Goalkeeper David Teece joined the Tigers in February 1952 and served City’s A team and Reserves for the first two years of his time at Boothferry Park. Competing with Billy Bly and Tommy Forgan for the goalkeeper’s shirt, Teece’s patient wait came to an end on April 1954 when Bly was recovering from one of his many injuries and Forgan had disappointed in a five game run of starts. Teece started the last six League matches of the 1953/54 season and conceded only eight goals. Bly was restored to the first team at the start of the 1954/55 season but within three weeks he was injured once more and City manager Bob Jackson again turned to Teece. Four starts in September 1954 were followed by another eight starts in November and December but the Tigers were floundering at the lower reaches of the table and Bly was restored to the first team once fit. David had two more starts in April 1955, in the first conceding a hattrick to future Hull City colleague Doug Clarke. Teece had five more starts in the early months of 1955/56 season but in October 1955 City turned to new signing Bernard Fisher to replace the injured Bly, not Teece. David remained on the Tigers’ books for the rest of the season but made no further starts and was released in the 1956 close season.
David Alfred Teece was born in Rhodes, a cotton mill village between Rochdale and Oldham to the north of Manchester. His football development was blocked by World War Two but in 1949 he played for Cheshire League side Droylsden, then in September 1950 he joined Cheshire rivals Hyde United where he became a first team regular and impressed visiting scouts. This led to his move to Hull City in February 1952 for a fee that was reputed to be the largest received by Hyde United at the time.
Teece joined Oldham Athletic in June 1956, in his first season at Boundary Park he started the first three games of the season and conceded nine goals, then played the familiar role of backup goalkeeper to Welsh former Manchester City netminder Derek Williams. In the 1957/58 season Teece was finally first choice goalkeeper at a League side, starting 41 League games and 2 Cup ties. He was again first choice in 1958/59 as Oldham competed in the inaugural season of the non-regionalised Fourth Division and when he left the Latics in July 1959 he had made 96 senior starts in three seasons.
Teece continued his playing career in the non-leagues, spending single seasons at Buxton and Chadderton. He became a football coach who led Manchetser League side AVRO FC while working as a draughtsman and fitter for British Aerospace. He retired to his home town of Rochdale which is where he died in March 2007.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 September 1927, Rhodes
Hull City First Game: 10 April 1954, Leicester City H (Division Two), 26 years, 221 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 October 1955, Bury H (Division Two), 28 years, 44 days old
Droylesden (1949-1950), Hyde United (1950-1952), Hull City (1952-1956), Oldham Athletic (1956-1959), Buxton (1959-1960), Chadderton (1960-1961)
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Career: 25 apps, 0 goalsDavid Teece