Match details: Torquay United versus AFC Bournemouth U23s
Date: Tuesday 10th August 2021
Opposition fact file:
Year founded: 1899
Nickname: The Cherries
Notable honours (U23s):
Central League Cup winners 2018-19
Notable former players: Sam Surridge (Stoke City and England Under-21s), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland)
Manager: Shaun Cooper
After starting his playing career with Portsmouth, Shaun Cooper made over 200 appearances for AFC Bournemouth between 2005 and 2011. He then had spells with Crawley Town and Portsmouth before Chris Hargreaves signed him for the Gulls during the 2013-14 season. However, he didn’t feature for United due to injury and was released at the end of the campaign. Cooper then had spells with Sutton United and Poole Town before retiring from playing.
He became manager of the Cherries Under-21 side, as they were then known, and in his first season they won the Central League Cup and reached the Last 16 of the Premier League Cup.
Player to watch: Jack Scrimshaw
Isle of Wight-born striker Jack Scrimshaw, 20, has yet to make an appearance for the Cherries first team, but he has had loan spells with Poole Town, Eastleigh, Walsall and Newport County in recent seasons. In the 2020-21 campaign, Scrimshaw scored twice 16 in appearances for the Saddlers and three times in 16 outings for the Exiles.
Last year: Torquay United 3-0 AFC Bournemouth U23s – 15th September 2020