Alan Woodward

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Alan Woodward
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-09-07) 7 September 1946 (age 67)
Place of birth Chapeltown, Sheffield, England
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Barnsley Boys, England Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964-1978 Sheffield United 536 (158)
1979-1981 Tulsa Roughnecks 47 (12)
1979-1980 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 11 (9)
Total 594 (179)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Woodward (born 7 September 1946 in Chapeltown, Sheffield -) was a professional footballer who played in the position of outside right for Sheffield United over a 16 year period between 1962-1978.

Woodward or Woody as he was nicknamed, will be best remembered for his powerful shots. He was also dead-ball specialist, especially effective with corners, and scored directly from them on many occasions. Wearing the No.7 shirt; he possessed pace, power and skill and was a local lad who, it is often said, missed out on international recognition because of his temperament. He also played in the Sheffield United goal to cover for injuries.

His first appearances for Sheffield United came in the their two County Cup (a regional competition for teams in South Yorkshire) fixtures of season 1963-64, against Rotherham United in the semi-final and Barnsley in the final. The County Cup competition was won by United 4-3 with Woodward scoring the first goal of the game and the first of his first team career.

His League debut came against Liverpool at Anfield on 7 October 1964 and his first goal came on 31 October against Leeds United at Elland Road. He also scored 4 goals (including a penalty) in a 7-0 home victory against Ipswich Town on 27 November 1971. He finally left United at the start of season 1978-79, his final goal being a penalty against River Plate of Argentina, in order to play for the Tulsa Roughnecks, where he was nicknamed "the Boomer" for his strong, high arching and accurate passes and shots on goal, in the North American Soccer League.

He remains the Blades leading post-war scorer and made a total of 536 league appearances for United.

Sheffield United Career[edit]

Season Division League Apps (Sub) League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals FL Cup Apps (Sub) FL Cup Goals Other Apps Other Goals Total Apps (Sub) Total Goals
1963–64 One 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1
1964–65 One 27 7 3 1 0 0 1 0 31 8
1965–66 One 23 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 26 5
1966–67 One 41 11 4 0 4 (1) 3 3 1 52 (1) 15
1967–68 One 32 (1) 6 3 1 0 (1) 0 1 1 36 (2) 8
1968–69 Two 42 12 1 0 1 0 3 0 47 12
1969–70 Two 42 18 2 0 3 3 2 1 49 22
1970–71 Two 42 15 1 0 2 0 4 1 49 16
1971–72 One 39 (1) 15 1 0 5 5 1 1 46 (1) 21
1972–73 One 39 10 1 0 5 1 4 2 49 13
1973–74 One 42 17 1 0 1 1 4 0 48 18
1974–75 One 42 12 2 0 4 1 3 2 51 15
1975–76 One 41 10 1 0 2 0 7 5 51 15
1976–77 Two 40 10 2 0 1 0 5 0 48 10
1977–78 Two 39 12 1 0 1 0 4 0 45 12
1978–79 Two 5 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 9 0
Total 536 (2) 158 25 3 30 (2) 14 48 16 639 (4) 191

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