Chris Todd

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Chris Todd
Personal information
Full name Christopher Richard Todd[1]
Date of birth (1981-08-22) 22 August 1981 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Truro City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Swansea City 43 (4)
2002–2003 Drogheda United
2003–2007 Exeter City 154 (7)
2007–2010 Torquay United 67 (7)
2009 Salisbury City (loan) 8 (1)
2009 Salisbury City (loan) 4 (1)
2010 Newport County (loan) 15 (3)
2010–2011 Newport County 46 (5)
2011–2013 Forest Green Rovers 2 (0)
2012 Hereford United (loan) 5 (1)
2013–2016 Eastleigh 62 (4)
2016– Truro City 6 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Eastleigh (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:45, 12 March 2017 (UTC).

Christopher Richard "Chris" Todd (born 22 August 1981) is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for Truro City. Between October 2015 and August 2016, Todd was the player-manager of Eastleigh.


Swansea City[edit]

Born in Swansea,[1] Todd began his career as a trainee with his home town club, Swansea City, turning professional in August 1999. He made his debut on 10 March 2001 at home in a 1–1 draw with Northampton Town,[2] going on to make 46 appearances before being released in June 2002.

Drogheda United[edit]

Todd then moved to Republic of Ireland, where he spent a season with Drogheda United.

Exeter City[edit]

He returned to English football with Exeter City in January 2003.[3] Although he was unable to prevent Exeter being relegated from the Football League that season, he remained with the club, and was consistently a first-team regular.

Upon Glenn Cronin's departure during the 2006 off-season, Todd was appointed captain of Exeter City for the 2006–07 season.

Torquay United[edit]

Todd joined local rivals Torquay United in June 2007 for a fee of £7,500.[4] and quickly became a regular in the newly relegated Conference National side.

First loan at Salisbury City[edit]

With his treatment for his leukaemia going well, Todd returned to training and on 2 February 2009, joined Salisbury City on loan to regain match fitness.[5]

Return to Torquay United[edit]

After a successful loan spell at Salisbury, he returned to Torquay for the last month of the 2008–09 season. Todd went straight back into the first team and, during this month, he won the 'Man of the Match' award for the Conference National Play-off Final, helping Torquay win the game and promotion to League Two.

Second loan at Salisbury City[edit]

However, the following season, Todd lost his place in the first team about a quarter of the way through the season and found himself sitting on the bench. This was when Salisbury took him back on loan,[6] after being given special dispensation by the Conference board due to an injury and suspension crisis.

Newport County[edit]

In January 2010, Todd joined Conference South leaders Newport County on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season.[7] Newport were crowned 2009–10 Conference South champions with a record 103 points, 28 points ahead of second placed Dover Athletic.

He was released by Torquay on 15 May 2010, along with six other players[8] and joined Newport County on a permanent deal.[9]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

Todd signed a 2-year contract for Forest Green Rovers on 25 May 2011.[10] Todd made his Rovers league debut in the live televised fixture against Stockport County on 12 August 2011.[11] Todd failed to complete the match though as he left the pitch injured and it was later revealed he would need surgery to repair a torn hamstring that would keep him out for five months.[12][13]

Loan at Hereford United[edit]

In October 2012, Todd joined Hereford United on a month-long loan.[14] He appeared 7 times in all competitions for Hereford and returned to Forest Green at the end of his loan spell in November.[15]


On 10 January 2013, Todd left Forest Green and signed for Eastleigh on a free transfer, signing an 18-month contract.[16] On 15 October 2015, Todd was appointed player-manager of Eastleigh. The club finished the 2015-16 season in 7th place in the National League. On 17 August 2016, Todd was relieved of his duties as both manager and player after just four matches of the 2016–17 season.

Truro City[edit]

On 14 October 2016, Todd signed a short-term contract with Truro City.[17]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 November 2008, it was announced that Todd had been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia[18][19] He was able to able to return to football in February 2009.

In September 2011, Todd released a book titled "More Than Football; In The Blood". He wrote and published the book himself to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research.[20]

In September 2012, Todd sang as part of the 'Big C choir' at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2012 Sunflower Jam concert in aid of charities supporting cancer. A documentary, following the progress of the choir, aired on Channel 4 in October 2012.[21]

Todd has appeared in the short film Meet Again, as a soldier fighting in the Second World War.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 409. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Swansea 1–1 Northampton". BBC Sport. 10 March 2001. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Transfers – January 2003". BBC Sport. 31 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Torquay recruit Todd and Bedeau". BBC Sport. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Three in for City". NonLeagueDaily. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Salisbury bring Todd back on loan". BBC Sport. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Defender Chris Todd signs for Newport County". South Wales Argus. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Seven players released by Torquay United". BBC Sport. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  9. ^ "County swoop for dynamic duo". South Wales Argus. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  10. ^ "Hockaday signs star Todd". 25 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Forest Green Rovers 1–1 Stockport County". BBC Sport. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Todd to undergo surgery". 2 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rovers' Todd Set For Surgery". Blue Square Football. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hereford United sign Forest Green defender Chris Todd on loan". BBC Sport. 8 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dave Hockaday happy with Chris Todd return". BBC Sport. 11 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Busy time for Eastleigh". Non League Daily. 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Chris Todd: Truro City sign former Eastleigh boss on short-term playing contracts". BBC Sport. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Todd reveals leukaemia diagnosis". BBC Sport. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  19. ^ "Chris Todd column". BBC Sport. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  20. ^ a b Williams, Adam (4 December 2015). "Chris Todd: Eastleigh manager has alternative career options". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  21. ^ "Hereford United's Chris Todd sings for 'The Big C' choir at the Royal Albert Hall". Hereford Times. 18 October 2012. 

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