Tag: Torquay United

Torquay United: Going To The Dogs?

This year has been a somewhat unusual one for Torquay United Football Club. Speaking to BBC Radio Devon at the start of February, manager Kevin Nicholson, who’d brought in six new players to try and turn around a disastrous season which saw the club ten points from safety at the foot of the Conference National, stated that, “They’ve got to gel quick”. Nicholson got his wish. From the start of March, his new look team won nine and drew four of their remaining games of the season, dragging themselves to safety with three games to spare and eventually finishing...

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Torquay United’s Long Walk Towards Financial Stability

Last night at Plainmoor, Devon rivals Torquay United played Exeter City in a pre-season friendly that had garnered more than a little attention from the press following the announcement that the visitors would donate their share of the gate receipts to their hosts. At an era during which the “every man for themselves” ethos seems as strong as ever within the game, Exeter’s gesture has received a positive reception, especially in view of it being considered the return of a favour paid by Torquay twelve years, when it was they that forfeited their ticket money for a match between...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Stevenage 1-0 Torquay United

Somebody hasn’t been smiling on the football authorities at the end of this season. The one year that the play-offs have to be moved from London to Manchester – and this, for the record is not a comment on whether the current volume of matches that are being played at Wembley is anything like a good thing – ends up being the year in which the majority of clubs that would have been playing there would likely have preferred to have been playing in London instead. So it is that Stevenage FC and Torquay United make the long trip north for this afternoon’s League Two play-off final this afternoon. Not only overshone by the spectre of this evening’s clash of the titans at Wembley, the notion that providence is only aided by a major road accident on the M6, which holds coachloads of supporters up on their way to the match. A little common sense prevails, though, and kick-off is delayed by fifteen minutes to allow them to take their places. Needle can come from the strangest places, and there is a history between Stevenage and Torquay United. In 1996, Torquay United finished bottom of the the Football League, but were spared relegation because Stevenage – who had won the Football Conference at the same time – hadn’t brought their ground up to scratch. Stevenage’s owner Victor Green, however,...

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Hereford & Torquay: Inconsistent Punishments For The Same Crime

I’m not generally a fan of points deductions, as they are the one punishment guaranteed to punish the club as an entity (as well as the players and fans), without really punishing the people responsible for the transgression in the first place. However, most of the points deductions in recent times have been off the field transgressions. Administration is an off the field issue, Luton Town’s whistle-blowing was an off the field issue, not being able to secure a CVA is an off the field issue. However, on the field transgressions that earn points deductions are rare, and with the exception of the points deductions handed out to Arsenal and Manchester United for a brawl back in October 1990, all on the field punishments that have been met with points deductions have concerned player eligibility. On February 1st, Torquay United hosted Hereford United, and Jake Robinson made his debut for the home side, having signed on loan from Shrewsbury Town the day before. The same day Hereford United signed Rob Purdie from Oldham Athletic, after he was freed by the Latics, having been on loan at Edgar Street for the previous three months. However, Football League rules state that, in terms of transfer window signings, players who sign after noon on the final day of the window, are not eligible for the next programme of games (in this case,...

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FA Cup Match Of The Week: Torquay United 0-1 Crawley Town

When a non-league club gets as far as the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, the goodwill shown by supporters of other clubs often transcends league and occasionally even local rivalries. Not so this year. Crawley Town have an excellent chance of making the Fifth Round of the competition, but there is at best a feeling of ambivalence surrounding this FA Cup run. This, after all, is the club that spent more money on players during last summer than the whole of the division above it and is managed by a man that many feel should have been banned from the game for life. As ever, there has been talk of giant-killing throughout the week but, in the case of this match, it doesn’t feel as if an away win would be much of a surprise. Torquay United fell out of the Football League in 2007 and spent a couple of years there themselves before managing to scramble their way back two seasons ago via the play-offs. They’re halfway down the League Two table at the time of writing, meaning that there are only a dozen or so league places between the two teams. There will be no “shock” result at Plainmoor this afternoon. Not that this is the narrative that Crawley want – they had the “Living The Dream” posters out this week, to which the natural reaction...

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