|The A-Z of Torquay United
A reminder of the people, teams, places and animals that have had an impact and influence on Torquay United during our long history – all categorised alphabetically.
|Experienced pro Nelson came to Plainmoor in 1996 after being released by Charlton Athletic. He became a player coach at United, as the club endured another season of difficulty towards the bottom of the football league. The season’s struggles inspired Nelson to write the book ‘Left foot in the grave’, which was subsequently shortlisted for the William Hill sports book of the year.|
|Nico’ originally came through the Sheffield Wednesday youth system, but bounced around a few clubs before finding a home at Plainmoor in 2007 under Paul Buckle. The attacking left back soon became a fans favourite as his sweet left foot created many goals, whilst his long throws also caused panic in the opposition’s penalty area. Kevin spent the next seven years at Plainmoor, and experienced the highs of promotion back to the league and then the low of relegation back to the Conference. During that period he rarely lost his place in the team, and in 2011-12 the defender made the League Two team of the year as United pushed again for promotion. He left Plainmoor in 2014, but as we all know returned in 2015 as our player-manager; achieving the ‘great escape’ last season.|
|Welshman Norman’s arrival at Plainmoor coincided with Tommy Northcott (see below) leaving. United and Cardiff City had forged a close working relationship, and the centre-half came to Plainmoor as part of an agreement that saw Tommy going the other way. Norman went on to have a distinguished career at United, making 234 appearances over the course of the next six years; a period in which Eric Webber’s team came agonisingly close to the second tier of English football.|
|Local boy Northcott started his career at United in 1949, and the striker soon started to develop his undoubted ability alongside Sammy Collins in attack. In 1952 supporters were disappointed when Tommy left for First Division Cardiff City, but five years later he returned to the Westcountry under Eric Webber. Northcott made up for lost time with the Plainmoor faithful, scoring goals for fun in the Third Division. Soon he was joined upfront by Robin Stubbs, and the partnership blossomed with both players hitting the net on a regular basis in an exciting period in United’s history. Tommy was released in 1966 having represented United 443 times, and scoring 150 goals for United.|