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Torquay United

Plainmoor Founded 1899 The Gulls

Last time it took two attempts to return back to the Football League for the Devonshire club and in that short period they reached the F.A Trophy final. Torquay United have had recent experience of relegation to the Conference Premier prior their five year stay in the League Two. A second trip to Wembley followed the next season when they reached the playoff final beating Cambridge United to win their place back to the Football League. The Gulls have spent the majority of their history in the bottom two tiers of English football after election way back in 1927.

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Last Season

League Two: 24th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

Leaue Cup: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

Top Scorer: Jordan Chapell

Average Attendance: 2970

A campaign to forget ended with Torquay United finishing at the foot of the Football League. A lack of goals meant top scorer Jordan Chapell won the clubs golden boot with a total of just five and the Devonshire club recording one of the worst attack forces. Only twice the Gulls won back to back matches throughout the league campaign and from the beginning of March never moved off the bottom of the table. Alan Knill start the season as manager and lasted until 2 January 2014 when he was sacked leaving the Gulls in 23rd. The club went for a familiar face as Knill’s replacement but someone with no managerial experience. Results didn’t improve and the poor home record continued, from March to May Torquay United failed to score in four consecutive matches at Plainmoor equalling a club record. Failure to net in their first home game in the Conference Premier will increase the barren spell.

The Manager – Chris Hargreaves

In a playing career that just kept on going, Hargreaves finally hung up his boots four years ago at the age of 38. For his first managerial role, the former midfielder returned to Torquay United where he made over 100 appearances in three years. It all started at the end of the eighties when he played for Grimsby Town and was involved in their climb from the old Division Four to what is now the Championship. Spells at Hull City, Hereford United and rivals Plymouth Argyle followed taking his career throguh to the millennium. In 2000, Hargreaves joined Northampton Town where he made over 150 appearances and won Player of the Year. After turning out for Brentford, the 42 year old started his first spell with Oxford United and suffered relegation to the Conference Premier in 2006. Torquay United picked the midfielder up after they too were relegated to the Conference Premier, Hargreaves helped them up with the first goal in a playoff final win against Cambridge United.

The Summer

He may have played for Devonshire rivals Plymouth Argyle but Luke Young has switched allegiances over the summer. The 21 year old midfielder was one match shy of a century for Argyle. Louis Briscoe who won the Conference Premier two years ago with Mansfield Town joins from the Stags. Goalkeeper, Jordan Seabright replaces Michael Poke who has moved to Portsmouth. Seabright turned out for Dagenham and Redbridge last term making only four starts. Ryan Bowman has been captured from York City, the youngster top scored with Hereford United two years ago to earn his move to the Football League. Determined to make a name for himself, Toby Ajala has been used to going out on loan most recently at Welling United. Having already spent time on loan at Plainmoor, Angus MacDonald has joined the club from Salisbury City.

Moving out of Plainmoor to the side relegated out of the Football League with Torquay United, Lee Mansell joins Bristol Rovers. The 31 year old made an excellent 389 appearances for the Gulls over an eight year period. Hargreaves has bid farewell to another of the old guard releasing club legend Kevin Nicholson after seven years and more than 300 appearances. Damon Lathrope moves to Aldershot Town, Danny Stevens released and Joss Labadie joins Dagenham and Redbridge. Shaun Cooper’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent over the summer.

Next Meetings

Saturday 23 August 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 4 April 2015 at Plainmoor

League Performance Last Ten Years

torquay last ten years

Best Performances

2nd Division Three South (1956/57) F.A Cup 4th Round (on seven occasions) F.A Trophy Runners Up (2007/08)

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