Neil Wood

Neil Anthony Wood (born 4 January 1983) is an English former footballer who played for Midland Football Combination Premier Division side Bolehall Swifts, where he played as a midfielder. He has now become a coach and is now the Manager of the Under-23 team of Manchester United.

Neil Wood
Personal information
Full name Neil Anthony Wood[1]
Date of birth (1983-01-04) 4 January 1983 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Manchester, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder[1]
Club information
Current team
Bolehall Swifts
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2001–2002Royal Antwerp (loan) 3 (0)
2003Peterborough United (loan) 3 (1)
2004Burnley (loan) 10 (1)
2004–2005Coventry City (loan) 17 (0)
2006Blackpool (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Blackpool 4 (0)
2006–2007 Oldham Athletic 5 (0)
2008 Željezničar 16 (0)
2009–2010 Atherstone Town 0 (0)
2010 Bolehall Swifts 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 July 2010

Playing careerEdit

Manchester UnitedEdit

Wood began his career with Manchester United, as a member of the reserve team but never made a senior team appearance. During his career with United, he was loaned out to Royal Antwerp in Belgium, Peterborough United (scoring once against Colchester United),[3] Burnley (scoring once against Norwich City),[4] Coventry City and Blackpool.

Blackpool & Oldham AthleticEdit

In 2006, Wood left Old Trafford in a transfer to Blackpool.[5] Though later in the same year, he once again moved on a two-year contract to Oldham Athletic. After several appearances, Wood suffered a season-ending knee injury.[6] The injury led to his release from the team.


In February 2008, Wood signed with Bosnian Premier League club Željezničar, but was released in July 2008. He was well accepted by the fans and became first englishman in the Bosnian Premier League.

Atherstone TownEdit

Following his release from Željezničar, Wood returned to England, and settled down in the Tamworth area, he started training with Southern Football League Division One Central side Atherstone Town, and was offered a deal, however Wood's career with Atherstone Town never got started as he was unable to get international clearance. Wood tried in vain to get Željezničar to release his registration, but despite his efforts, Željezničar never contacted Atherstone Town with the relevant information, leaving Wood sat on the sidelines.[citation needed]

The saga was ongoing and Atherstone Town even got FIFA involved in a bid to speed up the process, and get Wood to make his long-awaited Atherstone Town debut.[citation needed] However, Wood soon left the club, as the manager who bought him to the club, Daren Fulford was sacked, with new Atherstone Town manager Dale Belford releasing the player along with others in a bid to cut costs at the club.

Bolehall SwiftsEdit

Wood finally got his international clearance from FK Željezničar and in July 2010, Wood's old manager at Atherstone Town, Daren Fulford was named as new manager of Bolehall Swifts, and added Wood to his squad.


  1. ^ a b c d "Neil Wood". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Neil Wood". Manchester United Football Club. Archived from the original on 6 September 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Peterborough 1–2 Colchester". BBC. 20 September 2003. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Burnley 3–5 Norwich". BBC. 3 April 2004. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Blackpool boss signs midfield duo". BBC Sport. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Oldham suffer Wood injury agony". BBC Sport. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2008.

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