Woolford signs for Scunthorpe

First published in Sport

YORK City winger Martyn Woolford has joined Coca-Cola League One side Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee.

Woolford has signed a three-year contract with The Iron after City accepted a deal, believed to be a six-figure sum up front plus a sell-on clause.

Sophie Hicks, City communications and community director, said: "Martyn has attracted a lot of interest pre-season.

"He was offered an extended contract by York City in June, but did not sign it as he wished to keep his options open.

"Scunthorpe United made the club a very good offer for Martyn and he was also keen to join them in order to further his football ambitions.

"Martyn has been a great player and ambassador for York City Football Club and we felt it would not be right to stand in the way of his personal progress when he has so much talent and ability.

"The board will be ensuring a significant portion of the transfer fee is allocated to Colin Walker’s playing budget to strengthen the team further now and during the season."

* Don't miss The Press tomorrow for full reaction to Woolford's move.

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4:21pm Fri 8 Aug 08

Russell Sprout says...

6 figure fee...good work. Thanks Wooly, ciao for now!
6 figure fee...good work. Thanks Wooly, ciao for now! Russell Sprout
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4:30pm Fri 8 Aug 08

PDH says...

Sounds like a very good and sensible deal for a change, well done the directors.
Sounds like a very good and sensible deal for a change, well done the directors. PDH
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4:37pm Fri 8 Aug 08

Bubbles31 says...

Fair play to the board - finally learning from past mistakes. As much of a shame it is to loose Wooly, rather sell him now for a fee than get sod all in 10 months time. And it's been a great bit of business. Bill Mac got him for nothing and we've made 6 figures out of him. I just hope we can put the funds to good use and sign a couple of decent wingers, one for each flank.

The main concern I think is how this will affect the dressing room for tomorrow and onwards. It would have been better to sell him at the end of last season and start a fresh a month ago, without considering Wooly as part of the team. Hopefully Col will work his magic. All the best Martyn.
Fair play to the board - finally learning from past mistakes. As much of a shame it is to loose Wooly, rather sell him now for a fee than get sod all in 10 months time. And it's been a great bit of business. Bill Mac got him for nothing and we've made 6 figures out of him. I just hope we can put the funds to good use and sign a couple of decent wingers, one for each flank. The main concern I think is how this will affect the dressing room for tomorrow and onwards. It would have been better to sell him at the end of last season and start a fresh a month ago, without considering Wooly as part of the team. Hopefully Col will work his magic. All the best Martyn. Bubbles31
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4:44pm Fri 8 Aug 08

Fanny Batter says...

The board has come in for much critisism- rightly or wrongly, but hats off to them for their work recently, re the ground issue and now Martyn's transfer fee, a great bit of business. Now its time to knuckle down to the task ahead starting at Crawley.
The board has come in for much critisism- rightly or wrongly, but hats off to them for their work recently, re the ground issue and now Martyn's transfer fee, a great bit of business. Now its time to knuckle down to the task ahead starting at Crawley. Fanny Batter
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5:07pm Fri 8 Aug 08

Romfordpele says...

It is sad that Woolfy won't be about this season, he was a player who lifted the crowd whenever he got the ball. However, the club is a business and this sounds a good deal.

Col seemed to have gone for 4-4-2 during pre-season - does he ditch that now without a recognised winger and go to 4-3-3 or 3-5-2? No point trying to play with width when you haven't got any!

It is sad that Woolfy won't be about this season, he was a player who lifted the crowd whenever he got the ball. However, the club is a business and this sounds a good deal. Col seemed to have gone for 4-4-2 during pre-season - does he ditch that now without a recognised winger and go to 4-3-3 or 3-5-2? No point trying to play with width when you haven't got any! Romfordpele
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5:23pm Fri 8 Aug 08

o2binibiza says...

Could be time for Liam Shepherd to take his place on the left wing.
Could be time for Liam Shepherd to take his place on the left wing. o2binibiza
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5:59pm Fri 8 Aug 08

jimycfc1 says...

cheers wooly good luck at scunthorpe great player hope you suceed at the higher level
cheers wooly good luck at scunthorpe great player hope you suceed at the higher level jimycfc1
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6:00pm Fri 8 Aug 08

Fergie says...

Wooly has been great for us and a 6 figure return in 2 seasons is superb business by the board, credit too them. Hopefuly, Col will have seen this one coming and will have someone lined up to replace him. Good luck at Scunny Wooly.
Wooly has been great for us and a 6 figure return in 2 seasons is superb business by the board, credit too them. Hopefuly, Col will have seen this one coming and will have someone lined up to replace him. Good luck at Scunny Wooly. Fergie
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6:04pm Fri 8 Aug 08

OB says...

Good luck to Wooly ..... back to 3-5-2!

Lets hope Colin had planned for the eventuality of Wooly going and has at least 1 "Iron" in the fire to replace
Good luck to Wooly ..... back to 3-5-2! Lets hope Colin had planned for the eventuality of Wooly going and has at least 1 "Iron" in the fire to replace OB
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6:16pm Fri 8 Aug 08

smig1975 says...

day before the season kicks off, what a kick in the b@lls, guess thats footy today.
not much the board can do except get a good fee, hopefully we got that, sure colin expected it tho.
come on City.
day before the season kicks off, what a kick in the b@lls, guess thats footy today. not much the board can do except get a good fee, hopefully we got that, sure colin expected it tho. come on City. smig1975
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7:22pm Fri 8 Aug 08

YCFC101 says...

good luck too mart,from day one you could tell he was a top player,running at players like canham and fordy always did,city missed that!
seems like a good deal,not the perfect time to sell but buisness is buisness and we need to buy someone sraight away with the same attitude as him!! all the best to wooly.
good luck too mart,from day one you could tell he was a top player,running at players like canham and fordy always did,city missed that! seems like a good deal,not the perfect time to sell but buisness is buisness and we need to buy someone sraight away with the same attitude as him!! all the best to wooly. YCFC101
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8:28pm Fri 8 Aug 08

acomb.dan says...

good luck to wooly,he deserves the chance to prove himself at a higher level.we may see a bit more of youngster liam shepherd.who looks an exciting,attack minded left winger.
good luck to wooly,he deserves the chance to prove himself at a higher level.we may see a bit more of youngster liam shepherd.who looks an exciting,attack minded left winger. acomb.dan
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9:12pm Fri 8 Aug 08

maltonred says...

woolford had to be sold to pay the bill for sophies wedding.Anyway good luck and thankyou to martyn. I was only joking about paying for the wedding.
woolford had to be sold to pay the bill for sophies wedding.Anyway good luck and thankyou to martyn. I was only joking about paying for the wedding. maltonred
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10:22pm Fri 8 Aug 08

big mobe says...

personally I am glad for wooly, but not for us, I just hope Colin Walker can replace him. who is this keeper?
will he be any good? come on the lads tomorrow!!!!
personally I am glad for wooly, but not for us, I just hope Colin Walker can replace him. who is this keeper? will he be any good? come on the lads tomorrow!!!! big mobe
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11:05pm Fri 8 Aug 08

York City Blues says...

Barry Parker and Martyn Woolford all in the same week !
I'm as sick as a parrot !
Barry Parker and Martyn Woolford all in the same week ! I'm as sick as a parrot ! York City Blues
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11:13pm Fri 8 Aug 08

PDH says...

I am sure that col already knew woolford was going to be sold and will already have a plan without him worked out. Its not a coincidence that todays story was about loosing woolford and him actually leaving is it? It is very sensible and good business for york for a change, should have done the same with clayton when we had the chance instead of ending up with nothing, but i dont blame either of them at all because if i was offered more money for the same job id be off like a flash. Good luck mart,you do right to make the most of your short career.
I am sure that col already knew woolford was going to be sold and will already have a plan without him worked out. Its not a coincidence that todays story was about loosing woolford and him actually leaving is it? It is very sensible and good business for york for a change, should have done the same with clayton when we had the chance instead of ending up with nothing, but i dont blame either of them at all because if i was offered more money for the same job id be off like a flash. Good luck mart,you do right to make the most of your short career. PDH
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6:34am Sat 9 Aug 08

Dan_ycfc says...

I would have loved to have seen Woolford put one in against Mansfield. If we still had McEwan we would probably have lost him next season with no fee, such was Billy's arrogance. I just hope we have a young player this season that can excite the same way Clayton and Martyn have in previous endeavours. I don't believe for one minute that Brodie will turn into a that player, but I'm excited to see what Sodje can do.

It'd also be interesting to find out just how much money Colin gets in his kitty from this transfer and more importantly what he'll spend it on. Hopefully not another Darren Kelly.
I would have loved to have seen Woolford put one in against Mansfield. If we still had McEwan we would probably have lost him next season with no fee, such was Billy's arrogance. I just hope we have a young player this season that can excite the same way Clayton and Martyn have in previous endeavours. I don't believe for one minute that Brodie will turn into a that player, but I'm excited to see what Sodje can do. It'd also be interesting to find out just how much money Colin gets in his kitty from this transfer and more importantly what he'll spend it on. Hopefully not another Darren Kelly. Dan_ycfc
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7:39am Sat 9 Aug 08

newshawk says...

According to Scunny, Woolford is injured, so not playing today. That will be why we flogged him now - he wouldn't be playing for us either if he's injured.
According to Scunny, Woolford is injured, so not playing today. That will be why we flogged him now - he wouldn't be playing for us either if he's injured. newshawk
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