VIEW FROM BRISTOW’S
Due to programme deadlines I am typing this blog out before Tuesday’s Solihull Moors game, so bear that in mind as you read this! The Solihull fixture is another massive one for the club, and I can only hope the boys got a win up in the Midlands and we have more momentum going into today.
I was certainly more optimistic about TUFC after the Wrexham game. Nico and the team showed a lot of pride and commitment after a tough week, and could easily have taken away the three points. Let’s face it lady luck has not exactly smiled on us this season, especially away from home where another debatable penalty decision (I’m being polite!) saw us go 1-0 down. We weren’t finished and a trademark Luke Young burst earned us a penalty. Reidy kept his composure to do the rest!
We have certainly had mixed fortunes with penalties over the years. I don’t think we’ve had a settled penalty taker for a while, but that hasn’t really mattered as we rarely get any! One person who did take a good penalty was Rene Howe circa 2011-13. Big Rene was unflustered by the prospect, and I remember him slotting one in at Exeter City in front of their big bank. I don’t think we’ve ever really replaced Howe since he left; too often our strikers have lacked the power to trouble defenders and also the composure to score goals. On his day Rene had both.
My other article in this programme (A-Z) is based around the letter W this time, and I was quite spoilt for choice. It includes Eric Webber who had a long reign as United boss from 1951-1965. This was in the days of Don Mills, Tommy Northcott, Sammy Collins and Robin Stubbs (to name a few). That must have been a brilliant time at the club, where exciting players and big crowds turned up at Plainmoor.
The other really notable ‘W’ for me is Steve Woods. Cool, calm, composed and classy at the back – I wrote a bit on him a while back for Highway to Hele fanzine (see @TORQUAYTALK site for the article). He was a real gent of a footballer who had the usual ups and downs at Plainmoor, but stayed loyal to the club. Two great TUFC servants from completely different periods in our history.
Anyway back to today’s team and we are definitely fighting for our lives at the moment. Kevin has faced the situation with his usual honesty and dignity, and loves Torquay United as much as we do; so let’s give him and the players all the support we can muster. These are some of the toughest times we’ll ever face, but with time to spare there is no doubt we can still get out of this.
Come on you yellows!
Bristow’s Bench Season Ticket Holder