IPSWICH TOWN HALL OF FAME: Clive Woods recalls his best Blues goal
You get the feeling Clive Woods would have run over hot coals to play for Ipswich Town.
The Norwich-born winger, who won the FA Cup with Town in 1978, signed for the Blues in 1966 and his first wage was about £20.
“I would catch a train from Norwich, to Ipswich, which would cost 15 bob a day,” recalls Woods.
“It would take an hour to get to Ipswich, I’d train in the morning and afternoon and arrive back in Norwich for a three-mile walk home.
“Once I had paid my board at home, there was not much left, but I just wanted to play football.”
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Woods was spotted by Ipswich playing for local team Gothic, while working in a shoe factory.
“My first Ipswich reserve game was at Northampton and we won 2-0 but no-one said anything to me after,” he recalls.
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“It was then a while before I played again. I scored one and made two in a 4-0 win at QPR.”
Woods is remembered particularly for the stunning strike that finally put Leeds out of the FA Cup in a third replay in 1975 at Filbert Street.
“I got past Billy Bremner on the edge of the box before shooting. I won’t tell you what he said to me after I had scored,” laughs Woods.
“I don’t think that was my best goal though, I scored a good one against Feyenoord in 1975!”
That goal came during a golden era under Bobby Robson.
“We had lots of local players and it was a major reason for our success,” said Woods.
He added: “I didn’t have to leave in 1980 but Bobby Robson wanted to change the system and play Eric Gates behind the main striker.
“No-one was guaranteed a place and I joined John Bond at Norwich who was very similar to Bobby.”