Chris Wood (footballer, born 1991)

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Chris Wood
Chris Wood Training.jpg
Wood warming up for Leicester City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Christopher Grant Wood[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 39
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Waikato FC 5 (0)
2008 Hamilton Wanderers 17 (16)
2009–2013 West Bromwich Albion 21 (1)
2010 Barnsley (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2011 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 29 (8)
2011–2012 Birmingham City (loan) 23 (9)
2012 Bristol City (loan) 19 (3)
2012 Millwall (loan) 19 (11)
2013 Leicester City (loan) 1 (2)
2013– Leicester City 49 (12)
National team
2007 New Zealand U17 3 (0)
2012– New Zealand U23 5 (1)
2009– New Zealand 39 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

Christopher Grant "Chris" Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays for English club Leicester City as a striker.

Wood was born in Auckland and started his senior career with Waikato FC and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. After playing for a number of clubs on loan, wood moved to Leicester City in 2013.

Wood has been capped over thirty times for the New Zealand national team, scoring thirteen goals. He played for the side at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Born in Auckland, Wood attended Royal Oak Primary and Cambridge East primary then St Paul's Collegiate School and started his youth and senior career with Cambridge playing in the Northern League from the age of 15 years, after which he attracted the attention of Waikato FC Academy prior to playing for the senior ASB Premiership club Waikato FC. He then later transferred to play for Hamilton Wanderers[3] in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier before moving to English club West Bromwich Albion. His sister Chelsey Wood is also an accomplished footballer, having represented New Zealand at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany.[4]

Club career[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Wood was recommended to West Bromwich Albion's Academy by Roger Wilkinson, who set up a trial for him.[5]

Wood found a rich vein of goal scoring form for West Brom's youth academy side, leading to a call up to the reserve team where he was just as prolific. Injuries to West Brom front-liners gave Wood a surprise call up to a trip to Fratton Park to play Premier League side Portsmouth in April 2009. Wood came off the bench to become just the fifth New Zealander to play in the Premiership.[6]

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Wood agreed his first professional contract, signing a two-year deal at Albion, with a further two-year option in the club's favour.[7] This was followed in December 2009 when he signed a new three and a half-year deal, with West Brom having the option to extend that for a further year.[8] He scored his first professional goal for West Brom on 15 September 2009, a stunning 25-metre strike into the top left corner, in a 3–1 win over Doncaster Rovers.[9]

He scored his second senior goal in a 2–0 win over Huddersfield Town less than seven minutes after coming off the bench in West Brom's FA Cup third-round tie on 2 January 2010.[10]

Barnsley[edit]

Wood was sent out on a 93-day emergency loan for Barnsley on 24 September 2010.[11] The loan was terminated early by mutual consent after seven league appearances for the club without scoring.[12]

Brighton[edit]

Playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011

On 19 November, Wood signed for Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until January 2011.[12] He scored on his debut against Bristol Rovers but saw a penalty saved just days later against Southampton. He added to his scoring tally by scoring in the 3–1 FA Cup win over Portsmouth. He then scored twice against Peterborough United.

Birmingham City[edit]

The day before the first match of the Football League Championship season, Wood joined Birmingham City on a one-month loan.[13] He made his debut the following day, replacing Keith Fahey in the second half of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County.[14] Playing as the lone striker in Birmingham's first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, Wood hit the frame of the goal twice. The game finished goalless.[15] He scored his first goal for Birmingham in the second leg of the tie against Nacional.[16] On 11 September, Wood scored a hat-trick to lead Birmingham to victory over Millwall,[17] followed by two goals against Nottingham Forest on 2 October to take his league total to seven goals from eight games.[18] His loan was then extended for a second time, until 5 January 2012.[19] His eighth, to clinch a 2–0 defeat of Leicester City, came when Marlon King played a cross-field ball for Wood to run on to and, according to The Independent, "the composure he revealed to go past Kasper Schmeichel and slot the ball home from an angle was impressive".[20] Four days later, Wood scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time to defeat Club Brugge 2–1 in the Europa League group stage.[21] His loan ended on 5 January 2012 after 29 games in all competitions, from which he scored 11 goals.[22]

Bristol City[edit]

After returning to the West Bromwich Albion team as an unused substitute in their third round FA Cup tie against Cardiff City,[23] Wood joined Championship club Bristol City on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[24]

Millwall[edit]

On 17 September 2012, Wood completed a two-month loan deal to championship side Millwall. Wood made his Millwall debut by coming on as a substitute against Cardiff City F.C. for Darius Henderson. Wood scored which proved only to be a consolation against his former club Brighton and Hove Albion on his full debut for the lions.

On 18 November 2012, Wood extended his loan until January 2013, also scoring the winner against Leeds United on the same day. On 24 November 2012, Wood's goal against Blackburn won Sky Sports News Goal of The Day.

Leicester City[edit]

Wood playing for Leicester City in 2013

West Bromwich Albion recalled Wood from Millwall on 27 December 2012, and announced the following day that it had accepted offers from Millwall and fellow Championship club Leicester City for the permanent transfer of Wood. Wood chose to join the latter, and the move was expected to be completed when the January 2013 transfer window opens.[25] Leicester confirmed that the player had agreed personal terms.[26] Wood started and scored twice after only 24 minutes in his first game for Leicester on 1 January 2013 against Huddersfield Town, initially joining on loan in order to be registered in time to play.[27] On 12 January, Wood scored a first half hat trick versus Bristol City at Ashton Gate taking his goal tally to six goals in three games for Leicester.

On 16 August 2014, he came on for Leonardo Ulloa after 78 minutes of Leicester's first match of the Premier League season, at home to Everton. Seven minutes later he scored the equaliser in a 2–2 draw.[28]

International career[edit]

Wood represented New Zealand at Under-17 level and was a standout performer for the All Whites at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, a tournament which earned him a trial with English football club West Bromwich Albion, whom he later signed with.

After a string of impressive performances for club, Wood's rise on the international stage continued and was fast-tracked into All Whites coach Ricki Herbert's squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa,[29] and made his debut in a friendly against Tanzania on 3 June 2009 in a warm up match to the tournament.[30][31]

In May 2010, he was named in the All Whites World Cup squad, and at 18 was the youngest member of the New Zealand team which travelled to South Africa.[32]

Wood scored his first official international goal on 10 October 2010 in his country's 1–1 draw with Honduras He was given a yellow card for the unusual nature of his celebration of the goal, where he revealed his underwear to the spectators.[33] Wood scored his first international hat-trick against Solomon Islands on 10 June 2012 in the 3rd/4th play-off of the OFC Nations Cup. On November 14, 2014, Wood became the youngest ever captain for NZ All Whites, a record previously held by Tommy Smith.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list New Zealand's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2010 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore, New Zealand  Honduras 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2 29 February 2012 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  Jamaica 1–2 2–3 Friendly
3 4 June 2012 Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon Islands  Papua New Guinea 2–0 2–1 2012 OFC Nations Cup
4 6 June 2012 Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon Islands  Solomon Islands 1–0 1–1 2012 OFC Nations Cup
5 10 June 2012 Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon Islands  Solomon Islands 1–0 4–3 2012 OFC Nations Cup
6 2–0
7 3–0
8 7 September 2012 Stade Numa-Daly Magenta, Nouméa, New Caledonia  New Caledonia 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
9 11 September 2012 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore, New Zealand  Solomon Islands 5–1 6–1 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
10 14 November 2012 Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China  China PR 1–1 1–1 Friendly
11 5 March 2014 National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan  Japan 1–4 2–4 Friendly
12 2–4
13 14 November 2014 Nanchang Bayi Stadium, Nanchang, China  China PR 1–1 1–1 Friendly

International career statistics[edit]

As of 14 November 2014
New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 7 0
2010 9 1
2011 3 0
2012 13 9
2013 4 0
2014 3 3
Total 39 13

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 November 2014.
All-time club performance
Club Season Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New Zealand League Chatham Cup Other Total
Waikato FC 2007–08[34] NZFC 5 0 [a] 5 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09[35] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10[36] Championship 18 1 2 1 3 0 23 2
2010–11[37] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Club total 21 1 2 1 4 1 27 3
Barnsley (loan) 2010–11[37] Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2010–11[37] League One 29 8 2 1 0 0 31 9
Birmingham City (loan) 2011–12[22] Championship 23 9 0 0 6[b] 2 29 11
Bristol City (loan) 2011–12[22] Championship 19 3 19 3
Millwall (loan) 2012–13[38] Championship 19 11 19 11
Leicester City 2012–13[38] Championship 20 9 2 2 2[c] 0 24 11
2013–14[39] Championship 26 4 0 0 3 4 29 8
2014–15[40] Premier League 4 1 0 0 1 0 5 1
Club total 50 14 2 2 4 4 2 0 58 20
Career totals 173 46 6 4 8 5 8 2 195 57
  1. ^ As a franchise team, Waikato FC are ineligible to play in the Chatham Cup, New Zealand's national knockout cup competition.
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

[41]

West Bromwich Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester City

Individual[edit]

  • New Zealand U-20 Men’s Player of the Year:[42] 2008, 2009, 2011

References[edit]

Statistics

General

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  39. ^ "Games played by Chris Wood in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Chris Wood in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
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