THE GULLS WEEK 2nd – 8th MAY by Danny Burnell

THE GULLS WEEK

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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 2nd May

It’s the penultimate week for the Gulls as Plainmoor prepares for it’s summer hiatus. I take a look at the upcoming week.


What’s happening this week……..

Bank Holiday Monday – Dagenham v TUFC (15.00 KO) @ Victoria Road

The Gulls make the long trip east to a ground which has been less than favourable in recent years. United’s last win there was back in 2016 when Kieffer Moore got the winner, which incidentally is the last time we scored a goal at Victoria Road.

The home side are in with a shout of play-offs and proved to be a resilient side when they battled back from 2 down in Plainmoor back in January.

Wednesday – POTS/YPOTS vote closes @ 12.00

The votes for Player & Young Player of the Season closes at midday on Wednesday 4th. Details on how to vote listed below:

Player Of The Season Vote Now Open!

Thursday – TUFC Women Development v Halwill Ladies (19.00 KO) @ GJ Churchward Memorial Ground

The Ladies play their penultimate league game of the season as they host joint bottom side Halwill. Information taken from FA website.

Saturday – TUFC v Chesterfield (12.30 KO) @ Plainmoor

Chesterfield round off the Plainmoor calendar as they come to the Bay in search of 3 points to cement their play-off credentials. The BT cameras are poised to hopefully witness another entertaining game between the two sides, just as they did earlier in the season. Lapslie’s last gasp strike secured the unlikeliest of points against the leaders at the time.

Sunday – TUFC Women Development v Lakeside Athletic Ladies (14.00 KO) @ GJ Churchward Memorial Ground

After a successful season and cementing second spot, the team round off the season at home to Lakeside.


Birthdays

Grant Fisher – 31

Grant will celebrate his 31st birthday on Wednesday. He recently left his post as manager of TUFC Women after guiding them to a cup final and 4th placed finish.

Sam Sherring – 22

The former Cherries loanee will turn 22 on Sunday. He enjoyed a successful loan period here last season, and became a fans favourite. 


On this day……

3rd May 2021 – Goals from CLE & Waters secure a 2-0 away win at Chesterfield. Their last win of the regular season.

7th May 2005 – Heartbreak at Layer Road as United’s valiant attempt to escape relegation from League One is scuppered at the final hurdle. 

8th May 2004 – Roots Hall, need I say anymore. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.

5th May 2001 – Barnet. Underhill. Survival. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.

4th May 1996 – A 5-0 demolition at Lincoln rounds off a terrible season for the Gulls, who achieved just 29 points, and conceded 84 goals. The rock bottom side were saved from relegation due to Stevenage’s inadequate faculties. 

3rd May 1965 – After 14 years at the club, Eric Webber is sacked as manager.

2nd May 1962 – Torquay suffer a 4-2 defeat at Barnsley on the final day, confirming relegation back to Division Four, exactly 2 years after achieving promotion.

2nd May 1960 – United finish the campaign with a 1-1 draw against Barrow, but achieve a record 26 league wins in a single season, enough for their first ever promotion to the third division.

3rd May 1930 – Frank Womack plays against Exeter aged 41 years and 210 days old, a club record.

7th May 1927 – Torquay round off their Western League campaign with a 1-0 victory. This is the last game before their election to the Football League.


As it stood…….(8th May)

2012: United ended the season in 5th place to secure a play-off battle with Cheltenham. A lacklustre end to the season resulted in the Gulls going on a 7 game winless run after losing out to their west country rivals.

2002: A 19th place finish as they comfortably avoided relegation.

1992: A disappointing 23rd place as they are relegated to Division Four.


‘A trip down memory lane’

Barnet 2-3 Torquay

Saturday 5th May 2001 – Division Three

Venue: Underhill

Attendance : 5,523

United line up: Jones, Green, Aggrey, Holmes, L.Russell, Hill, Kell, Rees, Bedeau, Graham, Williams

Subs: O’Brien, Gayle, Watson, Ashington, Northmore

A game etched in Torquay’s history. There’s nothing to say other than what’s already been said about this game. Survival secured on the last day thanks to first half goals from Rees, Hill & Graham. Let the video do the talking!

Southend 1-2 Torquay

Saturday 8th May 2004 – Division Three

Venue: Roots Hall

Attendance : 8,894

United line up: Van Heusden, Hazell, Woods, Taylor, McGlinchey, Rosenior, Hockley, Russell, Hill, Graham, Kuffour

Subs: Gritton, Bedeau, Woozley, Fowler, Canoville.

Delirium in the Roots Hall away end as Leroy’s Gulls celebrate automatic promotion to League One. Woods & Graham with the early goals. Nostalgia.

COYY – Danny


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