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Billy Wright

Full name: William John Wright
Birthdate: 04.03.1931
Birthplace: Blackpool
Position: Winger
Joined from: Blackpool
Signed by: David Halliday
Nationality: England
First game: Barnsley, 10.09.1955
Last game: Arsenal, 18.01.1958
Games: 29
Goals: 10
Player Profile

Wright's move away from Blackpool, his first club, to join the Foxes in August 1955 was an understandable one - he was second choice to Stanley Mathews at Bloomfield Road.

Eager for first team football, he took a chance at City and made his debut in a home game against Barnsley. But chances at Filbert Street, too, were hard to come by as the Foxes had somewhat of an embarrassment of riches in the winger department. So much so that he was more-often-than not drafted in to play as a striker for the reserves. It worked - with 28 goals coming from 31 outings.

It allowed him to break into City's championship success of 1956-57 and he shone, scoring ten goals from 17 useful appearances. It should have been enough to warrant him being a more regular contributor the following season , but it didn't and he soon moved on to Newcastle United.

Moves to Plymouth Argyle and Millwall followed before Wright called time on his career.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1955-56 Division Two (old)2 0- -- -- -- - 2 0
1956-57 Division Two (old)17 101 0- -- -- - 18 10
1957-58 Division One (old)8 01 0- -- -- - 9 0
Total 27 102 0- -- -- - 29 10

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 10.09.1955 0 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
2 12.09.1955 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
3 25.12.1956 2 - 2 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
4 29.12.1956 3 - 1 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old) 1
5 05.01.1957 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (A) FA Cup 3
6 12.01.1957 5 - 0 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old) 1
7 19.01.1957 7 - 2 Bristol Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 2
8 26.01.1957 4 - 3 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
9 02.02.1957 0 - 0 Notts County (A) Division Two (old)
10 09.02.1957 3 - 2 Liverpool (H) Division Two (old)
11 02.03.1957 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
12 09.03.1957 4 - 3 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old) 1
13 16.03.1957 3 - 2 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old)
14 23.03.1957 1 - 3 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
15 30.03.1957 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
16 06.04.1957 5 - 3 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old) 2
17 13.04.1957 1 - 1 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old)
18 19.04.1957 5 - 1 Leyton Orient (A) Division Two (old) 1
19 20.04.1957 1 - 1 Bristol City (H) Division Two (old)
20 22.04.1957 1 - 4 Leyton Orient (H) Division Two (old) 1
21 04.09.1957 2 - 3 Sunderland (A) Division One (old)
22 07.09.1957 2 - 3 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
23 11.09.1957 1 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
24 21.09.1957 2 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
25 28.09.1957 1 - 5 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
26 28.12.1957 3 - 0 Leeds United (H) Division One (old)
27 04.01.1958 0 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur (A) FA Cup 3
28 11.01.1958 3 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
29 18.01.1958 0 - 1 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Blackpool £1,500 August 1955
OUT  Newcastle United £7,500 July 1958
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