Wood Arthur Image 1 Fulham 1913

Wood Arthur Image 1 Fulham 1913


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Southampton born inside forward Arthur Wood began his career with local clubs St Mary’s Athletic in 1909 and Eastleigh Athletic in 1910 before joining Second Division Fulham in 1911. He made his Football League debut at Clapton Orient in April 1912 but was only an occasional player overhis four seasons at Craven Cottage, making only 21 first team appearances for the club playing as either an inside forward or centre forward, but only scoring one goal which came in a 1-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate in April 1914. His playing career was interrupted by the First World War, in which he saw active service. During the War he suffered an injury which necessitated the insertion of a metal plate into his forehead. This meant that, although he was able to resume his football career after the war, he was never again able to head the ball.

In August 1919 Wood resumed his playing career when he signed for Gillingham, then of the Southern League. In his first season with the club, he was top scorer with fourteen goals. At the end of the 1919-20 season, the club was elected into the Football League Third Division, and Wood went on to make 53 appearances for The Gills at this level, scoring 11 times. He left Gillingham in 1922 and had a short spell with Scottish club Hamilton Academical and also non league Northfleet before returning to The Football League with Newport County, for whom he played 13 times scoring 3 goals in 1922-23. His final professional club was Queen’s Park Rangers, for whom he made twenty appearances without scoring. After retiring from professional football he worked at the Regent Palace Hotel and played for the hotel’s staff football team.

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