The Billy Wright Story takes place at Molineux next Thursday (September 5) and has been organised by daughter Vicky to give a personal insight into his remarkable achievements as a Wolves and England player.
Vicky’s partner Bobby Davro will host the special event, which will include rare archive footage and stories. Steve Bull, ex-snooker player Willie Thorne and TV presenter Nick Owen are among the sport VIPs due to attend.
Vicky said: “For my daughter’s birthday, I planned to put together a small tribute and a few life stories about her grandad, including pictures and video footage, so she can see the man he was and what he achieved.
“But the more I put together, the better I felt it needed to be, as there was so much to include.
“It has now grown into something that is so amazing.
“I’ve spent hours on end in the studio going through the archives and editing the footage because much of it was very grainy and you have to weed through so much of it to get those bits you can use – but I knew I had to finish it and make it as perfect as I could.”
Vicky used a fundraising Kickstarter campaign to help fund the night after using her own savings to pay for the archive footage.
“I had such a great response and it felt like I had the whole of Wolverhampton behind me,” she added. “The outpouring of love for my dad from the public was overwhelming.
“After that response, I went to Molineux and spoke to those at the top of the club, because I felt this project should be launched here.
“I’ve had help from Kevin Keegan as he is an expert in these kinds of evenings, he said I bring something different, as it’s not just about the football, I’ve got the life stories of how he met mum, the romance, how he was as a dad and all the private things that no-one else knows about him.
“Unfortunately I never got to see dad play football live as he retired the year I was born, so being able to go through all this footage has made me extremely proud.
“It has also brought back so many fond memories, like the time his stand was opened. I had never seen him as shocked as he was on that day. I remember him saying: ‘Playing for England and playing for Wolves has nothing on this – my own stand.’
“If he knew about the statue, which takes my breath away every time I go past Molineux because it’s so life-like and it’s almost a god-like monument, he would be overwhelmed as he loved this club and he loved the people of this city.”
Tickets are priced £20 and the evening starts at 7.30pm.