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On This Day: 1959


09:00 11th April 2013

A century for Billy

On this day in 1959, one of the greats of the game achieved arguably his most impressive milestone.

Legendary Wolves and England captain Billy Wright became the first ever player to reach 100 international caps when he led England out against Scotland on April 11 1959.

The Shropshire-born central defender had made his England debut in January of 1946, and he was made captain of his country two years later - at the tender age of 24.

He broke records throughout his career, including becoming England's then-all time record cap-winner in 1952, when he surpassed Bob Crompton's mark of 41.

He was a virtual ever-present for both club and country throughout his career, leading Wolves through the most successful period in the club's history and skippering England at three World Cups - 1950, 1954 and 1958.

The year after that final tournament, it was a British Championships fixture at Wembley that saw him become the first player in international football history to clock up a century.

England won the match against Scotland 1-0 thanks to a Bobby Charlton goal, and Wright was carried from the pitch on his team-mates' shoulders, much to the appreciation of over 98,000 fans that had packed out the national stadium.

Wright won a further five caps, bowing out from international football in May 1959 - with his tally of 105 only bettered by Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore and Charlton, while he still shares the record for the number of appearances of captain - 90 - with World-Cup winning Moore.

Now, 18 years after his death, Wright is still considered one of the true greats of English football.

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