Leeds' All Time Greats: No 8 Jonathon Woodgate

13 February 2010 08:57
Woodgate would have been one of the best defenders in Leeds' history Jonathon Woodgate (1997-2003) 142 apps, 5 goals Woodgate would have been one of the best defenders in Leeds's history had it not been for his involvement in the events that led to the savage beating of Sarfraz Najeib at the start of 2000. Until then, Woodgate had bristled with promise and nascent class, but he faded to a cadaverous relic as the court case dragged on. It is often forgotten that it was Woodgate, not the more easily dislikeable Bowyer, who was convicted of affray. To his credit he rebuilt his career and when he was sold against Terry Venables's will, it was symptomatic of the crash. I went to Spain to watch his debut for Real Madrid. He scored an own goal and was sent off, but gave post-match interviews in Spanish and English. He had grown up. Personal informationFull nameJonathan Simon WoodgateDate of birth22 January 1980 (1980-01-22) (age 30)Place of birthNunthorpe, Middlesbrough, EnglandHeight1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)Playing positionCentre-backClub informationCurrent clubTottenham HotspurNumber39Youth career1993-1996Middlesbrough1996-1998Leeds UnitedSenior career*YearsTeamApps†(Gls)†1998-2003Leeds United104(5)2003-2004Newcastle United28(0)2004-2007Real Madrid9(1)2006-2007→ Middlesbrough (loan)27(0)2007-2008Middlesbrough19(0)2008-Tottenham Hotspur49(2)National team‡England U211(0)1999-England8(0)* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2009 (UTC).† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 August 2008function slideshowPopUp(url){pictureGalleryPopupPic(url);return false;}