Billy WRIGHT CBE (1924-1994)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Billy Wright, footballer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the EMI Studios in London’s St John’s Wood.

Billy’s association with Wolverhampton Wanderers began in 1938 when aged only 14 years old he made his debut in a B team game. He signed as a professional at 17, and became club captain at the end of the Second World War, leading the team to victory in the First Division title three times (1954, 1958 and 1959) as well as the FA Cup in 1949.

Billy holds the record for the longest unbroken run in competitive international football - he was the first football player in the world to earn 100 caps - and made a total of 105 appearances for England, captaining them a record 90 times, including during their campaigns at the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cup finals.

He retired from playing in August 1959 and became manager of England's youth team in 1960.

Billy was honoured by This Is Your Life a second time in 1990.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 163
  • Subject No: 164
  • Broadcast live: Mon 8 May 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 34

on the guest list...

  • Dave King
  • Albert Tye
  • Annie Colley
  • Arthur Colley
  • Terry Springthorpe
  • Ellen Mearden
  • Jimmy Mullen
  • Kenneth Kirkland
  • Howard Jones
  • Joy Beverley - wife
  • Teddy Beverley – sister-in-law
  • Babs Beverley – sister-in-law
  • Michael Reed
  • Ferenc Puskas
  • The Showbiz Football Eleven -
  • Pip Wedge
  • John Burgess
  • Frank Boyd
  • Ziggy Jackson
  • Chas McDevitt
  • Bill Parry
  • Alec Forbes
  • Jimmy Henney
  • Bill Cotton
  • Jack Gordon
  • Wally Barnes
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Stan Cullis
  • Norman Newell
  • Cyril Ornadel

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production team...

  • Researchers: Liam Nolan, Nickola Sterne, P J Kennedy
  • Writer: John Sandilands
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 6 subjects: Leonard Cheshire > George Bennett > David Sheppard > Sybil Thorndike > Clarence Wolfe > Charles Coward > T E B Clarke > Helene Jeanty-Raven > Cyril Smith > Victor de Spiganovicz > Bill Hartley > Ellen Martha Field > Anthony Deane-Drummond > John Mills > Richard Bancroft > Freddie Mills > William Simpson > Alan Herbert > Madame Vacani > Elizabeth Ambridge > Robert Fawcus > Flora Robson > Edward Chad Varah > James Zarb > Maryan Rawicz and Walter Landauer > James Chipperfield > Anthony Kimmins > Thomas Cosmo Jones > Jessie Matthews > Helen Wilson > Charlie Chester > Brunel Cohen > Godfrey Winn > Billy Wright