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Tuesday 16th September 2003
Wright is the fourth greatest Midlander - official!
Billy Wright
Billy Wright came 4th in the Midlands Today poll
After weeks of voting by BBC Midlands Today viewers, the Wolves legend Billy Wright has come in at number four.

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Here and now we reveal the identity of the man you voted in at number four.

Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Billy Wright shakes hands with Fulham captain Pat Beasley
Wolves captain Billy Wright shakes hands with Fulham captain Pat Beasley

A Shropshire lad, who's remembered, simply as Mr Wolves. He was one of the greatest names in football.

The Wolves and England player was a no nonsense centre half, and was a dab hand with the Brylcreem!

He played in the days when footballers were grateful to play for a shilling a match.

Click here to see John Yates' report.

HERE'S A FEW BILLY WRIGHT FACTS:

Billy Wright was awarded the CBE for services to football.

In June 1994, just over two months before his death, he met the Queen for the second time when she officially opened the new Molineux Stadium.

A memorial statue of Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Billy Wright outside Molineux
A memorial statue of Wolves legend Billy Wright outside Molineux

A memorial statue of Wolves legend Billy Wright presides outside Molineux Stadium.

He was the first player in the world to win 100 caps and one of only four England players to have done so
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William Ambrose Wright played 105 games for England - 90 of them as captain.

He played for his country in a world record 70 successive matches, all as captain.

Won the FA Cup & 3 League Championships with Wolves his only team as a player.

BBC Midlands Today will be featuring the winner on Friday 19th September 2003 - at 18.30 BST on BBC1.

UPDATE: THE RESULTS

1st R.J.Mitchell 25%
2nd William Shakespeare 17%
3rd Sir Edward Elgar 12%
4th Billy Wright 11%
5th Sir Frank Whittle 10%
6th Sir Stanley Matthews 9%
7th Jasper Carrott 8%
8th Ozzy Osbourne 5%
9th Neville Chamberlain 2%
10th A.E.Housman 1%

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