Sunday, August 9, 2009

Start of the 2009/10 season

After a two year abscence, Torquay United return to Football League.

Paul Buckle has kept faith with the majority of players that saw the club promoted from the Blue Square Premier League through the Play-off Final at Wembley.

OUT: Roscoe DSane and Iyseden Christie. In addition Matt Green is currently on a season long loan at Oxford United.

IN: Ben Joyce (Swindon) and Kieran Charnock (Peterborough United). In addition Scott Rendell is on a season long loan from Peterborough United)

The squad of players for the 2009/10 season is as follows:

1 - Scott BEVAN
2 - Michael BROUGH
4 - Mark ELLIS
6 - Chris TODD
8 - Tim SILLS
9 - Elliott BENYON
10 - Scott RENDELL
11 - Nicky WROE
12 - Tyrone THOMPSON
13 - Martin RICE (gk)
15 - Wayne CARLISLE
16 - Lee HODGES
17 -
18 - Mustapha CARAYOL
19 - Danny STEVENS
20 - Ben JOYCE
21 -
22 - Kieron CHARNOCK
23 -
24 - Steve ADAMS

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Torquay United are back in the Football League

On Sunday 17 May 2009 Torquay United won 2-0 against Cambridge United in the Blue Square Premier League Play-off Final at Wembley. The result meant that they were promoted back into the Football League.

Two seasons ago, at the end of the 2006/07, Torquay United was a club in disarray. They had been relegated from the Football League after finishing bottom of the division after a season that had seen no less than four managers; five changes of Chairman; 19 consecutive games without a win; 44 different players appearing in first team matches; and yet the club was unable to field a full complement of substitutes for a number of matches.

However, a consortium of local businessmen bought the club and were determined to restore both pride and League football to the club. Paul Buckle was brought in as manager and his first task was to recruit a squad of players. When he joined the club there were just five players contracted to play. At the end of that first season, Torquay United were defeated in the semi-final of the play-offs, and also lost in the final of the FA Trophy. However, the club was now operating on a professional basis and pride in the club had been restored.

This season, 2008/09, Torquay United have been able to go one better and have now won the play-off final. Formerly, Torquay United had been in the Football league for 80 years, but it has taken just two years in the Blue Square Premier League to the club to be totally transformed.

The success of this season should now be a springboard for the club to consolidate and establish itself as a Football League Club. Congratulations and many thanks to the directors, staff, managers, coaches and players at Torquay United on this brilliant achievement.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gulls to wear most successful away kit at Wembley

Torquay United will be wearing their most successful away kit at Wembley in the Promotion Play Off Final against Cambridge United.

The 2008/09 season saw Torquay United enjoy their best-ever away record — 12 wins, 7 draws and only 4 defeats — during the regular Blue Square Premier League season.

Hopefully that success will continue as the Gulls enjoy their fifth visit to Wembley Stadium.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wembley Tickets now available for purchase

Tickets for the Blue Square Premier League Play Off Final against Cambridge United on Sunday 17 May 2009 have now gone on sale.

However tickets will not be available through Torquay United, but instead must purchased online or via the telephone. The adult price for tickets is £30 or £35 (£15 or £17.50 for under-16's) and will also include either a £1.25 (or internet) or £2.50 (for telephone) booking fee.

Tickets can be purchased online from the Football Conference Playoffs Ticketing website. Tickets can be purchased online from 3pm on Tuesday 5th May until 2pm on Wednesday 13th May 2009.

Telephone orders can be made on :
0844 560 5256 and the box office will be open between the following hours:
  • Thu. 7 May - 9am to 8pm
  • Fri. 8 May - 9am to 8pm
  • Sat. 9 May - 9am to 6pm
  • Sun. 10 May - 10am to 2pm
  • Mon. 11 May - 9am to 8pm
  • Tue. 12 May - 9am to 8pm
  • Wed. 13 May - 9am to 2pm
All online and telephone bookings will close at 2pm on Wednesday 13th May.

Gulls are on their way to Wembley: Tim "Zorro" Sills

Congratulations to everyone at Torquay United on winning through to the Play off Final against Cambridge United at Wembley on Sunday 17 May 2009.

Having finished 4th in the Blue Square Premier League, the Gulls faced Histon in the two-legged semi final. Torquay United won the home leg 2-0 with goals from Nicky Wroe and Tim "Zorro" Sills and travelled to Histon for the away match. Despite being put under considerable pressure, the Gulls defence stood resolute and although they lost 1-0 on the day, the Gulls won 2-1 on aggregate to earn their deserved appearance in the Play-off Final.
The spirit and commitment evident within the team was personified by Tim Sills, who lead the attack in both matches wearing a plastic mask to protect a cheekbone that had been fractured in three places ! Tim will now have an operation to repair the damaged cheekbone, but is still anticipated to be available for the Wembley final.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Early purchase discount on 2009/10 season ticket prices

Torquay United have announced a special discount for supporters that purchase a 2009/10 season ticket before Friday 15 May 2009. The club has also confirmed that normal admission prices will not be altered for next season - irrespective of which league the Gulls are in. The club statement announcing this exciting initiative is reproduced below:

As a football club Torquay United is fully aware of the current financial difficulties that so many loyal supporters are facing. The credit crunch is biting hard into the expendable income of families all over the country and Torquay United itself is not immune as a business to the affects of the financial down-turn. It is with the current financial situation at the forefront of their thoughts that has prompted the board of directors to look closely into the pricing structure at Plainmoor for the 2009/10 season.

We are pleased to introduce a new season ticket pricing structure that we feel gives fantastic value for money - an adult season ticket works out at just 8.65 per match! - for those supporters who purchase season tickets before Friday, 15 May, 2009 and will be in place regardless of whether the team is playing in the Blue Square Premier or League 2 next season. But, we do need your support and, in order to commit to this deal, the club needs a minimum of 650 of you to subscribe to our offer. These prices depend entirely on reaching the magic figure of 650. If we don't achieve this number then we will have to revert to last season's prices.

If you are able, make sure you purchase your season ticket as soon as possible to take advantage of this fantastic offer from the Club.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thank you Steve Woods...

After yesterdays 4-1 victory against Barrow at Plainmoor, it was announced that the long-serving defender Steve Woods would be leaving Torquay United. It was explained that his contract finishes at the end of this season and that it would not be renewed. In order to allow Steve as much time as possible to find himself a new club for next season, Steve has been informed of this decision.

Steve Woods joined the Gulls in 2001 and has been a Gulls legend ever since. Throughout difficult times with the club (including relegation from the Football League), Steve has remained a commited player in the centre of the defence. As club captain he lead by example and could rally the team to dig hard for extra effort.

The members of the Gloucester Gulls would like to thank Steve Woods for his time at Plainmoor and hopes that he can find a new club as soon as possible.

Good luck Steve Woods...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Anti-social behaviour in Plainmoor to be stamped out

The following is a message from the Board of Directors to all supporters of Torquay United Football Club that was issued on Friday 6 March 2009.
"As a football club we are determined to make Torquay United a family orientated venue and to this end we wish to stress to all supporters that the use of threatening behaviour and foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden, it could result in arrest and/or ejection from the Ground. The club may also impose a ban.

Emotions can and do run high during football matches but there are limits that supporters must apply to themselves. We want to encourage a family atmosphere at Plainmoor and that obviously means that women and children will be present in all parts of the ground and we cannot allow behaviour that could have a detrimental affect on the club and its supporters.

After discussions following the match against Forest Green Rovers with our Safety Officer he will be issuing the matchday stewards with the following instruction:

Anyone inside Plainmoor using foul or abusive language and/or threatening behaviour will be given one warning, if they continue with their disruptive behaviour they will be escorted from the ground.

We would appreciate the help and understanding of all supporters of Torquay United in this matter to make our club a welcoming and safe place for everyone."

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Torquay United Fans Survey 2009

Torquay United have launched a survey of their fans to collate information on the distance supporters travel and on the matchday experience at Plainmoor. The survey consists of 9 simple questions and can be completed at or by filling in the one of the survey cards (pictured right) available at the Club Shop and Gulls Nest Bar.

To encourage supporters to participate in the survey, completed forms will be entered into a free draw to win a pair of 2009/10 season tickets. These tickets will be presented to the winner at the last game of the season by Paul Buckle, or by a player of your choice.