Some of Billy Wright's achievements

14 playing seasons (1938-39 and 1946-59)

Playing for England

  • 105 caps - A record that stood for nearly 20 years
  • 'Match minutes' played 9480 min
  • 100 caps - The first man in the world to reach 100 caps
  • 90 times captain of England - (50 years on and still a world record)
  • 70 consecutive matches - (50 years on and still a world record)
  • Captained England to 3 World Cup Finals 1950, 1954, 1958 - (50 years on and still a world record)
  • Billy's England record - 60 wins 24 draws 21 defeats
  • 5 Victory Internationals
  • 4 England Xl
  • 1 Rest of the World International Team
  • 21 Inter-League Internationals
  • British Championship winners 1946-47, 1947-48, 1949-50, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59

Note: If The FA credits Billy with the 5 caps that I believe are owed to him and to the other England boys, for the Victory Internationals, this will take his total to 110 caps with an incredible 9930 international match minutes played.

Playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 3 League titles (captain)
  • 3 League Runner-Up medals (captain)
  • 3 times finishing 3rd in the League (captain)
  • 3 times finishing in the top 5 in the League (captain)
  • I FA Cup win
  • Footballer of the year / International Footballer of the Year

Other Achievements

  • Awarded CBE (Commander of the British Empire) 13th June 1959
  • Manager, England's Youth, Under 21 and Under 23 Teams - 1960-62
  • Manager, Arsenal FC - 1962-66
  • Head of Sport, ATV (Associated Television) Head of Sport - 1966-81
  • Controller of Sport, Central Television - 1982-85
  • Made an Honorary Member of The FA 1st May 1959
  • Member of the Pilkington Committee on Television Broadcasting
  • Director, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Named in the International Hall of Fame 1997
  • Named one of Football's Legends 1998
  • Inaugural member of National Football Museum Hall of Fame 2002
  • Member of the City of Wolverhampton's Sporting Hall of Fame

 

Billy Wright CBE

In 1996 Billy featured on a series of British stamps.