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Matt Woods

28 September 2014

Rovers sadness over death of the former defender, who passed away on Friday.

Blackburn Rovers are saddened to learn of the death of former player Matt Woods, aged 82.

Skelmersdale-born Woods started his professional career with Everton before joining Rovers in November 1956 for a fee of £6,000.

Often called the greatest defender to never earn international recognition with England, Woods was a strong, powerful, centre half.

With Ronnie Clayton and Mick McGrath either side of him, Woods played all 42 league games in 1957-58 as Rovers clinched promotion back to the First Division. Two years later he was part of the Rovers team that reached the 1960 FA Cup final.

The defender would go on to make over 300 appearances for the club, ending his seven-year association with Ewood Park when he emigrated to Australia to play for Hakoah in 1963.

He soon returned to the UK, playing for Luton Town and Stockport County. He ended his playing career with Irish club Drumcondra in 1966.

Woods moved into coaching with Stockport before taking over the managerial reigns in April 1970, he later became a coach at Southport before leaving football to run his own haulage company.

The club would like to offer its condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

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