Previous Great Escapes
- The 1986/87 season saw the start of automatic relegation into the Conference League. With the final game of the season to go, Torquay were second from bottom on 47 points, below them was Burnley on 46 points. Lincoln City had 48 points and seemed in least danger. The final game was against Crewe Alexandra at Plainmoor. At half-time Crewe were leading 2-0. Two minutes into the second-half Torquay's centre-half, Jim McNichol, scores from a free kick. Despite an all-out attack, Torquay seem unable to get the equaliser - even hitting the crossbar. Seven minutes from time a piece of football folklore was created. A police dog by the name of Bryn believed that Jim McNichol was running to attack his handler, and sinks his teeth into the centre-half's thigh. It was from the resultant four minutes of injury time that Paul Dobson scored the goal that kept them in the Football League.
- At the end of the 1995/86 season, Torquay United finished bottom of Division Three, but were saved from automatic relegation from the Football League when Stevenage's ground was deemed unfit for League Football.
- The final game of the 2000/2001 season was Torquay United away at Barnet. Before the start of the game Barnet were bottom of the Third Division, and one point ahead of them was Torquay United. The Gulls needed to avoid defeat to keep their League status, Barnet needed to win. Goals from Jason Rees, Kevin Hill and David Graham gave the Gulls a 3-0 half-time and goalkeeper Stuart Jones had saved a penalty. Despite a fierce second-half comeback the Gulls won 3-2 and ensure League football for another season.
- In the 2005/06 season, Ian Atkins took over as manger the Gulls when they were 5 points adrift at the foot of League 2, with only 6 games of the season left:
Rushen & Diamonds
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The 2015/16 season
A series of postponements meant that despite Kevin Nicholson's best efforts, the Gulls slipped to the bottom of the Vanarma National League, and many fans feared a slip into the football obscurity of National League South and the ensuing financial ruin of the club.
On 16 February 2016, Torquay United were rooted to the bottom of the league and 12 points from safety:
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Once again there is talk of new owners taking over the Gulls, but on the basis of this, the greatest of escapes, surely Kevin Nicholson and his coaching staff should be allowed to continue their revolution and bring further success to the Gulls.