THE GULLS WEEK 4th – 10th OCT by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 4th October

Oh yes, that’ll do nicely. A comprehensive 5 nil thumping, unbeaten in 3, things are starting to look up for Torquay. All Gulls sides boasted a 100% last weekend with comprehensive wins across the board. Another busy week lies in wait for the staff and players, let’s take a look at what’s happening.

What’s happening this week……

Monday – FA Cup 4th qualifying round draw 

The draw for this season’s FA Cup 4th QR will be made at 15.15 live on Talksport2. The Gulls will be in the hat along with the other national league sides as they look to advance to the 1st round proper. Many potential opponents for GJ’s men, will it be Yate Town, or perhaps a trip to the Met Police!? No, it will most likely be Aldershot or Woking. The game will take place on the weekend of 16th/17th October.

Tuesday – Boreham Wood v TUFC @ Meadow Park (19.45 KO)

The Gulls face the long trip to Hertfordshire to take on a Boreham Wood team who have lost just once this term. Buoyed by our recent run, the lads will be eager to extend the spell and continue with their high pressing game. Wood will provide a stern test, sitting comfortably in 4th place with 18 points, and just two points off the top. Ex loanee Scott Boden has scored 3 so far, as they face little hangover from the loss of their main man Tshimanga in the summer. The Gulls played out a drab 0-0 at a deserted Meadow Park in March in front of the BT cameras.

Saturday – Bromley v TUFC @ Hayes Lane (15.00 KO)

Not long getting back from BW, United will be once again on their travels, this time to south east London. With the recent wins over Southend & Wealdstone, Torquay have managed to climb the table and find some form. A decent points haul from BW & Bromley will certainly be a welcome sight for the Yellow Army.

Saturday – Bath City U18’s v TUFC Youth U18’s @ Twerton Park (10.30 KO)

After getting back to winning ways last time out, with a comprehensive 6-2 win over Wimborne, Todd’s men travel to a ground familiar with many Gulls fans, in Twerton Park. The young Gulls will be looking to make it 4 wins out of 5.

Sunday – Marine Academy Plymouth Ladies v TUFC Women @ Marine Academy Plymouth (14.00 KO)

With safe passage through to the next round of the FA Cup secured, the ladies return to league action with a trip to the Marine Academy. Yet to be beaten this season, Grant’s women will face a side who have lost 3 of their first 4 league games.

Sunday – Signal Box Oak Villa Ladies v TUFC Women Development @ Weston Mill Oak Villa (14.00 KO)

I’m not sure if the development squad actually have any home fixtures scheduled in, as they are once again on their travels for the 5th consecutive week, this time to Signal Box Oak Villa. They remain unbeaten and boast a 100% record as they top the league at this early stage. 


Tom Lapslie – 26

Our midfield maestro kicks off a week of birthday’s in the current squad, as he turns 26 on Tuesday. His recent performances have made him a real fans favourite at Plainmoor. Happy birthday Tom, make it a special one at Meadow Park!

Chiori Johnson – 24

Sharing his birthday with Tom, Chiori will celebrate his 24th birthday. Gulls fans will be hoping to see Johnson back in the squad after missing out at the weekend. Have a good one Chiori!

Klaidi Lolos – 21

Completing the trio of current squad birthday’s, our Greek frontman celebrates the very important milestone of 21 on Wednesday. The striker will be looking to force his way into the starting XI, after a run of fine performances. Have a good one Klaidi!

Matt Buse – 24

Thankfully for Gulls fans, Buse endured a torrid return to Plainmoor as his Wealdstone were beaten 5-0. All the same though, Busey enjoyed a decent spell at Plainmoor and was remembered fondly for his tenacious workmanlike performances. 

Frank O’Farrell – 93

From Weymouth to Torquay to Leicester to Man United. It’s not very often you see an ex-Gulls manager in the hot seat at Old Trafford. The ex-hammers legend enjoyed 3 spells at Plainmoor , earning himself a reputation as one of the best manager’s this club has ever had. Frank turns 93 on Saturday. Have a great day Frank!

On this day……

10th October 2020 – The Gulls record their first away win of the season and Danny Wright scores his first goal for the club, as he buries a 90th minute penalty to beat Bromley 2-1.

6th October 2018 – Torquay beat Brightlingsea Regent 3-0 away in the FA Cup 3rd QR. Goals from Reid, Hall & Andrews.

10th October 2015 – Kevin Nicholson gets his first win as boss, a 1-0 away win at Southport. 

8th October 2004 – Torquay 2-1 Huddersfield. See ‘A trip down memory lane’ below.

10th October 1995 – Torquay United sign a player from the little known Barbadian team of Lambada FC. Rodney Jack. He turned out quite decent by all accounts……

8th October 1977 Colin Lee scores his final goals in a TUFC shirt, after a brace against Brentford. He would sign for Tottenham 2 weeks later in a deal worth £60,000.

4th October 1967 Torquay beat Shrewsbury 3-0 at Plainmoor, and with that set a club record for games unbeaten in all competitions (14). Two days later, they still remained the only team in the Football League who were yet to taste defeat. 

8th October 1960 – QPR 3-3 Torquay and that’s half the story. After their train breaks down en route to London, the players are forced to change into their kit on the train. 

7th October 1950 – United set a home league attendance record when 16,454 turn up to see the Gulls get beat 3-1 by local rivals Plymouth.

9th October 1948 – Sammy Collins scores his first of 219 goals in a yellow shirt, as the Gulls beat Bristol City.

A trip down memory lane..

Torquay United 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Saturday 9th October (15.00 KO) – League One

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance: 3,033

United line up: Gottskálksson, Fowler, Woods, Taylor, McGlinchey, Bedeau, Russell, Hill, Phillips, Akinfenwa, Gritton

Subs: Kuffour, Hockley, Villis, Boardley, Skinner

After enduring a tough start to League One life, Torquay secured only their second win of the season, and first at home, thanks to a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Terriers. Prior to the game, United sat in the relegation zone with just 7 points from their opening 12 games, whilst the visitors perched just outside the play-offs. Torquay showed some sort of return to form as they entered the game unbeaten in their last two, following a win over Yeovil in the JPT, and a credible draw away at Peterborough. 

True to form, Huddersfield went in front 5 mins before half time when Junior Mendes struck for the visitors. Shortly after the break Torquay levelled through Kevin Hill, and it was substitute Jo Kuffour who won it for the Gulls when his shot flew into the net 6 minutes from time. A massive boost for the Gulls who were just starting to show signs of finding their feet in the third tier.

COYY – Danny


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