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Former Stafford Rangers FA Trophy hero Alf Wood has dementia

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

By Dave McLean

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FORMER Stafford Rangers FA Trophy winning hero Alf Wood has dementia and now lives in a care home it was revealed this week.

The 68-year-old enjoyed a 15-year career with several Football League clubs, including Walsall and Shrewsbury Town, before finishing his playing days with Rangers in the late seventies.

Wood, who was also the club's commercial manager for a time, played a key role in securing success for Rangers in the 1979 FA Trophy final against Southern League side Kettering Town.

And, Wood emerged the hero after scoring both goals in an excellent 2-0 victory for Roy Chapman's side.

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Wood formed a lethal striking partnership with Mick Cullerton in that period and will always be remembered by the Marston Road fans.

When Rangers, under the managership of Phil Robinson, played Shrewsbury in the FA Cup a few years ago, Wood attended the game.

It is believed that Wood now has no recollection of his proud footballing days and it is thought his illness could be linked with his playing days, much the same as the late Jeff Astle, the former West Bromwich striker who died in 2002.

Both Astle and Wood were great headers of the ball, but in those days far heavier footballs were used.

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