Seaham Harbour, County Durham born inside left born Albert Wood began his football career with Seaham Harbour before joining Sunderland in August 1927, making his Football League debut at Tottenham Hotspur that October. A fringe player in three of his four seasons at Roker Park, he enjoyed a enjoyed a run in the Sunderland team between October 1929 and April 1930, scoring 8 goals in 21 appearances. By the time he joined Fulham in May 1931 he had scored 11 times in 32 matches for The Wearsiders.
His time at Craven Cottage was also mainly spent in the reserves, scoring 9 times in only 24 appearances over a further four seasons. In June 1935 he signed for Crewe Alexandra and was an ever present in Crewe’s 1935-36 campaign, scoring 15 goals in 46 appearances as The Alex finished sixth in the Third Division (North).
Wood again moved on after a single season, joining Tranmere Rovers in August 1936, where he scored a hat-trick in a win over Gateshead in his final match for Tranmere in April 1937, but he lost his place in Rovers’ line up, perhaps through injury, and didn’t play again for them before joining nearby New Brighton in February 1938 after 11 goals in 39 appearances. He was a regular at New Brighton until he joined Hartlepools United in June 1939, scoring 11 goals in 50 appearances, but he hadn’t played for The Monkeyhangers before the outbreak of the Second World War that September, which effectively ended his career.
NB in the image he is shown with Sunderland team mates Jack Bell, Harry Shaw and Tommy Urwin.