THE GULLS WEEK 25th – 31st OCT by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 25th – 31st October

As we approach Halloween, United’s form WAS enough to scare even the most ardent of fan, with back to back league defeats on the road and a calamitous FA Cup exit, but Saturday’s performance and result would have been the response Gary was expecting and hoping from his squad. A much needed victory was claimed and a return of 2500+ fans inside Plainmoor could be the kick start United needed. I check out what’s happening across the upcoming week.

What’s happening this week……

Saturday – Wrexham v TUFC @ The Racecourse (15.00 KO) 

A tough looking trip to North Wales to face hot favourites for the title and moneybags Wrexham. United will be buoyed by the Kings Lynn result hoping to claim their first win on the road since Maidenhead back at the start of September. United will have fond memories of the Racecourse, as a late Sam Sherring strike claimed all three points in a pivotal match last April. Wrexham’s form has been indifferent, and currently languish in mid table following their ‘star-studded’ summer arrivals of Cheltenham skipper Ben Tozer & Cambridge and League Two top goalscorer Paul Mullin.

Saturday – TUFC Youth U18’s v Paulton Rovers U18’s @ South Devon College (10.30 KO) 

Attentions once again turn to the cup, this time the Gary Else Memorial League Cup, as Todd’s youngsters face division rivals Paulton. United faced Paulton on the opening day and triumphed emphatically 10-3.

Sunday – TUFC Women v Forest Green Women @ Stoke Gabriel FC (14.00 KO)

With a convincing 6-0 success in the FA Cup last weekend, and a place in the next round secured, all focus returns to the league, as United women face FGR. The two met just last month where the points were shared thanks to a 2-2 draw.

Sunday – TUFC Women Development v Lakeside Athletic Ladies @ GJ Churchward Memorial Ground (14.00 KO)

After 7 games on the road, all resulting in victories, the development team taste home comforts for the first time this season as they host Lakeside Athletic. The women will be looking to maintain their very strong start to the campaign.


Nathan Craig – 30

The former welsh midfielder will celebrate his milestone 30th birthday on Monday. Nathan now plays for Porthmadog FC in the Welsh 3rd tier.

Paul Gibbs – 49

Ex-Gull and former defender Paul Gibbs will turn 49 on Tuesday. The full back played 47 times for Torquay in the 97-98 season, before moving onto Devon rivals Plymouth.

Jimmy Aggrey – 43

The big defender will celebrate turning 43 on Tuesday. The popular Plainmoor figure had a 3 year spell at Torquay before he left in 2001.

Damon Lathrope – 32

If it wasn’t for injuries, i’m sure Damon would have had a good career in the Football League. As it was, injuries forced him to retire in his late twenties while at Woking. He will urn 32 on Thursday.

Chris Zebroski – 35

Zeb enjoyed a number of good spells at United, before eventually leaving with Buckle to Rovers. The current Swindon Supermarine front man turns 35 on Friday.

Marcin Brzozowski – 23

The United stopper will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Friday. The Polish and ex QPR youngster has found his chances limited this season with the arrival of MacDonald between the sticks. Have a good one Marcin!

On this day……

27th/31st October 2020 A fantastic week for the Gulls as they score 9 goals over 4 days. Starting with a 4-1 away at Aldershot, before the 5-0 demolition of Hartlepool in front of the BT camera’s at Victoria Road. See ‘A Trip down memory lane’

30th October 2018 Bins galore as United are held to a dramatic 2- 2 draw away at Weston.

25th October 2014 Torquay lose to Aldershot in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round, meaning they do not appear in the First Round proper for the first time since 1927.

26th October 2013 Jordan Chappell breaks the record of fastest ever TUFC goal, by netting after 17 seconds in a 1-1 draw at home to Portsmouth.

25th October 2011 After no wins in their previous 8, Torquay turn on the style and beat AFC Wimbledon 4-0 at Plainmoor, sparking a 5 game winning run in all competitions. 

27th October 2007 – For the first time since 1927, Torquay have to qualify for the FA Cup first round. They do so by beating Bath City 2-0 at Twerton Park. Goals from Lee Phillips & Danny Stevens.

258th October 1995 – The Gulls are stuffed 1-8 at home to Scunthorpe in a disastrous day for the club. A day later, Don O’Riordan is sacked.

25th October 1972 – Torquay host West Ham in Bob Glozier’s testimonial. Amongst the West Ham squad are Sir Bobby Moore, Frank Lampard Snr & Trevor Brooking. West Ham win 2-1.

31st October 1970 Match of the Day camera’s are at Plainmoor to witness Torquay beat Fulham 3-1.

28th October 1963 – Don Mills testimonial, in which Torquay play a combined Plymouth-Swindon XI. 

25th October 1951 United appoint Eric Webber as player-manager. A role (player-manager till ’56) he would stay in for 14 seasons, earning himself the accolade of United’s longest serving manager. He made his debut two days later against Leyton Orient.

A trip down memory lane..

Hartlepool United 0-5 Torquay

Saturday 31st October 2020 – National League (17.20 KO)

Venue: Victoria Park

Attendance: 0 (Behind closed doors)

United line up: Covolan, Wynter, Sherring, Cameron, Moxey, Nemane, Hall, Randell, Whitfield, Lemonheigh-Evans, Wright

Subs: MacDonald, Warren, Little, Andrews, Umerah

We don’t have to go too far back in the history books for this one, as United produce an outstanding and dominant performance in front of the TV camera’s on a Saturday evening. 

On a day where it was Halloween and Boris Johnson was prepared to address the nation as the UK was heading back into strict lockdown measures, the Gulls made the 700+ mile round trip to the north east, knowing a win would further cement their promotion credentials and give them a 4th straight league win. An impressive 4-1 away win over Aldershot just 4 days prior wasn’t going to be easy to match, but United excelled, and in style.

Danny Wright opened the scoring on 11 minutes as the superb Adam Randell slotted through a defence splitting pass, and Wright duly obliged by placing the ball in the bottom right hand corner. It got even better for United when 4 minutes later a fantastic build up resulted in Wright netting his brace. A dinked ball from Randell found Wynter who nodded back superbly to Danny who was waiting to finish to make it 0-2. The Gulls were dominant and it would soon be 3 as a mix up at the back allowed Whitfield to go through on goal and lift his shot over the keeper. United went in 3 up at the break, and showed no signs of letting up.

You’d be forgiven for expecting United to let their foot of the gas, but there was no danger of that. 10 minutes after the break Whitfield produced the cross only for Danny Wright, unmarked and with the freedom of Hartlepool, to score his first United hat-trick. Substitute Gary Warren completed the rout 3 minutes from time when he crashed home from a couple of yards out, and United returned to the Bay full of confidence, full of swagger, and a 9 goal – 6 point haul from the week. 

COYY – Danny

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