Woodman, Craig

Birth Date

22nd December 1982


Tiverton, Devon



Biographical Text

Craig Woodman, from Tiverton, had played around 350 professional games before eventually playing for his local professional club between 2012 and 2020. After playing over 275 times for City he was to finally join Tiverton Town.  

After finishing school in Tiverton, Craig came through the ranks at Bristol City where he played a hundred times over seven years in addition to having loan spells with Mansfield and Torquay (twice). Leaving Ashton Gate in 2007 Craig joined Wycombe Wanderers where he won player of the year awards and played over 130 times in all competitions. He then moved to Brentford for an undisclosed fee ahead of the 2010/11 season, and in two seasons, clocked up around 75 appearances.

A free agent in the summer of 2012, not yet thirty but with around 350 games under his belt, Craig returned to Devon to sign for Exeter City. Making his City debut on 18 August 2012, Craig made 46 appearances in all competitions during his first season and 44 in 2013/14. Although he never played quite as much football again in any single season Craig, now approaching thirty-two, provided remarkably good value by playing an average of 35 games per season over the next five campaigns to summer 2019. It was only in Craig's final season, the COVID-disrupted 2019/20, that his contribution dipped to a dozen games with his final professional game being that against Oxford in the EFL Trophy on 4 December 2019. During his time with the club Craig played in the 2017 and 2018 play-off finals as well as the two FA Cup ties against Liverpool in January 2016.

Craig's only goal for Cty came against Scunthorpe on 26 April 2014 when an indirect free-kick was touched to Craig to score from outside the box. It was only the eighth goal of his professional career.      

Craig joined Tiverton Town in the summer of 2020. After a COVID-interrupted first season Craig played in the majority of Tivvy’s matches in 2021/22. He was still playing Southern League Premier South football for the club in 2022/23 at the age of forty before finally announcing his retirement in November 2023 after notching up over 750 first-team appearances for his various clubs. 

Craig subsequently helped out Willand Rovers by making an emergency appearance in February 2024.  


Exeter City

246 League (plus 4 play-off); 29 Cups (279)


1 League

Related Resources



Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>