Alex Woodyard

Alexander James Woodyard (born 3 May 1993) is a professional [[Association football|footballer]] who plays as a midfielder for AFC Wimbledon

Alex Woodyard
Personal information
Full name Alexander James Woodyard[1]
Date of birth (1993-05-03) 3 May 1993 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Gravesend, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AFC Wimbledon
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2009 Charlton Athletic
2009–2010 Southend United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Southend United 8 (0)
2011Farnborough (loan) 10 (2)
2013Braintree Town (loan) 12 (0)
2013–2014 Dartford 37 (0)
2014–2015 Concord Rangers 36 (1)
2015–2016 Braintree Town 44 (1)
2016–2018 Lincoln City 91 (3)
2018–2020 Peterborough United 57 (0)
2020Tranmere Rovers (loan) 11 (1)
2020– AFC Wimbledon 65 (1)
National team
2015–2016 England C 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:14, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Woodyard started his career in the youth system of Charlton Athletic, but moved to Southend United as a sixteen-year-old in 2010, starting a two-year scholarship.[3] He made his professional debut in December 2010, starting in their 3–1 away loss to Burton Albion in League Two. He had already made three appearances at the age of seventeen and was one of only two players to receive a professional contract from his age group in the summer of 2011.[3] In August 2011, he was sent out on loan to Conference South side Farnborough for an initial month along with George Smith to gain some first team experience.[4] His loan was later extended until the end of November, with Woodyard making thirteen appearances for the club scoring once in a 4–3 win over Basingstoke Town.[5]

Woodyard made his first Southend appearance in eighteen months in October 2012, a 3–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the Football League Trophy.[6] He impressed on his return to Southend, winning the Shrimpers Player of the Month award in October and November 2012.[3] In March 2013, he joined Conference Premier side Braintree Town on a one-month loan.[7] He made a total of twelve appearances as Braintree finished in the top-half of the table. Upon his return to Southend in May 2013, he was told that his contract would not be renewed as he was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Phil Brown.[8] Woodyard spent a total of four years with the club, making fifteen first team appearances.[8]

In August 2013, he signed for Conference Premier side Dartford after impressing in pre-season friendlies.[9] He had a turbulent start to his Dartford career, taking abuse from the fans despite solid performances on the right wing.[10] In February 2014, he endeared himself to the fans after an impressive performance against Aldershot Town.[10] In May 2014, after making 43 appearances and following Dartford's relegation to the Conference South, he was invited back for pre-season.[11]

In June 2014, he turned down the opportunity to stay on at Dartford and signed for Conference South side Concord Rangers.[12] After a successful stay at Concord Rangers, where he made 36 appearances and scored one goal, Woodyard joined National League side Braintree Town.[13]

In June 2016, Woodyard signed for Lincoln City, following his Braintree manager Danny Cowley to Sincil Bank. He ended the 2016–17 season as Lincoln's player of the season as they won promotion back to the football league,[14] before signing a new two-year deal on 6 July 2017.[15] On 30 May 2018, he joined Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee after the release clause in his contract was met.

On 3 January 2020 it was announced that Woodyard would join Tranmere Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season.[14]

On 12 June 2020, Woodyard got released by Peterborough United after a 2 year stint at the club. Within those two years he managed 54 appearances for the club and was also captain in the 2018/19 season.

In August 2020 he signed for AFC Wimbledon.[16] He scored his first goal for the club on 20 April 2021 in a 2-1 win against Oxford United.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 24 January 2022[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southend United 2010–11[19] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12[20] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[21] 5 0 3 0 0 0 4[a] 0 12 0
Total 8 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 15 0
Farnborough (loan) 2011–12[18] Conference South 10 2 2 0 0 0 12 2
Braintree Town (loan) 2012–13[18] Conference Premier 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Dartford 2013–14[18] Conference Premier 37 0 3 0 2[b] 0 42 0
Concord Rangers 2014–15[18] Conference South 36 1 3 0 3[b] 0 42 1
Braintree Town 2015–16[18] National League 44 1 3 0 4[c] 0 51 1
Lincoln City 2016–17[18] National League 45 1 9 0 3[b] 0 57 1
2017–18[22] League Two 46 2 1 0 1 0 8[d] 0 56 2
Total 91 3 10 0 1 0 11 0 113 3
Peterborough United 2018–19[23] League One 43 0 4 0 1 0 3[a] 0 51 0
2019–20[24] 14 0 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 19 0
Total 57 0 7 0 1 0 5 0 70 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2019–20[24] League One 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
AFC Wimbledon 2020–21[25] League One 40 1 1 0 1 0 3[a] 0 45 1
2021-22 25 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 29 0
AFC Wimbledon Total 65 1 4 0 2 0 3 0 74 1
Career Total 360 9 35 0 4 0 32 0 431 9
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Two appearances in National League play-offs, two in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Two appearances in English Football League play-offs, six in Football League Trophy

HonoursEdit

Lincoln City

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2019" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 533. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  3. ^ a b c "Alex Woodyard profile". The Players Agency. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Shrimpers duo farmed out to Farnborough". Football. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Woody stays at Farnborough for another month". Football. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Alex Woodyard doesn't want to give up Southend United place". Echo News. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Southend United: Alex Woodyard loaned to Braintree". BBC Sport. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Southend United axe no shock to Alex Woodyard". Echo News. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Former Southend United and Braintree Town midfielder Alex Woodyard signs for Dartford". Kent Online. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Dartford midfielder Alex Woodyard starting to endear himself to the club's supporters". Kent Online. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Kenny Clark and Tyrone Sterling leave Dartford but Mat Mitchel-King, Alex Woodyard and Mikel Suarez invited back for pre-season". Kent Online. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Former Southend United and Braintree Town midfielder Alex Woodyard leaves Dartford to sign for Concord Rangers". Kent Online. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Alex Woodyard links up with former Concord Rangers boss at Braintree Town". Basildon Canvey Southend Eco. 5 August 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Woodyard departs to join Peterborough United". weareimps.com. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Woodyard Pens New Deal". weareimps.com. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Alex Woodyard: AFC Wimbledon sign midfielder from Peterborough". BBC. 6 August 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Wimbledon 2-1 Oxford". BBC. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g A. Woodyard at Soccerway. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  25. ^ "Games played by Alex Woodyard in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  26. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2017). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2017–2018. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 640–641. ISBN 978-1-4722-3397-4.
  27. ^ Scott, Ged (8 April 2018). "Lincoln City 1–0 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

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