TT Blog: Best and Worst Players of the NL Years 14-18 by Tom Besford


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Tom Besford – @TomBesford98

After relegation to the National South being recently confirmed we spent the long trip home from Hartlepool discussing recent times and the quantity of players which we have used in recent seasons (sounds like an arduous journey – Dom).

It was at this point I thought to myself and decided to work out how many players we have actually had play for us in recent times. I was astonished to find out we have had one hundred and twenty players on the books in the last four seasons since football league relegation!

Whilst looking through some of the players I found there were a few I had completely forgotten about, so here is a list of the most memorable and a couple that you’d be excused for not remembering.

5 of the Worst:

Aarran Racine:

A very experienced player in the National league after spending several years with Forest Green Rovers before joining United on loan in the 2016-17 season. You’ll be forgiven for forgetting about him though as he got injured giving away a penalty on his debut and was never seen in a Torquay shirt again.

Sean Finch:

Signed from South Devon League side Watcombe Wanderers, Finch made two appearances off the bench in 2015 including an appearance at top of the table Cheltenham before returning to local football with several South Devon clubs before disappearing from the game completely.

O’Neil Odofin:

It wouldn’t be a surprise if you can’t remember this player at all. The defender spent two years at the club but failed to make a single appearance in a Torquay shirt before leaving to join Margate and then Whitehawk.

Joel Ambalu:

The teacher/footballer signed from Heather St John FC for Chester away in 2017 came off the bench making an impressive debut as the winger happily ran at the Chester defence however this would be his only appearance as he could not make the next match due to working in his local school. Ambalu can now be found playing for North Ferriby United.

Shawn McCoulsky:

On loan from Bristol City in 2017 Shawn wasn’t really given the chance to shine by manager Kevin Nicholson as he was limited to a couple of five minute cameos. The speedy forward went on to score eight goals for Bath City before scoring six goals for EFL side Newport County including the FA Cup winner against Leeds United.

5 of the Best:

Angus MacDonald:

After two loan spells at the club Angus signed for the club from Salisbury City in 2014. Two years at the club saw the defender become club captain and score the crucial early goal away at Bromley which saw United secure the great escape. Barnsley however saw the defenders superb ability and signed him to be their captain.

Nathan Smith:

Nathan, also known as Smudge, spent the 2015-2016 season on loan at United and became a fan favourite in the great escape season. However a strong season for the defender saw him return to his parent club Port Vale with some very important experience as he earnt his place back in their side instantly.

Luke Young:

A Devon boy through and through Luke joined from local club Plymouth Argyle and has spent four seasons in the heart of the United midfield. A fans favourite who can be seen standing over most set pieces. Unfortunately injury saw Luke miss out during most of the 2015-2016 season.

Danny Racchi:

The former Kilmarnock midfielder only spent half a season at the club but made a massive impact in strengthening the United middle. Bringing in a wealth of experience and dubbed as the Plainmoor Pirlo, Rachii can often be found now playing for FC United of Manchester or commenting on Torquay United matches.

Brendan Moore:

American born Moore joined the club in 2016 and spent a year and a half as the United number one completing two great escapes in the process. The American also faced an impressive spell of —– six consecutive penalties without conceding before joining EFL side Rochdale prior to the 2017-18 season.

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I simply live and breathe Football and have supported Torquay United since 1989. I am a season ticket holder on Bristows and a Trust member. I set up TorquayTalk in 2017 to give true supporters a voice and honest opinions on their club.

One thought on “TT Blog: Best and Worst Players of the NL Years 14-18 by Tom Besford

  1. Please get your facts right. Odofin made his debut aged 17 in the FA Trophy vs Bishop Stortford and left Torquay in 2016 to join Burnley U23s


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