|Date of birth||9 June 1964|
|Place of birth||Scarborough, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Full back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Scarborough, Wood began his career with Middlesbrough, making 101 league appearances between 1981 and 1984. He became the focal point of a dispute which ended Malcolm Allison's managerial reign at Middlesbrough: with the club on the verge of liquidation, Allison threatened to resign if Wood were sold to Chelsea for £100,000, declaring that it was "better for the club to die than to linger on". Chairman Mike McCullagh accused Allison of no longer being reliable in trying to save the club and promptly sacked him, installing Jack Charlton as caretaker manager. In September 1984, Wood joined Chelsea for a fee reported as "around £50,000" and the return of former Middlesbrough captain Tony McAndrew to Ayresome Park. The Evening Gazette reported that Liverpool had offered £250,000 for Wood just six months earlier.
Wood eventually played in 178 matches in all competitions for the west London club. Being switched to midfield, where he was unpopular when keeping the stylish Micky Hazard out of the team. He was sold to Sheffield Wednesday in 1989, but made only a handful of appearances before retiring due to a back injury endured over a 2-year period.
After retiring as a player he went into the food retail business and settled in his wife's hometown of Leeds with their 2 children.
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Malcolm Allison will quit Middlesbrough if the club sell full-back Darren Wood to Chelsea for £100,000. The Boro boss gave his ultimatum to chairman Mike McCullagh yesterday. But Boro face the threat of closure unless they can raise £200,000 before today's transfer deadline.
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