Danny Burnell – @dannyburnell_92
Danny previews the upcoming week, as well as looking at events that happened on this day for the week commencing 31st October.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday – TUFC v Aldershot @ Plainmoor (19.45 KO)
The desperate situation at TQ HQ shows no sign of letting up, as the need for 3 points is as important as ever. It’s approaching SIX months since the Gulls’ last recorded a home win in a competitive fixture. The circumstances are dire, and the opposition couldn’t be on any more of a high. After the sacking of Mark Molesley last month, the Shots have now won 3 in a row.
Sunday – TUFC v Derby @ Plainmoor (15.00 KO)
It may be a welcome distraction from the disastrous league campaign, or it may come as a hindrance, as United host the Rams in front of the ITV cameras. Derby sit in 7th place in League One.
Saturday – Oxford United U18’s v TUFC U18’s @ Oxford City FC (15.00 KO)
The young Gulls’ face a massive fixture in the FA Youth Cup first round, as they travel to Oxford. It will be a tough ask for the youngsters, but an occassion to cherish, as they look to progress in the competition.
Sunday – TUWFC v Bristol Rovers Women @ Coach Road, Devon FA (14.00 KO)
The Ladies’ host a strong Rovers outfit with 3 wins from their 6 games this season.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Former fans favourite Tim Sills enjoyed very successful spells at both Torquay & Aldershot, playing over 100 games for each. Scott Rendell is another to have donned both colours, with his main success coming in his three year spell at the Rec. Jean Yves-Koue Niate made the switch from Plainmoor to the Shots back in January 2020.
Jamie Ward made a name for himself at Pride Park, scoring 29 goals for the Rams. Former Gulls defender Alex Watson had a brief loan speall at Derby early on in his career. Dean Sturridge was loaned to Plainmoor from County back in 1994, where he played 10 times, scoring five times.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT : MATT ELLIOTT
Place of birth: Wandsworth
TUFC Stats (all competitions): 158 appearances, 20 goals
Clubs represented: Charlton, Torquay, Scunthorpe, Oxford, Leicester, Ipswich
Signed by: Cyril Knowles
Memorable moment: A very impressive goals return from a centre back. He made his name with Leicester after making over 250 for them.
Matt Elliott – The former Gulls defender will celebrate his 54th birthday on Tuesday.
Shaq Coulthirst – The former loanee with turn 28 on Wednesday.
ON THIS DAY
2nd November 2019 – The Gulls’ make it 4 wins in a row with a 4-2 away win over Halifax. Kalala, Cameron and a Reid brace.
3rd November 1998 – After just 40 days, and 7 appearances, Chris Waddle departs Plainmoor.
4th November 1995 – A 16-year old Garry Monk makes his Torquay debut.
6th November 1909 – A 3-0 victory against Longpark in the Torquay & District League stands, although the game is abandoned after 85 minutes after the second match ball bursts and no others are available.
Aldershot H2H at Plainmoor (Last 5)
22/03/2022: TUFC 4-0 Shots – The Gulls’ win with ease with goals from Moxey, Wearne, CLE & a calamitous OG.
27/04/2021: TUFC 2-1 Shots – A hugely controversial last few minutes as United are denied a penatly in the dying seconds, only for Scott Boden to win it late into added on time.
14/12/2019: TUFC 5-1 Shots – In the midst of a bad run, losing their last 6 games, the Gulls dismantle Aldershot with ease in this FA Trophy clash.
24/08/2019: TUFC 2-0 Shots – Jamie Reid scores a delightful goal as the Gulls’ run out 2-0 winners in front of the BT Cameras.
02/12/2017: TUFC 0-0 Shots – Uneventful at Plainmoor.