TUFC PROGRAMME: A-Z Feature – S(2) – Guiseley 4th Mar 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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Alan Smith

Smith started his career at United in 1956 and went on to become one of our greatest servants; playing 303 times in an exciting era for the club. Under Eric Webber the club was enjoying a renaissance, and Alan became a vital cog in his starting eleven; either at his preferred position of centre-half or at full-back. The one-club man was involved in United’s famous cup tie against Spurs, and then kept his place when new boss Frank O’Farrell arrived; showing his commitment and versatility for the good of the team. Injury then unfortunately forced Smith into early retirement in 1969.

Neville Southall

Everton and Wales legend Southall was signed for United by Wes Saunders in 1998, and quickly settled in by saving a penalty on his debut. The goalkeeper used all his experience and know-how to help out the defence, and was unsurprisingly voted Player of the Year in his first season at the club. Big Nev then picked up an injury in early 2000, and left United for a player-coach role at Bradford.

Danny Stevens

Danny started his senior career at Luton Town, but after only one appearance for ‘the Hatters’ joined United in the summer of 2007. It was the start of the Paul Buckle revolution at Plainmoor, and the skilful winger featured regularly as ‘the Gulls’ looked to bounce back to the league; scoring two in a memorable FA Cup trouncing of Yeovil Town. Stevens won the Conference ‘Young Player of the Year’ award for 2008-09, and it was a double celebration as United were promoted. Danny then featured prominently in two Play-off campaigns; having arguably his best season under Martin Ling in 2011-12. Stevens ended up playing over 200 games for Torquay between 2007-14.

Robin Stubbs

In talking about United’s history the name ‘Robin Stubbs’ often crofts up, and rightly so considering he is one of our finest ever players. Robin came down to Plainmoor from Birmingham in 1963, and was soon banging in the goals; this included five in an amazing 8-3 win over Newport! The striker bagged 25 goals in his first season, and then bettered that total in season two with 39 goals. By then he had been joined upfront by Tommy Northcott, and the partnership created havoc for Division Four defences. Stubbs most famous game in a ‘Gulls’ shirt came against Spurs at Plainmoor in the Cup in 1965; as Robin scored two late goals to earn a replay. Promotion to Division Three followed in 1966, and the crowd favourite remained at United until 1969 – returning briefly in 1972, before retiring. The deadly marksman scored 133 goals for us, and remains a proud supporter of the club.

 *ARTICLE FROM THE OFFICIAL TORQUAY UNITED PROGRAMME 2016-17

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