Alf Wood (footballer, born 1915)

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Alf Wood
Personal information
Date of birth (1915-05-14)14 May 1915[1]
Place of birth Aldridge, England[1]
Date of death December 2001 (aged 86)[2]
Place of death Coventry, England[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper[1]
Youth career
Nuneaton Borough
Sutton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1951 Coventry City 221 (0)
1951–1955 Northampton Town 139 (0)
1955–1959 Coventry City 13 (0)
Total 373 (0)
Teams managed
1963–1964 Walsall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alfred Robert Wood (14 May 1915 – December 2001) was an English football goalkeeper and manager. He played a total of 373 league games in the Football League.[3]


Wood played for Nuneaton Borough and Sutton Town, before joining Coventry City in 1935, at the age of 20.[1] After making his Second Division debut in 1938, he played 246 games in all competitions, and also made 96 wartime appearances for the "Bantams".[2] During World War II he served under Frank Swift.[1] Wood developed spinal meningitis and was told his footballing days were over, but he managed to prove the doctors wrong.[1] Between August 1945 and May 1951 he played 260 consecutive games.[2] In December 1951, he joined Northampton Town for a £2,100 fee.[1] He returned to Highfield Road as a coach in 1955, but was forced to play fifteen games for the now Third Division South club due to injury. The last of his appearances came against Plymouth Argyle on 6 December 1958, he became the oldest player to turn out for Coventry, aged 43 years and 207 days. He left the club in November 1961, when Jimmy Hill was appointed manager.[1][2]

Wood was appointed a coach at Third Division Walsall in October 1963, and took up the management reins at Fellows Park the following month.[1] He signed talented striker Allan Clarke, but was fired in October 1964.[1] He then returned to Coventry, and managed the Massey Ferguson works team.[1]

He died in December 2001 at the age of 86, leaving behind son Robin.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Past Managers". Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Coventry City legend Alf Wood dies at 86". Coventry Telegraph. 18 December 2001. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alf Wood". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Coventry City | Club | History | History | Hall of Fame". 2012-07-22. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2015-08-22.