Leslie Wood (footballer)

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Leslie Wood
Personal information
Full name Thomas Leslie Wood[1]
Date of birth (1932-12-20)20 December 1932[1]
Place of birth Haslingden, England[1]
Date of death 24 January 2005(2005-01-24) (aged 72)[2]
Place of death Manchester,[2] England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Woolfold St. James
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
1952–1955 Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
1955–1956 Barrow 31 (0)
1956–1958 Port Vale 2 (0)
1958 Southport 1 (0)
Rossendale United
Bolton Road
Total 33+ (0+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Leslie Wood (20 December 1932 – 24 January 2005) was an English footballer. A goalkeeper, he played 33 league games in the Football League, mostly for Barrow. He was also signed to Bolton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Port Vale, and Southport.

Playing career[edit]

Wood played for Woolfold St. James and Bolton Wanderers, before joining Huddersfield Town in 1952. The "Terriers" won promotion to the First Division in 1952–53, and made a bid for the Football League title in 1953–54, before falling away in 1954–55. However manager Andy Beattie was satisfied with the services of regular goalkeepers Harry Mills and Jack Wheeler, and Wood never made his first team debut at Leeds Road.

Wood spent the 1955–56 season with Barrow, and played 31 Third Division North games for Joe Harvey's struggling "Bluebirds". He left Holker Street, and joined Freddie Steele's Second Division side Port Vale for 'a reasonable fee' in June 1956.[1] Working as Ray King's understudy, Wood conceded three goals on his debut against Blackburn Rovers at Vale Park on 12 January 1957.[1] He played just one more game in 1956–57, and was transferred to Southport in January 1958 by new boss Norman Low.[1] He played one Third Division North game for a struggling "Sandgrounders" side in 1957–58. After leaving Haig Avenue, he later turned out for non-league sides Rossendale United and Bolton Road.



Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barrow 1955–56 Third Division North 31 0 3 0 34 0
Port Vale 1956–57 Second Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
Southport 1957–58 Third Division North 1 0 0 0 1 0


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 315. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Leslie Wood". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Leslie Wood profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)