Johnny Woodward

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Johnny Woodward
Personal information
Full name Horace John Woodward
Date of birth (1924-01-16)16 January 1924
Place of birth Islington, England
Date of death 8 August 2002(2002-08-08) (aged 78)
Place of death Cricklewood, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1949 Tottenham Hotspur 63 (1)
1949–1951 Queens Park Rangers 57 (0)
1951 Tonbridge ? (?)
?–? Snowdown Colliery Welfare ? (?)
1953 Walsall 5 (0)
?–? Stourbridge ? (?)
?–? Horsham ? (?)
Teams managed
?–? Horsham
?-1971 Willesden & Kingsbury

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Horace John 'Johnny' Woodward (16 January 1924 – 8 August 2002) was an English professional footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers, Tonbridge, Snowdown Colliery Welfare, Walsall, Stourbridge and Horsham.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Woodward signed as an amateur for Tottenham Hotspur in 1939.[2] In 1941 he made his senior debut in the London Wartime League. During World War II he served as a gunner in the Merchant Navy.[2] On his return from duty Spurs offered him a professional contract in May 1946. The central defender made his Football League debut against Newport County in September 1946 when he replaced the injured Bill Nicholson – Woodward remains the only Lilywhite to make his League debut at Somerton Park.[2] Woodward played a total of 67 matches in all competitions and scored one goal for the Lilies between 1946–49.[3] Queens Park Rangers paid £10,500 for his services in 1949. He went on to feature in a further 57 fixtures. After leaving Loftus Road he joined Tonbridge in 1951 and went on to have brief spells at Snowdown Colliery Welfare, Stourbridge and Walsall where he participated in five matches in 1953.

Management career[edit]

Woodward became player/manager at Horsham before taking charge at Willesden & Kingsbury a post he held to 1971. He later went on to occasionally manager the Maccabi club of London.[2]

Post–football career[edit]

He continued to play football throughout the 1960s and regularly turned out for the Ex–Spurs XI while employed by Schweppes and then the British Oxygen Company. Woodward retired in 1988 before settling in Willesden. After a long illness he died in a Cricklewood nursing home on 8 August 2002.[2]


  1. ^ Hugman, BJ (Ed) The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) ISBN 1-85291-665-6 p674. Retrieved 21 July 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e Woodward's obituary Retrieved 21 July 2010
  3. ^ Tottenham Hotspur F.C A-Z of players Retrieved 25 November 2012

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