The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS -

Born: Cam­ber­well, 1971 (age 45) 1989-95 Wood­man spent his for­ma­tive years at Crys­tal Palace but wasn’t able to break through and was re­leased in 1994. He joined Ex­eter City but it proved an ill­fated spell and the goal­keeper was sent off in two suc­ces­sive games at one stage.


A move to Northamp­ton proved a good one, with Wood­man es­tab­lish­ing him­self as No.1 and mak­ing 200 ap­pear­ances. The Cob­blers won the Di­vi­sion Three play-off fi­nal in 1997 and then lost in the Di­vi­sion Two play-off fi­nal the fol­low­ing year, de­spite Wood­man sav­ing a penalty. He moved to Brent­ford in 1999 and helped them to the Di­vi­sion Three ti­tle that year.


Wood­man joined Colch­ester United per­ma­nently in 2001 af­ter spend­ing time on loan there and later moved to Ox­ford United, again af­ter a tem­po­rary spell. He later played for Steve­nage Bor­ough, Red­bridge, Thur­rock and Rush­den & Diamonds.


Af­ter a short stint as as­sis­tant man­ager at Rush­den, Wood­man teamed up with Alan Pardew as goal­keep­ing coach at West Ham. He also worked un­der him at Charl­ton, New­cas­tle and Crys­tal Palace. Ap­pointed White­hawk boss in Fe­bru­ary, he kept them in Na­tional League South.

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