THE GULLS WEEK 1st – 7th NOV by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 1st November

With October been and gone, the Gulls enter a new month with lots of points up for grabs. The Hollywood party spoiling Yellows have the novelty of a week off due to FA Cup action, but that’s not to say there isn’t plenty going on in and around TQ1. I take a look at the upcoming events.

What’s happening this week……

Wednesday – Newport County U18’s v TUFC Youth U18’s @ Spytty Stadium (19.00 KO) 

FA Youth Cup 1st round action as Todd takes his U18’s to South Wales. The Gulls have started their league campaign well and have overcome Bishops Lydeard & Oxford City to reach the first round proper. Torquay will know they will have to be at their best to defeat their EFL Youth Alliance opponents, but this is the magic of the FA Cup. Let’s hope for a good turn out, fireworks and and even better result! Good luck lads!

Saturday – New College Swindon U18’s v TUFC Youth U18’s @ New College Swindon (10.30 KO) 

Fresh from their FA Cup exploits, United return to league action against New College Swindon. They currently sit bottom with no points from 6 games. 

Sunday – TUFC Women v Sherborne Town Ladies @ Stoke Gabriel FC (14.00 KO)

With United ladies themselves looking forward to their FA Cup clash next weekend, attentions remain firmly on the league, as they host a strong Sherborne side. United remain unbeaten with last weekends game at home to FGR being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Matt Elliott – 53

Ex Gulls defender Elliott will turn 53 on Monday. Matt continued his great career after leaving Plainmoor turning out for Leicester over 250 times.

Danny Hollands – 36

Danny enjoyed a very brief but successful spell at Plainmoor in 2006, most remembered for his clever lob in the 4-0 win over Stockport to keep our survival hopes alive. He will turn 36 on Saturday.

On this day……

2nd November 2019 The Gulls make it 4 wins on the bounce with a 4-2 away win at Halifax with goals from Cameron, Kalala and Reid x 2. United would go onto lose their next 7 league games. 

4th November 2015 Nicholson signs Aman Verma & Andre Wright on loan from Kidderminster & West Brom respectively.

5th November 2011 United turn on the style as they thump Crewe 3-0 at Gresty Road. Howe, Mansell & Bodin with the goals.

7th November 2009 A Nicky Wroe hat-trick, and 3-1 win over Cheltenham, sends Torquay through to the FA Cup 2nd round.

5th November 2004 Joy on Fireworks night as United secure just their 3rd win of the season. Goals from Constantine & Gritton gave the Gulls a well deserved 2-0 win over Oldham.

3rd November 1998 After just 7 appearances over 40 days, Chris Waddle leaves Torquay to become a coach at Sheffield Wednesday.

4th November 1995 A young Garry Monk makes his Torquay debut aged just 16.

6th November 1987 United forward Dave Caldwell makes his Gulls debut away at Stockport. Torquay lose 2-1.

5th November 1980 – Torquay secure their 750th league win, as they defeat Port Vale 4-0 at Plainmoor.

7th November 1970 Aston Villa 0-1 Torquay. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.

2nd November 1960 United play their first ever League Cup tie in a game against Plymouth. The game was moved away from Plainmoor to Home Park after waterlogging.

5th November 1927 – Torquay play their first ever league match against Devon rivals Plymouth in front of a 9000+ crowd. The Pilgrims come out on top in a 2-1 away win.

6th November 1909 United defeat Longpark 3-0 in the Torquay & District League. However, the match is cut 5 minutes short as the game is abandoned due to the second match ball bursting. No other footballs are available to play with.

A trip down memory lane..

Aston Villa 0-1 Torquay

Saturday 7th November 1970 – Third Division 

Venue: Villa Park

Attendance: 28,112

United line up: Maloney, Glozier, Kitchener, Lucas, Edwards, Cave, Young, Barnard, Rudge, Mitchinson, Welsh, 

Subs: Twitchin

November 1970. Torquay were playing their fifth consecutive season in England’s third tier, and coping with the lose of the great Robin Stubbs, who departed for Bristol Rovers the season before. Games didn’t get much bigger than this, as founder members of the FL, Aston Villa were themselves plying trade in the Third Division for the first time in their history. The previous campaign saw Villa finish bottom of the Second Division after a disastrous season. 

Torquay went into the game as overwhelming underdogs, like most teams did when they visited Villa Park. Not withstanding the fact the Gulls had won 9 of their first 15 league games, the odds were always stacked against the Devon side. 

United, backed by an impressive 1500 Gulls, showed no fear and took the game to Villa. Midfielder Micky Cave scored the only goal of the match to send the away fans into jubilation, and firmly establish themselves as strong contenders for promotion to the Second Division. 

Although Torquay started the campaign well, Allan Brown’s men were unable to sustain the form, and ultimately dropped off the pace, finishing 10th. Villa ended the 1970/71 season in 4th, whilst Preston clinched the title, and Fulham got promoted by finishing runners-up.

COYY – Danny

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