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Steven "Steve" Wooddin (born 16 January 1955 in Englandmarker) is a former New Zealandmarker football player who was a leading striker during the country's successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup, in Spainmarker. A noted left-footed attacking player, he had a deadly ability to find the net.

Club career

Born in Englandmarker, Wooddin moved to New Zealand in 1977, joining Dunedin City. in 1981 he moved to Australia, playing three years for South Melbourne FC in the NSL, before returning to his adopted country with Christchurch United until his career was cut short by a recurring ankle injury in 1984.

International career

Wooddin was first selected for the New Zealand national football team the All Whites for a 16 May, 1980, 1-1 draw against a Southern Region team in Christchurchmarker. He retained his place in the team which lost 2-1 to a Central Region selection two days later in Wellingtonmarker.

Despite the unconvincing results, Wooddin was selected for the next match, in August, against Mexico in Aucklandmarker. He scored the fourth goal in a 4-0 win that remains one of the most outstanding and unexpected results in New Zealand's international football history.

The following year saw New Zealand begin the long road to the 1982 World Cup Finals. Wooddin was selected for all fifteen games in the ultimately successful campaign, scoring eight goals in the process, including trademark left foot shots into the bottom corner both home and away against Australia, against Kuwait in the controversial 1-2 home loss, and in Riyadhmarker against Saudi Arabia when the team recorded a stunning 5-0 victory. This last result led to a play-off against China in Singaporemarker in January 1982, in which Wooddin again scored with a left-foot shot to open the scoring in his side's 2-1 win.

Wooddin was one of New Zealandmarker's only two scorers in the 1982 World Cup (along with Steve Sumner), scoring the second goal in a 5-2 loss to Scotlandmarker. He also started the subsequent matches against the Soviet Union and Brazil.

In 1983 injuries reduced Wooddin to just two international appearances against Australia and Fiji. He made his last two appearances for the All Whites against Fiji in October, 1984, scoring the winner in the first of these matches, before being forced to retire due to injured ankle ligaments with 24 A-internationals and 11 goals to his credit.


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