Full Name: BRYAN WOOD
Date of Birth: 03/04/1954
Height: 185 cm ( 6-1 )
Weight: 85 kg ( 13-5 )
Debut: 13/05/1972, Round 7, North Melbourne
Last Game: 25/09/1982, Round GF, Carlton
Total Games: 209
Total Goals: 85
Honours:Premiership 1973-74, 1980, Captain 1981, Victorian Representative Team 1977, 1980, Games 2.
Seasons: 1971-72, 1976, 1978, 1982
Total Games: 21
Total Goals: 9
Bryan played on the wing throughout his career. He was recruited from Blackburn to Richmond Under/19s in 1970 and was a member of their Premiership side in his first season. He started his senior career in great fashion by winning the Best First Year Player award, in 1972. He then developed into one of the best wingman in the VFL in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His tussles with North Melbourne’s dual “Brownlow Medallist” Keith Greig were one of the major highlights when the two sides clashed during that era. Bryan was a fine high mark and long penetrating kick. He had cat-like balance and also possessed fine evasive skills which enabled him to twist out of trouble with ease. He was a very determined player who possessed a fierce desire towards winning the ball, and was a fine team man, who although not considered a rugged type, would stand up for himself if the opposition tried to rough him up. At 22 years of age, he became the youngest Richmond player to reach the 100-game milestone in 1976.
He was a member of the 1973, 1974 and 1980 Premiership sides and the 1982 Grand Final side. He was voted Richmond’s best player in the 1982 semi-final win over Carlton. In 1981, he captained Richmond and was awarded Life Membership. He won Richmond’s Most Determined award in 1973 and was third in the Best and Fairest award in 1975 and 1977. Bryan also represented Victoria on two occasions. His move to Essendon, in 1983, was at a time when Richmond lost the likes of Raines and Cloke and found it very hard to replace such experience. Bryan’s move to Essendon was successful as he added his fourth senior Premiership win to his list of honours in 1985. He later worked as an “around-the-ground” man for Radio 3AW, after retiring as a player. He has been Kevin Sheedy’s runner at Essendon for several years. He now lives in Burwood, and works in the graphic printing industry.
Melbourne High School Junior Teams ; Blackburn Juniors to 1969 ( Honours - U/15 Best & Fairest ).
Essendon Seniors 1983-86, Games 44, Goals 12 ( Honours - Premiership 1985 ) ; Essendon Reserves 1983-86, Games 11, Goals 5.