The League extends its condolences to the Woods family on the sad passing of SFNL Hall of Fame member Ted Woods.
Woods was a legend of the East Brighton Football Club, where his astounding achievements as coach are unlikely to be surpassed. At the helm of the Under 17 side for 18 seasons during the 1960s and 70s, Woods guided the club to a staggering 11 premierships and 15 finals appearances.
In that time, he coached as many as 30 future VFL stars, including Carl Ditterich, Mordecai Bromberg, Doug Booth and fellow SFNL Hall of Famers John Bennett and Con Gorozidis.
Woods also notched 102 games as a player with the Vampires between 1952 and 1964, and earned a bit of a cult following at the club as the only player to wear spectacles on the field. A half-back flanker/wingman of some repute, Woods won both the club and league Best & Fairest awards in 1955 and was a member of the the 1962 Reserve premiership team - East Brighton's first senior flag.
Woods is a Life Member of the East Brighton Football Club and was an inaugural inductee into the SFNL Hall of Fame in 2015.
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Ted Woods (centre) reunites with former charges John Bennett and Con Gorozidis at last year's Hall for Fame function.[/caption]