My TUFC Dream Team by Chris Wade

“Didn’t sign some of the best players in his team, but took McFarland’s players onto the training ground and made them unbelievable.” – Chris Wade on Leroy Rosenior

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Chris Wade – @ChrisWa29068639

I used to watch TUFC as a child a few times a season with my Dad, but I started going regularly when I was about 15 in around 1997.

Goalkeeper:

Andy Marriott

A superb all-round goalkeeper. Was excellent in one on one situations, really good shot stopper and deceptively good in the air considering he wasn’t massive. His experienced head was always important in big moments.

Right Back:

Lee Mansell

Never understood why he wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Totally committed, excellent leader and always led from the front. He never shirked a challenge nor took a backwards step. Helped the club through some pretty rubbish times too.

Centre Backs:

Steve Woods

A majestic defender. Not blessed with much pace, but he didn’t need it. Read the game so well, strong in the tackle and gave everything. A talker at the back too, which is always vital. And we’ll always have the ‘Mackie is in his pocket game too’. Well, after the six studs in the chest in the first ten minutes that is!

Craig Taylor

Excellent addition from Plymouth. Was the right player at the right time, and had an excellent left foot. Excellent in the air, organised well and scored a decent number of goals as well. Worked really well with Steve Woods.

Left Back:

Kevin Nicholson

Brilliant player. Unbelievable left foot, put in the best crosses I have seen and had a long throw that was more than useful. Was part of the excellent teams in the National League  the first time around and a great bloke too. And of course, there’s the Barnet goal.

Right Midfield:

Wayne Carlisle

Despite coming from the unmentionables up the road, what a player he was. Excellent attitude, worked his socks off, scored some important goals. And of course, he put in ‘that’ cross at Wembley. Always thought that we got rid of him too quickly as well.

Central Midfield:

Alex Russell

Could do things with a football like nobody else. Could pick a pass, amazing ability to take the ball on the turn, and scored some unbelievable goals. The most naturally gifted midfield player I have seen play for us down the years.

Chris Hargreaves

A leader and a warrior. Was also the right player at the right time. Led us out of relegation and into some brilliant years, always getting up and down the pitch, making tackles and scoring goals. He also scored a stunner at Wembley with his wrong foot. Actually did OK as manager in tough circumstances and his sacking was ridiculous.

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Photo Credit: Torbay News Agency

Left Midfield:

Chris Zebroski

What a player. Arrived with a questionable behavioural history, but was awesome. He was quick, powerful and could score every type of goal. Certainly in the list of ‘what ifs’ had we beaten Stevenage at Old Trafford. It’s a big shame how his career collapsed after leaving us.

Forwards:

David Graham

Hugely difficult task to choose between him and Rodney Jack, but Graham was so reliable. His goal scoring record was excellent. like his all round contribution to the team and was a crucial part of the team that got us into League One.

Tim Sills

Brilliant centre forward. Another player at the right time. He was pivotal to how Buckle’s Torquay played, and his ability to lead the line won many a game. He had an ability to enable the more technically gifted players to do their thing around him. He has the one single best moment as a Torquay fan, ‘that’ header at Wembley. Perfectly timed, and in a mask with a busted face and a busted ankle injected to the hilt. Sums him up.

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Substitutes:

Bobby Olejnik

Only played for us for one season, but superb. Brilliant shot stopper, excellent in the air and really good kick.

Guy Branston

Never a fan of his until he played for us. Kept us in games almost on his own at times and another brilliant leader.

Eunan O’Kane

A real find from Ireland. Excellent ability on the ball, and scored some superb, and technically excellent, goals.

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TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Eunan O’Kane celebrates his first goal Photo by Paul Levie. TORQUAY V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Rodney Jack

Unlucky to miss out on the starting eleven. One of the quickest players I have seen, and scored some brilliant goals. Also our record sale, which was nice for the coffers.

Rene Howe

A player that came to us with a reputation, but got himself fit and scoring goals. So strong and was one of last old school centre forwards we have had.

Manager

Leroy Rosenior

It was so tough to choose between Paul Buckle and Leroy Rosenior. I have gone for Leroy because of the level we were at when he joined, and where he took us too. Didn’t sign some of the best players in his team, but took McFarland’s players onto the training ground and made them unbelievable. The standard of football was incredible. The heartbreak at Colchester always leaves me wondering what might have been for him and us if we had found a way to stay up that season.

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