World Cup, league title and a transfer to Glasgow Rangers! Goalkeeper Chris Woods’ hat-trick in 1986

Chris Woods.
Chris Woods.

Playing in World Cups and European club competitions are two of the things young footballers around the world dream of.

In 1986, Chris Woods was one of a handful of Englishmen looking forward to both.

The year began well for the Swineshead goalkeeper, helping Norwich City to the Division Two Championship.

It got even better when he was named as part of Bobby Robson’s squad to travel to Mexico 86, where he would act as Peter Shilton’s understudy.

But to complete his hat-trick, Woods also made a £600,000 move to Glasgow Rangers.

In the mid 80s, English clubs were banned from competing in European club competitions. But moving to Scotland meant Woods would be able to turn out on the continent with the Gers.

He flew out to Mexico with England, watching from the bench as England reached the quarter-finals, crashing out to that famous Hand of God goal by Diego Maradonna.

It was the same story four years later for Woods at Italia 90 when he was an onlooker as Robson’s team lost in the semis to West Germany on penalties.

However, the former Kirton school pupil went on to earn 43 full caps for his country in a highly successful career, which also saw him win the European Cup in 1979 with Nottingham Forest, once again on the bench as Shilton’s understudy.

He also turned out for Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading, Colorado Rapids in the USA, Southampton, Sunderland and Burnley in a 22-year-career that saw him make 603 first-team appearances.

His trophy cabinet includes medals for winning the European Cup, European Super Cup, Scottish League title (four times), Scottish League Cup title (four times), Football League Cup (twice) and FA Community Shield.

Woods now works as a coach with Everton and the USA national team.