As a teenager, Chris
made his debut for Nottingham Forest in unusual circumstances in
that he played in the League Cup Final against Liverpool before
he had made his league debut. However he was unable to dispossess
Peter Shilton from the Forest goal and joined Queen Park Rangers.
Norwich signed him for £225,000 in March 1981 where he became
a favourite with the Carrow Road crowds. After five years in Canary
colours during which he won full England caps, Chris moved to Scottish
giants Rangers for £600,000. He made 173 appearances for Rangers
and helped them to numerous Scottish trophies.
A return to England followed with a transfer to Sheffield Wednesday.
Chris lost his place in the Wednesday first team to Kevin Pressman
following a run of poor performances including England's defeats
against Norway and the United States. His blunder in the 1993 FA
Cup final replay against League Cup winners Arsenal enabled Andy Linighan to score the winner and take the Gunners
into the European Cup Winner's Cup. This provided a space in the
UEFA Cup which was taken by Norwich City who had finished third
in the league. The result being the UEFA Cup victories over Vitesse
Arnhem and Bayern Munich.
Chris later spent some time on loan to Reading before travelling
west to participate in the inaugural season of the USA's Major League
Soccer with the Kansas City Wiz. Signed by Southampton on loan,
Chris endured a serious injury soon after his return to England
and was unable to impress manager Graeme Souness. Sunderland then
signed Chris from the United States Soccer Federation who held his
contract in the spring of 1997.
The following summer he joined Burnley as one of the first signings
by their new manager Chris Waddle, a former teammate of Woods at
Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland and England. Chris was unable to
break into the Burnley first team but was linked in January 1998
with a return to Carrow Road as cover for the injured Andy Marshall.
His opportunity at Turf Moor came in March 1998 when first choice
keeper Marlon Beresford was sold to Middlesbrough for £500,000.
However in July 1998, Chris and new Burnley manager Stan Ternant
agreed to part company and Chris has since joined former Rangers
manager Walter Smith at Everton where Chris will be goalkeeping
coach. Chris was also been linked with a move to Conference side
Barrow who were experiencing a goalkeeping injury crisis. Whilst
at Goodison, Chris has played for their reserves (November 1998
vs Stoke) and in friendlies when there have been shortages to the
number of keepers available.
Since December 2010, Chris has also coached the United States national
On 1st July 2013, Woods followed David Moyes from Everton to Manchester
United along with assistant manager Steve Round and coach Jimmy
Following Moyes sacking in April 2014 and the appointment of Louis
Van Gaal as United's new manager on 19th May 2014, rumours circulated
that Woods had no future at Old Trafford. Van Gaal appointed Frans
Hoek as United's goalkeeping coach. Woods was at the 2014 World
Cup in Brazil with the USA National Team.
After leaving Manchester United in the summer of 2014, Woods focussed
on the USA team until 15th June 2015 when he became the goalkeeping
coach at West Ham United under new manager Slaven Bilic. He left the role in May 2018.
On 24th August 2021 it was reported that Woods had joined Steve Clarke's coaching team for the Scottish national team.