THE GULLS WEEK 28th MAR – 3rd APR by Danny Burnell

THE GULLS WEEK

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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 28th March

It’s an unwanted free week for the Gulls as their would be opponents take on FA Trophy duties. I take a look at what else is going on this week…


What’s happening this week……..

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

With the title clinched last weekend thanks to an empathetic victory over New College, Chris Todd’s youngsters see out the league season with a home game against Yeovil. A win will see their final league record read 14-1-1 in what is a fantastic season, with two cup finals still to look forward to.   

Under-18s Crowned Champions!

Sunday – Signal Box Oak Villa Ladies v TUFC Women Development @ Weston Mill Oak Villa (14.00 KO)

Attentions turn to the league cup where United travel to league rivals Signal Box. The pair are separated by just one league position.


Birthdays

Tom Kelly – 58

The former Gulls left back will turn 58 on Monday. The Scot appeared 290 times in a Gulls shirt under two different spells.

Olaf Koszela – 20

Tuesday see’s Olaf turn 20. The young striker is currently on loan at Southern League side Dorchester Town. Have a good one Olaf!

Louis Briscoe – 34

The former winger will turn 34 on Saturday. Briscoe adhered himself to United fans in his couple of seasons at Plainmoor. He scored 10 times in 60 games.

Scott Piper – 19

Another youngster in the form of Scott Piper shall turn 19 on Saturday. He is gaining valuable experience with Bideford Town on loan. Have a good one Scott!


On this day……

2nd April 2021 – Danny Wright’s 83rd minute strike is enough to give the Gulls a crucial 1-0 victory over Woking on Good Friday. The previous week saw the Gulls promotion bid dented with a defeat at Dagenham.

2nd April 2019 – A 65th minute strike from Jamie Reid puts United on their way to a 3-1 home win over Chelmsford. In scoring, Reid becomes the first player since Stubbs in 1965 to reach 30 league goals in a single season.

28th March 2017 – Dan Sparkes’ late winner at Solihull gives Torquay a hugely important 3 points in their bid for survival.

1st April 2006 – The Gulls lose a crucial six pointer at Rushden & Diamonds as bottom play second bottom. A Drewe Broughton goal condemned Ian Atkins men to the bottom of the Football League, 3 points from safety with 7 games to go.

28th March 2001 – Wes Saunders is relieved of his duties as manager after a 1-0 loss against Carlisle a few days earlier left the club rock bottom of the football league. Colin Lee is installed as manager until the end of the season. 

2nd April 1991 – With the Gulls 12th in the league, manager Dave Smith resigns. Having managed 90 matches, he won an impressive 34 times. 

1st April 1972 – 11,165 fans witness the Gulls beat local rivals Plymouth 2-1 at Plainmoor. This was the last time a 5 figure attendance was recorded in a home fixture.

3rd April 1970 – With the club safe in mid-table, 18 year old Ian Twitchin is given his debut in a match at Tranmere, the first of exactly 400 league appearances over 11 years at the club.

29th March 1939 – An Albert Shelley hat-trick helps Torquay defeat Crystal Palace 4-2 to book a place in the Division Three South Cup final. Unfortunately the final is never played due to the outbreak of WWII.


As it stood…….(3rd April)

2017: One point separated Torquay and the drop with 5 games to play. After a promising win at Solihull, the Gulls are pegged back with a defeat at home to Chester.

2007: 3 points over Stockport a few days provided a glimmer of hope, not much more than that, as United were 7 points from safety with 6 games to go.

1997: The Gulls sat 18th in Division Three under the leadership of Kevin Hodges. With 5 games to go, there was little chance of them being embroiled in a relegation battle.


‘A trip down memory lane’

Torquay 1-0 Stockport

Saturday 31st March 2007 – League Two

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance : 3,005

United line up: Rayner, Andrews, Angus, Robertson, Robinson, John, Hockley, Mansell, Dickson, Graham, Thorpe

Subs: Horsell, McPhee, Gordon, R. Reid, Hill

Torquay secured a rare, but crucial win over play-off hopefuls Stockport. In what was a must win for the Gulls to keep any sort of hopes of survival alive, Keith Curle’s men produced a fine performance against the odds to come away with the three points. 

On loan striker, Reuben Reid, scored the only goal of the game right at the death. This result saw United climb within 7 points of both Wrexham & Boston. Unfortunately however, this would be the last win of the season, and ultimately, the last win of their 80 year continuous football league stay.

COYY – Danny


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