Sunderland born full back James Wood started his football career with Hylton Colliery in 1911 and spent 1912-13 at hometown League Champions Sunderland without making a first team appearance. In 1913 he joined South Shields and the following year transferred to Second Division Huddersfield Town, for whom he made his Football League debut at Leeds City in March 1915, however his career was interrupted by The First World War. When League Football resumed in 1919 he was Huddersfield’s first choice left back for 3 seasons, in that time he played in both Huddersfield’s losing 1920 FA Cup Final team of 1920, going down 1-0 to an extra time goal against Aston Villa, and 2 years later under Herbert Chapman going one better by winning the FA Cup against Preston North End with a penalty from Billy Smith. However he was sold to Blackpool in October 1922 after 144 appearances for Huddersfield, and played four seasons at Bloomfield Road, albeit less and less often. In 1926, after 56 appearances, he left and joined the exodus of players going to the nascent North American Soccer League, playing for Fall River Marksmen, Springfield Babes in 1927 and Providence Clamdiggers in 1928.