Billy Wright (footballer, born 1958)

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Billy Wright
Personal information
Full name William Wright
Date of birth (1958-04-28) 28 April 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
1974–1977 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Everton 166 (10)
1983–1986 Birmingham City 111 (8)
1986 Chester City (loan) 6 (1)
1986–1988 Carlisle United 87 (3)
1988 Morecambe 13 (1)
National team
1978–1980 England U21 6 (0)
1979–1980 England B 2 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Morecambe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Billy" Wright (born 28 April 1958) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre half. He played 370 games in the Football League, appearing in all four divisions, and was capped six times at under-21 level[1] and twice for England B.[2]

Born in Liverpool, Wright joined Everton as a junior. He went on to captain the side,[3] and made nearly 200 first team appearances before losing his place to Kevin Ratcliffe.[4] He then moved to Birmingham City on a free transfer. He missed only two games in all competitions in his first two seasons, was appointed captain and penalty-taker, and helped the club to promotion back to the First Division in 1985. His form began to be affected by weight problems, and Birmingham released him the following year.[5] This followed a spell out on loan with Chester City, whom he helped move towards promotion from the Fourth Division in the 1985–86 season.

He played two full seasons for Carlisle United before moving on to non-league club Morecambe. After injury put an end to his playing career in 1988,[citation needed] he became Morecambe's caretaker manager and, six games later, he was given the permanent appointment, though his tenure was only a few months.[6]



  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1976–1985 – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 14 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Courtney, Barrie (21 March 2004). "England – International Results B-Team – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 14 November 2007. 
  3. ^ McNulty, Phil (17 August 2001). "Robbie's time runs out". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Kevin Ratcliffe". Everton F.C. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. 
  5. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 136, 219–20. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  6. ^ "Billy Wright 1988–1989". Official Morecambe Football Supporters Club. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. 

External links[edit]

  • Billy Wright at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database