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Vic Woodley

Chelsea FC

19 appearances, 26 goals against
7 clean sheets, one penalty missed

P 19 W 13 D 1 L 5 F 65: A 26
71% successful

1937-39

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1710

Profile

Full name Victor Robert Woodley
Born 26 February 1910 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire [registered in Eton, June 1910].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, one year old Victor is the youngest of twelve children, of which ten of them are at home with George and Thirza, living in Chippenham. His father, and eldest brother, works with the Great Western Railways. His next eldest brothers work on the local diary farm.

Married to Betty Merrin [registered in Eton, December 1933]. Two children, Raymond and Sylvia.
While he was Bath City manager, they were living at Charlotte Street in Bath.
Died 23 October 1978 in Bradford-on-Avon, aged 68 years 239 days [registered in Trowbridge, October 1978].
Height/Weight 5' 11½", 11st. 10lbs [1937].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career playing junior football in the Buckinghamshire area, and played with Chippenham FC, before joining Windsor & Eton FC of the Spartan League as an amateur. Had trials with Chelsea FC and Aldershot FC, but joined Chelsea in May 1931. He made one appearance for Tottenham Hotspur FC during the war. He remained with Chelsea, making 252 league appearances, until he joined Bath City AFC on 22 December 1945, joined Derby County FC three months later during their injury crisis, he made another thirty league appearances and his last game for County was when he was winning the FA Cup with them. Returned to Bath City AFC in May 1947, as player-manager. He remained until he resigned on 13 December 1949.
In February 1950, Melksham Town FC approached Woodley to sign him as an amateur. An opportunity Woodley turned down.
Club honours Spartan League winners 1929-30; FA Cup winners 1945-46;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 632nd player to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 208, 17 April 1937, Scotland 3 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 27 years 50 days.
Last match No. 226, 24 May 1939, Romania 0 England 2, an end-of-season tour match at Stadionul Agenţia Naţională de Educaţie Fizică, Bucureşti, aged 29 years 87 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39;
Team honours British Championships winners 1937-38, shared 1938-39;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Disgrace

"Victor Robert Woodley, former England and Chelsea goalkeeper, manager of Bath City FC, and living at Bath, was at Windsor on Thursday [26 August 1948] committed to prison for 14 days for failing to pay £11 2s. War Damage contributions. Committal was made failing payment forthwith.
"A tax inspector stated that the contributions owed by Woodley were in respect of property he formerly lived in at Slough. They had given him every chance to pay, but he had refused and there was no alternative but to ask for his committal.
"Vic Woodley was not in court during the hearing of the case-actually he was in Bath. Mr Arthur Mortimer, chairman of the Batch City Football Club, being apprised by this newspaper of what had happened, immediately sought out Woodley and had a talk with him.
"Soon after their conversation, a representative of this newspaper interviewed Mr. Mortimer, who said:;
" "It is perfectly true that Vic is the man involved in this case. Proceedings, it appears, have been protracted and there has been an amount in dispute relating to War Damage Contributions which he has persistently refused to acknowledge.
"Woodley still denies that he is responsible for this amount, which concerns a dispute between a former owner of the property and himself. The War Damage people have put it on Woodley, and he was summoned to appear in court. He did not appear to the summons and now that a committal order has been made there is clearly only one thing for him to do-he is obviously going to pay. Otherwise he couldn't be in goal on Saturday.
"Woodley tells me" Mr. Mortimer went on, "that he is quite adamant in his contention that he is not responsible for this debt and would prefer to go to prison rather than pay it. In fact, he would do this but for his obligation to Bath City football team. He is now going to get in touch immediately with the Windsor Police with a view to clearing the matter up." " - Bath Weekly Chronicle & Herald, Saturday, 28 August 1938

Beyond England

Formerly an engineer. In February 1950, he became a licensee of The Barge Inn, on Frome Road in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, which was where he died. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.275/6.

 

Vic Woodley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
19 19 7 1710 26 66 min 11 7 37% none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Vic Woodley - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 6 5 0 1 21 6 +15 1 3 3.50 1.00 83.3 +4
Away 13 8 1 4 44 20 +24 0 4 3.385 1.538 65.4 +4
All 19 13 1 5 65 26 +39 1 7 3.421 1.368 71.1 +8

 

Vic Woodley - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 7 4 0 3 19 11 +8 1 1 2.714 1.571 57.1 +1
Friendly 12 9 1 2 46 15 +31 0 6 3.833 0.625 79.2 +7
All 19 13 1 5 65 26 +39 1 7 3.421 1.368 71.1 +8

 

Vic Woodley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1936-37 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC 1937-38 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 1 0 2.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1938-39 3 2 0 1 11 5 +6 0 1 3.67 1.667 66.7 +1
BC All 7 4 0 3 19 11 +8 1 1 2.714 1.571 57.1 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 4 0 3 19 11 +8 1 1 2.714 1.571 57.1 +1
All 7 4 0 3 19 11 +8 1 1 2.714 1.571 57.1 +1

 

Vic Woodley - Match History
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 19 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 19 full capsx

Age 27
1 208 17 April 1937 - Scotland 3 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start gk
2 209 14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW Start 1
3 210 17 May 1937 - Sweden 0 England 4, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AW Start 1
4 211 20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Helsinki AW Start 1
5 212 23 October 1937 - Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 1
6 213 17 November 1937 - England 2 Wales 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough HW Start 1
7 214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 1
Age 28
8 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start gk
9 216 14 May 1938 - Germany 3 England 6, Olympiastadion, Berlin tour AW Start gk
10 217 21 May 1938 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich AL Start gk
11 218 26 May 1938 - France 2 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Start gk
12 219 22 October 1938 - Wales 4 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Start 1
13 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 1
14 221 9 November 1938 - England 4 Norway 0, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Start 1
15 222 16 November 1938 - England 7 Ireland 0, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HW Start 1
Age 29
16 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 1
17 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Civico San Siro, Milano tour AD Start 1
18 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL Start 1
19 226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW Start 1

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