Danny Burnell – @dannyburnell_92
Danny previews the upcoming week, as well as looking at events that happened on this day for the week commencing 19th September.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Saturday – Wrexham v TUFC @ The Racecourse (15.00 KO)
United travel to North Wales more in hope than expectation, as they face big spending Wrexham. The Dragons’ five game winning streak came to an end last weekend, as they were held to a goalless draw at Southend. The Gulls’ can take some comfort in knowing 7 of their 8 points this season have all been gained away from Plainmoor.
Sunday – FGR Women v TUWFC @ FGR Ladies (14.00 KO)
Steve Elswood’s side will be looking to build momentum on last weekend’s superb 5-2 win over Poole. That was the Ladies’ first win this season. FGR have 4 points from their 2 games so far.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Former back-to-back Gulls’ Player of the Season Luke Young remains a fixture in the Wrexham side, having started all but 1 of the games so far this season. Louis Briscoe had a short spell in Wales post his Torquay playing days. Former midfielder Simon Heslop was another one to switch Plainmoor for The Racecourse back in 2016. Front-man Danny Wright also had a spell with both clubs, some 7 years apart.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT : LEE MANSELL
Place of birth: Gloucester
TUFC Stats (all competitions): 391 appearances, 25 goals
Clubs represented: Luton, Nuneaton, Oxford, Torquay, Bristol Rovers
Signed by: Ian Atkins
Memorable moment: One of United’s most decorated players of recent years. ‘Manse’ rarely shirked a tackle and epitomised what it meant to wear that Yellow shirt. Was a key figure in the Gulls’ play-off win over Cambridge.
Joe Lewis – A popular figure in his time at Plainmoor, the former Gulls’ defender will turn 23 on Tuesday.
Alex Moyse – The youngster will celebrate his 20th birthday on Thursday. He is currently on loan at Dorchester Town.
Lee Mansell – The Gulls’ legend celebrates his 40th on Friday. He now manages Gloucester City in the NLN.
ON THIS DAY
22nd September 2018 – The Gulls record their biggest ever FA Cup win, as they defeat Lymington Town 7-0 in the second qualifying round.
19th September 2015– After Paul Cox resigns, Dean Edwards takes charge of the home clash with Bromley. The Gulls’ are well and truly thrashed as the away side run out 3-7 winners.
24th September 1998 – Former England international Chris Waddle signs for the Gulls, aged 38.
23rd September 1987 – Derek ‘The Dude’ Dawkins goes down in Torquay folklore as his goal secures a 1-0 win over Spurs.
Wrexham H2H at The Racecourse (Last 5)
30/10/2021: Wrexham 1-1 TUFC – Lemonheigh-Evans nets a let equaliser to silence the on-looking Hollywood stars.
05/04/2021: Wrexham 0-1 TUFC – Sam Sherring bangs home an injury time winner to give the Gulls’ a crucial win in their pursuit of the title.
06/01/2018: Wrexham 4-0 TUFC – A day to forgot as the Gulls are well beaten.
25/03/2017: Wrexham 1-1 TUFC – Jamie Reid converts a penalty 12 minutes from time to earn a point.
11/08/2015: Wrexham 3-1 TUFC – On loan Josh Carmichael puts the Gulls’ a goal up at half time, before Wrexham come back to win it comfortably.