Calland, Ted

Birth Date

15th June 1932


Lanchester, County Durham



Biographical Text

One of three brothers from County Durham to appear for Torquay United, Ted Calland played for Exeter City between 1957 and 1960. He joined the club from Torquay and later played for Port Vale. He was chiefly remembered by City supporters of a particular generation for the 27 goals he scored during the 1958/59 season.

Ted joined Fulham in April 1952 from Durham City, but was unable to break into the first-team and left the club the following September when he joined Torquay United on a free transfer to link up with his older brothers Ralph and Albert. His league debut came the same season, and although never a first-team regular, he managed to score 21 goals in 47 league games for the Plainmoor club.

In July 1957 he moved to Exeter City for a fee of £1,500 and was to have three successful seasons with the Grecians scoring 49 times in 105 league games. Renowned for his shot, Ted made his league debut in the disastrous start to the 1957/58 season when City lost 5-0 at home to Southend United. However, by the end of the campaign he was the club’s leading scorer with 15 league goals.

Millwall had made an offer for him the previous December but, staying with the Grecians during 1958/59, Ted scored 27 goals in 44 league appearances as the club challenged for promotion by finishing 5th. Then, with City having a less-successful time, Ted scored just seven times from 27 league outings during the following season during which time he was placed on the transfer list in January 1960. 

After immediate interest from Gillingham, Ted saw out the campaign at St James' Park before joining Port Vale in August in a player-exchange deal with Fred Donaldson moving in the opposite. direction. Newly arrived in the Potteries, Ted made just a dozen league appearances (three goals) before finishing his Football League career with an unproductive stay at Lincoln City in 1961/62.

Ted later played for Cheltenham Town in the Southern League whilst returning to South Devon and running the Torbay Cab Company until his death in Torquay in May 1995 after a long illness.


Exeter City league games only






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