THE GULLS WEEK 9th – 15th MAY by Danny Burnell

THE GULLS WEEK

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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

The Gulls Week – w/c 9th May

And so the curtain comes down on the 21/22 campaign. Eventful? Sometimes. Underwhelming? Most definitely. With a full pre-season ahead of him, we hope GJ can make those signings to enable us to be competing for a place in the FL once more.

Let’s take a look, for one last time this season………..


What’s happening this week……..

Wednesday – Stockport v TUFC (19.45 KO) @ Edgeley Park

In what might be a fairly insignificant end of season game for the Gulls, it most certainly isn’t for the home side. The Hatters got knocked off their perch on Sunday after a 3-0 drubbing by Wrexham. The impetuous is on the hosts as they look to secure a return to the FL. However, Torquay, as they showed on Saturday, fear no-one. The party spoilers intend to make it an uncomfortable evening at Edgeley Park.  

Sunday – Southend v TUFC (15.00 KO) @ Roots Hall

When the fixture list came out last July, all Yellow eyes were firmly fixed on the last game of the season. Could it be a triumphant finale as per 2004!? Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. The Gulls sign off the season with a dead rubber, but a chance to secure 10th spot. 

In a season of ups and downs, there have been some shining lights. The performances of Little & Lewis for one. The continued excellence of CLE, Moxey & Ben Wynter. The astute re-signing of Shaun MacDonald, and the arrival of the hard-working Tom Lapslie. Who turns up on day 1 of pre-season in July remains to be seen, and with FL clubs potentially circling round some of the afore mentioned, a re-build may be on the cards, something GJ alluded to in his post match comments at Dagenham.

Players move on, managers move on, even owners move on. But what makes a football club are the fans. And the Yellow Army make Torquay United. Come heaven or high water, Plainmoor will be a hive of activity when the 22/23 starts later on this summer! COYY!

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Birthdays

Adebayo Akinfenwa – 40

The ex Gulls’ striker turn 40 on Tuesday. The big-man has made himself a household name in the game with his larger than life character. After an illustrious career, he is set to retire at the end of this season, not before trying to help Wycombe get into the Championship. He scored 16 times in yellow back in the 04/05 season.

Louie Slough – 21

It’s the big 21 for Louie on Wednesday. The young defender has impressed out on loan this season, as he looks to force himself into first team contention next season. Have a good one Louie!

Chris Hargreaves – 50

It’s half a century for the United legend on Thursday. A regular visitor to Plainmoor for his BT duties, the ex midfielder/manager is still idolised by the Yellow Army. The pinnacle of which was undoubtedly his opener against Cambridge at Wembley. Have a good one Greavsie!

Aaron Downes – 37

 Just as the season comes to a close on Sunday, the Aussie will celebrate his birthday. Gary’s assistant has become a pivotal member of the management team, and a future manager is there for all to see. Happy birthday Aaron!


On this day……

10th May 2008 – Kevin Hill makes his record breaking 474th TUFC appearance, but it’s heartbreak for the Gulls at Wembley in the FA Trophy final.

9th May 2002 – Leroy Rosenior is appointed as manager, as he succeeds Roy MacFarland. 

13th May 1998 – A Rodney Jack brace helps defeat Scarborough 4-1, and 7-2 on aggregate to reach the Div 4 play off final.

9th May 1987 – A date any Gulls fan should remember. See ‘A trip down memory lane’.

14th May 1985 – Torquay need to re-apply for election as they finish bottom. The first time the club has had to do it since 1928. Two days later, a fire destroys part of the wooden Grandstand.


‘A trip down memory lane’

Torquay 2-2 Crewe

Saturday 9th May 1987 – League Division Four

Venue: Plainmoor

Attendance : 3,655

Perhaps the most famous day in the club’s history. Bryn the Police dog saving Torquay from relegation made national headlines. It’s so famous, there’s even a Netflix documetary about it! Unfairly named ‘Losers’ – Jaws of Victory.

https://torquayfansforum.co.uk/thread/5052/bryn-police-dog

https://www.thesportsman.com/articles/paws-for-thought-how-dog-called-bryn-saved-torquay-united-from-relegation

COYY – Danny


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