TUFC Top Trumps – G

TUFC TOP TRUMPS

A TT jury rank ex-Gulls Top Trumps style

G = GIBBS GOODRIDGE – GRAHAM – GRITTON – GURNEY

 

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PAUL GIBBS

Wing Back – 1997-98

GAMES – 51**      GOALS – 10***

PACE – 7      PASSING – 8

POWER – 8      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 9      TACKLING – 7  

OVERALL – 77%*

Profile – Paul Gibbs joined United in the summer of 1997 on a free transfer from Colchester United. Gibbo went on to have a fine season, with Kevin Hodges’ use of a wing back system perfectly suited to his attacking style. Torquay had a memorable year that took them all the way to the play-off final, with Paul contributing 10 goals and numerous assists from his excellent left foot. Unfortunately the Gulls just fell short in the final against Colchester and the wing back followed the departing Hodges to Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 1998.

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GREGORY GOODRIDGE

Winger – 1994-95 & 2001-02

GAMES – 66      GOALS – 7

PACE – 9      PASSING – 7

POWER – 6     SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 6  

OVERALL – 73%

Profile – Barbados international Goodridge moved to England in 1994 to join Don O’Riordan’s United team. The skilful winger impressed the Plainmoor faithful with his exciting ability on the ball and soon became a fans favourite with some sparkling displays. Gregory’s form quickly caught the attention of opposition scouts and he left for QPR in 1995, before eventually returning for a forgettable spell at United in 2001-02.

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DAVID GRAHAM

Striker- 2001-04 & 2007

GAMES – 137      GOALS – 49  

PACE – 7      PASSING – 8

POWER – 7      SKILL – 10

SHOOTING – 9      TACKLING – 6 

OVERALL – 78%

Profile – David Graham started his career at Glasgow Rangers in 1995, but after representing Dunfermline and Inverness, found his way to a struggling Torquay team in early 2001. He made his mark that season, scoring the 3rd goal in that huge Barnet relegation decider and helping to secure United’s football league status. A couple of years later with Leroy Rosenior in charge, Davie had his finest season as a professional as Torquay mounted a 03-04 promotion challenge. The Scotsman scored 22 league goals in a momentous season for the Gulls, including a header in the finale at Southend. United were going up and the striker was deservedly named in the league team of the year. In the summer of 2004 he left for Wigan Athletic, before a brief (and unsuccessful) return to Plainmoor on loan in 2007.

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MARTIN GRITTON

Striker – 2002-04 & 2010-11

GAMES – 115       GOALS – 26 

PACE – 6      PASSING – 7

POWER – 8      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 7      TACKLING – 7 

OVERALL – 70%

Profile – Ex-Argyle youngster Gritts moved to United in 2002 and in tandem with the likes of David Graham and Jo Kuffour, helped turn United into promotion contenders. Martin’s unselfish running and hard working displays finding favour with boss Leroy Rosenior. The striker was part of the squad that earned a glorious promotion in 2004, but was allowed to leave later that year due to the arrival of Leon Constantine. The tall frontman found his way back to Plainmoor in 2010, but much like Graham struggled to make an impact the 2nd time around.

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ANDY GURNEY

Wing Back – 1997-99

GAMES – 78      GOALS – 11

PACE – 7      PASSING – 7

POWER – 9      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 8

OVERALL – 77%

Profile – Bristol Rovers youngster Gurney joined United in 1997 and immediately made an impact with his marauding runs at right wing back, which dovetailed wonderfully with his new team mate on the left Paul Gibbs. United pushed for the play-offs with Gurney contributing assists and goals, but their was ultimately disappointment at Wembley versus Colchester. Unlike Gibbo, Andy stayed on for the following season and remained a key man, before eventually departing for Reading in early 1999.

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*Overall is a % of the full marks on offer in the 6 ratings.

**Games in all competitions as per Torquay Stats.

***Goals in all competitions as per Torquay Stats. 

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