Martin Woods

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Martin Woods
Personal information
Full name Martin Paul Woods
Date of birth (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Airdrie, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Leeds United 1 (0)
2005 Hartlepool United (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 Sunderland 7 (0)
2006–2007 Rotherham United 36 (4)
2007–2013 Doncaster Rovers 113 (7)
2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014 Doncaster Rovers 4 (0)
2014 Barnsley 8 (0)
2014– Ross County 18 (1)
National team
Scotland U17
Scotland U19
2006 Scotland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:05, 17 March 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin Paul Woods (born 1 January 1986) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. He is an attacking left-sided midfield player noted for his long range shooting and free kicks. He is also a former Scotland U21 international.

Football career[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Woods started his career at the Leeds United academy, where he was capped by Scotland Youth. He made just one substitute appearance for the Leeds first team before a loan spell at Hartlepool United F.C.. After Leeds were relegated from the Premier League they offered the out of contract Woods a new contract but he turned it down in favour of joining Premier League Sunderland.[1]


His next move took him to Sunderland where he made seven appearances in the Premier League and eight in all. He scored in his debut pre-season but failed to make a big impact and was released at the end of the 2005–06 season. During his time he only started one game for Sunderland which was a League Cup home defeat by Arsenal.


On 1 August 2006 he signed for Rotherham United for the start of the League One season. Woods was a regular in the first team for Rotherham, receiving the man of the match award regularly. He scored his first goal against local rivals Doncaster Rovers, placing the ball into the top left corner of the net from 25 yards.

Woods scored his second goal for the club against Swansea City, with an unstoppable shot from 30 yards in the dying seconds of the match. Less than a week later he continued his excellent run of form with two superb goals during Rotherham's 4–1 victory over Bradford City. The first was an astounding free kick from over 55 yards; the second a volley from just outside the box which left the keeper helpless.

Despite his relatively short time at Rotherham United, Woods became something of a cult figure with Millers fans due to his consistent outstanding displays, and strong rapport with the crowd. In his only year at the Millers he was named player of the season. He was also given the nickname "Boy Band", for his ridiculous hair style, by a rowdy American fan during the match against Brentford.


On 5 June 2007, Woods was transferred to Doncaster Rovers, under the terms of a relegation release clause in his Rotherham contract. He elected to join them despite interest from Championship sides Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Scunthorpe United. On 14 February 2008, Woods joined League One side Yeovil Town on a one-month loan deal. Woods returned to Doncaster after his one-month loan spell and became an important player for the club. During the 2012–13 season he helped the club gain promotion as Champions of League One.


Woods signed for Barnsley at the end of the January 2014 transfer window.[2] He left the club at the end of the 2013–14 season. While with Barnsley he appeared in eight matches for the club.

Ross County[edit]

Woods signed for Scottish club Ross County in October 2014.[3]

International career[edit]

Woods has been capped by Scotland at School boy, Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21[4] level.


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