Merseyside-born Roy Tickell appeared for Exeter City in the interim 1945/46 season when he played in nine games in the two specially-arranged mini-leagues as well as appearing three times in that season’s two-legged FA Cup ties. He subsequently made a handful of league appearances for Southport.Playing initially as a guest player and making his debut against Cardiff City in November 1945, he signed a contract with the Grecians one month later. He played four times in the pre-Christmas Division Three South (South of Thames) competition and another five times in the Division Three Cup (Southern Section) in the early months of 1946. He also appeared in three of City's four two-legged FA Cup ties, scoring against Trowbridge Town.
Prior to playing for Exeter, he had appeared for Tranmere Rovers and came to City on recommendation of Grecians full back Jack Blood who had served with him in the R.A.F.
Roy remained at St James' Park during 1946/47 but never appeared for the club in the Football League and signed for Southport in May 1947 where he played six league games scoring one goal. He then moved to Prescot Cables later in 1947
Roy Tickell died in the Southport area on 8 February 2006.