THE GULLS WEEK 8th-14th NOV by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 8th November

Well that was a long week. But rest assured first team action is back, and we have a full quota of fixtures across the men’s, youth & ladies teams. I check out the week’s events.

What’s happening this week……

Saturday – TUFC v Dover Athletic @ Plainmoor (15.00 KO) 

Two weeks on from the credible draw at Wrexham, United return to action looking for a fourth consecutive home league win. Torquay will hope to inflict further pain on a Dover side languishing at the bottom of the table, and 24 points behind their hosts. Andy Hessenthaler’s men are winless this season and their latest outing resulted in a 4-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Southend. They exited the FA Cup at the hands of Yate Town and have had little to celebrate since the summer. The Gulls will be no doubt buoyed by the home crowd as they look to push themselves out of mid table obscurity, and into a play off chasing place.

Following the success of community day, TUFC will be honouring our NHS & care staff with free tickets to the game. More details here >

Saturday – Yeovil Town U18’s v TUFC Youth U18’s @ Alvington Playing Fields (10.30 KO) 

After their tremendous effort in the FA Youth Cup last week, which ended in a narrow 4-3 defeat, the Gulls return to league action with a tough looking trip to Somerset. 

Sunday – AFC St Austell Ladies v TUFC Women @ Poltair Park (13.00 KO)

The FA Cup baton passes onto the ladies this week, with United’s chance of any sort of FA Cup glory solely with Grant Fisher’s players. Wins over Helston & Poole have helped them reach the first round proper, and they face a side who sit comfortably near the top of the table, and unbeaten in the league. Good luck to all involved!


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

A week off last week for the young Gulls, but they will be raring to go and eager to maintain their winning start to the season. They face a Shaldon Villa side who sit in 4th place.


Mike Williamson – 38

Former youth product Williamson will turn 38 on Monday. The defender played a handful of times for Torquay before going onto the likes of Southampton, Wycombe and most notably, Newcastle.

Lathianel Rowe-Turner – 32

LRT turns 32 on Friday. The former left back played over 80 times for the Gulls across two spells, 4 years apart. He currently plays for Southern League Prem (Central) side Tamworth.

Keith Curle – 58

Sunday sees Keith Curle turn 58. The ex-Gull had short spells at Plainmoor in both a playing capacity (1983), and management role (2007).

On this day……

8th November 2020 – In the craziest FA Cup tie of recent memory, Torquay eventually lose 6-5 AET to Crawley, after leading several times. Watters equalised for Crawley in the 14th minute of added on time, before Umerah thought he’d won it in the 108th minute. There was time for Crawley to equalise again in the 21st minute of injury time, before they eventually won it at the death in extra time.

10th November 2018 – Gary Johnson tastes his first defeat as Gulls manager as United are beaten 1-0 at home in the FA Cup to Woking.

11th November 2014 – After four successive defeats, the Yellows are back to winning ways with a 3-2 away win over Barnet in front of the TV Cameras. Louis Briscoe bagging a brace.

11th November 2007 – FA Cup 1st round: Torquay 4-1 Yeovil. See ‘A trip down memory lane’

10th November 2006 – Torquay struggle to see off Leatherhead at Plainmoor in the FA Cup first round. The visitors took the lead after just 55 seconds, before second half goals from Jamie Ward & Chris McPhee saw the Gulls progress. 

12th November 2004 – Between their run of 3 straight league wins, Torquay go out the cup to Hinckley United.

11th November 1989 – Carl Airey equals a record set by Sammy Collins in scoring in 7 consecutive games. A feat that has since been matched by Rene Howe.

8th November 1980 – In just his second appearance after signing on loan from the Seattle Sounders, Bruce Rioch scores his first TUFC goal in a 1-1 draw at Mansfield.

13th November 1971 – After signing for a then club record fee of £15,000, David Tearse scores his first United goal in a 3-1 win over Blackburn.

14th November 1959 – Torquay thump Northampton 7-1 in the first round of the FA Cup with Ernie Pym and Graham Bond both securing a hat-trick.

13th November 1954 – Torquay set a club record by scoring in their 47th consecutive home game. 

12th November 1927 – In a tough first season in the Football League, Torquay achieve a mightily impressive 2-1 win at Watford. One of only 8 wins that season.

A trip down memory lane..

Torquay 4-1 Yeovil

Sunday 11th November – FA Cup 1st Round

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance: 3,718

United line up: Rice, Robertson, Ellis, Todd, Nicholson, Stevens, Mansell, Hargreaves, Zebroski, Sills, Benyon

Subs: Hill, Wring, Hockley, Welsh, Laird

Nearly 4000 crammed inside Plainmoor for the eagerly anticipated FA Cup clash between newly relegated Torquay and League One Yeovil Town. United had the novelty of qualifying for the first round proper a few weeks prior, by beating Bath City 2-0 at Twerton Park.

United had adapted to Conference life very quickly, with Buckle’s men firmly establishing themselves as early season contenders to bounce straight back into the Football League. The Gulls had managed 12 wins from their opening 18 league games, and the League One side knew they weren’t going to be in for an easy ride. The BBC cameras, with Leroy and Mark Lawrenson in the ‘studio’, were waiting for that upset……..

Yeovil were the first to strike, when veteran striker Marcus Stewart lashed in from clash range, after Torquay failed to clear the corner. All hopes of ‘giant-killing’ were starting to fade. Cue Chris Todd. Nicholson’s corner found the head of the big man who made no mistake to put Torquay level 3 minutes before half time. And it got even better for the Gulls as within 60 seconds Torquay took the lead. Tenacious work from Sills worked the chance for Zebroski, who’s shot was blocked, before falling to the left foot of Danny Stevens.

Just after the hour mark, Todd got his second of the game to make it 3-1. A shot from Mansell deflected the way of Todd who could hardly believe his luck. The Yellow army were firmly in pandemonium mode when Stevens bagged his brace  2 minutes from time. and condemn their visitors to a 4-1 defeat. WHAT A DAY IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS!!

COYY – Danny

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