Buckle, Ted

Birth Date

28th December 1924


Southwark, London



Biographical Text

Ted Buckle scored a dozen league goals for Exeter City between 1955 and 1957. He joined the club from Everton and later played for Wigan Athletic. After serving in the Royal Navy, his career had started with Manchester United. 

Ted joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and participated in the closing stages of the Second World War. His footballing career started when Manchester United signed him on an amateur contract soon after the war ended. Turning professional in November 1945, he scored on his Football League debut against Charlton Athletic in January 1947 and finished the season with four goals in seven games. Remaining a fringe player, Ted was transferred to Everton in November 1949 where he scored 31 goals in 97 games over a span of five-and-a-half-years.

Aged thirty, Ted joined Exeter City in 1955 and became a first-team regular for two seasons. His first league outing for the Grecians was in a goalless draw at Colchester United on the opening day of the 1955/56 season. Placed on the transfer list at his own request in February 1956, he nonetheless remained at St James' Park and scored five times from 28 starts during his first campaign. Working for chairman Albert Line’s timber company in the summer of 1956, Ted made a further 37 league appearances in 1956/57 notching seven goals.

Leaving Exeter in the summer of 1957, Ted turned down other offers to sign for Wigan Athletic and was later briefly player-manager at Prestatyn. Coming out of retirement to appear for Dolgellau in the early 1960s, he also turned out for Lancashire Steel in the Manchester League.

Ted Buckle died in Manchester in June 1990.


Exeter City league games only






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