Gary Woods (footballer)
Woods with Watford in 2014
|Full name||Gary Woods|
|Date of birth||1 October 1990|
|Place of birth||Kettering, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
(on loan from Leyton Orient)
|2015–||→ Ross County (loan)||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:21, 31 October 2015 (UTC).
Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Woods joined Manchester United from Cambridge United in July 2007 after trials with a host of Premier League sides, including Arsenal. Described by Manchester United's under-18 coach Paul McGuinness as "a strong, brave goalkeeper with a strong personality", he made his only appearance for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly against Aberdeen. His final days at Old Trafford were hampered with injuries and he was released in the summer of 2008.
Woods joined Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer on 26 March 2009, signing a contract which would end at the end of 2009–10 season. He made his professional debut one month later on 25 April 2009, when he replaced Neil Sullivan in the final minute of a 2–0 victory against Crystal Palace. Woods made his full debut in Doncaster Rovers' home game against Burnley on 1 February 2011 and went on to supplant Sullivan as first choice goalkeeper for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.
Having started sporadically started in the 2011–12, Woods became first-choice goalkeeper in 2012–13 as Doncaster returned to League One following relegation from the Championship. However, despite playing 49 of 53 games as Doncaster took the League One title, he was released at the end of the season.
After one season with Watford, Woods signed for League One side Leyton Orient on 17 July 2014 on a two-year deal. After 17 league appearances for Orient during the 2014–15 season, he found himself as number two behind Alex Cisak. On 1 September 2015, Woods went on loan with Scottish club Ross County until January 2016.
Having previously played Victory Shield football for England at under-16 level, Woods made his debut for the England under-18 side on 20 November 2007 as a substitute for Alex Smithies during a 2–0 friendly win over Ghana.
- As of 17 October 2015
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Leyton Orient||2014–15||League One||17||0||1||0||3||0||2||0||23||0|
|Ross County (loan)||2015–16||Scottish Premiership||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
- Doncaster Rovers
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- "Doncaster Rovers: Gary Woods among quintet released". South Yorkshire Times. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "OFFICIAL: Woods Signs". Watford FC. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Staggies sign goalkeeper Woods on loan". Press & Journal. 1 September 2015.
- "England 2–0 Ghana". TheFA.com. The Football Association. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
- Gary Woods career statistics at Soccerbase