The 9 foot Billy Wright statue, stands infront of the entrance to Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and was unveiled in1996 by his wife Joy Beverley, one of the Beverley sisters.
The statue was commissioned by club chairman, Sir Jack Hayward. All three Beverley sisters, high kicking and full of fun, visited James’s studio during the modelling of the statue. When Joy saw the statue for the first time, still in clay, she said “That is my Billy!” and burst into tears.
Billy Wright CBE was one of England’s great footballers and the first footballer in the world to earn 100 international caps. At the age of 14 he joined Wolves as a boot boy and general cleaner and became a professional at 17. In 1848 he captained England and was Arsenal manager from 1962 to 1966.
In 2017 a car driven by a drunk driver, careered into the statue, damaging the plinth, which is now restored to its former glory.
The statue is considered as one of the finest footballer statues in England.