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View PalacePhotoMan's Profile PalacePhotoMan Flag Wallington 31 Jul 14 3.14pm Send a Private Message to PalacePhotoMan Add PalacePhotoMan as a friend

I just read about the sad passing of Brian Wood, after a long illness. He was our centre half when we won promotion from Div 3 in the 63/4 season.

Brian was among all the players we signed from West Brom when Dick Graham came back to the club, and then we sold him to Orient when we were back in Div 2. From there he moved to Colchester before ending his career at Workington, a club he loved and he had fond memories of some bruising local derbies v Barrow.

I had the pleasure of meeting him at a reunion a few years ago and he said the highlight of his career was playing against Real Madrid in 1962 where he marked Di Stefano & Puskas.

He showed me his prized possession - a Real shirt he got after the game, the No 5 (Santamaria). I asked him why he didn't get Puskas or Di Stefano's shirt - he said he wanted the No 5 shirt as that was his position.

In later years he lived near to Dick Graham in Colchester and spent a lot of time helping him as he got old & unsteady.

A lovely bloke and fine servant of all the clubs he played for. RIP.

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View Joe Bloggs's Profile Joe Bloggs Flag Nr Norwich 02 Aug 14 9.18pm Send a Private Message to Joe Bloggs Add Joe Bloggs as a friend

A very good player for Palace...Very sad news RIP Brian.

 

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View madmel73's Profile madmel73 Flag Croydon 04 Aug 14 4.25pm Send a Private Message to madmel73 Add madmel73 as a friend

This is sad news for me & my brother; Brian Wood was my first 'favourite player' when, as an 8 year old Palace supporter, & a regular at all the 3.00.p.m k.o. home games, I wrote a 100 word piece about him for a competition for boys run by the Palace programme staff in 1964.My 10-y-o brother wrote about his hero Cliff Holton (with a little help from my late dad!)& we won 2 complimentary tickets each for an upcoming fixture. My brother's entry was printed in the programme v Charlton; mine,alas,was an also-ran!(which Brian certainly wasn't!). I do remember using the words 'towering presnce' (I was a very well-read 8 y.o.!) & that my dad strongly influenced my admiration (still strong!) for cool, calm, skillful & honest centre-halves, which describes Brian Wood to a T! He always signed his autograph when asked & was a smiling & friendly hero to a young Palace fan like me! He was one of the best!
Brian Wood, my first Palace hero! R.I.P.

 

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Very vague memories of a regular 'bloke'

 

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View collier row eagle's Profile collier row eagle Flag romford essex via another galaxy 07 Aug 14 5.17pm Send a Private Message to collier row eagle Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add collier row eagle as a friend

Brian was in the side when I first started going to palace, good solid player. RIP Brian.

 

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 13 Aug 14 11.13am Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

Sad news. He was a Palace regular when I first started following the team.

I recall him breaking his leg in a 3rd round cup tie against Bury in early 1965.

By pure chance I also saw him playing for Workington in a match at Chester in the mid 1970s.

 

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Quote Pete53 at 13 Aug 2014 11.13am

Sad news. He was a Palace regular when I first started following the team.

I recall him breaking his leg in a 3rd round cup tie against Bury in early 1965.

By pure chance I also saw him playing for Workington in a match at Chester in the mid 1970s.

Yes, I can still hear the crack - as loud as when G Best did Ian Evans.

 


Zaha, Williams, Murray, Ambrose, Scannell.

A 5-man forward line who scored 3 goals in 10 minutes on 27th September 2011 at .......................

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Quote PalacePhotoMan at 14 Aug 2014 12.54pm

Quote Pete53 at 13 Aug 2014 11.13am

Sad news. He was a Palace regular when I first started following the team.

I recall him breaking his leg in a 3rd round cup tie against Bury in early 1965.

By pure chance I also saw him playing for Workington in a match at Chester in the mid 1970s.

Yes, I can still hear the crack - as loud as when G Best did Ian Evans.

Mind you we did still go on to win 5-1


 

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Quote Pete53 at 15 Aug 2014 11.58am

Quote PalacePhotoMan at 14 Aug 2014 12.54pm

Quote Pete53 at 13 Aug 2014 11.13am

Sad news. He was a Palace regular when I first started following the team.

I recall him breaking his leg in a 3rd round cup tie against Bury in early 1965.

By pure chance I also saw him playing for Workington in a match at Chester in the mid 1970s.

Yes, I can still hear the crack - as loud as when G Best did Ian Evans.

Mind you we did still go on to win 5-1


Pre subs so with 10 men!


 


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View lyeemoon's Profile lyeemoon Flag Girne 25 Aug 14 9.37am Send a Private Message to lyeemoon Add lyeemoon as a friend

Very sad to hear of Brian Wood's death. I first saw him play in the Reserves. He was head and shoulders above the rest. Regular Reserve watchers couldn't understand why he wasn't in the First Team.

It didn't take long though and he performed brilliantly. Like Jim Cannon he wasn't that tall for a centre back but he made up for it with good timing and cool headedness. A good servant.

I hope he got appropriate tributes in the local press and the last programme.

Judging from the chairman's attitude towards our greatest ever player Johnny Byrne I'm not overly optimistic.

RIP Brian Wood.

 


lo Selhurst silva felix, lo Selhurst cara nutrix, viget, vigeat, vigebit! Best team:- Jackson; Gilbert, Evans, Cannon, Sansom; Hughes, Kember, McNichol; Byrne, Holton, Wright.

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Quote lyeemoon at 25 Aug 2014 9.37am

Very sad to hear of Brian Wood's death. I first saw him play in the Reserves. He was head and shoulders above the rest. Regular Reserve watchers couldn't understand why he wasn't in the First Team.

It didn't take long though and he performed brilliantly. Like Jim Cannon he wasn't that tall for a centre back but he made up for it with good timing and cool headedness. A good servant.

I hope he got appropriate tributes in the local press and the last programme.

Judging from the chairman's attitude towards our greatest ever player Johnny Byrne I'm not overly optimistic.

RIP Brian Wood.

Didn't notice anything in last Saturday's programme but I will look again

 

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View PalacePhotoMan's Profile PalacePhotoMan Flag Wallington 27 Aug 14 12.23am Send a Private Message to PalacePhotoMan Add PalacePhotoMan as a friend

Nothing for him or Jeff Bourne but I know the club is aware.

 


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