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
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