Wood, Ray

Ray Wood

Ray Wood

Clubs played for: Darlington, Manchester United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Barnsley (1949-1967).

Born: 1931

Birthplace: Hebburn, County Durham

Position: Goalkeeper

Biography: Ray had only played a dozen games for Darlington when United paid £5,500 to take him to Old Trafford, and he went straight into the first team to play against Newcastle United, the club who had shown him the door only six months earlier. He to battle Reg Allen and Jack Crompton for a place in the first team so ended up playing the odd 'A' team game as centre forward and working in a textile warehouse. When he finally established himself, he won two League winner's medals and was the victim of an horrific Peter McParland challenge in the 1957 Cup Final. He later survived Munich only to lose his place to Harry Gregg and was sold to Huddersfield Town for £1,500 in December 1958. He qualified as a FA coach and held many coaching jobs around the world. Settled in Bexhill, Sussex, he ran a sportswear company and then took charge of a suit department in a Hastings department store until his retirement. He died in July 2002, aged 71.

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