Midfielder Curtis Woodhouse signed for City in May 2005, the club he supported as a Driffield youngster. He signed a two year deal and was briefly made first team captain but failed to impress on the pitch and by the following January he had moved on to Grimsby Town.
After spending his early teenage years at York City, Curtis Woodhouse switched to Sheffield United at 16 and made his first team debut for the Blades against Crewe Alexandra in November 1997. At the start of the 1998/99 season he became a first team regular at Bramall Lane and kept that role for two and half seasons, compiling six goals in 122 senior appearances.
In February 2001 Woodhouse switched to League Division 1 rivals Birmingham City for a £1m fee, slotting straight into the Blues’ first eleven for the remainder of the season. During the 2001/02 season he played a support role as Steve Bruce’s Birmingham won promotion to the Premier League via a play-off victory over Norwich City, though Curtis played no role in the season’s denouement. He remained a peripheral figure during the 2002/03 season, making the first of his three career Premier League appearances against West Bromwich Albion in October 2002. He left St Andrews in October 2003 having scored twice in 55 appearances for the Blues and spending the last three months of the 2002/03 season making 11 League Division 1 appearances for Rotherham United.
In October 2003 Curtis joined League Division 2 side Peterborough United and rapidly established himself again as an important first team choice, scoring seven times as Posh avoided relegation in his first season. He remained a regular during the 2004/05 season as Peterborough succumbed to relegation – by the end of the season Curtis was seeking pastures new, which he found at Hull City, having scored 12 goals in 72 senior appearances for The Posh.
Curtis joined Grimsby Town in January 2006 but his stay at Blundell Park lasted only six months, scoring once in 19 senior appearances. These were his last games in senior football as by the summer of 2006 he started to pursue a professional boxing career while also turning out for Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds. After further spells playing in the non-leagues over the next six years, Woodhouse had a six month spell as manager of Sheffield FC between May and December 2012 before resigning to refocus on his boxing career.
He went on to manage Goole between January 2014 and December 2014, having been assistant manager for three months prior to his elevation. He left Goole to take the managerial reins at newly formed club Hull United in January 2015 and retained this role until switching to become manager at Bridlington Town in October 2016, a job he retained for two seasons. In June 2019 he took the reins at Tadcaster Albion but left in October 2019 to become manager at Gainsborough Trinity, a role he retained until February 2021. After a year and a half out of the frontline, Woodhouse returned to football in November 2022 when he was appointed manager of Teesside-based Northern Premier League side Marske United, but was sacked four months later in February 2023 after a run of seven defeats.
Woodhouse had 31 boxing bouts mostly at welterweight and light-welterweight, making his fight debut in September 2006 and ending his career with a 24-7 record. Woodhouse claimed the British light-welterweight title in February 2014 when he defeated Bristolian Darren Hamilton at the Hull Arena then promptly retired – he returned for two further bouts in 2017, both won, before once again hanging up his gloves. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in December 2020 for his services to football and boxing.
Curtis won four England under-21 caps, debuting in April 1999 against Hungary and making his final appearance in September 1999 against Poland.
Date/Place of Birth: 17 April 1980, Beverley
Hull City First Game: 20 August 2005, Brighton & Hove Albion H (Championship), 25 years, 125 days old
Hull City Final Game: 3 January 2006, Sheffield United H (Championship), 25 years, 261 days old
Sheffield United (1997-2001), Birmingham City (2001-2003), Rotherham United (2003, loan), Peterborough United (2003-2005), Hull City (2005-2006), Grimsby Town (2006), Rushden & Diamonds (2006-2009), Mansfield Town (2009), Harrogate Town (2009-2010), Sheffield FC (2010-2011), Eastwood Town (2011-2012), Sheffield FC (2012)
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Career: 19 apps, 0 goalsCurtis Woodhouse
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