OFFICIAL PROGRAMME: A-Z Feature – S(1) – Sutton 25th Feb 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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Wes Saunders
Big Wes signed from Dundee in 1990, and his leadership at the back made an instant impact at Plainmoor. He became captain, and helped guide the team to Play-Off victory over Blackpool at Wembley. Saunders not only scored our first goal that evening, but also the second penalty in the dramatic shoot-out! The next season saw the defender take over the managerial reins temporarily, and he then played for United until 1993. Wes was not finished at Plainmoor; he had a star-studded testimonial in 1997 and then returned as manager in 1998. Unfortunately his time in charge saw the team struggle and he left in March 2001.
Lee Sharpe
Lee was spotted by United scouts and brought down from the Midlands to join the YTS youth system in 1987. The winger’s precocious talent soon caught the eye of manager Cyril Knowles, who gave Sharpe his debut during the 1987-88 season. He quickly showed his ability; helping the team reach the play-offs at the end of that campaign. After only 14 league appearances Alex Ferguson came knocking, and signed the winger for Manchester United. He went on to play over 250 times for the Red Devils (winning numerous honours), whilst also representing England.
Ron Shaw
Ron Shaw joined United just after the Second World War, and went on to play for us between 1946 and 1958. Shaw was a terrific wing player, who along with the likes of Jack Conley and Don Mills made United an exciting team to watch. It was a successful period in the clubs history, with United becoming contenders in the league and also doing better in the FA Cup than ever before. In that time the ‘Wing Wizard’ of Plainmoor rarely missed a game, and showcased his talents in front of big home crowds. Ron finished with over 400 appearances for United, and 106 goals – records few have matched in our history.
Sherpa Van Trophy
The Sherpa Van Trophy gave Torquay United their first ever visit to Wembley in 1989. Cyril Knowles team lost 4-1 to Bolton Wanderers; but despite the result it was a proud day for the club and the travelling ‘Yellow Army’.
Tim Sills
Sills arrived at United in 2007, after a career spent with a number of different clubs; most notably Aldershot Town. The brave frontman became an instant hit with the fans, leading the line and scoring a number of memorable goals during that first season – including a New Year’s Day winner versus Exeter City and a spectacular overhead kick against Histon. However, it was the 2008-09 Conference campaign when the striker carved his name in United folklore. Paul Buckle’s team focussed on promotion, and the masked target man headed a clinching goal V Cambridge at Wembley to send Torquay United back into the league at the second attempt. Tim left the club in January 2010 for Stevenage.

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