THE GULLS WEEK
Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92
The Gulls Week – w/c 24th January
Another free Saturday next weekend for GJ’s men is not what anyone wants, however we do have the consolation of a mid-weeker at Plainmoor. With the Men, Women’s & Youth sides in action, I take a look at the upcoming week.
What’s happening this week……
Tuesday – TUFC v Solihull Moors @ Plainmoor (19.45 KO)
You might be surprised to hear this is the Gulls first, yes first, home mid-week game of the campaign. One for the Tuesday nighters, this sees a reverse of the fixture from mid-September when GJ mentioned ‘some players weren’t good enough, changes were needed’. United lost 2-1 that night and faced a long arduous winter. As it happens, things have picked up since then. New arrivals have come in to good affect, form has improved and a real play off push is a possibility.
With the visitors just above the Gulls in the table, this is a massive opportunity to take points off the teams in and around us. Moors are a very capable side, as we’ve seen in the past, so Torquay will need to be at their very best.
Saturday – TUFC Youth U18’s v Swindon Supermarine U18’s @ South Devon College Sports Centre (10.30 KO)
A tough game for Chris Todd’s youngsters as they face a Supermarines side just 3 points behind them in the table. A superb win over Bridgwater 2 weeks ago means top spot is well within sight, as they enter the latter stages of the season.
Sunday – TUFC Women v Marine Academy Plymouth Ladies @ Speedwell Stadium, Stoke Gabriel FC (14.00 KO)
Another side aiming for top spot, Grant Fishers ladies sit just 6 points behind league leaders Sherborne Town. The sides met in October, were the ladies ran out 3-2 winners to claim all 3 points.
The players will be buoyed by a fantastic result against Liverton, which saw them progress to the County Cup final. Well in Ladies!
Sunday – TUFC Women Development v Activate Ladies @ Paignton Community & Sports Academy (14.00 KO)
A huge game at the top, as 2nd hosts 1st. Both sides have 100% records coming into this one, meaning something will have to give.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – 25
It’s quarter of a century for the midfield maestro, as he turns 25 on Monday. Since joining initially on loan in 2017, he has gone onto make an impressive 142 appearances in all competitions, scoring a respectably 23 goals. Have a good one Connor!
Craig Taylor – 48
The big centre back will turn 48 on Monday. A player I admired and grew up watching and built a strong relationship with Woods. Craig’s career was cut short when he was forced to retire in 2007.
Jason Roberts – 44
The ex-Grenadian international enjoyed a successful loan spell at Plainmoor during his early years. He will turn 44 on Tuesday.
Micky Cave – 73
The former Gulls midfielder was a popular figure at Plainmoor during his 3 year stay. He played 129 times in Yellow, scoring 21 times. He would have turned 73 on Friday.
On this day……
30th January 2021 – The Gulls are back to winning ways after back to back goalless draws. A 2-0 win away at Barnet gets their title push back on track.
26th January 2021 – The Gulls sign Joe Lewis on a permanent deal from Swansea. Some signing!
26th January 2019 – Torquay 7-2 Oxford City. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.
28th January 2013 – The Gulls beat Exeter 1-0 curtesy of a Rene Howe Penalty at St James Park. A game in which Shaun Taylor is stand-in manager as Martin Ling starts his ‘extended leave’.
26th January 2007 – Torquay make it a first win since 16 September as they thrash Grimsby 4-1.
A CLASSIC ENCOUNTER – GRIMSBY TOWN (H) 2007 by Danny Burnell
25th January 2006 – After defeat at home to Rochdale the previous day, Leroy Rosenior leaves Plainmoor after 2 and a half years at the helm.
24th January 2004 – An audacious overhead kick is the pick of the goals as United beat Macclesfield 4-1 at Plainmoor.
29th January 2000 – Neville Southall makes his final appearance in Yellow.
26th January 1985 – A 17 year old Mark Loram makes his first of 331 Gulls appearances.
25th January 1971 – Torquay make the trip to ex-manager Frank O’Farrell’s Leicester City in the FA Cup 4th round. The Gulls went down 3-0 to a Foxes side containing Peter Shilton between the sticks.
29th January 1955 – Plainmoor sees its highest ever attendance as 21,908 cram inside to witness Huddersfield triumph 1-0 in the Cup.
25th January 1930 – United are handed their second of three consecutive 5-0 losses as Brentford run riot.
A trip down memory lane..
Torquay 7-2 Oxford City
Saturday 26th January 2019 – National League South
Attendance : 2,467
United line up: MacDonald, Wynter, Davis, Sendles-White, Hall, Janneh, Lemonheigh-Evans, Cameron, Andrews, Reid, Kalala
Subs: Keating, Edwards, Burton, Niate, Dickson
It was up to GJ’s men to go on another winning spree, after defeat the previous week to Bath ended a run of 10 straight league wins. Torquay had a bee in their bonnet, and it was Oxford City who would feel the full wrath of it.
On a rain sodden Plainmoor, the game was just 7 minutes old when the lively Janneh broke the deadlock. Reid outmuscled his man to force a fine stop from the Oxford keeper, but the Bristol City loanee was on hand to tap in from close range. Janneh made it two on 23 minutes with another close range shot, before Reid made it 3 moments later. CLE pounced on a loose ball in midfield before delicately feeding Reid for the league’s top scorer to slot home. Number 4 arrived when, with the aid of the winter conditions, Jake Andrews corner drifted over everyone to go straight in. The Gulls were rampant and they didn’t let up, as Andrews bagged his second and United’s fifth in a dominant first half display.
Any signs of taking their foot of the gas in the second half were squashed as Andrews secured his hat-trick with the pick of the bunch. Tenacious work from Connor saw his cross find Andrews at the near post, who’s deathly flick left the Oxford keeper stranded for the sixth time in just under an hour. The Gulls did labour somewhat mid-half as quick fire doubles from Ashby and Tshimanaga saw a mini revival, but Torquay had the last say on a day which stamped their title credentials once more as Reid scored his second of the afternoon to give an emphatic 7 goal haul.
Relive the action below!
COYY – Danny
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