Billy's final game for England

England Match Number: 334
Venue:
Wrigley Field Stadium, Los Angeles USA,
Date: 28th May 1959.
Result:  USA 1 England 8

England Team:
Hopkinson   D Howe   Armfield   Clayton   Wright*   Flowers1 Bradley1  Greaves   Kevan1   Haynes1   R Charlton3

Match Report:
England enjoyed a runaway victory in Billy Wright’s 105th and final match. The Americans had an early goal disallowed and then took the lead, but at half-time it was 1-1.   Bobby Charlton led a second-half goal rush with a hat-trick. This was Charlton’s first hat-trick for England on the way to an all-time record forty-nine goals included a penalty.

The only forward who did not get his name on the score-sheet was one Jimmy Greaves! It was Billy Wright’s farewell game. His England career had started in front of a capacity crowd in Belfast in 1946. The finish came at the Wrigley Field Stadium in Los Angeles. But what a journey he had between the two games, setting a world record of 105 international appearances. He captained England 90 times and played 70 successive games, a record that still stands.