Danny Burnell – @dannyburnell_92
Danny previews the upcoming week, as well as looking at events that happened on this day for the week commencing 17th October.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Monday – FA Cup 1st round draw @ 19.15
The result on Saturday, albeit disappointing, has at least kept United’s’ interest in the FA Cup intact. The draw will be shown on BBC Two around 19.15pm. The Gulls’ or H&R will be ball number 64.
Tuesday – Hampton & Richmond v TUFC @ Beveree Stadium (19.45 KO)
An un-scheduled and unwanted replay for Torquay as they now have to negotiate a tricky away trip in London. The fixtures are piling up for GJ’s men, as they play the first of 4 consecutive Tuesday night games.
Saturday – TUFC v Altrincham @ Plainmoor (17.20 KO)
The BT hierarchy have picked a barnstormer to show as bottom of the League hosts 16th. The situation at Plainmoor remains desperate, with now no win in their opening 7 home games. A win is crucial for the Gulls’, to stop them being cast adrift of safety at this early stage of the season. Altrincham in contrast have won 3 of their last 4 league games.
Saturday – Swindon Supermarine v TUFC U18’s @ Swindon Supermarine FC (10.30 KO)
Buoyed by their FA Youth Cup triumph over Bishops Cleeve, the young Gulls’ return to league action away at Swindon. Ryan Dickson’s men have played just one league this season with cup commitments, but will look to make it 2 out of 2 in Wiltshire.
Sunday – TUWFC v Royal Wootton Bassett Ladies @ Coach Road, Devon FA (14.00 KO)
The Ladies’ host RWB at Devon FA HQ, looking to progress in the cup.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Current Altrincham midfielder Ben Pringle had a short loan spell with the Gulls’ back in 2011, where he played 5 times. Former Wolves loanee Ashley Hemmings also have very brief spells with both clubs back in 2010 and 2019 respectively.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT : RENE HOWE
Place of birth: Bedford
TUFC Stats (all competitions): 89 appearances, 30 goals
Clubs represented: Bedford, Kettering, Peterborough, Rochdale, Morecambe, Lincoln, Gillingham, Rushden, Bristol Rovers, Torquay, Burton, Newport, Hendon, Kings Langley, Walton Casuals, Farnborough, Ware
Signed by: Martin Ling
Memorable moment: On 20th October 2012, Howe scored in the 3-2 defeat at Bristol Rovers. In doing so, he became a club record holder of netting in 7 consecutive matches. A record he holds jointly with Sammy Collins and Carl Airey.
Shaun MacDonald – Now-Cheltenham stopper Macca turns 26 on Wednesday.
Dan Lavercombe – The former Gulls’ youngster turns 26 on Thursday. He currently keeps sticks with FC United of Manchester in the Northern Prem.
Rene Howe – Rene shows no signs of letting up, despite turning 36 on Saturday. He was top scorer for Bedford Town last campaign, before moving onto Ware FC of the Southern League Div One Central.
ON THIS DAY
20th October 1982 – Steve Bould makes his Gulls’ debut, on loan from Stoke. A future England international, and Arsenal legend.
19th October 1963 – The Gulls’ smash Newport 8-3 with Robin Stubbs grabbing five of those. A club record for goals scored in one match.
19th October 1935 – Ralph Birkett becomes the first ever Torquay-produced England International, as he plays in a 3-1 win over Ireland.
21st October 1899– Torquay record their first ever defeat, a 2-0 loss to HMS Britannia
Altrincham H2H at Plainmoor (Last 5)
21/08/2021: TUFC 1-3 Altrincham – The Gulls’ play-off hang-over was well and truly up and running, as Alty record an easy opening day win.
02/02/2021: TUFC 1-2 Altrincham – Torquay’s title womble continues as Alty take all 3 points.
12/04/2016: TUFC 2-0 Altrincham – A huge result as Luke Young & Shaun Harrad goals give United a vital 3 points in their bid for safety.
11/04/2015: TUFC 2-0 Altrincham – Kadell Daniel & Ryan Bowman strikes in the first half give Torquay the win.
14/02/2009: TUFC 3-1 Altrincham – The Yellows’ go 3-0 up courtesy of Benyon and a brace from Sills.