johnny woodward - fact file
1939 - 1949 defender
Born on 16th January 1924 in Islington,
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Johnny Woodward was turned into a central defender, who had been a centre-forward when he joined Tottenham's first team. In 1939, he signed as an amateur with Spurs aged just 15 and worked his way up through the ranks and gained experience by going on loan at non-league Finchley.
Woodward made his Spurs debut in a London War League game in 1941, but having been commissioned as a gunner in the Merchant Navy, he played for the services, during which time he became a centre-half and on returning to Tottenham, he played his next game for the club five years after his previous one. Standing in for an injured Bill Nicholson, Johnny made his league debut in September 1946 against Newport County and in the following season he was a regular and scored his only goal in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers in February 1948.
He played 63 league game sin the next three seasons and then 37 league and cup games for the second eleven, scoring one goal. It was a little ironic that his last league game for Spurs was against QPR in March 1949, as Johnny left for Queens Park Rangers for a sizeable fee at the end of the 1948-49 season, where he appeared 57 times in the league over the two years he spent at Loftus Road. After that, he never really settled and moved to Kent side Tonbridge, Snowdon Colliery Welfare and then made a brief stop at Walsall, where he played five times in 1953. Another short spell at Stourbridge was followed by a move into management with Horsham (where he combined playing duties) and then took charge at Willesden and Kingsbury (form 1966-1971, also occasionally managing the Maccabi club of London.
Johnny also worked for Schweppes (the soft drinks company) and the British Oxygen Company before he retired to Willseden in 1988.
John Woodward died in a nursing home in Cricklewood on 3rd August 2002.
REAL CHRISTIAN NAME : Horace
MIDDLE NAME : John
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