Dan joined York Cricket Club in October 2008, making his debut in April 2009. He came from Cheshire, where he played Minor Counties Cricket for many years, with a huge reputation as both player and person. Boy he didn’t disappoint. Over the next 10 years he won seven Yorkshire League and Yorkshire Premier League North titles, five as captain, also leading the 1st XI to the ECB National Knockout trophy in 2012.
His bowling feats were unsurpassed in the Club’s history taking all 10 wickets at Castleford in 2013 with a single season league record of 91 wickets. For a season he even opened the batting with the determination, tenacity, and the courage he exhibited throughout his latest battle. He was truly inspirational on and off the field, and while his drive and commitment were witnessed on the pitch, his sportsmanship and the way he treated others was revered by all. He was a leader of people, who could “walk with kings – nor lose the common touch”, epitomised further by the accolades he went on to receive as an outstanding teacher at both St Peter’s school and Cundall Manor.
Woodsy was also an amazing coach to so many children, who will miss his friendly rapport with them, whilst encouraging all to better themselves. He had a gift with people and touched so many hearts in a life that was far too brief. He will be remembered throughout the City of York, Cheshire, and none more so than at Clifton Park, the home of York Sports Club, where his passion and support for all sport will never be forgotten. The bravery he showed throughout the last 14 months, with the remarkable Heather at his side holding his hand tight, is nothing short of ‘amazing’- a word he used a lot. Dan Woods certainly was.
Dr Nigel Durham