He was hardly unknown. Still regarded as a legendary figure in the English game, Billy Wright had been England captain and a record cap holder for his country. As well as a distinguished playing career for Wolverhampton Wanderers, for a spell in the previous decade one of the country’s top clubs.
As the choice for manager of The Arsenal, Wright was a curious choice. He had no managerial experience at club level having been in charge of England Youths since retiring as a player. His reign at Arsenal was not successful but his legacy was to sign a number of the 1970-71 double-winning side for either the first team or as youth players.