Reds’ Wood to feature in Disley benefit

Bradley Wood
Bradley Wood

Alfreton Town’s Bradley Wood is the latest player that has been confirmed to be playing in Reds captain Craig Disley’s benefit game in Grimsby.

Wood spent two years with the former Grimsby captain at Blundell Park before reuniting with him at Alfreton this summer.

And the defender is happy to have the opportunity to support Disley on his day.

Wood said: “You shouldn’t throw around the word legend lightly, but that guy certainly deserves it. I’m honoured that he asked me to play.”

The benefit game is to honour Disley for his great service for Grimsby Town over the six years he played for the club.

Disley played 234 times for the Mariners and most importantly captained them in the National League play-off final to guide them back into the Football League.

Wood believes that, despite Disley not being the most exciting player on the pitch, he has always been an important player no matter where he has gone.

“I’ve always said that you never notice what Craig does until he isn’t playing because when he isn’t there the team will miss him keeping things ticking.” He said.

Wood made his footballing debut with Grimsby in 2009, playing 113 times before joining Alfreton for his first spell with the club in 2013.

The 26-year-old is excited to be returning to the place that he previously called home and looks forward to hearing the Grimsby crowd once more.

He said: “Blundell Park will always hold a special place in my heart, with Grimsby being the first club to give me a chance. The fans are great and I’m glad they are at least back where they belong in the football league.”

Wood will be hoping to hear the fans that once cheered his name again on October 31 as he plays for the Craig Disley All Stars against a Grimsby Town XI.