Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92
Danny looks at the TUFC team from April 2016
Torquay failed to beat Altrincham last season, and last triumphed over The Robins at the back end of a turbulent 2015/16 season, which saw 4 managers (including a Dean Edwards/John Ramshaw double act) and a gut-wrenching 7-3 home defeat. The Gulls managed to escape relegation that season with Kevin Nicholson at the helm, and I took a look at where the squad the beat Alty on 12th April 2016 are today.
The USA stopper enjoyed a decent loan period at the Gulls, before signing permanently from Fleetwood in 2016. After being snapped up by Rochdale, Moore only managed 14 appearances over a 2 year stint, before heading home and signing for MLS side Atlanta United. Moore played a few games for the MLS reserve side, Atlanta United 2, before being released in January 2021. He is currently believed to be a free agent and still only 29.
Another one who initially joined on loan for the 2015-16 season, Verma made the switch to the Rivera in the summer of 2016. After becoming an important name on the team sheet that season, Verma rejected the offer of another season at Plainmoor. Verma moved closer to home and dropped a division with Tamworth, turning out 63 times for them, before moving to Nuneaton Borough and Mickleover Sports. Verma made the switch to Ilkeston Town of the Northern Prem League Division 1 Midlands for the start of this new campaign.
After 3 spells at Plainmoor, including two initial loan stints, it’s fair to say Gus has gone on and realised his potential. After failing to make the grade at Reading, he shone in the Gulls back-line eventually earning him a move to Championship Barnsley, and was later announced their first team captain. After a successful spell at Oakwell, Hull City decided to splash the cash. It would be a turbulent time on Humberside for the centre back as he was given the heart churning news he had early signs of bowel cancer. That, along with injury troubles, resulted in him only turning out for the Tigers 18 times. Fortunately for Gus he revived his career with a move to near neighbours Rotherham in the summer of 2020, where he remained a mainstay in the Millers relegation campaign. He has yet to appear this season after a battle with injuries.
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, I needn’t tell you where Mr Gerring went after Plainmoor. After a couple of stints at Truro, coupled with some time at Weston & Billericay, Ben settled in Surrey with Woking in a spell which would last the best part of three seasons. Gerring became an integral part of the Cards defence, and often played the role of pantomime villain in the Gulls-Woking clashes, particularly the NL South days! (As a side note, and all credit to Ben he was supporting the Gulls in the play-offs!) After being released by Woking in the summer, he signed for NL South Bath City, where he was announced as club captain shortly after.
Another player who has gone onto bigger things is the former left back. Hailed as a coup when Paul Cox signed him from Portsmouth, he went onto become an integral part of the United team. Rather unsurprisingly he was lured back into the Football League with Newport, with whom he spent three seasons. Again, after some fine displays in South Wales, he signed for Peterborough in the summer of 2019 and played a pivotal role in their promotion to the Championship. He remains first choice for Posh having started all three of their league games so far.
The former TUFC winger spent the latter stages of the season at Plainmoor after being released by Yeovil. He has played for a whole host of clubs since leaving Devon, most noticeably Wrexham, Bromley & Maidstone. The 27 year old now turns out at ‘The Dripping Pan’ for Isthmian Premier League side Lewes FC.
The former double winning player of the season is a familiar face at Plainmoor with Wrexham, having moved to North Wales following the Gulls relegation to the NL South. As he was at Torquay, Youngy has become an crucial cog in the Wrexham midfield and no doubt he will be important again this season for the much fancied Hollywood big spenders.
Another familiar face in the NL scene, Rees enjoyed a sweet, if not a little short loan spell back in 2016. After failing to make the grade at Notts Forest, he has gone onto represent Bromley in two separate spells, Gillingham & Aldershot. After much talk of him returning to Plainmoor this summer, Josh signed a 2 year deal with fellow NL outfit Boreham Wood.
If there’s one thing you couldn’t argue about Richards, it’s that he wore his heart on his sleeve every time he put on that famous yellow shirt. After appearing a staggering 92 times for the Gulls (surprised me too!), the midfielder moved onto a host of Midlands based clubs before signing for Hednesford Town in the Southern League Premier Division Central.
After a fairly successful season at TQ1, which resulted in a 12 goal haul, Bliss headed down the A38 to Argyle. Subsequent spells at Macclesfield and Solihull followed before signing for Maidenhead in July 2020. As well as playing part time for the Magpies, Nathan is also a qualified Independent Mortgage & Protection adviser.
One of the scorers that day, Harrad made a good impression on the Gulls having made the switch twice to the Bay. Following his release in 2017. The former England C international turned out for the likes of Matlock Town, Basford United and more recently Ilkeston. The retired striker now runs ‘Shaun Harrad Coaching’ in the Nottingham area.
The tricky winger has done in the rounds in non-league, particularly in the Kent/London area. He now turns out for Sittingbourne FC, who ply their trade in the Isthmian League South East Division. Surprised to see he’s still only 29, and surprised he didn’t make it develop further, always liked him.
After Torquay, the midfielder went onto play for Enfield Town & Ware FC. His current whereabouts is unknown. Please comment if you know more!
The back up keeper is currently the manager of the TUFC Women’s team, and will look to challenge for the title when their campaign begins.
Remember his bullet throws, that was a weapon! The big defender is now retired after spells in non-league after his release from Torquay. He is currently the founder of ‘Xenagogy’, a company who specialise in sports coaching.
The striker now plays for Sligo Rovers in the Irish Premier League, after spells at Gloucester, Bohemians and Ayr. Oddly, his signing was tweeted by Fabrizio Romano (Sky Sports Italy) who has over 4.3 million followers on Twitter…..