OFFICIAL PROGRAMME: A-Z Feature – O – Woking 14th Jan 17

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.

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Joe Oastler
Joe initially joined from QPR on loan at the end of 2010. He then moved permanently in 2011, and went on to serve the team well at right-back; especially during the 2011-12 season when United’s strong defence set the foundation for a promotion challenge.
Charlie Oatway
Oatway followed manager Eddie May from Cardiff City to United in 1997, and quickly settled into life at Plainmoor with competitive displays in midfield over the next couple of years. Charlie is actually not Oatway’s real name; it is Anthony, Philip, David, Terry, Frank, Donald, Stanley, Gerry, Gordon, Stephen, James Oatway. The names came from QPR’s 1973 first team!
Frank O’Farrell
O’Farrell is one of United’s most successful ever managers, and first came to Plainmoor as the replacement for Eric Webber in 1965. The new boss soon put his own stamp of authority on the side, implementing a new sweeper system and winning promotion to Division Three in his first season. Frank established United in the third tier of English football; bringing in West Ham old boys Ken Brown and John Bond to join the likes of Robin Stubbs in the line-up, as the side battled gamely for promotion to the second tier of English football. Frank left for Leicester City in 1968, before going on to manage Manchester United. However the popular Irishman was not finished at Plainmoor, returning for two short spells as manager in the late seventies and early eighties. He still resides in the area and continues to support’ the Gulls’.
Bobby Olejnik
Olejnik only played at Plainmoor for one season between 2011-12, but made a huge impression during his time at the club. The commanding goalkeeper helped Martin Ling’s team set a club record for clean sheets in one season, and was formidable in one on one situations. Bobby’s form between the sticks earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two, and Peterborough were sufficiently impressed to sign the Austrian that summer.
Don O’Riordan
Veteran midfielder O’Riordan was brought to Plainmoor by Neil Warnock in 1993, and the Irishman’s composure and passing ability helped United avoid football that season. Warnock departed that summer and Don was appointed player-manager. His first season in charge was the most successful one, with O’Riordan excelling in midfield or at sweeper the side made the play-offs; losing dramatically to Preston North End in a controversial semi-final. His time in charge of United ended in October 1995 after a disastrous 8-1 defeat to Scunthorpe.

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