Wood, Jeffrey

Birth Date

4th February 1954


Islington, London



Biographical Text

Goalkeeper Jeff Wood had played nearly 150 league games for Charlton Athletic before having a season with Exeter City in 1984/85 in between stints in Finland, Hong Kong and Malta. 

He gained a Football League opportunity with Charlton Athletic, who signed him from Harlow Town in November 1975. He enjoyed the best spell of his career at The Valley going on to make 147 league appearances, including 121 of them consecutively. He left the club at the end of the 1975-76 season and played in Denmark, prior to signing for Colchester United in September 1981, although he never played a game for them. He appeared in the Finnish team, Helsinki JK, that played in the European Cup in 1982-83. He also played in the European Cup for Maltese side, Rabat Ajax before a latter spell with Happy Valley in Hong Kong. 

Signing for Exeter City in August 1984 he went straight into the first team making his debut against Northampton Town. Wood kept his place until the following March when Lee Smelt was signed on loan from Cardiff City as his replacement.

After retiring from playing Wood coached in Gibraltar and America and was part of the management team at Brighton and Hove Albion. He them became manager at Chesham United, and St. Albans City. In 2004 Wood was running Charlton Athletic’s European soccer school in Malaga, Spain. He was appointed goalkeeping coach at Norwich City in 2011.





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