Billy Wright

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Anova Books, Apr 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 329 pages
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Billy Wright captained England 90 times on the way to becoming the first footballer to win 100 international caps. He was skipper of the all-conquering Wolves team that pioneered European football nights in the 1950s. In a Hero for All Seasons, Norman Giller - who was a close friend - traces his life and times. Billy was the David Beckham of his time. When he married Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters in 1959, their wedding stopped the traffic. It received almost as much publicity as the Posh Spice/Becks union 40 years later. A Hero for All Seasons is not only a story of a great sportsman, but also of an era of football that has disappeared from sight. Just one difference; David Beckham earns in just one week more that Billy Wright picked up as a player throughout a 20-year career. The author discusses the many other changes that have occurred to the game since Wright's time, while also exploring his career and his personal life as he rose from humble beginnings to become a folk-hero.

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About the author (2005)

Norman Giller used to ghost write for Billy in the Daily Express when he was Arsenal manager in the early 1960s. They remained close friends up to Billy's death at the age of 70. Giller was chief football reporter for the Express, and has since been a freelance columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Express and the Sun. He has also had a total of 64 books published, including 17 in tandem with Jimmy Greaves. He recently delivered the eulogies for Brian Moore and Roy Ullyett, and is respected throughout the worlds of football and broadcasting.

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