MY TUFC MEMORIES by Martin Salloway – Bay Advocates


Martin Salloway from TT’s sponsors Bay Advocates discusses the company and his TUFC memories


We’re Bay Advocates and we’re here to fight your corner – striving to get you the best result we possibly can.

A little bit about Bay. We started in February 2000 as the first specialised criminal defence firm in the bay, indeed, in Devon and Cornwall. Since then, we’ve had many imitators but we like to think we’ve never been bettered. Our business model is to do what it says on the tin. We defend people accused of criminal or motoring offences. We’ll clear your name if we can or limit the damage if we can’t.

Myself and Phil Miles were there at the start. Our experience is balanced by the youthful enthusiasm of the firm’s other solicitor, Katherine Allum. Bay is on a journey. We’re about to move from our characterful but high-maintenance office in Torre to a modern, state-of-the art serviced office at the Torbay Business Centre (aka the Coach Station).

We offer a free initial interview at which we assess your eligibility for legal aid. Most people get it. If you can’t, we’ll arrange a fixed price for the job. We cover a whole range of criminal and motoring accusations and most importantly, we’re there for you. If the police want to talk or you get a summons to attend court, give us a ring or drop us an email. We’ll help you if we can.

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I am a longstanding Torquay United season-ticket holder. My first match at Plainmoor was against Cambridge United in January 1977. It is famous for the quickest ever own goal, scored for Cambridge by Torquay’s Pat Kruse, six seconds after kick off. I should have known then what I was in for.

Why Torquay United? I didn’t have a lot of option, really, being a Paignton boy from a Torquay family. And once smitten, there are two things you can’t change, your mother and your football team. Sometimes, as a younger man, I looked elsewhere, at clubs that won things. But now, sitting in Bristow’s, I wouldn’t change my team for the world. It’s part of what I am and who I am.

Dom’s asked me for five memories. That first match. The own goal of course but more than that, what I can only describe as the fix. That thing that gets into your system the first game you go and which is still there, nearly 45 years later. The noise, the smell but most of all, the colour. Does grass ever look so green as when you see it after coming through the turnstiles? The last game of the 1987-88 season against Scunthorpe. The year before we’d been on the verge of going out of the league.

This year we were on the brink of going up. This time it was the noise, and the near-hysteria, inside and outside the ground. I’d never known anything like it. The result didn’t go our way but this was a very different Torquay from that of Agatha Christie and the Marine Spa. That goal by Morike Sako against Bristol Rovers away. Classic moment. As Max Boyce said, I was there. Rachel Malloch and I were. Rodney Jack’s performance against Scarborough in the play-offs in 1998. Wow.

The play-off final against Hartlepool, just now. It was like going full circle. After lockdowns, we may not be done with them yet, and the suspension of life as we know it, this felt like life returning. Again, the smell, the noise, we were there first with Sweet Caroline, and the colour. This time, it was the police horses that stuck in the memory. They somehow made it a big match.

And there you have it. Two big parts of my life, Torquay United and Bay Advocates. Both wanting to win, sometimes against the odds. Up the Gulls and if you bash your car or get into a scrape, come to see us at Bay.

COYY – Martin

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I simply live and breathe Football and have supported Torquay United since 1989. I am a season ticket holder on Bristows and a Trust member. I set up TorquayTalk in 2017 to give true supporters a voice and honest opinions on their club.

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