TUFC Top Trumps – N

TUFC TOP TRUMPS

A TT jury rank ex-Gulls Top Trumps style

N = NABI – NDAH – NELSON – NICHOLSON

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SAMIR NABI

Midfielder – 2018-19

GAMES – 12**      GOALS – 0***

PACE – 5      PASSING – 6

POWER – 6      SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 5      TACKLING – 5   

OVERALL – 55%*

Profile – Samir Nabi was a youth player at West Brom, finding his way to Plainmoor in the summer of 2018 after an unsuccessful spell at Carlisle United. At this point Gary Owers was in charge of the Gulls, and the team stuttered badly at the start of the 2018-19 season. Nabi’s appearances were limited, with his only notable moment being a sending off at Weston-super-Mare in October. By then Gary Johnson was in charge, and Samir left the club in early 2019 for a loan period at Halesowen – never returning to United.

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JAMIE NDAH

Striker – 1995-97

GAMES – 34       GOALS – 4

PACE – 7      PASSING – 5

POWER – 7     SKILL – 6

SHOOTING – 5      TACKLING – 4  

OVERALL – 57%

Profile – Torquay United spent a rare fee on striker Jamie Ndah in the summer of 1995, with £20,000 paid to non-league Kingstonian for his services. He was signed by Don O’Riordan, but then served for a few different managers in an unsettled time at Plainmoor. Ndah never found his form for the club, scoring only 4 goals, and as Kevin Hodges rebuilt a team capable of challenging, he left in early 1997 for Barnet. 

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GARRY NELSON

Winger/Striker – 1996-97

GAMES – 37      GOALS – 8   

PACE – 7       PASSING – 7

POWER – 7      SKILL – 8

SHOOTING – 7      TACKLING – 6 

OVERALL – 70%

Profile – Veteran Garry Nelson had played over 600 league games for the likes of Southend, Brighton and Charlton by the time he arrived at Plainmoor in 1996. Nelson’s career at United only lasted a season, but it did spurn a book! Garry penning his second book ‘Left Foot in the Grave’ about the struggles of life down at Torquay, which ended up being his last club before retirement at the age of 36.

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KEVIN NICHOLSON

Defender – 2007-14 & 2015-17

GAMES – 350       GOALS – 13

PACE – 6      PASSING – 8

POWER – 6      SKILL – 7

SHOOTING – 8      TACKLING – 7

OVERALL – 70%

Profile – Kevin Nicholson arrived at Plainmoor from Forest Green in 2007 as Paul Buckle looked to mould a new team in the Conference. The confident full back made a big impression with his crossing ability and long throws, as the Gulls spent two years pushing to get back into the league. Nicho playing his part as promotion was secured at Wembley in 2009. The left back remained a regular in the team as the side settled into League Two, featuring in a record clean sheet run and then a charge to the play-off final in 2011. After losing at Old Trafford, Martin Ling replaced Buckle and Nicholson went onto have his best season at Plainmoor in 2011-12, scoring a memorable last minute winner versus Barnet and being named in the League 2 team of the year. On the pitch the team just missed out again in the play-offs, this time to Cheltenham. The next two years became turbulent at United, and Nicho left in 2014 after relegation back to the Conference. In late 2015 he returned to manage the club, and was also still registered to play – finishing with a total of 350 games for the Gulls.

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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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