The Welsh Gull

Torquay United, the Football League and other stuff


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This blog began life as a spin-off from The Welsh Grand Prix Blog, a blog concentrating on motorsport. However, I soon began to write articles on other sports, which has now become a considerable number of posts. As a result, I decided to create this blog for all non-motorsport sports, particularly concentrating on football and the World Cup. Over time, my main interest deviated from F1 to football so this one gradually overtook the other as my main blog. Nearly all my writing is on football or F1 at the moment – I’ve contributed to various websites including The Boar, We Are Going Up!, The FCF and UpdateF1.

However, that is not to give the impression that I haven’t been following football long. I first became interested when I was about 6 years old, and as my dad has been a Torquay fan since the 1970s and with no other allegiances within the family, there was only one way it was going to go. My first season was 1997-98, a great season for the club which cemented my support, although I didn’t see too many wins after that for a few years due to our various struggles. These days I get to as many games as I can, despite living in Wales for half the year and studying for an MA in Modern History at the University of Warwick for the other half.

First match: Cardiff City 1-1 Torquay Utd, 08/11/1997 (Div 3)
First goal: Andy McFarland (Torquay), 51 mins
First sending off: Craig Middleton (Cardiff), 90 mins

First match at Plainmoor: Torquay Utd 1-1 Watford, 06/12/1997 (FA Cup 2nd Rd)
Favourite match: Torquay Utd 2-0 Cambridge Utd, 17/05/2009 (Conference Play-Off Final @ Wembley)
A match I’d rather not want to remember: Hereford Utd 3-2 Torquay Utd, 05/05/2012 (Lge 2)

Stadia visited for Torquay matches: Ninian Park (Cardiff), Old Wembley Stadium (London), The Vetch Field (Swansea), Stebonheath Park (Llanelli), Gay Meadow (Shrewsbury), The Lawn (Nailsworth (FGR)), St James Park (Exeter), Whaddon Road (Cheltenham), Aggborough (Kidderminster), White Hart Lane (Tottenham), Memorial Stadium (Bristol), Bescot Stadium (Walsall), Boundary Park (Oldham), Kassam Stadium (Oxford), Edgar Street (Hereford), Newport Stadium (Newport), New Wembley Stadium (London), Old Trafford (Manchester), Don Valley Stadium (Sheffield (Rotherham Utd)), Bramall Lane (Sheffield), Vale Park (Burslem (Port Vale)), Home Park (Plymouth)

Other stadia visited for football: Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Ricoh Arena (Coventry)

Top 3 favourite Torquay players:

3) Neville Southall
2) Chris Hargreaves
1) Rodney Jack

Best XI 1997-2012:

GK – Neville Southall
CB – Wayne Thomas
CB – Paul Robinson
CB – Guy Branston
RM – Andy Gurney
CM – Chris Hargreaves (C)
CM – Alex Russell
CM – Eunan O’Kane
LM – Kevin Hill
ST – David Graham
ST – Rodney Jack

Subs – Bobby Olejnik, Craig Taylor, Kevin Nicholson, Lee Mansell, Jason Fowler, Jason Roberts, Jamie Ward

Manager: Martin Ling

Shoutouts to Ivar Ingimarsson, Mike Williamson, Chris Waddle and Dean Gordon who I never saw much of or don’t really remember. Liam Rosenior is the honorary Last Few Weeks of the Season Loanee for the impact he had in helping us secure promotion in 03-04.

Welsh XI 1997-2012:

GK – Andy Marriott (aside from Nev obviously)
RB – Ryan Green
CB – Chris Todd (C)
CB – Gareth Owen
LB – Kyle Critchell
RM – Alex Lawless
CM – Jason Rees
CM – Michael Brough
CM – Anthony Pulis
LM – Billy Bodin
ST – Eifion Williams

Manager: John Cornforth

Admittedly not the best…


Written by James

May 29, 2009 at 13:06

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