Promising and confident young centreback who has impressed at all
levels on the pitch so far. Thrust into the side after George Graham's
departure, he played superbly - notably against Liverpool and
Newcastle - and became one of the first names on the teamsheet. He was
our only recognised first-choice centreback for a while in 1998-99,
and finished the year on a high, making his international debut.
He made a less than perfect start to the 1999-2000 season, and
DOL's displeasure resulted in him losing his first team place, but he
worked hard and came back to form and regained his place in the
In early 2000, Woodgate was charged in connection with an assault
on a man after an altercation at the Majestyk club in Leeds
and his variable form continued. The case came to trial in early
2001, but after several of the related charges had been dismissed,
the judge was forced to stop the case and a retrial ordered.
Due to the pressure of the trial, he didn't make any appearances
in the second half of the season.
On December 14 2001, Woodgate was found guilty of the less serious
of the two charges - affray - and was sentenced to 100 hours of
While still doing his community service, Woodgate returned to the
first team and we started to see the sort of form that won him an
England cap. Playing alongside England's best centreback - and under
DOL - obviously helped, but it took some time before he was allowed to
resume his international career. The FA prevaricated and
procrastinated, terrified of being forced into a decision - the courts
found him guilty, and our criminal justice system is designed to
punish offenders and let them resume their position in society once
they have served their punishment. But the FA were scared that someone
might accuse them of condoning racism and violence (despite the fact
that the court insisted there was no racist element in the assault,
and that Woodgate did not take part in the actual assault) and despite
having picked players who have served jail terms - or have admitted
beating their wives - they seemed unable to countenance selecting
someone whose crime - in the eyes of the court - was far less
Just when he started to come back into some sort of form at the end
of the 2002 season, another incident while on a night out in
Middlesbrough ("horseplay" apparently) left him with a broken jaw.
Losing Rio in the summer makes him the automatic choice at centreback
(in fact he was playing much better than our £33 million man
before his injury last season) and he finally made it back into the
England squad and onto the pitch in a friendly against Portugal.
With the club in financial disarray, Newcastle made a laughably low
bid just short of the January 2003 transfer deadline and the board
decided it had no option but to accept their offer, despite having
told the manager and fans that no more sales would be necessary. So
Woody is now installed at St James Park and we wish him all the best
for the future.
Anonymous says: Woody got married to our work colleague this year!
during THE TRIAL!
ner mer says: LISTEN TO ME!!!! Woody is our best central
defender. Let him play for heavens and Leeds sake. He would easily have
been as good as Ferdinand is by now, had he only been given the chance
to play regularly.
Johny says: I went to
school with him and I want him to email me.
"anonamos" says: I dated Jonathan for 6 months 2 years ago. He's a
lovely guy and I hope his court case is settled.
Toni says: I just want him to play, because I think he's great
player, and I think he is gorgeous!!
UnBeLiEvAbLe says: Jeez he's reaLLy marrieD?? WeiRd... ...
Clare says: if Woody was so stressed during the trial wouldn't it
be extra stress to get married? I don't think he's married at all,
where's his wedding ring then? If he is 'married' then good luck to
him but I seriously doubt it!
"his girlfriend" says: I think anonymous had got the wrong Jonathon
Anonymous says: hey this is a great site!. I know Woody's mate Lee
Matthews who's been friends with him for ages and he doesn't know
anything about the wedding.........
Jabba says: The wedding thread is now closed - no more comments
(unless you think were there, in which case it's time to take your
"Sexy" says: Hi, we went to school with woody and he was a right
little terror. Plus I went out with him and he was the best shag I
ever had. I LOVE U WOODY AND MISS U!!!!
Anon says: He has lots of clingers as friends.
chelsy says: nice to see Woody's being a man and taking the
punishment instead of throwing a tantrum like baby Bowyer over a
stupid fine which he can afford! Sad or wot?
Joe says: I want Woody to play cause I think him and Rio would be
the best partnership in England.
Jane says: I think Jonathan has done really well to get back into
being a first team player and a first class one at that! He is the
sexiest man running around the football pitch at the moment..... you
know where I am honey!
Nicola Young says: I would just like to say that I think Jonny is
amazing. He is an excellent football player especially after all the
problems he has been through. I wish him the best of luck with the rest
of his career.
Kerry Goddard says: I think woody is amazin! He is a fine footie
player! love u hunny keepin it up 4 ya darlin xxx Leeds united's top
fan ( and yours jonny ;-) ) xxx
Kimmie says: looks like everyone knows him or has dated him! Well
he's a great defender and does well! Oh and he's a bit of alright.
Chelsy says: what a comeback for Woody - brilliant against
Blackburn! Want to see more of Jon? Visit my site
Rachel says: Even though i like woody i think u all need ur heads
looking at.....him getting married during the trial........please.
Karen says: Hello Leeds Fans - my name is Karen, I am Jonathan
Woodgate's sister's best friend. I have known jonny for 7 years and
often stayed round his house (for girly sleepovers). I just want to
say he is a really nice guy, he loves his dogs and is really polite in
front of me he is a good player even though I don't watch footy, and
once and for all I have confirmation he is not MARRIED! cool site.
Kate says: my mate loves you woody she thinks you fine. will u give
her a date?
Wicky says: On his latest UPSET. Why didnt he speak to the police?
I think he waited for the club line again. There was a lone stranger
that attacted him and seven mates. There was a mate that hit him and
broke his jaw in horseplay. There was an argument over a girl. I know
what I think tell me what you think.
Joanna says: I JUST WANNA SAY HE'S F''KIN GORGEOUS!!!!!!
Nelleke from Holland says: I've got no idea what happened, but all
I now is that he is a gorgeous guy and if I could meet him one day I
would be very happy.
Love~woody~forever says: I don,t want he get married!!!! He
Louise says: Gee theres lots of WEIRD people here!!! Maybe you
should get your head checked!!! I think Woody's a great player!!! Big
Karl Newton says: jonathon woodgate is the best defender in england
and is better than john terry by miles.
Chelsy says: Hi everybody just wondering by the way when karen said
he loves his dogs do u think she means all the slappers he goes out
wiv? cos that Emma Padfield was a rite minger erugh! *lol*
Chelsy says: Not that all the girl he goes out wiv r slappers i
don't want to offend n e body ~lol~
Murray May says: Cheers Jonathon from the 10 Jocks you met in
Monty's Bar, Algarve, the other week. We gave you some stick which you
took very well. ps Nice shirt!, and we hope to see you at Ibrox some
Anon says: Look to all those people who dis jon and say really
nasty stuff are wrong. my sister used to go out with Jonathon over 2
years ago now ,and when i met jon he was really nice, he's nothing
like what you read. so you lot who dis him better get all you're
facts right ok. Jon you're the best and Bowyer.
Kate says: I am not a Leeds fan but i have to say Jonathon woodgate
is so gorgeous along wiv Alan Smith
Thai fan says: Cheer woody. He very cute and smart I love you woody
Michelle Parker says: yes he likes is dogs as i see him in the pub
most weeks in middlesbrough and they all have two legs.is mates do
lead him astray and he is easily led off the field as i talk with him
and friends.but he is class on the pitch better than rio and co
Lisa says: i think woddy played very well in the match against WEST
BROM with his injured knee and for a whole half because sum peeps
wouldnt av played and if they did they would av been on the bench
anyway so tops up woody for that
Anon says: Has anybody else heard the rumour that woody fancies
leeds ladies striker Sue Smith?
Sara says: Michelle, what has two legs?
Cat from Thailand says: I have no idea if he will get marry,but it
better if he is single for 2-3 years from now :)
blgoc says: he is the best defender in england and is sooooooo cute
does any1 know does he have a girlfriend
Anon says: he's seeing a lass called beth
pla says: I decorate my bedroom with his poster. He is one of my
favourite players.He has good skills,control,tracking and passing.
woody_is_gr8 says: yeah, i dont no him dated him or n e thin but he
is FKIN GR8!!!!!!!!yummy boy or wot. not bad at the footie
either. however i may be bias as i support leeds. ooh. well anyway he
is fine, n e 1 in here able 2 hok us up perchance?!?!?
Gigi T says: Hi i met him when Leeds United was tour at Thailand
and i met him at hotel. He look so cute i can die for him (if it's
possible) i came to see him at the practice match and the best thing
is he is the only person in that time get off from the bus and give
his autograph. I'm very impress him.
Rachel says: Anon-how do u no he's seeing sum1 called Beth?
han says: I just wanna say Woody is the sexiest player at leeds i
wish i could meet him!
Anon says: cos i know her and him
Carl Harper says: Woody is UNDENIABLY the best centre half in the
world today. He is perfect at every aspect of a centre half's game
and shows quality and solidity that is a different class. ENGLANDS
mike says: We met woody in creation the other week when he was out
for smithys birthday. They were with their birds becky and ruth. funny
fellas, sexy women!
Katrien Van Hoof says: Hi, I'm Belgian, and I just want to say,
Woody, you and Smithey rock! Leeds rules!!! Leeds rules!!!
Katrien says: Hey, the Belgian Chick again.I'd luv to see a real
Leeds game, but wel yeah I live in Belgium ...boehoe !!!!!
Gemma and catherine in yok say: Come On LEEDS COME ON WOODY. Also
think everyone should stop talking about his life like this on
here.Saying they have shagged him or whatever and talking but his
wife/girlfriend. HE CAN DEAL WITH IT!
woodyfan says: who r u kiddin? its common knowledge smithy's
girlfriend is called laura and woodys is called beth
rachel says: does any know about woody's goal celebration on the
28th. Does he have a girlfriend?
Jodie xx says: Well to say Woody has gone thru all that shite, he
has come out smelling of roses. He has to be one of Leeds best
players, along with Smithy and young Milner. Also, what a goal against
Chelsea Jon. Fantastic! Wud love to meet him just to shake his hand
cos he is great. Luv to u Woody and make 2003 a gud 1. xx
clare says: woodys goal celebration means make sum noise kinda
thing he doesn't have boobs! lol corse woody has a g/f rumours had it
she's called Beth
pui (made in Thailand) says: Do you know? There is one person
like & admair woody. I love woody very much.And I will follow
accomplishment now and forever. I Hope Woodgate Have A nice Life.
^_^ *_* +_+
leon says: Well I think Emma Padfield is an absolute mega babe,
anyone saying otherwise is obviously jelous. If she was so bad then
why is she now married to a top footballer!!!!
Ian Flanaghan says: I saw Woody in Leeds the other week with a cute
dark haired lass, luked older than him though!!
matthew tregonning says: woodgate will not leave because he is too
good to go to newcastle and he loves leeds utd football club
Chelsy says: that dark haired lass would have been his sister
Stephanie shes older than him his g/f's got blonde hair (i think)
woodys no.1 fan says: please dont GO woodgate is well FIT!!
newcastle fan says: matthew tregonning is wrong.
Woodys~great#friend says: How long has Woody been going out wiv
smithys absolute number1 fan says: I know smudgers g/f is laura
(grrrrrr @her) but i have no idea about woodys g/f i didnt think he
had 1!!!! neways yea thnx a bunch woody real nice of ya 2 leave aint
it! dont try n tell me it aint his fault either cos he cudda
refused!!!nething 2 say 2 our fans then? throt not!
woodys biggest fan! says: well i happen to know jonathan is close
friends with a girl called sarah and she doesnt seem to know about
this girlfriend beth.
woodys_mate says: he doesn't kno any one called Beth and he doesn't
know any one called Sarah the only Sarah he kno's is his sister's mate
who he hardly sees
kroll says: Is good that woody joins newcatle coz thats the only
club suitable for him. Woody will be a brilliant player under Bobby
Robson n surely will taste some silverwear within sometime
Woody's misses says: I've loved Woody for years and always will!!
He's the most gorgeous person on the planet! I love him!
chelsy says: his mates put a birthday ad in the paper 4 him they
showed a pic of him when he was little awwww he looks so cute!
chelsy says: Apprently his girlfriend is really pretty looks a bit
like Christina Aguilera if she makes him happy good luck to them
clare says: christina aguilera? poor cow when she looks like
Britney i'll start worrying
meeeeeee says: hey all oh woody ur so fine ur so fine u blow my
mind hey woody,hey woody!!!!!!!!
ann-marie says: woody is very sexy my mate is at uni in
middlesbrough and see's him out often he is just sexy good luck for
the season you are better than sol campbell
hannah says: hi. i love woody, hes so fit and he plays gr8 4
nufc. i get 2 c him every home match! yay. jst hope he don get in
anymore trouble now bowyer is here.
vikky says: i miss woody hes the only reason i put up with my
boyfriends obsession with leeds utd
cassie says: Saw woodgate going into THE GATE in Newcastle last
nite he smiled at me and his frend sed hello! jonny looked nicer than
he does on tv!!!
aanvoerder2000 says: I never visit england (not yet). But I always
watch him plays on tv and I think he's the best 'bodyguard' in
carla says: Jonathan Woodgate is absolutely gorgeous hes alot nicer
now that he plays 4 the magpies i disagree bout woodys girlfriend i
think hes young free and single the best way 2 b at his age
Anon says: Carla, Woody goes out with Kate Lawler.
Roo says: my boyfriend looks like Jonathan Woodgate! woo
Jewel says: he's great player,i like him when he playing football
in newcastle team and leeds united.and i 'd see him go to Thailand for
play football at there. Woodgate,he so handsome
irma says: woody is definitely the best defender ever in this
world.HE IS SO F@$K*N GORGEOUS.i like woody so much and he's not
Kate says: I saw Woodgate in Tiger Tiger !
Steph Woodgate says: I'm Jonathans sister and I don't have a best
friend called Karen. Jonathan isn't married but is madly in love with
his girlfriend Katie. He never went out with a Beth, he doesn't have
two dogs. Thanks for all your nice comments. Love Steph.
yong says: He deserves to be in the first eleven for England in
Marie says: Is'nt Woody going out with Katie Lalwer BB3 Winner. I
think they make a great couple
hanna says: why does woody always wear that white thing on his
wrist? hes lush tho!
Monica says: A year later and i still can't believe he's playing
for Newcastle! Bloody Leeds Board! At least he's on the tv a lot more
these days. Lucky Kate Lawler! is it true they're engaged?
kgallant says: hi jonny i am a nufc fan i would just like to say
you have been great when you have played for us bowyer has been great
as well in the last three matches and scored great goals would you see
to kieron dyer that he is very sexy for me plz are you getting married
to kate dont go because of her we all adoor you you are a geordie for
life like dyer and bellers.my brother played for nufc when he was
Gem says: i'd like him know that there is one person in thailand
very admire him. on july newcastle came in Thai but woodgate can't
came there, i was sad. i wish woodgate to be accomplishment in
newcastle unt and england team.
Jaturaporn K. says: I'm Jaturaporn. I come from Thailand. I like
Woodgate(woody). I'm gald with him when Woodgate go to everywhere.I
will follow you now and forever.I PROMISE.
Elizabeth says: Wots he doing with Lawler? Up her own arse she is!
Was much nicer on Big Bro, don't know why she pretends to be someone
she's not just for the cams. He's bloody luvvly tho!
kim says: i met jonathon in prair da rocha(portugal)on thursday 9th
sep 04 in a pub.after spending several hours drinking and watching the
England match he asked if he could walk me back to my hotel...?
obviously kate's not gud enuf.
ceela says: how could you have met him in portugal in Sept the
tournament was over by then?
Soren says: Tommy is at the moment at the danish club Viborg
F.F. trying to earn himself a contract. Ih ope that he succedes, he
sounds like a good player.