THE GULLS WEEK 18th – 24th OCT by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 18th October

Mixed fortunes in the FA Cup, as the U18’s secured a place in the next round with a last gasp goal. The first team however, have it all to do on Wednesday night as a trip to The Valley is up for grabs. I check out this weeks events.

What’s happening this week……

Wednesday- Havant & Waterlooville v TUFC @ Draper Tools Community Stadium (19.45 KO) 

Four days after the 2-2 draw, the two sides meet again knowing Charlton lie in wait in the next round. If there’s ever an incentive to win a game, this is it. A 1st round tie, against an ex premier league club, at a very desirable stadium. COME ON YOU GULLS!

Saturday – TUFC v Kings Lynn @ Plainmoor (15.00 KO) 

After two league defeats on the road, the Gulls return to league action at Plainmoor, looking to carry on their home (league) form, which has yielded two wins from their last two matches. Torquay will be eager to put the Bromley & Boreham Wood disappointments behind them, as they look to move up the table, and provide some much needed daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. Kings Lynn enter the game in 18th place, 3 points behind but a game in hand over the Yellows. The Linnets did manage a win over Peterborough Sports last weekend and were themselves rewarded with a home tie against Walsall. Torquay recorded a home win over Lynn last season when Scott Boden scored the only goal of the match in a 1-0 victory, to end a 4 game winless streak for the then title pushing Gulls.

The game has been designated as a ‘community day’, as the club look to highlight the importance of working together to bring the best out of the Torbay community. A great idea, and you can read more about it here…

Sunday – Poole Town LFC v TUFC Women @ Ashdown Leisure Centre (14.00 KO)

With the FA Cup dominating the men’s and youth teams last week, the Ladies have a chance to progress to the next round of their FA Cup, but have to negotiate a 3rd Qualifying round tie away at Poole. Their opponents currently ply their trade in the tier above, however, have failed to win a single match this season. Grant’s players will be buoyed and ready to go following their unbeaten start to the season.

Sunday – Plainmoor Ladies v TUFC Women Development @ Windmill Hill Playing Fields (14.00 KO)

Local derbies don’t get much closer than this as the Development squad travel to Plainmoor Ladies. The Ladies are on the road once again, albeit, not for very long, as they look to extend their winning streak to 6 games in all competitions. 


Shaun MacDonald – 25

TUFC’s current #1 celebrates turning quarter of a century on Wednesday. Following his departure in the summer, it wasn’t long before we saw the ‘return of the mac’. Have a good one Shaun!

Scott Rendell – 35

The former front man will turn 35 on Thursday. The eagle eyed among you would have spotted him in the Havant squad last weekend!

Dan Lavercombe – 25

Joining the goalkeepers’ union of turning 25, the ex Gulls stopper will celebrate his birthday on Thursday. The former Plainmoor youth product is currently enjoying a spell as #1 for FC United in the Northern Premier League.

Jon Paul Pittman – 35

The ex-Gull and now retired striker will celebrate turning 35 on Sunday. He is now a development coach at Exeter.

On this day……

20th October 2018 Saikou Janneh becomes the first player born in the 21st century to score for the Club, as he nets in a 4-1 win over Winchester City in the FA Cup.

20th October 2017 After 3 previous loan spells, Jamie Reid signs permanently from Exeter, and goes onto net 58 goals in 91 league games.

20th October 2012 Rene Howe scores in a 3-2 defeat away at Bristol Rovers, but with that equals a club record (joint with Sammy Collins & Carl Airey), scoring in 7 consecutive games.

20th October 2000 The Gulls end a sequence of 6 consecutive losses, with a 4-2 home win over Carlisle. Ford, Holmes, Tully & Hill with the goals.

24th October 1987 – Grounsdman Freddie King retires, having served the club since 1951.

20th October 1982 – Future Arsenal star Steve Bould makes his Torquay debut, on loan from Stoke, in a 1-1 draw with Swindon.

20th October 1965 – Torquay record their 500th league win, with a 3-0 victory over Barnsley at Plainmoor.

19th October 1963 – Torquay 8-3 Newport. See ‘A trip down memory lane’

19th October 1935 – Outside right Ralph Birkett becomes the first ever Torquay-produced player to represent England, as he grabbed his one and only cap in a 3-1 win over Ireland. After Torquay, he went onto play for Arsenal, Middlesbrough & Newcastle.

18th October 1930 – Torquay record a convincing 6-2 win over QPR at Plainmoor, with James Trotter bagging a hat-trick.

21st October 1899 – Torquay United suffer their FIRST ever defeat, when they are beat 2-0 by HMS Britannia.

A trip down memory lane..

Torquay United 8-3 Newport County

Saturday 19th October 1963 (15.00 KO) – Division Four

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance: 4,442

United line up: Adlington, Bettany, Smith, Allen, Austin, Hancock, Northcott, Jenkins, Webb, Stubbs, Pym

Imagine this, 70 minutes on the clock at the score reads Torquay 2-1 Newport. 20 minutes and 8 goals later, it ends 8-3 to the Gulls! The legendary Robin Stubbs helped himself to 5 goals, with Reg Jenkins grabbing a brace and Tommy Northcott completing the rout. 

An 8-3 win witnessed by just shy of 4500 fans at Plainmoor to give Torquay their 8th win of the season. United would complete the double over County later that season as they ran out 3-0 winners in South Wales.

COYY – Danny


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