Jeff Wood (footballer)

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Jeff Wood
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Reginald Wood[1]
Date of birth (1954-02-04) 4 February 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Lions Gibraltar (manager)
Youth career
Colchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1982 Charlton Athletic 147 (0)
1982–1983 Colchester United 0 (0)
1983–1984 HJK Helsinki 28 (0)
1984–1985 Exeter City 33 (0)
1985–1986 Happy Valley ? (?)
1986–1987 Rabat Ajax ? (?)
1989–1990 Grankulla IFK 39 (0)
1990 Gnistan 22 (0)
Total 269 (0)
Teams managed
1996–1999 Brighton & Hove Albion (assistant)
1999 Brighton & Hove Albion
2014– Lions Gibraltar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jeffrey Reginald "Jeff" Wood (born 4 February 1954 in Islington) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently the manager of Lions Gibraltar, and is also goalkeeping coach for the Wales U19 and Wales U21 teams.


After being released as a youth player by Colchester United, Wood started his professional career at Charlton Athletic, spending seven seasons at the club and winning promotion to the Second Division in the 1980–81 season, before moving back to Colchester for one season. He left without making an appearance, having been kept out of the team by Mike Walker, and moved to Finnish club HJK Helsinki in 1982. He spent a season there and then returned to England, signing for Fourth Division side Exeter City for the 1984–85 season. Wood then moved to Hong Kong side Happy Valley, whom he played for in one campaign, then did likewise in Malta with Rabat Ajax. He spent the final years of his full-time playing career back in Finland with a season each at Grankulla IFK and Gnistan.

In December 1996, Wood was appointed by his former Charlton teammate Steve Gritt as assistant manager at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Third Division.[2] This came in one of the lowest points in Brighton's history, with the club only narrowly avoiding relegation to non-League football in the 1996–97 and then finishing the next season in second-bottom position, albeit 15 points clear of relegated Doncaster Rovers. In January 1999, with the club embroiled in a financial crisis, he was appointed as Brighton's manager until the end of the 1998–99 season after Brian Horton left to take over at Port Vale.[2] Wood remained unbeaten in his first three games, but then picked up only one point in the club's next ten games and was sacked on 9 April 1999, with the club battling relegation.[2]

Wood spent time coaching in the United States, before joining Chesham United as assistant manager in 2000. Following the abrupt departure of Chesham's manager Jon Kendall to St Albans City in October 2000, Wood joined Maltese Premier League side Sliema Wanderers as a coach.[3] He remained with the club for two seasons as they finished as runners-up in both the league and Maltese Cup.

Wood joined Isthmian League side Harlow Town as a coach soon after and, in June 2003, rejected the offer to manage their divisional rivals Chesham United.[4]

Wood earned a UEFA 'A' Pro Licence and was appointed to manage Charlton Athletic's European Soccer School in southern Spain in 2004, later financing and maintaining it himself after Charlton withdrew their funding in 2006.[5]

Wood was employed as Norwich City's goalkeeping coach in March 2011, with the club winning promotion to the Premier League two months later.[5] He left at the end of the 2011–12 season.

He was appointed as the goalkeeping coach for the Wales U19 and Wales U21 teams and, on 30 July 2013, Wood was appointed goalkeeping coach at Conference Premier side Luton Town.[6] In May 2014 Wood was appointed technical director and manager of Gibraltar Premier Division side Lions Gibraltar.


  1. ^ "Search 1837 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Albion manager Jeff Wood has been sacked". The Argus. Newsquest Media (Southern) Ltd. 9 April 1999. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chesham act over Kendall". The Daily Telegraph. 3 October 2000. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Search goes on for Chesham". Non League Daily. 12 June 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Norwich City coach Wood backs Ruddy to be top of the tree". Eastern Daily Press (Archant Community Media Ltd). 4 March 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hatters appoint Wood as goalkeeping coach". Luton Today (Johnston Publishing Ltd). 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 

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