Wilf joined his local team Middlesbrough F.C. in 1936 and went on to make 341 Football League appearances for them, scoring on 99 occasions.
Another player whose playing career was interrupted by the Second World War, Wilf fought in France and Italy during the conflict before returning to professional football.
He was capped on 26 occasions by the England national football team between 1946 and 1951.
He was a member of the England squad for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and along with Middlesbrough and England team-mate George Hardwick, he was also part of the Great Britain football team that beat the Rest of Europe 6-1 in 1947.
His statue now stands opposite that of his team-mate George Hardwick, alongside the Ayresome Gates, in front of Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium.