|Surname||William Ambrose Wright|
|birthday||February 6, 1924|
|place of birth||Ironbridge , Shropshire , England|
|date of death||3rd September 1994|
|Place of death||Barnet , London , England|
|Years||station||Games (goals) 1|
|1939-1959||Wolverhampton Wanderers||490 (13)|
|Stations as a trainer|
|1 Only league games are given.|
Career in the club
Even as a young boy, Wright stood out for his innate football talent. However, due to his slender constitution, he was completely drained after every game. After finishing school, he moved from Staffordshire to Wolverhampton Wanderers , where he wore the professional team jersey at the age of just 15. However, it was not until 1941 that the blond boy signed a contract as a professional. In his early years as a professional, Wright played in the position of outside runner or half- forward . Thanks to his tremendous bounce, he made a name for himself as an excellent header player. However, since Wolverhampton had to interrupt play due to the war , he played as a guest at Leicester City , but returned to the Wolves in 1942 and was called up in 1943 as a sports teacher for the Army. Soon after the war ended, the Wanderers made him their team captain (1947).
With this club, to which he remained loyal to his entire career, Wright was English Cup winner in 1949 (in the final against Leicester City of all places) and three times English champions ( seasons 1953/54 , 1957/58 and 1958/59 ). He played a total of 541 competitive games for Wolverhampton (490 league, 48 cup, 2 European cup games (the two 2-2 and 1-2 final round of 16 games against FC Schalke 04 )), in which Wright played predominantly defensively - but always with fair ones Means: He did not receive a single warning and was never sent off, not even in his 105 international matches. In the club he also scored 16 hits. In 1952, Wright was named " Player of the Year " by British sports journalists and in 1957 he came second in the European Footballer of the Year election . After the third championship in 1959, Elizabeth II named Wright Commander of the British Empire .
Billy Wright played a total of 105 international matches for the English national team between September 1946 and May 1959 , 90 of which as team captain and 70 in uninterrupted succession, and also scored three goals. His national coach during this time was always Walter Winterbottom , his best-known team-mate was certainly Stanley Matthews . Wright was the first footballer ever to make 100 internationals and was the long-standing worldwide record holder with a total of 105 internationals . He took part in three World Cup finals, where the national team did not achieve any notable successes: At the 1950 World Cup , England's selection in the preliminary round sensationally failed against the US selection . Even so, Wright was ranked among the best players of the tournament by many English journalists in his position. At the 1954 World Cup , England's selection was eliminated in the quarter-finals against Uruguay , and at the 1958 World Cup , the English team lost the play-off of their preliminary group against the USSR . Wright was in all World Cup qualifiers - in 1950 and 1954 in three games against Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland; 1958 in four games against Ireland and Denmark - as well as in the respective World Cup tournament games - 1950 against Chile, USA, Spain; 1954 against Belgium, Switzerland, Uruguay; 1958 against the Soviet Union (2 games), Brazil, Austria - in action for England.
Life after football
After winning the third title in the 1958/59 season , Billy Wright ended his active career and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in the same year . But he could not leave football entirely: In 1962, Wright became a manager - not at "his" Wolves, but at Arsenal FC , the favorite club of his childhood. In this new role, however, he was nowhere near as successful as as a player, won no title and was fired in 1966. Later he worked for the TV station ATV.
Billy Wright was married to Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters , an English vocal trio popular at the time. He died of complications from cancer. Next to the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton , his admirers have erected a life-size monument to him and a grandstand is named after him in the stadium. In 2002, Wright was among the first players to be inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame .
- Billy Wright CBE (biography on sirbillywright.com ; English)
- Billy Wright ( Memento from August 17, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (Entry in the National Football Hall of Fame ; English)
- Billy Wright CBE ( Memento from September 26th, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (entry on the official website of Wolverhampton Wanderers; English)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||English soccer player and coach|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 6, 1924|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Ironbridge , Shropshire|
|DATE OF DEATH||3rd September 1994|
|Place of death||London Borough of Barnet|