Chris Wood (footballer, born 1991)

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Chris Wood
Chris Wood Training.jpg
Wood warming up for Leicester City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Christopher Grant Wood[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 9
Youth career
Cambridge FC
Waikato FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Waikato FC 5 (0)
2008 Hamilton Wanderers 17 (16)
2009–2013 West Bromwich Albion 21 (1)
2010 Barnsley (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2011 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 29 (8)
2011–2012 Birmingham City (loan) 23 (9)
2012 Bristol City (loan) 19 (3)
2012 Millwall (loan) 19 (11)
2013 Leicester City (loan) 1 (2)
2013–2015 Leicester City 52 (12)
2015 Ipswich Town (loan) 8 (0)
2015– Leeds United 8 (4)
National team
2007 New Zealand U17 3 (0)
2012– New Zealand U23 5 (1)
2009– New Zealand 39 (13)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 19 September 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

Christopher Grant "Chris" Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Leeds United and the New Zealand national team.

Wood was born in Auckland and started his senior career with Cambridge FC, Waikato FC and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Wood has been capped over thirty five times for the New Zealand national team, scoring thirteen goals. He played for the side at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Born in Auckland, Wood attended Royal Oak Primary and Cambridge East primary then St Paul's Collegiate School and started his youth and senior career with Cambridge FC playing in the Northern League from the age of 15 years, after which he attracted the attention of Waikato FC Academy prior to playing for the senior ASB Premiership club Waikato FC. He then later transferred to play for Hamilton Wanderers[3] in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier before moving to English club West Bromwich Albion. His sister Chelsey Wood is also an accomplished footballer, having represented New Zealand at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany.[4]

Club career[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Wood was recommended to West Bromwich Albion's Academy by Roger Wilkinson, who set up a trial for him.[5]

Wood found a rich vein of goal scoring form for West Brom's youth academy side, leading to a call up to the reserve team where he was just as prolific. Injuries to West Brom front-liners gave Wood a surprise call up to a trip to Fratton Park to play Premier League side Portsmouth in April 2009. Wood came off the bench to become just the fifth New Zealander to play in the Premiership.[6]

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Wood agreed his first professional contract, signing a two-year deal at Albion, with a further two-year option in the club's favour.[7] This was followed in December 2009 when he signed a new three and a half-year deal, with West Brom having the option to extend that for a further year.[8] He scored his first professional goal for West Brom on 15 September 2009, a stunning 25-metre strike into the top left corner, in a 3–1 win over Doncaster Rovers.[9]

He scored his second senior goal in a 2–0 win over Huddersfield Town less than seven minutes after coming off the bench in West Brom's FA Cup third-round tie on 2 January 2010.[10]


Wood was sent out on a 93-day emergency loan for Barnsley on 24 September 2010.[11] The loan was terminated early by mutual consent after seven league appearances for the club without scoring.[12]


Playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011

On 19 November, Wood signed for Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until January 2011.[12] He scored on his debut against Bristol Rovers but saw a penalty saved just days later against Southampton. He added to his scoring tally by scoring in the 3–1 FA Cup win over Portsmouth. He then scored twice against Peterborough United.

Birmingham City[edit]

The day before the first match of the Football League Championship season, Wood joined Birmingham City on a one-month loan.[13] He made his debut the following day, replacing Keith Fahey in the second half of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County.[14] Playing as the lone striker in Birmingham's first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, Wood hit the frame of the goal twice. The game finished goalless.[15] He scored his first goal for Birmingham in the second leg of the tie against Nacional.[16] On 11 September, Wood scored a hat-trick to lead Birmingham to victory over Millwall,[17] followed by two goals against Nottingham Forest on 2 October to take his league total to seven goals from eight games.[18] His loan was then extended for a second time, until 5 January 2012.[19] His eighth, to clinch a 2–0 defeat of Leicester City, came when Marlon King played a cross-field ball for Wood to run on to and, according to The Independent, "the composure he revealed to go past Kasper Schmeichel and slot the ball home from an angle was impressive".[20] Four days later, Wood scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time to defeat Club Brugge 2–1 in the Europa League group stage.[21] His loan ended on 5 January 2012 after 29 games in all competitions, from which he scored 11 goals.[22]

Bristol City[edit]

After returning to the West Bromwich Albion team as an unused substitute in their third round FA Cup tie against Cardiff City,[23] Wood joined Championship club Bristol City on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[24]


On 17 September 2012, Wood completed a two-month loan deal to championship side Millwall. Wood made his Millwall debut by coming on as a substitute against Cardiff City F.C. for Darius Henderson. Wood scored which proved only to be a consolation against his former club Brighton and Hove Albion on his full debut for the lions.

On 18 November 2012, Wood extended his loan until January 2013, also scoring the winner against Leeds United on the same day. On 24 November 2012, Wood's goal against Blackburn won Sky Sports News Goal of The Day.

Leicester City[edit]

Wood playing for Leicester City in 2013

West Bromwich Albion recalled Wood from Millwall on 27 December 2012, and announced the following day that it had accepted offers from Millwall and fellow Championship club Leicester City for the permanent transfer of Wood. Wood chose to join the latter, and the move was expected to be completed when the January 2013 transfer window opens.[25] Leicester confirmed that the player had agreed personal terms.[26] Wood started and scored twice after only 24 minutes in his first game for Leicester on 1 January 2013 against Huddersfield Town, initially joining on loan in order to be registered in time to play.[27]

On 12 January 2013, Wood scored a first half hat trick versus Bristol City at Ashton Gate taking his goal tally to six goals in three games for Leicester. After finishing in 6th place after 11 goals in 24 games, Leicester qualified for the Championship play-offs, on 12 May 2013, Wood played in The Championship Play-off Semi-final second leg against Watford, in a dramatic finale, after Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved a penalty taken by Anthony Knockaert and a rebound which would have sent Leicester through to the final; Watford charged down to the other end, and Striker Troy Deeney scored the winning goal in the seventh minute of added time to send Watford through on aggregate.[28]

On 26 March 2014, TV footage[29] appeared to support Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's claim that he had scored what would have been the first goal of his career, when Leicester equalised, in injury time, against Yeovil Town however, the match officials ruled that his header had not crossed the line, and the goal was officially credited[30] to Wood, who followed up to put the ball in the net. On 31 March 2014, after replacing Jamie Vardy as a substitute, Wood scored a stunning longe range volley against Burnley to put Leicester 6 points clear at the top of The Championship.[31] Wood finished the season with 8 goals in all competitions as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season as Champions.[32]

On 16 August 2014, he came on for Leonardo Ulloa after 78 minutes of Leicester's first match of the Premier League season, at home to Everton. Seven minutes later he scored the equaliser in a 2–2 draw.[33]

Ipswich Town loan[edit]

On 27 February 2015, Wood joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season. He wore the number 39 shirt. On 25 April 2015, Wood was recalled by his parent club Leicester City, during their successful fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Leeds United[edit]

On 1 July 2015, Wood joined Championship team Leeds United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee,[34][35] reported to be in the range of £2.5 to £3 million.[36][37] As a result, he became Leeds' most expensive signing for 13 years since the arrival of Nick Barmby in August 2002.[38][39] On 31 July 2015, Wood was given the number 9 shirt for the upcoming 2015/16 season.[40] On 8 August 2015, Wood made his debut for Leeds in the Championship in a 1–1 draw against Burnley on the opening day of the season.[41] On 12 August 2015, Wood missed his penalty in a penalty shootout against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup, with Leeds losing the shootout 4–2 after a 1–1 draw.[42]

Wood scored his first goal for Leeds on 19 August 2015 against Bristol City in a 2–2 draw.[43] On 22 August 2015, Wood scored his 2nd goal of the season with an equaliser for Leeds in a 1–1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.[44] On 29 August 2015, Wood scored his third goal in three games for Leeds with an 88th-minute strike against Derby County sealing a 2-1 victory for Leeds. Wood scored his fourth goal for Leeds from the penalty spot in the 2-1 victory over MK Dons on 19 September 2015.

International career[edit]

Wood represented New Zealand at Under-17 level and was a standout performer for the All Whites at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, a tournament which earned him a trial with English football club West Bromwich Albion, whom he later signed with.

After a string of impressive performances for club, Wood's rise on the international stage continued and was fast-tracked into All Whites coach Ricki Herbert's squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa,[45] and made his debut in a friendly against Tanzania on 3 June 2009 in a warm up match to the tournament.[46][47]

In May 2010, he was named in the All Whites World Cup squad, and at 18 was the youngest member of the New Zealand team which travelled to South Africa.[48] He came on as a substitute in All Whites first group match in a 1–1 draw against Slovakia and New Zealand's first ever point in a World Cup finals match.[49] On 20 June 2010, Wood came on as a substitute in New Zealand's famous 1–1 draw against Italy, Wood also came on as a substitute in the 0–0 draw against Paraguay on 24 June, New Zealand were knocked out of the tournament after drawing all three Group games.

Wood scored his first official international goal on 10 October 2010 in his country's 1–1 draw with Honduras He was given a yellow card for the unusual nature of his celebration of the goal, where he revealed his underwear to the spectators.[50]

Wood scored his first international hat-trick against Solomon Islands on 10 June 2012 in the 3rd/4th play-off of the OFC Nations Cup. Wood was named in New Zealand Under 23's Squad for the 2012 Olympics where they lost to Belarus national under-23 football team on 26 July, before Wood scored for New Zealand Under 23's in a 1–1 draw against Egypt Under 23's on 29 July 2012 at Old Trafford, Wood also started the final group game in a 3–0 defeat to Brazil Under 23's which saw New Zealand Olympic squad knocked out of the tournament.

On November 14, 2014, Wood became the youngest ever captain for NZ All Whites, a record previously held by Tommy Smith.

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 August 2015
All-time club performance
Club Season Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New Zealand League Chatham Cup Other Total
Waikato FC 2007–08[51] NZFC 5 0 [a] 5 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09[52] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10[53] Championship 18 1 2 1 3 0 23 2
2010–11[54] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Club total 21 1 2 1 4 1 27 3
Barnsley (loan) 2010–11[54] Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2010–11[54] League One 29 8 2 1 0 0 31 9
Birmingham City (loan) 2011–12[22] Championship 23 9 0 0 6[b] 2 29 11
Bristol City (loan) 2011–12[22] Championship 19 3 19 3
Millwall (loan) 2012–13[55] Championship 19 11 19 11
Leicester City 2012–13[55] Championship 20 9 2 2 2[c] 0 24 11
2013–14[56] Championship 26 4 0 0 3 4 29 8
2014–15[57] Premier League 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
Club total 53 14 3 2 4 4 2 0 62 20
Ipswich Town (loan) 2014–15[57] Championship 8 0 8 0
Leeds United 2015–16[58] Championship 8 4 0 0 1 0 9 4
Career totals 192 51 7 4 9 5 8 2 216 62
  1. ^ As a franchise team, Waikato FC are ineligible to play in the Chatham Cup, New Zealand's national knockout cup competition.
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs




West Bromwich Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester City


  • New Zealand U-20 Men’s Player of the Year:[60] 2008, 2009, 2011




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