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Darren Wood

Personal information
Date of birth9 June 1964(age 52)
Place of birthScarborough, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionFull back

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Darren Wood (born 9 June 1964) is an English former footballer, who played as a full back in the Football League between 1981 and 1990 for Middlesbrough, Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday.

Born in Scarborough, Wood began his career with Middlesbrough, making 101 league appearances between 1981 and 1984. He became the focal point of a dispute which ended Malcolm Allison's managerial reign at Middlesbrough: with the club on the verge of liquidation, Allison threatened to resign if Wood were sold to Chelsea for £100,000, declaring that it was "better for the club to die than to linger on". Chairman Mike McCullagh accused Allison of no longer being reliable in trying to save the club and promptly sacked him, installing Jack Charlton as caretaker manager. In September 1984, Wood joined Chelsea for a fee reported as "around £50,000" and the return of former Middlesbrough captain Tony McAndrew to Ayresome Park. The Evening Gazette reported that Liverpool had offered £250,000 for Wood just six months earlier.

Wood eventually played in 178 matches in all competitions for the west London club. He was sold to Sheffield Wednesday in 1989, but made only a handful of appearances before retiring due to injury.

After retiring as a player he went into the food supply business.




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