were known as 'The Twins' to Billy before the Beverley
Sisters came into his life. It was 1949 during a cricket
match that he was introduced to us, twin sisters, for the
first time, and from that day on he never once passed us
by without a kind word of greeting. We have followed
Wolves home and away for over 53 years and have many
happy memories of Billy. He was a true gentleman, and one
of the finest ambassadors for football that Wolves and
England have ever had. He always spoke to us, and would
ask with genuine interest about our journey to the match,
which took a lot longer than it does today.
"Once, when we went to Blackpool, our mother came with us. We were hurrying to the station in snowy weather and Billy shouted "You should go home Mum, and get warm instead of watching us." He then, without being asked, arranged some tickets for us when we got to the ground.
"We got to know Billy very well and he sent us a photo of himself with Joy and their first baby, Victoria, on the sands, during a holiday break.
"After first becoming a director at Wolves, he was walking down Molineux Hill when he spotted us and he rushed up to shake our hands and give us a kiss.
"We have so many lovely memories of him, the top one being when he told us to listen to the wireless. He was being interviewed and mentioned that we followed Wolves everywhere. Then they played a recording of The Happy Wanderer, and he dedicated it to us. We always think of him with good thoughts. They don't come like him these days,
OLIVE HARTLAND & ENID TOMKINS (The Twins), Penn, Wolverhampton
Billy Wright will 'Live Forever' BRAD SIMPSON Berkshire
Even though I am too young to have seen Billy play I learned about his good reputation from books and videos and I am happy and indebted for the great contribution that he gave to the Wolves. He is a legend in his own right and I thank him for taking the Wolves to the heights that they are today.
MICHAEL DUFFY Cannock
My dad and I were South-Bankers in the good old days, now I tend to use the Billy Wright stand when I can get to Molineux. Although I never had the pleasure of seeing Billy actually play, except of course on television re-runs, my Dad always used to say to me that Billy was one of the most complete footballers he had ever seen kick a ball. Nowadays, when I walk past the tribute statue of William Ambrose Wright, I feel enormously proud that this man, this England captain, chose to represent Wolves throughout his career. God bless you Billy Wright, and my Dad, for your associations with Wolves and for getting me hooked on one of the finest teams in England.
PHIL ARTHURS A born and bred Kingswinford wolf, now living in Sittingbourne, Kent
I was patrolling the touchline at Ewood Park as Pc 120 of the Blackburn Police in 1947 when Wolves were the visiting team. I got a close up view of Billy, who had just been made the Wolves skipper in succession to Stan Cullis. I was so mesmerised watching him in action that I stood too long in one spot as he prepared to take a throw-in just a couple of yards from me. A fan from the terraces shouted, 'Move on, or take that bloody helmet off so we can all see the game.' Billy gave me a great big grin, and then got on with the game. I warmed to him from that moment on, and followed his career closely. I can say without fear of contradiction that no player has since come near him when it comes to enthusiasm and honest effort. He was a great credit to Wolves in particular and to the country in general.
GEORGE MILLWARD, formerly of Lancashire, now retired in Dorset
I am too young to have seen any of the Wolves greats play but i have been priviliged to have seen Billy Wright in the flesh.I saw him when Wolves played Honved in the 1990s when the stadium had been re-built. He e stood there at the exit of the players tunnel shaking everybody's hands as they came out. I suppose he was just wishing that for one more time he could lead the side out in front of the capacity stadium and face his long-time friend Puskas, who was also there. As long as I live I`ll not forget the roar he recieived when he came out with his family and friends. It really felt like there was 50,000 in the ground again that night, just like the old days when Billy was the King. GARY LOVATT Oxley,Wolverhampton