Andy Woodman

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Andy Woodman
Personal information
Full name Andrew John Woodman[1]
Date of birth (1971-08-11) 11 August 1971 (age 47)[1]
Place of birth Camberwell, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
000?–1989 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
1994–1995 Exeter City 6 (0)
1995–1999 Northampton Town 160 (0)
1999Brentford (loan) 1 (0)
1999–2001 Brentford 60 (0)
2000Peterborough United (loan) 0 (0)
2000Southend United (loan) 17 (0)
2000Colchester United (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2002 Colchester United 48 (0)
2002Oxford United (loan) 12 (0)
2002–2004 Oxford United 89 (0)
2004–2005 Stevenage Borough 21 (0)
2005 Redbridge 1 (0)
2005 Thurrock 14 (0)
2005–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 3 (0)
Total 438 (0)
Teams managed
2017 Whitehawk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andrew John Woodman (born 11 August 1971) is an English former football goalkeeper and coach. As a player, his highest achievement was playing for Northampton Town when they won the Division Three play-offs in 1997.

Playing career[edit]

Woodman spent the first five years of his career playing at Crystal Palace without making a first team appearance. In 1994, he moved to Exeter City making his debut at Lincoln City on the opening day of the season, but his time at St. James' Park was cut short following red cards in two successive matches, he was first sent off against Leyton Orient for violent conduct and then a week later for deliberate handball against Colchester United in the FA Cup. In both games, Woodman was replaced by 15-year old substitute Ross Bellotti, who remains the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear in the football league or FA Cup proper.[2] Woodman moved to Northampton Town in March 1995 where he is regarded as something of a cult figure, being granted a testimonial by the club in summer 2007, he was loaned to Brentford in January 1999 and then moved there on a free transfer. After loans spells at Southend United and Colchester United in 2000, he signed permanently for Colchester United for the start of the 2001–02 season. Woodman found himself loaned out again, this time to Oxford United in January 2002, before signing permanently for them when the loan ended in March. Woodman was released by Oxford United in 2004 and then played for Stevenage Borough, Redbridge and Thurrock, his final match for Thurrock was a 2-4 Conference South play-off defeat against Eastbourne Borough on 3 May 2005.[3] Woodman then briefly returned to the Football League with Rushden & Diamonds, making the final appearance of his career in a 1-2 defeat at Barnet on 29 October 2005.[4]

Non-playing career[edit]


In spring of 2006 he was appointed assistant manager at Rushden & Diamonds but left the club after they were relegated from the Football League at the end of that season to join his old teammate Alan Pardew at West Ham United as a coach; when Pardew moved to Charlton Athletic, Woodman followed him in the summer of 2007 as goalkeeping coach. In December 2010 he linked up with Pardew again at Newcastle United as goalkeeping coach and on 31 July 2015, he joined Crystal Palace in the same position to work under Pardew yet again. On 9 January 2017, following Pardew's departure and the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager of Crystal Palace, it was announced that Woodman had left the club.[5]


Woodman was appointed to his first managerial role on 1 February 2017 at National League South Whitehawk,[6][7] he left the club later that year after ensuring National League South safety.[8]


Woodman co-authored a book Woody & Nord: A Football Friendship with England manager Gareth Southgate about their close friendship which grew from their time together as youth players at Crystal Palace, followed by their wildly differing fortunes in the professional game. Southgate's nickname Nord was coined by Wally Downes, who thought he sounded like Denis Norden;[9] the book won the best sports autobiography category at the 2004 British Sports Book Awards.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Woodman's son, Freddie, is a goalkeeper with Newcastle United. Southgate is Freddie's godfather.[11]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 April 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Whitehawk[12] England 1 February 2017 7 June 2017 18 6 3 9 21 31 −10 033.33
Total 18 6 3 9 21 31 −10 033.33



Northampton Town[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 461. ISBN 1-85291-651-6.
  2. ^ "The Grecian Archive". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Player Details: Season 2004-2005-Andy Woodman". Soccer Facts
  4. ^ "Andy Woodman".
  5. ^ "Club Statement". 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  6. ^ Anthony Scott (1 February 2017). "Andy Woodman appointed Hawks Boss". Whitehawk F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ Musgrove, Andrew (1 February 2017). "Ex-Newcastle United goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman gets his first job - at non-league club".
  8. ^ Owen, Brian (24 May 2017). "Woodman parts company with Whitehawk". The Argus.
  9. ^ Brian Viner (27 March 2004). "Gareth Southgate and Andy Woodman: Contrasting futures beckon for football's unlikely double act". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  10. ^ British Sports Book Awards, official website.
  11. ^ "Why Fred Woodman is about to make the battle for the number one spot interesting at Newcastle United". Chronicle
  12. ^ "2016–17 Whitehawk Fixtures and Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Division Three (League Two) Play-off Finalists".
  14. ^ "Division Two (League One) Play-off Finalists".
  15. ^ "Tier Four (League Two) Honours".

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