TUFC Top Trumps – J

TUFC TOP TRUMPS

A TT jury rank ex-Gulls Top Trumps style

J = JACK – JANNEH – JARVIS – JOYCE 

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RODNEY JACK

Striker – 1995-98

GAMES – 105**      GOALS – 28***

PACE – 10      PASSING – 8

POWER – 7      SKILL – 9

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 6  

OVERALL – 80%*

Profile – Don O’Riordan brought Rodney Jack to Plainmoor in late 1995, and once he had settled into life in Devon the attacker electrified the Yellow Army with an abundance of pace and skill. Newcastle United even took Jack on trial in 1996, but the St Vincent striker ended up staying. The arrival of Kevin Hodges as manager ensured an upturn in fortunes for United, and season 1997-98 saw the Yellows push for promotion. Rodney’s standout game as a Gull was Scarborough (h) in the play-offs as United reached Wembley. Unfortunately Colchester shackled Jack in the final and inevitably that summer he left, joining Crewe Alexandra for a reported 650k – a club record that stands to this day.

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SAIKOU JANNEH

Striker – 2018-19

GAMES – 44      GOALS – 20

PACE –  8     PASSING – 7

POWER – 7     SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 7      TACKLING – 6  

OVERALL – 72%

Profile – Gambian striker Saikou Janneh joined United on loan from Bristol City as Gary Johnson looked to turn the Gulls’ fortunes round. After a hesitant start Saikou forged a prosperous partnership with Jamie Reid, and scored 18 goals in a season when United won the National League South. The popular youngster won the Young Player of the Year award for his efforts. After injury Janneh returned during 19-20 for another loan spell, but failed to find the same impact as United’s form stuttered.

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RYAN JARVIS

Striker – 2012-13

GAMES – 57      GOALS – 11   

PACE – 6       PASSING – 6

POWER – 7      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 7      TACKLING – 6 

OVERALL – 65%

Profile – Ryan Jarvis initially signed for United on loan at the end of the 2011-12 season and penned a one year deal to remain at the club for 12-13. Despite some important goals Ryan struggled to find a place in the United side and was then injured before Xmas as the Gulls form nose-dived. The striker then left in the summer 2013 as new manager Alan Knill rung the changes at Plainmoor.

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SEAN JOYCE

Midfield – 1988-93

GAMES – 194       GOALS – 17 

PACE – 5      PASSING – 7

POWER – 8      SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 6      TACKLING – 8 

OVERALL – 67%

Profile – Sean Joyce started his career at Doncaster Rovers and then joined Cyril Knowles at United in 1988. The bustling central midfielder became an important part of a squad who made it to Wembley twice over the next three years, losing in the Sherpa Van Trophy final in 89 and then memorably triumphing v Blackpool in 91. He remained at Plainmoor until 1993, when he joined non-league Elmore.

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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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