George Wood (footballer)

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George Wood
Personal information
Full name George Wood
Date of birth (1952-09-26) 26 September 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth Douglas, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Forth Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 East Stirlingshire 43 (1)
1971–1977 Blackpool 117 (0)
1977–1980 Everton 103 (0)
1980–1983 Arsenal 60 (0)
1983–1987 Crystal Palace 192 (0)
1987–1990 Cardiff City 67 (0)
1989–1990 Blackpool (loan) 15 (0)
1990–1991 Hereford United 41 (0)
1991–1992 Merthyr Tydfil 32 (0)
1992–1997 Inter Cardiff 127 (0)
National team
1979–1982 Scotland 4 (0)
Teams managed
Unknown Inter Cardiff
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George Wood (born 26 September 1952 in Douglas, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former football goalkeeper.

Club playing career[edit]

George Wood started his career at East Stirlingshire for whom he scored a goal from his own penalty area against Queen of the South on 9 January 1971.[1]

He moved to Blackpool in 1972, for £10,000 (an initial £7,000, followed by another £3,000 after twelve appearances), as cover for John Burridge. After spending time in the Reserves, Wood made his debut on 15 April 1972, in a 2–0 home victory over Oxford United. He then spent the next four years jostling for the No. 1 jersey with Burridge, eventually establishing himself in 1975–76 after Budgie was sold to Aston Villa.[2]

He was signed by First Division Everton for £150,000 on 18 August 1977.[3] He was the Toffees‍ '​ first-choice goalkeeper for the next three seasons, making over 120 appearances and making his debut for Scotland, against Northern Ireland on 22 May 1979.

Wood was signed by Arsenal in August 1980 for £140,000, earmarked as the successor to Pat Jennings, with whom he shared the first-team goalkeeper's spot for the next three seasons, making 61 appearances in goal for Arsenal. However, Jennings' longevity counted against Wood and he was unable to supplant the Irish veteran; Wood was given a free transfer in May 1983. He joined Crystal Palace and was their first choice keeper for the next four-and-a-half seasons, making 192 league appearances, and winning the "Player of The Year" award in 1986.

Wood joined Cardiff City in January 1988, where he made 67 league appearances, and ended his league career with a loan spell at his old club Blackpool in 1989, and a single season at Hereford United in 1990–91. He then had stints at non-league Merthyr Tydfil and Inter Cardiff (a side he later managed).

International career[edit]

Wood's international career was only fleeting, with first Alan Rough and then later Jim Leighton keeping him out of the side. He earned four caps for Scotland between 1979 and 1982, the last coming against Northern Ireland on 28 April 1982, and he was a backup goalkeeper at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.


He was the goalkeeper coach at Hartlepool United, having previously worked in a similar position at Cardiff City.

In June 2009, Wood was appointed as goalkeeper coach at Swindon Town, and in August 2011 he returned to former club Blackpool for a third time in a similar role.[4] In December 2012 he joined Crystal Palace as goalkeeper coach.


  1. ^ "Spurs check Leeds march to soccer title". The Gazette (Montreal). The Canadian Press. 11 January 1971. p. 17. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, p.126. Breedon Books.
  3. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC On This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  4. ^ "Coach McPhee walks out in wage row"Blackpool Gazette, 5 August 2011
  • Soar, Phil & Tyler, Martin (2005). The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal. Hamlyn. ISBN 0-600-61344-5. 

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