Born 15th February 1937 in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, England
Full name : Alan Edward WOODS
Height : 5′ 8″ (1.7m)
Weight : 11st 4lbs (71.7 kgs)
A half-back who played a half dozen games for Spurs, had his career at the club ended in a strange fashion.
During the summer of 1956, Woods suffered an injury while playing cricket in the Army, which caused him to be discharged form the service and advised to end his football career as it would be too strenuous. His appearances for Spurs had been under Arthur Rowe, as he looked to replace the ageing Bill Nicholson, but unconvinced, the manger turned back to the experienced half-back and Woods went back to the Reserves.
Alan subsequently left Tottenham, before re-surfacing at Swansea City later that year. In four years he played 30 games there and then signed for York City in 1960, going on to play over 200 games in a seven year stay at Bootham Crescent. He retired at the club before re-emerging once more, this time at Boston United.
When at White Hart Lane, Woods had been an England Youth international.
His son Neil had a lengthy career in the game taking in stints at Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Bradford City and Grimsby Town, where he held the manager’s post for the first team, the Youth team and the Academy.
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