Wells, E (Teddy)
Teddy Wells featured during the recently-renamed Exeter City’s first season in 1904/05. Although he had good runs in the first-team there were periods when he rarely played before making his last appearance in the final game before the club turned professional in 1908.
He made his debut against Dawlish on 5 November 1904 before, after only appearing once more in 1904/05, becoming a regular during the following campaign. Rarely featuring during City’s third season, he was once more a member of the team throughout 1907/08 the club’s final season before the professional era.
Playing his final first-team game against Oreston Rovers on 25 April 1908 he, like nearly all of his team mates, did not turn professional although he did continue to play for the reserves for another two seasons.
He played alongside his brother William Wells on a number of occasions between 1906 and 1908. The 1911 census lists Teddy (32) and William (26) as tin plate workers with Willey’s the gas meter manufacturer in Exeter. Both were born in Worcester where they had been living at the time of the 1901 census. Each would be an example of how the club was changing from the original St Sidwell’s United that had been based around a group of school friends.