Todd, Chris

Birth Date

22nd August 1981

Birthplace

Swansea, Glamorgan

Occupation

Defender

Biographical Text

After making around forty league appearances for Swansea City, his home town club, Chris Todd spent the most significant spell of his career with Exeter City either side of the club’s relegation to the Conference. He then moved on to Torquay United with whom he won promotion to the Football League before dropping back into non-league. He later briefly served as Eastleigh’s manager whilst also much later having a spell with Yeovil Town after working with young footballers at Torquay United and a nearby college.    

Chris began his career as a trainee with his home town club Swansea City in 1997 turning professional two years later. He made his debut in March 2001 and appeared 46 times for the Swans in all competitions before his release in June 2002. He then joined League of Ireland club Drogheda United before returning to the Football League with Exeter City in January 2003. 

Coming into a team destined to be relegated from the Football League, Chris made his debut against Wrexham on 4 March 2003 and made 12 appearances during the remainder of the season up to and including the Southend game on 3 May when City’s relegation was confirmed. 

Starting life afresh in the Conference, Chris emerged as a model of consistency and eventually became team captain. His 43 league and cup appearances in 2003/04 dipped to 29 the following season because of injury (hence missing the Manchester United FA Cup ties) before rising to 44 outings in 2005/06.

Chris continued to be a key member of the side in 2006/07 when, as captain, he appeared 40 times and, after playing in both play-off semi-finals, led the Grecians out against Morecambe in the play-off final at Wembley.

Unbeknown at the time this was to be Chris’s final appearance for Exeter City and weeks later he was one of a glut of players recruited by former teammate Paul Buckle after his appointment as manager of Torquay United. With a nominal fee of £7,500 changing hands Chris quickly established himself at Plainmoor and was a member of the team that lost to Exeter City in the end-of-season play-offs and in the FA Trophy final at Wembley. 

Then, in November 2008, it was announced that Chris had been diagnosed with leukaemia but, responding to treatment, he returned to training and joined Salisbury City on loan. Returning to the Torquay team he was player of the match when Torquay won the Conference play-off final at Wembley in May 2009. Chris then had time on loan at Salisbury and Newport County during 2009/10 ahead of leaving Torquay in May 2010 and enjoying spells with Newport County (on a permanent basis),  Forest Green Rovers, Hereford United (loan) and, from January 2013, Eastleigh. 

After serving as manager of Eastleigh between October 2015 and August 2016, Chris joined Truro City as a player before briefly managing Gloucester City. Still living in Devon, Chris began coaching at South Devon College - alongside former Exeter defender Alex Watson - in a partnership arrangement with Torquay United where Chris later became youth team manager. He also appeared briefly for Buckland Athletic for whom he appeared against Exeter City in the Devon Bowl in February 2019 missing a penalty in the shoot-out in the process.

In June 2022 Chris moved to Yeovil Town to work as assistant to new manager, and former Torquay teammate, Chris Hargreaves. He remained at the club alongside replacement manager Mark Cooper when Hargreaves was sacked a few months later.   

Appearances

Exeter City

League 157 (play-offs 3); Cups 11 (168)

Goals

League 7; Cups 1 (8)

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