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Bill Wright

21 April 2020

Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Bill Wright.

Bill was signed in August 1961 from Plymouth Argyle to fill what was the problematic outside-left position. He marked his debut at The Den against Workington with a scintillating display in the 5-0 drubbing of the League leaders, a game which would see him embark on a run of a dozen consecutive appearances.

His stooping demeanour belied his pace and skill on the ball, but Wright was a tad injury prone - despite his early promise, the signing of Terry McQuade saw the writing on the wall for Bill's stay at Cold Blow Lane.

He began his career with his hometown club Blackpool in 1950 where he was an understudy to Stanley Matthews. The lack of first-team opportunities at Bloomfield Road, however, saw Bill move to Leicester City where he assisted them to promotion in 1955. He later served Newcastle United and Plymouth Argyle.

His last game as a Lion came in the home victory over Chester in January 1962. Bill left The Den after just 16 appearances the following summer and joined Tonbridge and then later assisted Bexley United.

He passed away on 14th April, just six weeks after his 89th birthday.

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