THE GULLS WEEK 11th- 17th OCT by Danny Burnell

THE GULLS WEEK

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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 11th October

Ok, so not the week we all had planned. 2 games, 2 defeats. Hey, this wouldn’t be Torquay without its ups and downs would it. It’s FA Cup week though!


What’s happening this week……

Friday – Oxford City Youth v TUFC Youth U18’s @ Velocity Stadium (19.45 KO)

A Friday night fixture at Marsh Lane for the young Gulls as they look to cement their place in the First round proper. Todd’s men will look to continue their decent league form, having lost just 1 of their opening 5 league games, recently drawing 0-0 away at Bath City.

Saturday – TUFC v Havant & Waterlooville @ Plainmoor (15.00 KO)

Attentions turn to the FA Cup as United look to put aside their indifferent league form. The Gulls play host to the south coast side in the 4th qualifying round, hoping to make it through to the 1st round proper for the third consecutive season. The Hawks play in the league below, NLS, and currently reside in 8th place with 12 points from 7 games. They boast former Gulls Joe Oastler & Scott Rendell amongst their squad. Torquay will be sure to not take too lightly their opponents, as prize money, pride and national recognition is up for grabs when the ‘big boys’ enter in the next stages of the competition.  


Birthdays

Chris Robertson – 35

Former Scot and defender ‘Robbo’ turns 35 on Monday. Chris played over 180 times over a 5 year period for the Gulls before moving onto Preston amongst others. The big centre back still plays for Coalville Town in the Southern Premier League Central. 

Jake Andrews – 24

Jake’s popularity increases each year, and this season his absence was definitely been felt. Fortunately for Gulls fans he has been involved in the squad in recent weeks as he gets closer to full fitness. The wide man will celebrate with 24th birthday on Thursday. Have a good one Jakey!

Angus MacDonald – 29

Another one celebrating on Thursday is former defender Gus. If there’s anyone who loved the Riveria its Gus, having had 3 separate spells at Plainmoor. The former Reading loanee now plays in League One for Rotherham having overcome his battle with bowel cancer a couple of years previously. Happy birthday Gus!

Steve McCall – 61

Carlisle born McCall turns 61 on Friday. He played a couple of seasons at Plainmoor, before following Hodges back to Plymouth after Torquay’s play off defeat to Colchester in 1998.

Billy Waters – 27

Fresh in the mind of all Gulls fans is Waters, and we all know what he’s doing at Halifax. The striker, and league’s joint second top goal scorer, turns 27 on Friday.


On this day……

13th October 2020 – Asa Hall scores late into stoppage time as Torquay snatch a 2-1 home win over Chesterfield. 

12th October 2008 – Torquay enjoy a 3-1 away victory away at Rushden, to start a sequence of results that would see them win 8 games on the trot in all competitions. 

15th October 1998 Crystal Palace cough up £400,000 for United’s Matt Gregg.

14th October 1995 – 4 days after signing from Lambada FC, Rodney Jack makes his debut for the Gulls in a home defeat to Preston.

11th October 1971 – Jack Edwards becomes TUFC boss after the dismissal of Allan Brown. Edwards would last just 2 seasons before moving onto Exeter.

12th October 1957 – United’s 14th highest appearance maker, Ernie Pym, makes his debut in a 3-2 defeat to Millwall at Plainmoor.

13th October 1928 Exeter 1-3 Torquay. Torquay secure their first ever Football League victory over the Grecians.

15th October 1927 Torquay 2-1 Brentford. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.

12th October 1921 – Torquay defeat Spencer Moulton 5-2 in a FA Cup qualifying match. The game took place 4 days prior to this, but was abandoned due to fog in the 75th minute, with the Gulls leading 2-0. Spencer Moulton were a team based in the Bradford-upon-Avon area.


A trip down memory lane..

Torquay United 2-1 Brentford

Saturday 15th October 1927 (15.00 KO) – Division Three (South)

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance: 4,185

United line up: Bayes, Cook, Wellock, Wragge, Mackey, Turner, Jones, Daniel, Gough, Mackrill, Pattison

Subs: N/A

1927. A significant year for Torquay as they entered the Football League for the first time. A spell which would last 90 years, before their relegation to the Conference in 2007.  Winners of the Western section of the Southern league the previous season, United were controversially elected into the Division Three South, at the expense of Aberdare Athletic, by way of vote, 26 to Aberdare’s 19. 

Torquay, playing in their black & white stripes and managed by South African Percy Mackrill, endured a torrid first season, finishing bottom and winning just 8 of their 42 league games. (Not to worry, we were re-elected the following season!) However, within an historic season for the Gulls, er Magpies, Torquay secured their first ever FL home win, with a 2-1 victory over Brentford. Top goal scorer that season Bert Turner struck from the spot and a Jack Pattison goal set up the 3 points in front of a 4,000+ strong home crowd. This would be the second win of the season, following an earlier success at Merthyr Town in September. 

COYY – Danny


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