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Name: Ray Wood  
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Date of Birth: 7th July 1931
Place of Birth: County Durham
Profession: Footballer
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Ray Wood, (June 11, 1931 – July 7, 2002) was a Manchester United goalkeeper who played in the 1956 and 1957 championship-winning teams. Wood was a very fast player, he had the opportunity to be a professional sprinter but chose to play football, and was very agile, although he frequently had trouble with crosses.

During the 1957 FA Cup final against Aston Villa Wood was the victim of one of the most infamous, and horrific, fouls in the history of English football. In the sixth minute of the game Wood successfully claimed a cross, however, Villa outside-left Peter McParland clattered into him at high speed, having changed direction to do so, breaking Wood's jaw. As this game was played in the era before substitutes Jackie Blanchflower was forced to play in goal following the incident, Wood eventually came back on after treatment to play as a forward, United went on to lose the game 2-1.

He survived the Munich air disaster with minor injuries, but played just one first-team game afterwards and was later sold to Huddersfield Town.

Ray Wood was born in County Durham.

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