Stephen John 'Steve' Woods
(born 15 December 1976) is an English
, who is currently playing for Northwich Victoria
Woods was born in Davenham
and began his career as a trainee with Stoke City
, turning professional in August 1994. He made his league debut in March 1998, coming on as first half substitute for Ally Pickering
in a 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town
. Later that month he joined Plymouth Argyle
on loan, making 5 appearances before returning to Stoke.
He finally got his first start for Stoke, under manager Brian Little
, on the opening day of the 1998-99 season, a 3-1 home victory over Northampton Town
, and became a regular in the Stoke side until the following March.
He was released by Stoke in May 1999 and joined Chesterfield
in July 1999. He failed to establish himself at Chesterfield and was allowed to join Darlington
on trial in November 2000.
He returned to Chesterfield at the end of his trial and moved to Torquay United
on a free transfer in August 2001. He initially signed on a short-term contract, making an impressive debut against Bournemouth
in the Worthington Cup
. Torquay manager Roy McFarland
was impressed enough to reward Woods with a contract for the next two seasons.
He was a regular in his first season, but in 2002-03 played only nine times due to a serious knee injury. He was given a short-term 'prove your fitness' deal at the end of the... Read More