Right, we are now well and truly into the season. Things are starting to ramp up considerably. After Saturday’s trip to Nottingham, the Gulls face two matches this week, and a chance to put some points on the board. We take a look at what’s going on inside the Gulls camp this coming week.
What’s happening this week……
Monday – TUFC v Woking @ Plainmoor (3pm KO)
There are very few things certain in life. Taxes, death and a Torquay v Woking fixture. I don’t know if it’s just me, but we seem to play them every other month. The two teams are very well accustomed to one another by now! Following a similar league path the past few seasons, the two have been battling it out regularly 2014, more famously in the NL South days when United pipped Woking to the Title (Wynttttterrrrrr!!) The Gulls head into the match having beaten the Cards in their previous 3 league encounters. Monday’s visitors did however triumph in the FA Trophy QF’s back in February courtesy of a 1-0 win. United will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Altrincham, and will no doubt want to put a smile back on the faces of those loyal Gulls supporters.
Saturday – Maidenhead v TUFC @ York Road (3pm KO)
The Gulls travel to Berkshire for game two of the busy week schedule. Torquay and the Yellow Army will want to avoid a repeat of last season’s nightmare where the Gulls were comfortably beaten on a miserable March Tuesday night. If it’s any consolation, it was behind closed doors, so no-one was their to witness first hand the despair. The Gulls know they will be in a battle on Saturday, as the Magpies have shown on numerous occasions, they are a very capable team at this level.
Saturday – TUFC Youth U18’s v Paulton Rovers U18’s @ South Devon College
The young Gulls kick off their South West Counties Youth League campaign with a home clash against Paulton Rovers. The yellows will be looking to start the season well and improve on their 4th place finish last time out. The lads will be eager to follow in the footsteps of recently promoted Alex Moyse & Scott Piper, both who are now learning the trade out on loan.
Sunday – Bishops Lydeard Ladies v TUFC Women @ Bishops Lydeard AFC
Rounding off the busy week, the ladies also open their campaign on the Sunday with a trip into Somerset and Bishops Lydeard. Grant Fisher’s women have been fantastic in pre-season and look to emulate that form into the season proper with the new look side.
Marcus Richardson – 44
The former target man celebrates his 44th Birthday on Tuesday. He enjoyed a spell with the Gulls in the 01/02 season notching 8 goals.
Niall Thompson – 28
Former Trainee Niall turns 28 on Friday. The youngster never established himself at Plainmoor, but has more than done so at Treyew Road, having made over 100 appearances for Truro.
Mustapha Carayol – 33
Muzzy celebrates his 33rd on Saturday. The winger sadly failed to find London after leaving Plainmoor, but after playing for a host of clubs at home & abroad, Carayol now finds himself at Gillingham.
On this day……
1st September 2020 – After being released by Exeter, Torquay snap up Dean Moxey on a free transfer.
4th September 2008 – The Gulls lose 1-0 at Kidderminster to compound them to 4 defeats in their last 5. Torquay would then hit a marvellous run of form which saw them not lose again in the league until 9th December.
31st August 1991 – The late great Cyril Knowles passed away.
30th August 1958 – Plainmoor witnesses it’s first ever league match in a fully national division, as Watford are in town. The Hornets run out 3-2 winners.
31st August 1946 – After several years of absence, league football returns after WWII, as the Gulls draw 1-1 at Exeter.
2nd September 1933 – United suffer their joint heaviest league defeat with a 2-10 pummelling at the hands of Luton in the Third Division South.
3rd September 1927 – Torquay celebrate the first ever win in the Football League with a 3-1 victory over Merthyr Town.
A trip down memory lane..
Stockport County 0-2 Torquay
3th September 2004 – League One
Venue: Edgeley Park
United Line up: Van Heusden, Taylor, Woods, Canoville, McGlinchey, Meirelles, Phillips, Wardley, Bedeau, Gritton, Kuffour
At the 8th attempt, Torquay secure their first win in League One with a excellent display away at Stockport. The Gulls had previously taken just 2 points from their first seven games and Leroy’s men were finding it tough going in the third tier following their promotion in May. A brace from Gritts bagged their first 3 points of the season.