Tommy Wright has become the latest Everton legend to be inducted into the Club’s Hall of Fame.
The Goodison favourite, 71, who only ever played his domestic football for the Toffees, was rewarded for his service with the prestigious 2016 Everton Giant accolade on Tuesday night
Born and raised in Merseyside, Wright joined the Blues as an apprentice and went on to play 373 times for the first team between 1964 and 1974.
A tough, reliable defender, Wright was an ever-present in the 1969/70 Championship-winning campaign. Four years earlier, the England international had also helped Everton win the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.
Wright made 12 appearances for the Three Lions, featuring in a classic match against Brazil in the 1970 World Cup.
“Thank you for this award - it makes me very proud,” he said. “All my life, I wanted to be an Evertonian and when I signed on at the age of 15, it made my day.
“It’s my joy to receive this award.”
The announcement that Wright is the Everton Giant for 2016 was made at the Club's ‘Cocktails and Canapés’ event at District House
, attended by the Everton first-team squad and coaching staff.
In a pre-recorded presentation, the Blues legend was handed his prize by former teammate and fellow Giant Joe Royle.
“Lots of people have won awards in football but this has never been more deserving,” said Royle. “I’ve said it before but he was the best right-back I was fortunate to play with.
“I’ve been watching Everton a long time and he is still the best I have seen in a Blue shirt.”
Log onto evertonfc.com
on Wednesday to read a feature interview with Wright, who looks back at his illustrious decade-long career with the Toffees.