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SOME FACTS ABOUT BILLY WRIGHT
Footballers with a century of full international caps are ten a penny these days (with all due respect), but Billy Wright was the first footballer in the world to gain a hundred full international caps. He played 105 times for England, and Billy was captain an incredible 90 times, which is an England record only equalled by Bobby Moore.
Spending his whole career at Wolves, where he played 491 League games, Wright was the biggest name in a team that won three League titles in the 1950s - in 1953-54, 1957-58, and 1958-59. Billy Wright retired after Wolves' title triumph of 1958-59, and after being a wing-half early in his career, Wright's last years as a player saw him become a success at centre-half. Wright was one of England's best players at the 1954 and 1958 World Cups, and he was one of the few who didn't underperform. Billy Wright also played for the disappointing England side at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
Billy Wright first captained Wolves to success in the 1949 FA Cup final, when he was already an established England international, having been first capped in 1946. Curiously, Wright had initially been chosen to play at inside-left, but then, due to injury, he replaced the first choice right-half. From then on, Billy Wright became a regular, and noted for his fine reading of the game.
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Read more of this Billy Wright article, and about other great English players in Paul Rance's England's 50 Greatest Footballers.
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