Richard Wood (footballer)

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Richard Wood
Richard Wood May 2007.jpg
Personal information
Full name Richard Mark Wood[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Ossett, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 6
Youth career
000?–2003 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Sheffield Wednesday 174 (7)
2009 Coventry City (loan) 24 (3)
2010–2013 Coventry City 93 (5)
2013–2014 Charlton Athletic 21 (0)
2014– Rotherham United 42 (2)
2015 Crawley Town (loan) 10 (3)
2015 Fleetwood Town (loan) 6 (0)
2015 Chesterfield (loan) 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:43, 9 May 2016 (UTC).

Richard Mark Wood (born 5 July 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Rotherham United.

Career[edit]

Born in Ossett, West Yorkshire, Wood was a Leeds United fan and had a season ticket at Leeds, however Wood came up through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and started to support The Owls instead.[2] He broke into the senior side at the end of the 2002–03 season and capped his superb performance with a goal on his full debut against Burnley. The young Wood made such an impression that he was handed a two-year deal before he completed the second year of his Academy scholarship.

He formed an impressive partnership with Graham Coughlan in the centre of defence and has put in a series of strong displays.

Wood staked his claim for a regular spot as he missed just one of the final 28 games as Wednesday clinched promotion to the Championship the previous season.

He enjoyed a lengthy run in the 2005–06 season before an untimely injury cut short his season, which also deprived him of making an appearance for the Football League Select XI against an Italian Serie B representative side. To cap of this tremendous season, he was rewarded by receiving the Rhodes Fairbanks Young player of the year award by fans of the club.[3]

On 3 March 2007 Wood returned from his injury to make his first start for Wednesday in 11 months in a 3–2 league win against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United at Elland Road. He would go on to start in the rest of Wednesday's 11 games that season and helped them to finish the season with just one loss from 13 games – a run which almost saw the side finish in the Championship play-offs.

Prior to the 2008–09 season Wood was named joint captain alongside Steve Watson, although shortly after the season began Wood handed in a transfer request. The request was declined.

In the 2009–10 campaign, after a successful start for Wood, scoring two goals in two matches, he declined a new contract with Wednesday, and he was transfer listed on 29 October 2009.[4]

On 18 November 2009, Wood signed for Coventry City on loan until January 2010, when he is then expected to sign a permanent deal.[5] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Crystal Palace on 21 November 2009.[6] He then got his first goal for the Sky Blues the following game with the equaliser against Derby County. On 6 December Wood even captained Coventry in a 1–0 loss to Scunthorpe United. After 4 starts and 1 substitute appearance, Wood made the move permanent signing on a contract till 2013 on 1 January 2010.[7] On 27 March 2010, Wood scored the equaliser for Coventry in a match against his former club, Sheffield Wednesday. He was also named as captain in this game which finished 1–1.

His younger brother, Nick Wood, played in the Sheffield Wednesday academy until the end of the 2009–10 season. He subsequently played a few games for Tranmere Rovers and Mansfield Town.

On 18 July 2013, Wood signed a one-year deal with Charlton Athletic.[8]

On 26 June 2014, Wood signed with Rotherham United.[9] On 20 February 2015, Wood signed a one-month loan deal with Crawley Town.[10]

On 23 September 2015, Wood signed a one-month loan deal with Fleetwood Town.[11]

Wood scored his first goal for Rotherham in a 3-1 defeat to Preston North End on 5 November 2016.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Stats according to Soccerbase

As of match played 8 February 2017.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2002–03 Division One 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2003–04 Division Two 12 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 17 1
2004–05 League One 37 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 1
2005–06 Championship 30 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 33 1
2006–07 Championship 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2007–08 Championship 27 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 30 2
2008–09 Championship 42 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 44 0
2009–10 Championship 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2
Total 174 7 5 0 7 1 3 0 189 8
Coventry City (loan) 2009–10 Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Coventry City 2009–10 Championship 19 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 2
2010–11 Championship 40 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 43 2
2011–12 Championship 17 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 1
2012–13 League One 36 3 2 0 2 0 6 0 46 3
Total 112 7 7 1 4 0 6 0 129 8
Charlton Athletic 2013–14 Championship 21 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
Total 21 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
Rotherham United 2014–15 Championship 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2015-16 Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2016-17 Championship 19 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 2
Total 38 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 42 2
Crawley Town (loan) 2014–15 League One 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2015–16 League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2015–16 League One 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career totals 366 19 18 1 16 1 10 0 410 21
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 461. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/wood__i_want_to_beat_leeds_575323/index.shtml
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Owls transfer list defender Wood". BBC Sport. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "News: Wood signs on loan". Coventry City F.C. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Coventry 1–1 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wood and Hussey complete moves". Coventry City F.C. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Wood deal confirmed". Charlton Athletic. 18 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Richard Wood joins Rotherham United". Charlton Athletic. 26 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Richard Wood: Crawley sign Rotherham defender on loan". BBC Sport. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.fleetwoodtownfc.com/news/article/fleetwood-town-rotherham-richard-wood-2706316.aspx
  12. ^ "Rotherham 1-3 Preston North End". BBC Sport. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

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