William Ambrose Wright was born in Ironbridge, Shropshire, in 1924.
Aged fourteen, and encouraged by a school teacher, he responded to an advertisement that saw him taken on by Wolverhampton Wanderers as a member of the ground staff.
The manager at the time, Major Frank Buckley, initially told Billy that he was too small to make it as a player, but he did go on to change his mind about that!
The outbreak of World War II affected his playing career and it was only afterwards, when things got back to where they were before, that he began to develop fully.
With the retirement on the pitch of Stan Cullis, Wright took on the captaincy, as Wolves went on to win three top-flight titles and lift the FA Cup on one occasion.
By the time he retired in 1959, he had made a total of 541 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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