TUFC Top Trumps – M

TUFC TOP TRUMPS

A TT jury rank ex-Gulls Top Trumps style

M = MCGLINCHEY – MCPHEE – MORRIS – MOORE – MYERS

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BRIAN MCGLINCHEY

Defender – 2003-06

GAMES – 76**      GOALS – 0***

PACE – 7      PASSING – 7

POWER – 6      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 6      TACKLING – 8   

OVERALL – 68%*

Profile – Brian McGlinchey joined United from Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2003, and his addition to the Gulls defence along with Craig Taylor was a big influence in a glorious season at Plainmoor. His quietly consistent displays at left back were appreciated by the Yellow Army as we pushed for an elusive automatic promotion, something which Leroy’s lads achieved at Southend. The next season McGlinchey was again a regular as United toiled in League One, but the defender suffered injuries towards the end of 2004-05 and with the Gulls back in League Two, retired in 2006.

A Catch Up with Brian McGlinchey

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CHRIS MCPHEE

Winger/Striker – 2006-07 & 2011-12

GAMES – 72       GOALS – 3

PACE – 6      PASSING – 5

POWER – 6     SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 6      TACKLING – 6  

OVERALL – 58%

Profile – Chris McPhee had spent a number of years at Brighton, before joining Ian Atkins at United in 2006. The forthcoming season was a shambolic one at Plainmoor on and off the pitch, and McPhee filled in various positions as United nose-dived to the bottom of the league. At the end of the season he left for Ebbsfleet, coming back to haunt us with a goal in the FA Trophy final at Wembley. In 2011 Chris rejoined United under Martin Ling this time, and was primarily used an substitute in a more successful season for the club – just falling short in the play-offs to Cheltenham. He signed for Salisbury in 2012.

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IAN MORRIS

Winger – 2011-13

GAMES – 54      GOALS – 3   

PACE – 6       PASSING – 7

POWER – 6      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 7      TACKLING – 5 

OVERALL – 63%

Profile – Irishman Morris moved down to Torquay in 2011 as Martin Ling took on the task of replacing Paul Buckle. The winger looked like a sound signing, but never really got going at United and failed to impress the Yellow Army, despite how well the Gulls were doing on the pitch during the first season. Morris struggled with injury problems and missed a large part of 2012-13,  before leaving for Northampton in 2013.

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DARREN MOORE

Defender – 1992-95

GAMES – 124       GOALS – 11

PACE – 7      PASSING – 6

POWER – 10      SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 6      TACKLING – 10

OVERALL – 75%

Profile – Darren Moore started his career at United, turning professional in 1992. The big centre back soon settled into the side alongside Wes Saunders and went on to become one of our finest defenders in recent memory – his strength and presence dominating many strikers. United were predictably inconsistent around that time, but did reach the play-offs in 1994. In a controversial semi-final 2nd leg v Preston, Moore was sent off for a clash with Paul Raynor as the Gulls surrendered a 2-0 1st leg lead – Raynor scoring the winner in extra time. Darren stayed one more year before moving up north to Doncaster Rovers in 1995, going on to play for the likes of Bradford City, West Brom and Portsmouth – plus Jamaica.

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CHRIS MYERS

Midfielder – 1986-88 & 1990-93

GAMES – 135       GOALS – 8

PACE – 7      PASSING – 7

POWER – 7      SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 7      TACKLING – 8 

OVERALL – 70%

Profile – Chris Myers turned professional with United in 1987, but was released by the club only one year later. However Myers would not be denied, and after spells at Dawlish and Barnstaple, he returned to Plainmoor in 1990 under Dave Smith – slotting comfortably into midfield. That season saw the Gulls push for promotion, before finally making the play-offs. Myers played an important as United upset the odds at Wembley, scoring a penalty in the shoot-out before the iconic Howells and Bamber moments capped off a memorable night at the twin towers. Chris spent two more seasons at Plainmoor, before joining Dundee United in 1993 – briefly returning for loan spell in 93-94.

The 1991 Wembley Heroes

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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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