
69% successful

1946-59

disciplined: none
captaincies:
90
minutes played:
9426

Profile

Full name William Ambrose Wright
Born 6 February 1924 at 33 Belmont Road, Ironbridge, Shropshire [registered in Madeley, March 1924].

Census Notes

According to the 1939 register, William A. is an assistant groundstaff member at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He is living at 98 Burland Avenue in the Seisdon area of Wolverhampton, with William and Annie Colley.

Married to Jocelyn Carey, at Poole Registary Office, Sunday, 27 July 1958 [registered in Poole,  September 1958]. Joy was born 5 May 1924 as Jocelyn Chinery, married Roger Carocari in 1945, divorced 1950, with whom she had one child, Vincent.
Died 3 September 1994 at his home in Barnet, North London, aged 70 years 209 days [registered in Hendon, September 1994] following a battle with stomach cancer.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 6lbs [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies

One Hundred Caps and all that  - Billy Wright with Byron Butler (Robert Hale Ltd., London, 1962)
Billy Wright: A Hero for All Seasons - Norman Giller
(Robson Books, London, 2002)

 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, signed February 1941, made debut in F.A. Cup tie 5 January 1946; played 1946-47 to 1958-59 seasons; announced retirement 7 August 1959.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1948-49; Football League Division One runners-up 1949-50, 1954-55, Champions 1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59; FA Charity Shield shared 1949, 1954, runners-up 1958;
Individual honours Football League (twelve appearances);
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year
1952; France Football European Footballer of the Year runner-up 1957; Honourary Life Member of the Football Association 1 May 1959; Awarded CBE 13 June 1959; International Football Hall of Fame 1997; Football League's 100 legends 1998; Football Association England Hall of Fame 2002; National Football Museum Hall of Fame 2002.
Distinctions Appeared on ITV's This Is Your Life 17 January 1990;

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine players who were the 655th player (658) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right/left/centre-half
First match No. 227, 28 September 1946, Northern Ireland 2 England 7, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 22 years 234 days.
Hundredth match No. 329, 11 April 1959, England 1 Scotland 0, a British Championship match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 35 years 64 days. Captain
Last match No. 334, 28 May 1959, USA 1 England 8, a friendly match at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, aged 35 years 111 days. Captain
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950, 1954, 1958; British Championship 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59;
Team honours British Championship winners 1946-47, 1947-48, 1949-50, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57, shared 1951-52, 1952-53, 1955-56, 1957-58, 1958-59.
Individual honours England Victory (four appearances, 1946); Rest of the United Kingdom against Wales, 3 December 1951, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the FA of Wales;
Distinctions First player in the world to win one hundred caps and one of only nine England players to have done so. Captained his country in a then world record ninety matches, shared with Bobby Moore. Played for his country in a world record seventy successive matches, all as captain. Missed only three matches in 13 seasons as an England player, all in 1950-51.

Beyond England

x.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.

 

Billy Wright - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
105+ 105 52 105 0 0 9426 3 3142 min 1 90 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Billy Wright - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 41 28 8 5 132 58 +74 1 12 3.22 1.415 78.0 +23
Away 55 31 12 12 143 74 +69 8 14 2.60 1.345 67.3 +19
Neutral 9 1 4 4 12 15 -3 4 2 1.333 1.667 33.3 -3
All 105 60 24 21 287 147 +140 13 28 3.333 1.40 68.6 +39

 

Billy Wright - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 98 55 24 19 269 134 +135 12 28 2.745 1.367 68.4 +36
Blue 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 1 0 0.50 2.50 0.00 -2
Red 5 5 0 0 17 8 +9 0 0 3.40 1.60 100.0 +5
All 105 60 24 21 287 147 +140 13 28 3.333 1.40 68.6 +39

 

Billy Wright - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

10 9 1 0 40 12 +28 0 1 4.00 1.20 95.0 +9
WCF 10 2 4 4 14 15 -1 4 3 1.40 1.50 40.0 -2
World Cup 20 11 5 4 54 27 +27 4 4 2.70 1.35 67.5 +7
British Championship 38 25 9 4 110 47 +63 0 11 2.895 1.237 77.6 +21

Note that the 1949-50 and 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 53 30 10 13 148 80 +68 9 14 2.792 1.509 66.0 +17
All 105 60 24 21 287 147 +140 13 28 3.333 1.40 68.6 +39

 

Billy Wright - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1949-50 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
WCP/BC 1953-54 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 100.0 +3
WCP 1956-58 4 3 1 0 15 5 +10 0 0 3.75 1.25 87.5 +3
WCP All 10 9 1 0 40 12 +28 0 1 4.00 1.20 95.0 +9
World Cup Finals Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
WCF 1954 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
WCF 1958 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.25 37.5 -1
WCF All 10 2 4 4 14 15 -1 4 3 1.40 1.50 40.0 -2
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1949-50 6 4 0 2 16 5 +11 2 2 2.667 0.833 66.7 +2
WC 1953-54 6 4 1 1 19 12 +7 0 1 3.167 2.00 75.0 +3
WC 1956-58 8 3 4 1 19 10 +9 2 1 2.375 1.25 62.5 +2
WC All 20 11 5 4 54 27 +27 4 4 2.70 1.35 67.5 +7
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1946-47 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 0 1 3.667 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1947-48 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1948-49 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 0 1 2.667 1.667 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1949-50 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1950-51 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1951-52 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1952-53 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1953-54 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 100.0 +3
BC 1954-55 3 3 0 0 12 4 +8 0 1 4.00 1.33 100.0 +3
BC 1955-56 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 0 1 1.667 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1956-57 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 0 0 2.00 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1957-58 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 0 2 3.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1958-59 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 0 1 2.00 1.667 66.7 +1
BC All 38 25 9 4 110 47 +63 0 11 2.895 1.237 77.6 +21
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 20 11 5 4 54 27 +27 4 4 2.70 1.35 67.5 +7
BC 38 25 9 4 110 47 +63 0 11 2.895 1.237 77.6 +21

Note that the 1949-50 and 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 52 30 14 8 139 67 +72 4 14 2.673 1.288 71.2 +22

 

Billy Wright - Match History
 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - 105 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 105 full capsx

Age 22
1 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 4
2 228 30 September 1946 - Ireland (Éire) 0 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin Fr AW Start 4
3 229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0, Maine Road, Manchester BC HW Start 4
4 230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2, Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW Start 4
Age 23
5 231 12 April 1947 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 4
6 232 3 May 1947 - England 3 France 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 4
7 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zurich tour AL Start 4
8 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estadio Nacional, Lisboa AW Start 4
9 235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 6
10 236 18 October 1947 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 6
11 237 5 November 1947 - England 2 Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool HD Start 6
12 238 19 November 1947 - England 4 Sweden 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 6
Age 24
13 239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 4
14 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino Fr AW Start 4
15 241 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0, Idraetsparken, Kobenhavn Fr AD Start 4
16 242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Captain 4
17 243 10 November 1948 - England 1 Wales 0, Villa Park, Birmingham HW Captain 6
18 244 2 December 1948 - England 6 Switzerland 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Captain 4
Age 25
19 245 9 April 1949 - England 1 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Captain 4
20 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AL Captain 4
21 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo AW Captain 4
22 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Capt 26 4
23 249 21 September 1949 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool Fr HL Captain 4
24 250 15 October 1949 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Captain 4
25 251 16 November 1949 - England 9 Ireland 2, Maine Road, Manchester HW Captain 6
26 252 30 November 1949 - England 2 Italy 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Capt 83 6
Age 26
27 253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Captain 4
28 254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa tour AW Captain 4
29 255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles AW Captain 4
30 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio WCF NW Captain 4
31 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte NL Captain 4
32 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio NL Captain 4
33 259 7 October 1950 - Ireland 1 England 4, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Capt 85 4
Age 27
34 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Captain 6
35 263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 4
36 265 3 October 1951 - England 2 France 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Captain 4
37 266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD Captain 4
38 267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0, Villa Park, Birmingham HW Captain 4
39 268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Captain 4
Age 28
40 269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Captain 4
41 270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze tour AD Captain 4
42 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien AW Captain 4
43 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich AW Captain 4
44 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Captain 4
45 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Captain 4
46 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 4
Age 29
47 276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Captain 4
48 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires - abandoned after 36 minutes tour AD Captain 36 4
49 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago AW Captain 4
50 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Captain 4
51 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium,New York AW Captain 4
52 281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Captain 4
53 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Captain 4
54 283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC/
WCP
HW Captain 4
55 284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Captain 4
Age 30
56 285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Captain 4
57 286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd tour AL Captain 4
58 287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest AL Captain 4
59 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCF ND Captain 4
60 289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW Captain
61 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel NL Captain
62 291 2 October 1954 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Captain 5
63 292 10 November 1954 - England 3 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Captain 5
64 293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
Age 31
65 294 4 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Captain 5
66 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Fr AL Captain 5
67 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AD Captain 5
68 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do FC do Porto, Oporto Fr AL Captain 5
69 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW Captain 5
70 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Captain 5
71 300 2 November 1955 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Captain 5
72 301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
Age 32
73 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Captain 5
74 303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
75 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AD Captain 5
76 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW Captain 5
77 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin AW Captain 5
78 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Captain 5
79 308 14 November 1956 - England 3 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Captain 5
80 309 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
81 310 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2, Molineux, Wolverhampton WCP HW Captain 5
Age 33
82 311 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Captain 5
83 312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Captain 5
84 313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4, Idrætsparken, København AW Captain 5
85 314 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin AD Captain 5
86 315 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Captain 5
87 316 6 November 1957 - England 2 Northern Ireland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley HL Captain 5
88 317 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
Age 34
89 318 19 April 1958 - Scotland 0 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Captain 5
90 319 7 May 1958 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
91 320 11 May 1958 - Yugoslavia 5 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd Fr AL Captain 5
92 321 18 May 1958 - USSR 1 England 1, Lenin Stadium, Moskva Fr AD Captain 5
93 322 8 June 1958 - England 2 USSR 2, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg WCF ND Captain 5
94 323 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg ND Captain
95 324 15 June 1958 - England 2 Austria 2, Ryavallen Stadion, Borås ND Captain
96 325 17 June 1958 - USSR 1 England 0, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg NL Captain
97 326 4 October 1958 - Northern Ireland 3 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Captain 5
98 327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 5
Age 35
99 328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2, Villa Park, Birmingham BC HD Captain 5
100 329 11 April 1959 - England 1 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Captain 5
101 330 6 May 1959 - England 2 Italy 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Captain 5
102 331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio tour AL Captain 5
103 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1, Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima AL Captain 5
104 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, ciudad de México AL Captain 5
105 334 28 May 1959 - USA 1 England 8, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles Fr AW Captain 5
Retired from playing on 7 August 1959.

Notes

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