Mike Woods (Australian footballer)

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Mike Woods
Mike Woods 1951.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mike Woods
Date of birth (1926-08-01)1 August 1926
Place of birth Melbourne
Date of death 4 October 2017(2017-10-04) (aged 91)
Original team(s) Old Melburnians
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Position(s) Ruck / Defense
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1949–53 Melbourne 72 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1953.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael "Mike" Cranston Woods (1 August 1926 - 4 October 2017) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

Woods was born in Melbourne and attended Melbourne Grammar.[2] In 1944, Woods joined the Navy and was commissioned to HMAS Nizam.[2] In 1952, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a commerce and social science degree.[2] He furthered his studies at the London School of Economics. [2]

At school Woods excelled in swimming and Australian football. In the navy he won a heavyweight title. [2] After World War II, Woods played football for the Old Melburnians in the VAFA and in 1949 he joined the Melbourne Football Club in the VFL.[2] He won the best first-year player award and played as a ruckman and defender.[2] In 1950, Woods was selected to represent Victoria in the Australian National Football Carnival. [2]. He retired in 1953. [2]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2009). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (8th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. p. 910. ISBN 978-1-921496-00-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Woods, Richard (19 December 2017). "Sportsman had unique state record". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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