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Billy Wright: A Hero for All Seasons Hardcover – 21 Nov 2002
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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 Beverly of the Beverly 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.
About the Author
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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The final third of the book consists of testimonies from family, friends and fans. Whilst this is a laudable addition to the book it ends up feeling like a filler to make the book longer.
What does come out of the book is that Billy was a humble man and all his success did not go to his head.
Overall this is not a bad book, if you are after a flavour of what it was like captaining and playing for England in the post war period, you will probably enjoy this book.
If you are a Wolves fan looking for the history of the clubs most famous and arguably best player of all time, you will be left frustrated and should probably not buy this book.
Bill Wright was an England captain, he was the Becks of his era - with the popstar wife to go with it.
This is the story of his life, career and experiences - this is a great read, and provides some surprises as to how football once was. And maybe should be.
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