Alan Woods

Highly rated by all who saw him play for City, Alan Woods was one of our very best 1960s midfield players. Father of later City player Neil Woods and grandfather of Michael Woods

Born in Dinnington (Rotherham), Alan Woods progressed through the youth ranks at Spurs, gaining England youth caps. He struggled for game time at Spurs and Swansea before joining City in the summer of 1960 as a 23 year old. He made his Spurs debut against Manchester United but had to play second fiddle to the legendary Danny Blanchflower.

Joining a club newly relegated to Division 4, he immediately made his mark. The highlight of his City career was being a member of the1965 promotion side.

He was a solid no nonsense wing half (defensive midfielder) in a side containing the likes of Barry Jackson, Tommy Forgan, Billy Rudd, Norman Wilkinson, Andy Provan and Paul Aimson. He was an Alan Ball type of player (full of energy and driving runs) with a bit of Nobby Stiles (niggledy, always breaking up opposition attacks). Tough and brave with a simple direct style of play, winning the ball and linking defence to attack.

He scored four goals for the Minstermen in 259 appearances being a regular for nearly 6 seasons. Alan went on to play for Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity before hanging up his boots and working as a dairyman in York.

Son Neil (striker) and grandson Michael (2020 -) also played for City. Neil, as a schoolboy and again during the 1998/9 season towards the end of his career. Michael showed the footballing traits of his granddad.

Fans and friends on social media have paid tribute to "a lovely bloke" and an "excellent player".

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