Bradley Wood

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Bradley Wood
Personal information
Full name Bradley Alan Wood
Date of birth (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right-back / Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
2007–2009 Grimsby Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Grimsby Town 113 (1)
2013–2015 Alfreton Town 89 (9)
2015–2017 Lincoln City 74 (3)
2017–2018 Alfreton Town 36 (0)
Total 312 (13)
National team
2013 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:25, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Bradley Alan Wood (born 2 September 1991) is an English footballer who played as a right back.

He began his career at Grimsby Town where he was also used as a left back and winger. At international level he has represented England C. He later moved on to Alfreton before joining Lincoln City. He was part of the Imps side that won the National League and reached the FA Cup quarter final during the 2016–17 season. He is currently serving a six-year ban from all football activity, expiring on 8 March 2024, for match fixing.

Club career[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Bradley Wood is a combative player who was promoted to the club's first team squad midway through the 2008–09 season as a makeshift defender from the youth team. He was named as a substitute once for The Mariners. In the 2009–10 season, Wood did not receive a squad number until his club fell victim to an injury crisis which saw him named as a substitute in the away defeat against Port Vale. On 26 September Wood made his first team debut playing from the start against Darlington in place of regular right back Robbie Stockdale. The match finished 1–1 with Wood putting in a very impressive debut at right back and winning Man of the Match. Wood continued this role filling in for the injured Stockdale, and also played as a makeshift left back in the place of Joe Widdowson on the odd occasion.

On 16 October Wood signed a 4-year professional contract with Grimsby. He popped up with a vital injury time assist in the 2–2 draw with Accrington Stanley on 30 October when his long ball assisted a Barry Conlon 95th-minute equaliser. At the time he was playing as an emergency centre back following the sending off of defender Olly Lancashire.

On 3 May 2010, Wood scored the winning goal for Grimsby Towns youth team in a 1–0 win over Shrewsbury Town's youth team in the Midland Floodlit Youth cup final. Wood was named Grimsby Town supporters Young Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[1]

During the 2012–13 season Wood was ever present as the club missed out on lifting the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium and despite leading the Conference for the majority of the season Town were to lose out in the play-offs to Newport County. Wood was released by Town on 2 May 2013, at the time he had been the club's current longest serving player. He bowed out of Grimsby having made 113 league appearances, scoring 1 goal.[2]

Alfreton Town[edit]

On 28 May 2013 it was announced that Wood had signed for Alfreton Town on a one-year contract.[3] He made his debut in the 1–0 defeat to Dartford on the opening day of the season and scored his first goal at the end of September in a defeat to Braintree Town.[4][5] After featuring in 49 of Alfreton's 50 games in 2013–14 he was named as the Supporters Player of the Season and the following month signed a new two-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2016.[6]

Lincoln City[edit]

He signed a 2-year contract at Lincoln City for the start of the 2015-16 season. Wood was voted as Lincoln's "Player of the Season" during his first season at the club. During the 2016-17 season Wood played a pivotal role in the Imps reaching the FA Cup quarter final which resulted in a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal.[7] Lincoln would also secure a return to the Football League after being crowned National League champions. Towards the end of the season Wood was convicted of drink driving offence and although he wasn't officially announced as being released, he was not featured in the retained list.[8]

Return to Alfreton Town[edit]

He returned to Alfreton Town in August 2017.[9] On 19 April 2018, Wood received a six-year ban from all football activity by the Football Association for match fixing. This is due to expire on 8 March 2024.[10]

International career[edit]

Wood made his debut for England C in September 2013, coming off the bench in a 1–0 defeat to Latvia under-23s.[11] He was called into the squad again the following year for the game against Jordan under-23s.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2017 Wood was banned from driving for 12 months after being convicted of drink driving. In July 2017 he was caught driving whilst on his ban.[13]

Wood pleaded guilty to assault following an incident at North Kesteven Leisure Centre in North Hykeham in August 2017, he was fined £154 and ordered to pay £100 compensation and a victim surcharge of £30.[14]

On 19 April 2018 Wood was handed a six year suspension from all football activity by the Football Association. A tribunal found that Wood had deliberately been booked whilst playing for Lincoln City in their FA Cup victories over Ipswich Town and Burnley during the 2016-17 season. Betting companies said that seven people had placed unusual bets on Wood being booked in both games, two of which were found to be close friends of Wood's. He also admitted 22 charges of betting on games himself.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 December 2017[15][16][17]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grimsby Town 2009–10 League Two 8 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 11 0
2010–11 Conference Premier 43 0 2 0 2[b] 0 47 0
2010–11 Conference Premier 32 1 5 0 3[b] 0 40 1
2012–13 Conference Premier 30 0 1 0 5[b] 0 36 0
Total 113 1 9 0 0 0 12 0 134 1
Alfreton Town 2013–14 Conference Premier 45 2 2 0 2[c] 0 49 2
2014–15 Conference Premier 44 7 2 1 3[d] 2 49 10
Total 89 9 4 1 5 2 99 12
Lincoln City 2015–16 National League 40 1 3 0 1[b] 0 44 1
2016–17 National League 34 2 9 0 6[b] 0 49 2
Total 74 3 12 0 7 0 93 3
Alfreton Town 2017–18 National League North 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 294 13 25 1 0 0 24 2 343 16
  1. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the FA Trophy
  3. ^ One appearance in the FA Trophy, one in the Derbyshire Senior Cup
  4. ^ Two appearances and a goal in the FA Trophy; one appearance and a goal in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup

Honours[edit]

Grimsby Town
Alfreton Town
Lincoln City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Player of the Year". Grimsby Town F.C. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. ^ "The retained list". Grimsby Town F.C. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Former Grimsby Town full-back Bradley Wood joins Alfreton Town". Grimsby Telegraph. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Dartford 1–0 Alfreton Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Braintree Town 3–1 Alfreton Town". Alfreton Town F.C. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Bradley Wood signs new two-year contract". Alfreton Town F.C. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Imps player Bradley Wood caught driving while disqualified". 3 July 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Bradley Wood returns to the Reds". Alfreton Town F.C. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Bradley Wood: Ex-Lincoln City player banned for six years for match-fixing offences". BBC Sport. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ "England C cap for Bradley Wood". Alfreton Town F.C. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  12. ^ "England call up for Bradley Wood". Alfreton Town F.C. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Imps player Bradley Wood caught driving while disqualified". 3 July 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Former Lincoln City footballer Bradley Wood fined for assault". thelincolnite.co.uk. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Bradley Wood career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  16. ^ "B. Wood". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  17. ^ 2013–14 FA Trophy and Derbyshire Senior Cup appearances sourced to:
    "Trophy hopes over early". Alfreton Town F.C. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
    "Lions tame Reds in extra time". Alfreton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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