Top 10 Under 10 (Games)
Andy Charles looks at his top ten players to have played less than 10 games for the Gulls.
Andy Charles – @capitalgull
Torquay United’s history is littered with players who have flopped. Then, there are some who built significant careers starting at Plainmoor and many with limited ability who went on to become firm favourites, dare I even say legends.
But not all of those players (latest count 1,140 according to Torquay Fan Stats) hung around in TQ1 for very long, so I have tried to build a side from those who left before even making it to 11 league appearances.
I reckon it could have done a decent job at most levels over the past four decades I that I have been following the Gulls, and almost certainly would have scored a hatful of goals!
Kelvin Davis (2 games, 1994/1995)
The only player called Kelvin ever to play for Torquay (we’ll try to forget that Kelvin bloke who failed find a buyer for the club) and wasn’t in a winning side in either of his games. What a career afterwards though, playing nearly 700 games at all levels of the English game and making three England U21 appearances the season after he played for us. Now a coach at Southampton.
John Dreyer (5 games, 1985)
One of those players I thought had been with us for longer but went on to have a distinguished career with Oxford United, Luton Town and Stoke City before ending his career in the Premier League with Bradford City. More than 550 games and, like Davis, the first of them came with the Gulls. Went on to manage clubs including Stevenage, and was assistant when they beat us in the playoff final at Old Trafford. Now assistant manager of Oldham Athletic.
Steve Bould (9 games, 1982/1983)
Rock at the heart of Torquay’s defence for a couple of months and I was match mascot for one of his games – quite possibly his first. Went on to make more than 600 appearances for Stoke City, where he had come from on loan, and Arsenal where he became part of the furniture and did enough to earn two (should have been more) England caps. Has been associated with the Gunners for nearly two decades since as a coach, and is now their U23s manager.
Ivar Ingimarsson (4 games, 1999/2000)
Sensational in his four games for the Gulls, which I may well have seen all of, but then scandalously stolen from our grasp by Brentford before we had the chance to enjoy more of his silky Icelandic skills. There’s a theme here, but he went on to play more than 400 games in England with the Bees, Wolves, Ipswich, Reading and Ipswich before retiring and heading back to set up a tourism business in Iceland.
Simon Milton (4 games, 1987/1988)
What a player, and I bet one that few others remember. Such a shame his dodgy knees meant he couldn’t make more of an impact at Plainmoor which, during the season he was here, looked more like a mud/sandpit than a football pitch and probably didn’t help with his injury. Similar problems would also affect him back at Ipswich but still managed more than 300 games and helped them win promotion from the Second Division in 1992.
Paul Dougherty (4 games, 1985)
Another player I could have sworn played an entire season for us, but maybe I only remember him because of his size (smaller than Danny Stevens to my eyes) and his bright, curly, ginger hair. As in as much for his future ventures, almost entirely in the USA and almost all in their indoor soccer leagues! I’d love to see some footage of his spell with the Buffalo Blizzard which, if you believe Wikipedia, included some 221 goals in 149 games!
You can see him in the video below, wearing number 4 for the white team. He even scores at 2:35.
Danny Hollands (10 games, 2005/2006)
Might not have received the headlines some players on this list but has had some career since his time at Plainmoor, which came on loan from Chelsea and saw him play a large part in our survival run at the end of the 2005/6 season. Would have loved to see him back after being released by the Blues but he was snapped up by Bournemouth and stayed in league football until 2017 when he joined Eastleigh, where he remains and scored against us earlier this season.
Chris Waddle (7 games, 1998/1999)
Unlike the remainder of this list, England great Waddle came to us at the end of his career and actually played his last league game in our 1-1 draw at Scarborough at the end of October 1998 before returning to Sheffield Wednesday as a coach. Played a few more seasons in non-league football for Worksop Town and Hallam and is now a regular pundit for various broadcasters.
John Marquis (5 games, 2013/2014)
One injury which might just have cost us our Football League place. Marquis scored three goals in his month with the club, on loan from Millwall, but went back to The Den with a burst cyst on his groin and never returned. In fact he ended up at Northampton and made his debut for them against the Gulls a couple of months later. We went down and are yet to make it back. All his fault for sure. Scored plenty of goals wherever he has gone since, including 26 in one season for Doncaster, and now coming towards the end of his first season with Portsmouth.
Kieffer Moore (4 games, 2016/2017)
Got away from us not once, but twice. Lost when our youth system collapsed in 2004 and then snatched away from us when Ipswich paid out the princely sum of £10,000 to sign him in 2016 after five goals in a four-game loan spell from Forest Green. A spell which included a superb hat-trick against Solihull Moors. Now a regular in the Championship for Wigan Athletic after prolific spells with Rotherham and Barnsley, as well as having been capped five times by Wales.
(If you want an 11th player and one that would fit in perfectly at left-back in a 4-4-2, I’ll add Baily Cargill into the equation!)