I have been a supporter of Torquay United for many, many years and my earliest memories are standing on the railway sleepers at the Babbacombe End in the 1960’s enjoying the likes of Robin Stubbs, Micky Cave and many more legends of our great Club.
As well as being an avid fan, I have had the privilege of working at the Club in different capacities ranging from a volunteer sweeping up after matches and painting the changing rooms, to being General Manager, Chief Executive and most recently, Compliance Manager.
I have now been given a new challenge that I will grab with both hands. This is a great opportunity to continue my involvement with the Club as a supporter, and working with a great team of like-minded people we can hopefully represent the interests of all our members and have some fun as well.
Sandra has been a supporter and volunteer at the Football Club on match days for many years. Sandra is on holiday at the moment so her “CV” will be updated on her return.
I have been a Gulls supporter since the 1971-2 season, so long ago that my only surviving memory is of the League Cup game against Spurs in front of more than 20,000 fans at Plainmoor. From 1972 to the mid 1980s I lived away from South Devon and even after moving back to Modbury played rugby on Saturdays so only saw a handful of games each season. From the late 90s onwards I have been almost ever-present for home games and am a season ticket holder in Bristow’s Bench. My most memorable game is the 2009 play-off match against Cambridge United at Wembley and the most abiding individual memory is Eunan O’Kane’s wonderful strike from 35 yards against Argyle in 2011.
I have been a supporter of United since 1976. Steve Cooper was my first hero at Plainmoor, followed by Bruce Rioch. I have seen so many memorable games, the great escape against Crewe, promotion at Southend, that Sillsy goal at Wembley and of course Woking away.
I have just retired early after 40 years working for National Grid and live in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, hence away games are easier than home games for me, but I still have many great friends at Plainmoor and family in the area. I am a successful boxing coach known to many in Devon having been involved with the England team for many years, even coaching Anthony Joshua in the past.
I dearly want to give something back to the club that has given me a lifetime of memories. We have a fantastic club and if I can help it survive and flourish then I will. Torquay United means the world to me, always has and always will. Torquay til I die.
I wish I could start by saying “I remember it well” but at the age of 7, I only have vague memories of the occasion, but nevertheless those recollections are as vivid today as they were 58 years ago! My father was Scottish, a Queen of the South supporter who met and married my mother whilst they were both in the RAF during the Second World War and they settled in Torquay where my father became a regular supporter of Torquay United.
I had constantly badgered him to take me with him to the games but his answer was always the same “when you are a bit older”
30th March 1959 was Easter Monday and I was out playing football as usual when my mother called me in to give me the news that I had become a bit older. We travelled from Shiphay in my father’s recently acquired car a Vauxhall Wyvern and parked at Cary Park where we joined the crowds heading for Plainmoor, yes there were crowds then, the attendance for the game was 5318. I entered the ground through the turnstile in Marnham Road and we went and stood in the open end. I had never seen so many people in one place before and you could “feel the atmosphere”.
I am afraid I remember nothing of the game but I remember being fascinated watching boys climb the trees in the ground and being totally enthralled by the whole experience thus starting a love affair with Torquay United that continues to this day. For the record the score was 0-2!
A Yeovil Town Vice President for over 30 years, John retired to Torquay in 2010 to find himself living literally a stones throw from United’s stadium at Plainmoor. Whilst remaining a Yeovil Vice President during his first season in Torquay John attended most evening matches at Plainmoor, became completely hooked and has been a season ticket holder and fervent supporter of the club ever since. With family still living in Somerset, he received a fair bit of stick over the recent Christmas/New Year period!
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