Colin Woodthorpe

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Colin Woodthorpe
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Personal information
Full name Colin John Woodthorpe
Date of birth (1969-01-13) 13 January 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1990 Chester City 200 (6)
1990–1994 Norwich City 161 (1)
1994–1997 Aberdeen 122 (1)
1997–2002 Stockport County 201 (4)
2002–2008 Bury 244 (1)
Total 928 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin Woodthorpe (born 13 January 1969 in Liverpool) is an English former footballer currently serving as assistant manager at AFC Fylde.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Woodthorpe has enjoyed an extremely long professional playing career, having made his first-team debut for Chester City in the 1985-86 season at Rochdale in the Freight Rover Trophy as a 17-year-old apprentice.

The following season saw Woodthorpe make his Football League debut at Bury in a 1-1 draw and he ended the campaign with 30 league starts and two goals to his name. He also found the net in the northern final of the Freight Rover Trophy, but Chester lost 2-1 on aggregate to Mansfield Town. He remained a regular in the left-back slot for the remainder of his time at the club and did not miss a game in the 1989-90 season. At the end of the campaign he joined top-flight side Norwich City for a six-figure sum, having made 155 league appearances and scored six times in four years with Chester's first team.

Norwich City[edit]

His four years with Norwich included some highlights, such as playing against Inter Milan in a UEFA Cup tie (1993), appearing in an FA Cup semi-final against Sunderland (1992) and scoring in a 3-0 win over Liverpool (1991).


In 1994 he moved north of the border when he joined Aberdeen for £400,000, again providing matches in European competition. In three years at Pittodrie Woodthorpe made 51 league appearances before returning to the north-west with Stockport County in 1997.

Stockport County[edit]

Stockport County had just won promotion to Division One, a level the club would remain at until 2002 when they were relegated and Woodthorpe left on a free transfer, despite captaining the side in his final season at Edgeley Park.


Woodthorpe joined Bury at the start of the 2002-03 season. His first goal for the Shakers was a local derby winner at Rochdale in the LDV Vans Trophy and his first season ended with Bury reaching the Division Three play-offs.

Woodthorpe remained a regular figure in the Bury defence, despite being 20 years older than some team-mates and opponents. He was released from Bury in May 2008.

Management career[edit]

In May 2010 Colin Woodthorpe was appointed as assistant to player manager Dave Challinor at UniBond Premier Division club Colwyn Bay F.C..

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