Steve Wooddin

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Steve Wooddin
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Personal information
Full name Steven Wooddin
Date of birth (1955-01-16) 16 January 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Cammell Laird
1975 Tranmere Rovers 3 (0)
1975–1976 New Brighton
1976–1977 Winsford United
1977–1980 Dunedin City 62 (32)
1981–1983 South Melbourne 40 (6)
1984–1985 Christchurch United 18 (1)
1987–1989 Christchurch Technical
National team
1980–1984 New Zealand 24 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven "Steve" Wooddin (born 16 January 1955 in England) is a former New Zealand association football player who was a leading Striker during the country's successful campaign to qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. He was a left-footed attacking player.

Club career[edit]

Born in Birkenhead England, Wooddin started his club career at Tranmere Rovers in Birkenhead, where he made first team appearances before moving to New Zealand in 1977, joining Dunedin City. In 1981 he moved to Australia, playing three years for South Melbourne FC in the NSL,[1] before returning to his adopted country with Christchurch United until his career was cut short by a recurring ankle injury in 1984. A Belgian First Division team had wanted to sign Wooddin after his capable performances at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, but already hampered by injury, he failed the medical.

International career[edit]

Wooddin was first selected for the New Zealand national football team the All Whites for a 16 May 1980, 1–1 draw against a Southern Region team in Christchurch. He retained his place in the team which lost 2–1 to a Central Region selection two days later in Wellington.

Despite the unconvincing results, Wooddin was selected for the next match, in August, against Mexico in Auckland. He scored the fourth goal in a 4–0 win that remains one of the most outstanding and unexpected results in New Zealand's international football history.

The following year saw New Zealand begin the long road to the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Wooddin was selected for all fifteen games in the ultimately successful campaign, scoring eight goals in the process, including trademark left foot shots into the bottom corner both home and away against Australia, against Kuwait in the controversial 1–2 home loss, and in Riyadh against Saudi Arabia when the team recorded a stunning 5–0 victory. This last result led to a play-off against China in Singapore in January 1982, in which Wooddin again scored with a left-foot shot to open the scoring in his side's 2–1 win.

Wooddin was one of New Zealand's only two scorers in the 1982 World Cup (along with Steve Sumner), scoring the second New Zealand goal in a 5–2 loss to Scotland. He also started the subsequent matches against the Soviet Union and Brazil.

In 1983 injuries reduced Wooddin to just two international appearances, against Australia and Fiji. He made his last two appearances for the All Whites against Fiji in October 1984, scoring the winner in the first of these matches, before being forced to retire due to injured ankle ligaments with 24 A-internationals and 11 goals to his credit.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Player Database". OzFootball. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 

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