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Billy Wright
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

105 caps 3 goals
69% successful
1946-1959
disciplined: none
captaincies: 90
minutes played: 9480


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Book Review: Norman Giller, Billy Wright:  A Hero for All Seasons (Robson Books, London, 2002)

Comment: Downgrading Billy Wright - Does FIFA or the F.A. decide how many caps England's old captain earned?

Billy Wright Profile

Full name William Ambrose Wright.
Popular name Billy Wright.
Born  6 February 1924 at 33 Belmont Road, Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Married to Joy Beverley at Poole Registary Office, Sunday, 27 July 1958 [registered in x].
Died 3 September 1994 at home in Barnet, North London following a battle with stomach cancer.
Height/Weight 5 ft. 8 ins., 11 st. 6 lbs. (1950).

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 F.A. Cup winners 1948-949; Football League Champions 1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59.
Individual honours Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 1952; runner-up France Football European Footballer of the Year 1957; honourary life member of the Football Association 1 May 1959; CBE 13 June 1959; named to International Football Hall of Fame 1997; named one of the Football League's 100 legends 1998; named to Football Association England Hall of Fame 2002; inaugural member of National Football Museum Hall of Fame 2002.
Distinctions Played for England in four Victory Internationals in 1946; played for the Rest of the United Kingdom against Wales in the match of 3 December 1951 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Football Association of Wales; Football League representative (12 apps); Appeared on ITV's This Is Your Life 17 January 1990;

England Career

Player number One of nine players who were the 655th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Right halfback (50 matches); left halfback (9 matches); central defender (46 matches).
First match No. 227, 28 September 1946, Northern Ireland 2 England 7, British Championship match at Windsor Park in Belfast.  Aged 22 years 234 days;
Last match No. 334, 28 May 1959, U.S.A. 1 England 8, friendly match at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.  Aged 35 years 111 days;
Major tournaments World Cup 1950 final tournament; World Cup 1954 final tournament; World Cup 1958 final tournament;  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;
England team honours British Championship winners 1946-47, 1947-48, 1949-50, 1951-52 (shared), 1952-53 (shared), 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56 (shared), 1956-57, 1957-58 (shared), 1958-59 (shared).
Individual honours None.
Distinctions First player in the world to win 100 caps and one of only five England players to have done so; captained his country in 90 matches, a world record he shares with Bobby Moore;  played for his country in a world record 70 successive matches, all as captain; captained his country at a record three World Cup final tournaments, in 1950, 1954 and 1958; missed only three matches in 13 seasons as an England player, all in 1950-51; never sent off or cautioned in entire career.

 

Billy Wright - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av. min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
at least 105 105 52 105 0 0 9480 3 3160 min 1 90 None.

 

Billy Wright - Match Record - by Venue
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 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
WC Total 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 1949-50/53-54 records of the World Cup qualification 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 Preliminary Competitions and Final Tournaments
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 Tournaments
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 1949-50/53-54 records of the World Cup qualification and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 52 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.000 0.000 00.0 =0
Billy Wright - Match History
Club:  Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - 105 full caps
Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 105 full caps
1 227 28-Sep-1946 Northern Ireland 2 England 7 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 4
2 228 30-Sep-1946 Republic of Ireland 0 England 1 Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin Fr AW Start 4
3 229 13-Nov-1946 England 3 Wales 0 Maine Road, Manchester BC HW Start 4
4 230 27-Nov-1946 England 8 Netherlands 2 Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW Start 4
5 231 12-Apr-1947 England 1 Scotland 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD Start 4
6 232 03-May-1947 England 3 France 0 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 4
7 233 18-May-1947 Switzerland 1 England 0 Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich Fr AL Start 4
8 234 25-May-1947 Portugal 0 England 10 Estádio Nacional, Lisboa Fr AW Start 4
9 235 21-Sep-1947 Belgium 2 England 5 Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 6
10 236 18-Oct-1947 Wales 0 England 3 Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 6
11 237 05-Nov-1947 England 2 Northern Ireland 2 Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC HD Start 6
12 238 19-Nov-1947 England 4 Sweden 2 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 6
13 239 10-Apr-1948 Scotland 0 England 2 Hampden Park, Mount Florida, 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-Sep-1948 Denmark 0 England 0 Idrætsparken, København Fr AD Start 4
16 242 09-Oct-1948 Northern Ireland 2 England 6 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Captain 4
17 243 10-Nov-1948 England 1 Wales 0 Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham BC HW Captain 6
18 244 02-Dec-1948 England 6 Switzerland 0 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Captain 4
19 245 09-Apr-1949 England 1 Scotland 3 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Captain 4
20 246 13-May-1949 Sweden 3 England 1 Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Fr AL Captain 4
21 247 18-May-1949 Norway 1 England 4 Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo Fr AW Captain 4
22 248 22-May-1949 France 1 England 3 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Fr AW Captain
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23 249 21-Sep-1949 England 0 Republic of Ireland 2 Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool Fr HL Captain 4
24 250 15-Oct-1949 Wales 1 England 4 Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC/ WCP AW Captain 4
25 251 16-Nov-1949 England 9 Northern Ireland 2 Maine Road, Manchester BC/ WCP HW Captain 6
26 252 30-Nov-1949 England 2 Italy 0 White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London Fr HW Captain
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27 253 15-Apr-1950 Scotland 0 England 1 Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC/ WCP AW Captain 4
28 254 14-May-1950 Portugal 3 England 5 Estádio Nacional, Lisboa Fr AW Captain 4
29 255 18-May-1950 Belgium 1 England 4 Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles Fr AW Captain 4
30 256 25-Jun-1950 Chile 0 England 2 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro WCF NW Captain 4
31 257 29-Jun-1950 U.S.A. 1 England 0 Estádio Independencia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil NL Captain 4
32 258 02-Jul-1950 Spain 1 England 0 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro NL Captain 4
33 259 07-Oct-1950 Northern Ireland 1 England 4 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Captain
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34 262 14-Apr-1951 England 2 Scotland 3 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Captain 6
35 263 09-May-1951 England 2 Argentina 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 4
36 265 03-Oct-1951 England 2 France 2 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HD Captain 4
37 266 20-Oct-1951 Wales 1 England 1 Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD Captain 4
38 267 14-Nov-1951 England 2 Northern Ireland 0 Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham BC HW Captain 4
39 268 28-Nov-1951 England 2 Austria 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Captain 4
40 269 05-Apr-1952 Scotland 1 England 2 Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Captain 4
41 270 18-May-1952 Italy 1 England 1 Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze Fr AD Captain 4
42 271 25-May-1952 Austria 2 England 3 Praterstadion, Prater, Wien Fr AW Captain 4
43 272 28-May-1952 Switzerland 0 England 3 Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich Fr AW Captain 4
44 273 04-Oct-1952 Northern Ireland 2 England 2 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Captain 4
45 274 12-Nov-1952 England 5 Wales 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 4
46 275 26-Nov-1952 England 5 Belgium 0 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 4
47 276 18-Apr-1953 England 2 Scotland 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD Captain 4
48 277 17-May-1953 Argentina 0 England 0 (abandoned) Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Nuñez, Buenos Aires Fr AD Captain 4
Abandoned after 21 minutes because of a torrential rainstorm but officially recognized as a draw.
49 278 24-May-1953 Chile 1 England 2 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago Fr AW Captain 4
50 279 31-May-1953 Uruguay 2 England 1 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo Fr AL Captain 4
51 280 08-Jun-1953 U.S.A. 3 England 6 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York Fr AW Captain 4
52 281 10-Oct-1953 Wales 1 England 4 Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC/ WCP AW Captain 4
53 282 21-Oct-1953 England 4 Rest of the World 4 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Captain 4
54 283 11-Nov-1953 England 3 Northern Ireland 1 Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC/ WCP HW Captain 4
55 284 25-Nov-1953 England 3 Hungary 6 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL Captain 4
56 285 03-Apr-1954 Scotland 2 England 4 Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Scotland BC/ WCP AW Captain 4
57 286 16-May-1954 Yugoslavia 1 England 0 Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd Fr AL Captain 4
58 287 23-May-1954 Hungary 7 England 1 Népstadion, Budapest Fr AL Captain 4
59 288 17-Jun-1954 Belgium 4 England 4 Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, Switzerland WCF ND Captain 4
60 289 20-Jun-1954  England 2 Switzerland 0 Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW Captain 4
61 290 26-Jun-1954 Uruguay 4 England 2 Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, Switzerland NL Captain 4
62 291 02-Oct-1954 Northern Ireland 0 England 2 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Captain 5
63 292 10-Nov-1954 England 3 Wales 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 5
64 293 01-Dec-1954 England 3 West Germany 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
65 294 02-Apr-1955 England 7 Scotland 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 5
66 295 15-May-1955 France 1 England 0 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Fr AL Captain 5
67 296 18-May-1955  1 England 1Spain El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid Fr AD Captain 5
68 297 22-May-1955 Portugal 3 England 1 Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto Fr AL Captain 5
69 298 02-Oct-1955 Denmark 1 England 5 Idrætsparken, København Fr AW Captain 5
70 299 22-Oct-1955 Wales 2 England 1 Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Captain 5
71 300 02-Nov-1955 England 3 Northern Ireland 0 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 5
72 301 30-Nov-1955 England 4 Spain 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
73 302 14-Apr-1956 Scotland 1 England 1 Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD Captain 5
74 303 09-May-1956 England 4 Brazil 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
75 304 16-May-1956 Sweden 0 England 0 Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Fr AD Captain 5
76 305 20-May-1956 Finland 1 England 5 Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW Captain 5
77 306 26-May-1956 West Germany 1 England 3 Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin Fr AW Captain 5
78 307 06-Oct-1956 England 1 Northern Ireland 1 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Captain 5
79 308 14-Nov-1956 England 3 Wales 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 5
80 309 28-Nov-1956 England 3 Yugoslavia 0 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
81 310 05-Dec-1956 England 5 Denmark 2 Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St.Peter's, Wolverhampton WCP HW Captain 5
82 311 06-Apr-1957 England 2 Scotland 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 5
83 312 08-May-1957 England 5 Republic of Ireland 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW Captain 5
84 313 15-May-1957 Denmark 1 England 4 Idrætsparken, København WCP AW Captain 5
85 314 19-May-1957 Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin WCP AD Captain 5
86 315 19-Oct-1957 Wales 0 England 4 Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Captain 5
87 316 06-Nov-1957 England 2 Northern Ireland 3 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Captain 5
88 317 27-Nov-1957 England 4 France 0 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
89 318 19-Apr-1958 Scotland 0 England 4 Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Captain 5
90 319 07-May-1958 England 2 Portugal 1 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
91 320 11-May-1958 Yugoslavia 5 England 0 Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd Fr AL Captain 5
92 321 18-May-1958 U.S.S.R. 1 England 1 Lenin Stadium, Moskva Fr AD Captain 5
93 322 08-Jun-1958 U.S.S.R. 2 England 2 Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, Sweden WCF ND Captain 5
94 323 11-Jun-1958 Brazil 0 England 0 Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, Sweden ND Captain 5
95 324 15-Jun-1958 Austria 2 England 2 Ryavallen Stadion, Borås, Sweden ND Captain 5
96 325 17-Jun-1958 U.S.S.R. 1 England 0 Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, Sweden NL Captain 5
97 326 04-Oct-1958 Northern Ireland 3 England 3 Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Captain 5
98 327 22-Oct-1958 England 5 U.S.S.R. 0 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
99 328 26-Nov-1958 England 2 Wales 2 Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham BC HD Captain 5
100 329 11-Apr-1959 England 1 Scotland 0 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Captain 5
101 330 06-May-1959 England 2 Italy 2 Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Captain 5
102 331 13-May-1959 Brazil 2 England 0 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Fr AL Captain 5
103 332 17-May-1959 Peru 4 England 1 Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima Fr AL Captain 5
104 333 24-May-1959 Mexico 2 England 1 Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad Universitaria, ciudad de México Fr AL Captain 5
105 334 28-May-1959 U.S.A. 1 England 8 Wrigley Field, Los Angeles Fr AW Captain 5

Notes

[Biographical sketch to come]

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