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ON THIS DAY: Coventry City goalkeeper Alf Wood became oldest player to represent the club

7 December 2016

On Sunday 7th December 1938, City stopper Alf Wood made the history books…

Coventry shot-stopper Alf Wood became the oldest player to represent the club in the 3-1 FA Cup second round defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle, aged 43 years and 207 days.

Wood made his debut for Coventry at the Vetch Field, home of Swansea City, in February 1938 aged 22. 

Following a spell at Northampton Town between 1951-55, he returned to City as assistant trainer and, aside from his cameo return in the number one jersey in the autumn of 1958, left upon the arrival of Jimmy Hill.

He made 246 first-team appearances across a 20-year time span (1938-1958) before his place was taken by Arthur Lightening.  

Leaving the club in November 1961, Alf later became manager at Midlands rivals Walsall FC. 

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