THE GULLS WEEK 10th – 16th JAN by Danny Burnell


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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 10th January

A well deserved break for the first team, as the action continues across the Ladies and Youth teams.

What’s happening this week……

Saturday – Bridgwater United U18’s v TUFC Youth U18’s @ Bridgwater & Taunton College Sports Zone (10.30 KO) 

The first league action of 2022 see’s Todd’s U18’s travel to table toppers Bridgwater. The Somerset side are unbeaten this season with 8 wins from their 9 matches so far. The young Gulls will have to be at their very best to get anything out of this game.

Sunday – Middlezoy Women v TUFC Women @ Westonzoyland Airfield (14.00 KO)

The Ladies face the same opponents as last week, looking for a repeat of the same empathetic 10-3 victory. They still boast just one defeat from their 10 games so far this season. 


Saikou Janneh – 22

The former two time Plainmoor loanee turns 22 on Tuesday. The striker holds a unique record of becoming the first player born in the 21st century to represent the Gulls. He is currently on loan at Shrewsbury.

Sammy Collins – 99

Torquay United legend Sammy Collins would have been celebrating his 99th birthday on Thursday. The striker scored an incredible 219 goals in 380 appearances in all competitions during his time at Plainmoor.

Dean Moxey – 36

Current Gull Moxey turns 36 on Friday. The reliable left back has become a hugely popular figure at Plainmoor with a string of strong and reliable performances. Have a good day Deano!

On this day……

10th January 2015 Torquay turn on the style as they beat Bromley 4-0 in the FA Trophy, with goals from Harding, Ajala, Bowman & Yeoman.

11th January 2014 – Chris Hargreaves takes charge of his first game as Gulls manager, a 2-0 win away at AFC Wimbledon.

16th January 2010 Eunan O’Kane makes his debut in an away game at Chesterfield. Gulls lose 1-0.

13th January 2004 After impressing on loan, Brian McGlinchey signs permanently for Leroy’s side.

14th January 1984 Bruce Rioch leaves his role as player-manager after a training ground incident.

15th January 1981 – Back to back European cup winners Nottingham Forest travel to Plainmoor for a friendly, a game in which Torquay defeat Brian Clough’s men.

12th January 1977 Colin Lee scores on his United debut in a 2-1 defeat away at Huddersfield.

12th January 1955 Torquay 4-0 Leeds. See ‘A trip down memory lane’

10th January 1931 – Torquay appear in the FA Cup third round for the first time in their history. They secured a creditable 1-1 draw against ex-winners Bury.

A trip down memory lane..

Torquay 4-0 Leeds United

Wednesday 12th January 1955 – FA Cup Third Round Replay

Venue: Plainmoor

United line up: Jefferies, Towers, H. Smith, Lewis, Webber, Norman, Shaw, Collins, Dobbie, Mills, J. Smith

Torquay brought Division Two Leeds United back to Plainmoor after a 2-2 draw 4 days earlier at Elland Road. Leeds were captained by John Charles, who would later move to Juventus for a then world record £65,000 and managed by Raich Carter. The Devon side were having a fairly unremarkable season in Division Three (South), but wins over Cambridge & Blyth Spartans in the earlier rounds set up this bumper tie.

Over 12,000 packed into Plainmoor for this Wednesday afternoon replay. Floodlights were yet to be installed at Plainmoor, hence the weekday afternoon kick off, but deter the Torquay folk it did not. Player-manager Eric Webber selected himself and was assigned the difficult task of marking the Welsh international John Charles.

Torquay’s fantastic inside-right Sammy Collins opened the scoring, before an OG from Leeds’ Dunn made it 2. Dobbie & Mills completed the rout to give United a remarkable and memorable 4-0 win. Highlights of the original tie at Elland Road is below.

COYY – Danny

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