Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Arthur C. Wood

Known as
Artie Wood

24 June 1898

14 May 1959 (aged 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 364d
Last game: 25y 104d

Height and weight
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 17, 30, 28

Artie Wood

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1917-192397140.1452%0

AFL: 2,300th player to appear, 2,444th most games played, 4,287th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 292nd player to appear, 147th most games played, 390th most goals kicked

In a comparatively brief but auspicious career, wingman Artie Wood played 97 VFL games for South Melbourne between 1917 and 1923. One of South Melbourne's best players during its victorious 1918 finals campaign, Arthur Wood possessed all the skills of the game, and was capable of performing them at maximum velocity. Moreover, his brain was just as dexterous and nimble as his body, leading to his appointment as South's coach in 1921, while he was still aged only 25. The red and whites only finished seventh that season, which the committee did not regard as good enough, but under Wood's replacement as coach, the legendary Roy Cazaly, they slumped to their first wooden spoon in two decades.

Author - John Devaney


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