THE GULLS WEEK 15th – 21st NOV by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 15th November

Another dramatic week has been and gone, as I take a look ahead to this weeks action across the Men’s, Youth & Ladies teams.

What’s happening this week……

Saturday – Barnet v TUFC @ The Hive (15.00 KO)

The Gulls will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run to 4. United head to North London to face a Barnet side who struggled last season, having spent the majority of the season at the bottom, however, seem to have improved over the summer, and have not started to dis-similarly to the Gulls. Torquay beat Barnet at the Hive back in January, where goals from Ben Whitfield & Jake Andrews secured a comfortable 2-0 win.

Barnet have announced Saturday will be ‘legends day’, and are offering all fans a ticket for a tenner. More details here >

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

Todd’s youngsters are back at home as they host Wimborne. The two met at the start of October, where United ran out 6-2 winners in Dorset.

Sunday – TUFC Women v Bideford AFC Women @ Stoke Gabriel FC (14.00 KO)

A return to league action for the Ladies after the disappointment in the FA Cup last weekend. They face a Bideford side yet to get a point this season, and with a -44 GD.


Eifion Williams – 46

The former record transfer breaking Welshman will celebrate turning 46 on Monday. The striker netted 24 times in 111 league appearances before moving onto Hartlepool.

Jo Kuffour – 40

One of my all time favourite players turns 40 on Wednesday. The former Arsenal trainee was formidable in Leroy’s 03/04 promotion squad, providing pace and tricky.

Morike Sako  – 39

The 6’7 Frenchman will turn 39 on Wednesday. His stay may have been short, but he certainly made a lasting impression on Gulls fans, most noticeably when he crashed home THAT thunderbolt at Bristol Rovers.

Michael Poke – 36

The former goalkeeper couldn’t stay away from Plainmoor as he returned no less than 4 times over a 6 year period. He will celebrate his 36th on Sunday.

On this day……

19th November 2020 Lemonheigh-Evans scores an 83rd minute winner to seal a 2-1 away win at Halifax.

17th November 2018 Saikou Janneh scores a first half hat-trick against Concord Rangers, as United record back-to-back 4-1 home wins. Jamie Reid also scores a stunner that day.

16th November 2016 Torquay sign Kieffer Moore on loan from FGR.

19th November 2011 A Eunan O’Kane masterclass helps seal a 3-1 victory over Plymouth. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.

18th November 2008 – Torquay beat Lewes 4-1 at home to make it 8 straight wins in all competitions, and 15 games unbeaten.

21st November 2006 Infamous ex-chairman Chris Roberts unveils his anti-diving initiative, where TUFC players are fined if found guilty of cheating. 

15th November 2005 Torquay are taken to a penalty shoot-out by non-league Harrogate. After a 1-1 at Plainmoor, and a 0-0 draw on the night, goalkeeper Andy Marriot scores the winning spot kick.

17th November 1995  – Eddie May is appointed manager of the club following the sacking of Don O’Riordan. May lasted just 6 months and won just 3 of his 32 games in charge, losing 18.

20th November 1976 – Torquay lose 2-1 to Hillingdon Borough in the FA Cup 1st round. The club’s first home defeat to a non league side, manager Malcolm Musgrove is dismissed 2 days later.

20th November 1971 – Brian Hill of Torquay is injured and substituted by his namesake, Brian Hill!

16th November 1963 – Torquay defeat Barnet 6-2 in the FA Cup first round, where goalkeeper Terry Adlington scores the sixth goal, after moving outfield due to an injury he sustained.

17th November 1945 – Torquay play their first competitive match following the conclusion of World War II. Newport win 1-0 in the FA Cup 1st round clash.

19th November 1927 In defeating QPR 1-0 at Plainmoor, Torquay record back-to-back wins for the first time ever as a FL club.

A trip down memory lane..

Torquay 3-1 Plymouth

Saturday 19th November 2011 – League Two

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance: 3,983

United line up: Olejnik, Oastler, Ellis, Saah, Nicholson, O’Kane, Mansell, Lathrope, Stevens, Bodin, Howe

Subs: Rice, Robertson, Morris, Atieno, McPhee

The Gulls recorded their first league win over their Devon rivals for the first time since 1972. And in some style. United came into the match off the back of three straight league wins over AFC Wimbledon, Hereford & Crewe, plus an FA Cup triumph at Chesterfield. Comfortably in mid-table, Torquay enjoyed a solid start to Martin Ling’s first season in charge. By contrast, Plymouth were struggling, and had managed just 2 wins from their opening 17 league games. Sitting at the foot of the FL, Torquay seized the initiative and took their local rivals to the sword.

After a fairly uneventful first half, Plainmoor and O’Kane came to life when the midfield maestro scored arguably the best brace in Plainmoors history. On 47 minutes, the Irishman hit a superb shot from the edge of the box, after Plymouth failed to clear, it flew past the helpless Larrieu in goal to give the Gulls the lead. It got even better 2 minutes later, when O’Kane’s thunderbolt lobbed the keeper from all of 35 yards out and send the Plainmoor faithful roaring. As fine a goal you will see anywhere in football. Danny Stevens decided to get in on the act and inflict further punishment when his driving run resulted in a cool finish to give the Gulls an unassailable 3-0 cushion. The Pilgrims did strike a consolation late on, but it was the day of the Gull. A first league win over Plymouth in nearly 40 years!

We went on to complete the double over them that season! Scenes!


COYY – Danny

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