Leven born winger John Wood had an itinerant football career which started with Montrave Juniors in 1913. He played Army football while serving with The Black Watch during the First World War and then joined Hibernian in 1918, moving to Dunfermline Athletic in 1920 and then to Lochgelly United the same year. He moved to Dumbarton in 1921 from where he was signed by Second Division Manchester United in the summer of 1922, making his Football League debut against Crystal Palace that August and scoring the winner, a goal that would prove his only strike in English football. He appeared 16 times through to January 1923 for the Red Devils but returned to Lochgelly United early in 1923, later the same year joining St Mirren. He later played for East Stirlingshire, Hamilton Academical, Cowdenbeath and East Fife, having a trial spell with Alloa Athletic.