TUFC PROGRAMME ARTICLE: A-Z Feature – U/V – Eastleigh 21 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 ā€“ all categorised alphabetically.

U/V

Underhill

As Torquay United relegation battles go the 5th May 2001 game at Underhill is right up there with the very best! United travelled to Barnet knowing the losers would face relegation from the Football League. The Yellow Army were out in force, and saw their side take a 3-0 first half lead (Rees, Hill and Graham). However the home side fought back in the second half, and a nerve shredding finale saw Colin Lee’s team grimly hold out to scrape home 3-2. League football was assured for another season!

United

United was originally our name in 1899, but after a merger with local rivals Ellacombe we became ‘Torquay Town’ in 1910. However, in 1921 a further merger of local teams saw the club reverting back to being called ‘United’, and the name has remained unchanged ever since.

John Uzzell

Uzzell was a Plymouth Argyle stalwart from 1977-1989, but left to join ex-boss Dave Smith at Plainmoor in 1989. The tough no-nonsense defender played for three years at the club; retiring after a challenge from Brentford striker Gary Blissett fractured his cheekbone and eye socket. Blissett was later found ‘not guilty’ of grievous bodily harm as Uzzell took the matter to court. It was a sad end to John’s excellent career.

Aman Verma

Our current vice-captain started his career at Leicester City’s youth academy, and then bounced around a number of clubs before signing for United on loan from Kidderminster in late 2015. Aman quickly showed his versatility at the club, and did a great job filling at right-back as the ‘great escape gathered momentum. He was then rewarded by Kevin Nicholson last summer with a new contract, and the vice-captaincy position. Verma remains a key member of the squad, as we look to secure our National League place for next season.

Ken Veysey

Ken first joined United in 1987 after a spell at Dawlish Town, and eventually became the first choice for Cyril Knowles a year later. Although not the biggest for a goalkeeper, he more than made up for this with his agility and command of the penalty area. Ken moved on to Oxford United in 1990, but returned seven years later to play for Kevin Hodges in an exciting 97-98 play-off campaign. In 2000 United appointed Veysey as their goalkeeper coach, and he then had two separate spells as a valuable member of the United backroom staff; doing any number of jobs for the good of the team! Ken eventually left Plainmoor in 2015 after giving the club great service.

Dominic – TT Editor

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