Tommy Wright (footballer, born 1944)

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Tommy Wright
Personal information
Full name Thomas James Wright
Date of birth (1944-10-21) 21 October 1944 (age 71)
Place of birth Maghull, Liverpool, England
Playing position Right fullback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1974 Everton 373 (4)
National team
1968–1970 England 12 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Thomas James (Tommy) Wright (born 21 October 1944 in Liverpool) is a former footballer.

Club career[edit]

He joined Everton as an apprentice in 1964 and made 373 appearances at right back and scored four goals.[1] Wright played in the winning team in the 1966 FA Cup Final, in the unsuccessful team in the 1968 FA Cup Final and in all 42 league games in the 1969/70 season when Everton won the Football League Championship by nine points.

Wright has often been described as the best right back to play for Everton. (Another candidate for this honour is Keith Newton who Everton usually played at left back and another is Gary Stevens) George Best once described Wright as his most difficult opponent.

International career[edit]

Wright made twelve appearances for England including the classic match against Brazil in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.[2] Wright made his debut for England in the game in which England beat the Soviet Union in the third place match in the 1968 European Football Championship in Italy, the only player to make his England debut in a European Championship finals match. He was one of the less known talents on show for England in the 1962 World Cup but made a massive impact on the team for himself and his country.


Wright retired in 1972 after a serious injury to his knee.