Andy Woodman


Born:
11th August, 1971
Playing career: Crystal Palace, Exeter City, Northampton Town, Brentford, Peterborough United, Southend United, Colchester United, Oxford United, Stevenage Borough, Redbridge, Thurrock, Rushden & Diamonds

Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman joined Newcastle United in December 2010, reuniting with manager Alan Pardew after the former Crystal Palace duo had previously worked together in the capital at both West Ham and Charlton Athletic.

A native Londoner, Woodman enjoyed a career as a custodian spanning almost two decades, featuring for a host of Football League clubs including Exeter City, Colchester United, Oxford United and, most notably, Northampton Town, where he was held in high regard by Cobblers fans during his four-year spell at Sixfields.

The 42-year-old finished his playing career at Rushden & Diamonds in 2006, at which time he also became the Nene Park club's assistant manager.

Moving to Upton Park in 2006 and then to The Valley a year later, Woodman has vast experience as a goalkeeping coach and is now working with United's stoppers Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Jak Alnwick, as well as his highly-rated teenage son Freddie, who is also on the Magpies' books.