TUFC Top Trumps – H

TUFC TOP TRUMPS

A TT jury rank ex-Gulls Top Trumps style

G = HARGREAVES – HEALY – HILLY – HOLMES – HOWE 

Hargy

CHRIS HARGREAVES

Midfield – 2007-10

GAMES – 130**      GOALS – 14***

PACE – 7      PASSING – 7

POWER – 9      SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 8  

OVERALL – 78%*

Profile – Chris Hargreaves joined Torquay in the summer of 2007 after being released by Oxford United. He was appointed captain by Paul Buckle and made an instant impact at Plainmoor with his all-action style, as the club battled for promotion in the Conference. Chris was named as Player of the Year that season, with the Gulls just missing out in both the play-offs and FA Trophy. In 2008-09 the midfielder continued to inspire his team mates, and scored a memorable goal in the play-off final at Wembley, as the Gulls returned to the Football League. He left in early 2010, returning as manager in 2014. 

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Healy

BRIAN HEALY

Midfield – 1998-2001

GAMES – 63      GOALS – 11

PACE – 6      PASSING – 9

POWER – 7     SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 7  

OVERALL – 75%

Profile – Glasgow-born Brian Healy joined from Morecambe for 25k in late 1998 and soon impressed the Yellow Army with his dynamic displays in midfield. Wes Saunders was sufficiently impressed to make him club captain, but Healy then suffered a cruciate ligament injury and missed the whole of the 00-01 season. By the time he returned from that setback Roy McFarland was in charge and he was soon transfer-listed, joining Darlington in late 2001.

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Hilly

KEVIN HILL

Midfield/Winger – 1997-2008

GAMES – 474      GOALS – 57  

PACE – 7      PASSING – 7

POWER – 8      SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 8 

OVERALL – 73%

Profile – Kevin Hill was working at a supermarket whilst playing for Torrington, when Kevin Hodges signed him for Torquay in 1997. Hilly’s enthusiastic approach and energy soon found a way into the United side, and he would go on to become a Yellows legend over the next 11 years. Highlights include scoring in the relegation decider at Barnet in 2001, helping United to promotion in 2004 and then breaking the Gulls appearance record at Wembley in 2008 – his last appearance for the club. Kevin could out-jump opponents of any stature, chip in with valuable goals and use his versatility to play in different positions for the good of the team. He was awarded a testimonial in 2007, hugely deserved for a player who gave so much for United.

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Holmes

PAUL HOLMES

Full Back – 1988-92 & 1999-2003

GAMES – 270       GOALS – 6 

PACE – 8      PASSING – 7

POWER – 7      SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 6      TACKLING – 7 

OVERALL – 72%

Profile – Holmes moved to Plainmoor from Doncaster Rovers in 1988 and eventually made a full back spot in the first XI his own. Paul was assured and consistent in defence, and an important player in the Gulls 1991 Wembley play-off win. His quality caught the eye of Birmingham who he joined in 1992, before also playing for Everton and West Brom. Holmes returned to United in 1999, and spent another few years at the club racking up 270 appearances overall for the Gulls.

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Rene

RENE HOWE

Striker – 2011-13

GAMES – 89      GOALS – 30

PACE – 7      PASSING – 6

POWER – 9      SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 7

OVERALL – 75%

Profile – Rene Howe had played for a number of teams before landing at Plainmoor in 2011 as Martin Ling took the Gulls reins. The bustling striker soon became a favourite at United, scoring a goal against Bristol Rovers and then a number of others as Ling’s men mounted a promotion challenge. Howe was injured in the play-offs against Cheltenham – which proved pivotal in the tie. The next season Rene started with a bang and equalled a club record with goals in 7 consecutive games (see below), but after a disappointing year for the club he left in 2013 for Burton.

https://southwestfootball.blogspot.com/2012/10/rene-equals-record-despite-gulls-defeat.html

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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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