Martyn Woolford

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Martyn Woolford
Martyn Woolford play-off final MOTM.JPG
Woolford after Scunthorpe United's play-off victory in 2009
Personal information
Full name Martyn Paul Woolford[1]
Date of birth (1985-10-13) 13 October 1985 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Castleford, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Millwall
Number 11
Youth career
000?–2002 Glasshoughton Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Glasshoughton Welfare
2005–2006 Frickley Athletic 44 (13)
2006–2008 York City 86 (22)
2008–2011 Scunthorpe United 103 (15)
2011–2013 Bristol City 55 (4)
2013– Millwall 55 (8)
National team
2008 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014 (BST).
† Appearances (Goals).

Martyn Paul Woolford (born 13 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for Millwall as a winger.

Woolford started his career with Glasshoughton Welfare after progressing through their youth system. After three seasons at Glasshoughton, he moved to the Northern Premier League with Frickley Athletic and scored 14 goals during the 2005–06 season. Despite attracting interest from several Football League clubs, he joined York City in the Conference National in 2006. He spent two seasons with the club, being joint top scorer with 17 goals in the second season, before making a move to the League with Scunthorpe United. Here, he featured in the 2009 Football League Trophy Final and scored the winning goal in the 2009 Football League One play-off Final against Millwall. He departed Scunthorpe in 2011 after signing for Bristol City and then signed for Millwall in 2013.

He played for the England C team, who represent England at non-League level, in 2008, earning two caps. He made his debut against Grenada and earned his second and final cap against Barbados.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Castleford, West Yorkshire,[1] Woolford started his career with Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division team Glasshoughton Welfare in 2002 after progressing through their youth system.[2][3] Following the end of the 2002–03 season he was given the award for the club's Most Improved Player and eary in the 2003–04 season he established himself as an "emerging talent".[4][5] He played one game for the youth team of Doncaster Rovers in April 2005,[6] but was not taken on by the club, and was also rejected by Barnsley and Bradford City.[7] After three seasons at Glasshoughton, he joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Frickley Athletic in August 2005, having impressed during several pre-season matches.[8] He was awarded an FA contract running to the end of the 2005–06 season in October, with the option of another year.[9] He made 40 league appearances and scored 12 goals for Frickley in the 2005–06 season,[10] with 14 goals in all competitions,[11] after which the club exercised their option to extend his contract for another season.[12]

York City[edit]

Woolford playing for York City in 2007

He had a trial with Stockport County of League Two during their pre-season trip to Ibiza in August 2006, but was not offered a contract.[11] He was being tracked by Hartlepool United and York City,[11] and also attracted interest from Guiseley.[13] He eventually signed for Conference National side York on 31 August for an undisclosed five-figure fee after having made four appearances and scored one goal for Frickley at that point in the 2006–07 season.[14][15] He made his debut a day later in a 0–0 draw with Stafford Rangers after coming on as a 57th minute substitute.[16] During his first start for the team, he was substituted for goalkeeper Arran Reid in the 17th minute after Tom Evans was sent off.[17][18] He scored his first goal for York in the team's 3–2 home loss to Morecambe on 12 September.[19] A week later, he scored both York's goals in a 2–1 away victory over Woking.[20] He featured in both legs of York's play-off semi-final defeat to Morecambe 2–1 on aggregate and finished the 2006–07 season with 45 appearances and eight goals,[21] after which the club exercised their option to extend his contract for another season.[22]

He signed a new contract with York in October 2007, which would expire in the summer of 2009.[23] He played in a more central position behind the strikers during the 2007–08 season.[24] He scored two goals in two minutes against Altrincham on 19 January 2008, which earned York a 2–2 draw,[25] during which he played as a striker.[26] Manager Colin Walker confirmed that several enquiries had been made about signing Woolford during the January transfer window.[27] Woolford was set a 20 goal target by Walker in April 2008, at which point he had scored 16 goals.[28] He was watched by Crewe Alexandra's director of football Dario Gradi in April 2008,[29] after which Walker insisted he was still a part of York's plans for the next season.[30] He finished the 2007–08 season with 57 appearances and 17 goals.[31] He rejected speculation linking him with a move away from York in June, saying he would only move to a club two divisions higher.[32]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Woolford rejected a new contract with York during the summer of 2008, with Cheltenham Town and another club believed to be interested in signing him.[33] He eventually joined League One side Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract on 8 August 2008,[34] with the fee believed to be a six-figure fee with a sell-on clause.[35] He made his Football League debut as an 87th minute substitute in a 1–0 victory against Peterborough United on 23 August 2008.[36] He scored four minutes into his first start for Scunthorpe against Brighton & Hove Albion on 6 September 2008, giving his side the lead, in a match which eventually finished 4–1.[37] He came on as a 77th minute substitute for Scunthorpe in the 2009 Football League Trophy Final on 5 April 2009, which was lost 3–2 to League Two team Luton Town after extra time.[36] Woolford scored the winning goal for Scunthorpe in the 2009 Football League One play-off Final against Millwall on 24 May 2009, with a goal in the 85th minute that gave the team a 3–2 victory, and also assisting the other two goals.[36][38] This resulted in promotion to the Championship for Scunthorpe and he was named man of the match.[39]

His first appearance of the 2009–10 season was in a 4–0 defeat at Cardiff City on 8 August 2009.[40] He scored the winning goal for Scunthorpe against Derby County on 15 August 2009, which finished as a 3–2 victory.[40] Woolford scored two goals against Newcastle United on 20 October 2009 to give Scunthorpe a 2–1 victory.[40] He finished the season with 46 appearances and five goals.[40]

Woolford started the 2010–11 season after playing in a 2–1 victory at Reading on 7 August 2010 and his first goal of the season was the winner in the 83rd minute of a 2–1 victory over League One team Oldham Athletic in the League Cup on 10 August.[41]

Bristol City[edit]

Woolford signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with fellow Championship club Bristol City after joining for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2011.[42] He made his debut in a 4–0 victory at Preston North End on 5 February 2011,[41] in which he assisted a Brett Pitman goal.[43]

Millwall[edit]

Woolford signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Championship club Millwall on 9 January 2013.[44] He made his debut after starting in a 1–1 draw away to Bolton Wanderers on 12 January 2013.[45]

International career[edit]

Woolford was placed on standby for the England C team for their International Challenge Trophy match against Wales in February 2008.[46] He was called into the squad in May for two games in the Caribbean after an injury to Dean Moxey.[47] His debut came in a 1–1 with Grenada on 31 May and was described as a "constant threat down the left",[48] and made his second appearance as a 67th minute substitute against Barbados on 2 June.[49]

Style of play[edit]

Woolford plays as a left winger,[50] where he has been described as being "fleetfooted".[51] He is versatile and has also played as a wing-back, left midfielder and a striker and has also been used in a more "roaming, attacking role" to offer support to a lone striker.[50][52]

Personal life[edit]

He was studying for a degree in civil engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University while playing for Frickley and a degree in surveying in 2006.[51][53] While at university, he worked on a building site.[54] He achieved a Higher National Diploma in civil engineering and has said he is looking to complete this degree before the end of his football career.[55] He comes from a family of professional sportsmen; father Neil and grandfather Cyril were both rugby league players with Featherstone Rovers.[56] He has cited his father's encouragement as the main influence in his footballing career.[57] He is a supporter of Manchester United.[58]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Frickley Athletic 2005–06[10] NPL Premier Division 40 12 0 0 1[a] 0 41 12
2006–07[15] NPL Premier Division 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 44 13 0 0 1 0 45 13
York City 2006–07[21] Conference National 40 8 2 0 3[b] 0 45 8
2007–08[31] Conference Premier 46 14 2 0 9[c] 3 57 17
Total 86 22 4 0 12 3 102 25
Scunthorpe United 2008–09[36] League One 39 4 3 0 0 0 10[d] 3 52 7
2009–10[40] Championship 40 5 2 0 4 0 46 5
2010–11[41] Championship 24 6 1 0 2 2 27 8
Total 103 15 6 0 6 2 10 3 125 20
Bristol City 2010–11[41] Championship 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2011–12[59] Championship 25 1 1 0 1 0 27 1
2012–13[45] Championship 15 3 1 0 1 0 17 3
Total 55 4 2 0 2 0 59 4
Millwall 2012–13[45] Championship 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2013–14[60] Championship 39 6 1 1 2 1 42 8
Total 54 7 1 1 2 1 57 9
Career total 342 61 13 1 10 3 23 6 388 71
  1. ^ Appearance in Northern Premier League Premier Division play-offs
  2. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, two in Conference National play-offs
  3. ^ Seven appearances and two goals in FA Trophy, two appearances and one goal in Conference League Cup
  4. ^ Seven appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances and two goals in League One play-offs

Honours[edit]

Scunthorpe United

References[edit]

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