Previously a writer for The Sun, in 1999 the Daily Mirror tried unsuccessfully to poach him. Woolnough was lured to the Daily Star in 2001 after owner Richard Desmond authorised a £200,000 pay package.
In December 2004, following Norwich City's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea, Woolnough produced a Monday morning column that enraged many Norwich fans, saying that City were "gutless," that they would "stink the place out" with Premiership performances of a similar ilk, and that he "Hopes they go down, and good riddance." Woolnough was strongly criticised for the article in Norwich, and although refusing to withdraw his comments, he later visited Carrow Road after receiving 450 e-mails and the local newspaper getting involved with the debate.
Woolnough died on 18 September 2012, aged 63 from bowel cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda and three children.
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