On This Day

1st January

Justin Fashanu scores his first goal for the club, in a 1-0 win over Exeter at Plainmoor (1992)
Kevin Hill scores the ‘cheekiest goal ever’ after hiding behind the Stockport goalkeeper (2005)

2nd January

The Gulls come back from 3-0 down to beat Lincoln 4-3 in the third round of the FA Cup (1971)
An away following of 1938 witnesses a 2-1 win at Home Park, with goals from Billy Bodin and Lee Mansell,

to complete a first double over Plymouth Argyle in 41 years (2012)
Alan Knill sacked as manager after a defeat at Plymouth and the club in a relegation battle (2014)

3rd January

Pat Kruse scores an own goal 8 seconds into the match against Cambridge United, which remains a World Record

for the fastest own goal ever scored (1977)

4th January

The decade begins with a 4-1 defeat at Coventry in front of 12 782 (1930)

5th January

Player-Manager Dave Webb selects himself to play against Crewe at Plainmoor aged 38 years and 272 days,

making himself the oldest outfield player to represent Torquay in a national competition (1985)

6th January

The first match of the 20th Century, a home friendly with Paignton, is abandoned after 30 minutes (1900)
Torquay 1-0 West Ham in the FA Cup 3rd Round (1990)
Chris Hargreaves appointed manager (2014)

7th January

Heaviest FA Cup defeat, 1-7 vs Birmingham City (1956)
Club Record 24th game without failing to score (2008)

8th January

Allan Brown appointed as manager, replacing caretaker Jack Edwards (1969)

9th January

Robin Stubbs scores twice in a 3-3 draw with Tottenham at Plainmoor in the FA Cup 3rd Round (1965)
United go down 2-0 to holders Coventry in the FA Cup (1988)

10th January

The Club’s first ever appearance in the FA Cup 3rd Round is a 1-1 draw at ex-winners Bury (1931)
Jason Roberts scores against Macclesfield at Plainmoor during a successful loan spell in which

a Club Record 8 successive league wins is achieved (1998)

11th January

Ken Sandercock scores his only goal of the season in a 2-0 win against Northampton at Plainmoor (1969)

12th January

Torquay United 4-0 Leeds United, who are captained by ‘the Gentle Giant' John Charles, in an FA Cup third round replay (1955)
United lose 7-2 at Millwall, an exact reverse of the 7-2 win achieved at Plainmoor earlier in the season (1957)
A twenty year old Colin Lee scores on his debut, in a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield (1977)

13th January

BJ Head scores the opening goal in a 2-0 win at Newport (1938)
A 5-2 defeat at Cardiff accounts for five of the Club Record 106 conceded during a league season (1932)

Brian McGlinchey joins the club on a permanent deal, following a successful loan spell earlier in the season (2004)

14th January

Bruce Rioch leaves as player-manager, after a training ground incident with Colin Anderson following a defeat at Tranmere (1984)

15th January

Clint Boulton’s testimonial match against Southampton at Plainmoor (1980)
Torquay beat European Cup holders Nottingham Forest in a friendly at Plainmoor (1981)

16th January

Lowest recorded attendance of 520 vs Shrewsbury Town in Leyland Daf Cup Preliminary Round Replay (1991)
Eunan O’Kane makes his debut, away at Chesterfield (2010)

17th January

Cooper and Lawrence score in a 2-1 win against Hartlepool at Plainmoor (1981)

18th January

Ron Shaw makes his debut, vs Bristol Rovers (1947)
Highest ever away attendance of 55 081, against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup (1965)

19th January

In the first ever season in a competitive league, Torquay lose 7-0 at Exeter United,

who later merge with St. Sidwell’s United to become Exeter City (1901)

20th January

A 5-2 defeat away at Notts County sets a Club Record for 19 league games without a win (2007)

21st January

Bert Turner scores the first ever Football League hat-trick for Torquay United in a 4-2 home win over Norwich (1928)
Torquay United 4-4 Bournemouth (1931)

22nd January

A 1-0 win against Bristol Rovers Reserves at Plainmoor is the first of 9 successive wins during

the Southern League title winning season (1927)
John Rudge makes his final appearance for the club before departing to Bristol Rovers
as part of the deal that brought Robin Stubbs back to Plainmoor (1972)

23rd January

Robin Stubbs scores his 133rd, and what turns out to be final, goal for Torquay United (1973)

24th January

A 1-1 draw at Bournemouth is one of a record low 5 draws in a season (1981)
Kevin Hill scores a spectacular overhead kick as Torquay beat Macclesfield 4-1 at Plainmoor (2004)

25th January

United cannot beat Peter Shilton and lose 3-0 to Frank O’Farrell’s Leicester City in the FA Cup 4th Round (1971)
Leroy Rosenior leaves as manager, after three and a half years in the role (2006)

26th January

Mark Loram makes his debut, away at Port Vale (1985)
A 4-1 home win against Grimsby is the first win in 20 league games, making sure

the newly set Club Record is not extended any further (2007)

27th January

United’s first experience of Sunday football comes at Darlington with a 0-0 draw, necessitated by the power crisis (1974)

28th January

Tim Sills scores an overhead kick winner in a 1-0 win against Histon, televised live on Setanta Sports (2008)

Martin Ling begins long-term sick-leave for what is eventually revealed to be depression. In his absence
the Gulls beat Exeter 1-0 with a Rene Howe penalty, live on Sky Sports (2013)

29th January

Club Record attendance of 21 908 vs Huddersfield Town (1955)
John Bond makes his debut, against Bradford at Plainmoor, only 18 months after winning the FA Cup with West Ham (1966)
Neville Southall makes his final appearance, away at Chester (2000)
A 1-0 home defeat to Crawley in the FA Cup 4th Round is made even more painful

as they go on to draw Manchester United away in the 5th Round (2011)

30th January

A 2-2 draw with Millwall at Plainmoor is typical of a season in which Torquay score 81 and concede 88 (1954)
Martin Gritton scores a hat-trick against Torquay, playing for Mansfield (2007)

31st January

Les Lawrence scores a hat-trick at home to Barnsley in a 3-2 win at Plainmoor. Opposition manager and ex-England

striker Allan Clarke refuses to sign his match ball but assistant Norman Hunter did oblige (1979)

1st February

Jake Robinson plays against Hereford whilst ineligible, having been signed on loan the day before but the paperwork was not registered by the required deadline. The Club is deducted 1 point and fined £10 000 (2011)

2nd February

A 2-0 win against Hartlepools at Plainmoor is the first fixture played since 21st December,

after ‘the big freeze’ wiped out all the January fixtures (1963)

3rd February

Simon Garner, Blackburn’s record goalscorer, scores his one and only goal for Torquay in a 2-1 win against Fulham at Plainmoor (1996)

4th February

Don Welsh makes his debut in a home match against Luton. He had been bought out of the Royal Navy, where he was due

to make a three year tour of China, and went on to captain Charlton to victory in the 1947 FA Cup final (1933)
Dave Webb takes over as manager (1984)
There is a floodlight failure in the game against Leyton Orient at Plainmoor, with Torquay 2-0 up and 7 minutes left on the clock. After a 40 minute delay, referee Andy Penn ignores Leyton Orient protests for an abandonment and the match restarts, finishing 2-0 (2006)

5th February

Luboš Kubík resigns as manager (2007)

6th February

Bournemouth 4-3 Torquay United (1929)

7th February

Swansea 1-2 Torquay at the Vetch Field (2004)
Colin Lee appointed as Director of Football (2007)

8th February

A 5-0 defeat away at Brighton is the third successive league defeat by this score,

following heavy losses to Clapton Orient and Brentford in the previous weeks (1930)
Keith Curle appointed as Head Coach until the end of the season (2007)

9th February

Sammy Collins scores a hat-trick as Swindon are beaten 7-0 at Plainmoor (1957)

10th February

Robin Stubbs makes his final Plainmoor appearance (1973)

11th February

A 3-0 defeat at Brighton is one of 20 defeats in 42 games during the inaugural Football League season (1928)

12th February

Clint Boulton takes over in goal after an injury to John Connaughton (1972)

13th February

Don O’Riordan makes his debut away at Cardiff (1993)

14th February

Stanley Matthews makes a guest appearance in a Torquay shirt, pulling on the number 7 for

a ‘Floodlight Special’ friendly against Blackburn Rovers under the new lights (1955)
Hull City are destroyed 5-1 at Plainmoor (1998)

15th February

Neil Warnock appointed manager (1993)

16th February

Torquay lose 5-1 to Plymouth in the Semi-Final of the Devon Professional Trophy, only months

before becoming a Football League Side themselves (1927)

17th February

Injury forces the end of Robin Stubbs’s career, and he plays in his final game before retirement, a 2-1 defeat away at Aldershot (1973)

18th February

Derek ‘The Dude’ Dawkins makes his debut, in a 1-0 win over Wrexham at Plainmoor (1984)

19th February

A Club Record 38th game without a clean sheet, after a 1-0 defeat at Halifax. The length between

the two clean sheets at either end was 10 months and 21 days (1962)

20th February

Tom Kelly scores his first goal for the club during a 1-0 win over York at Plainmoor, in his 144th appearance (1993)
Alan Knill assumes the position of ‘temporary’ manager, with Martin Ling on long-term sick leave (2013)

21st February

Hull City 0-1 Torquay United (2004)
Chris Roberts resigns as Chairman (2007)

22nd February

Torquay beat Dawlish 4-0 at home in the East Devon League, benefitting from the Club’s first ever own goal (1902)
A 5-1 home win against Dartmouth is the first game to be played after the end of World War One (1919)

23rd February

Alex Russell scores a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Darlington (2002)

Local hotelier Keith Richardson is appointed as Chairman (2007)

24th February

The first ever Sunday fixture at Plainmoor draws a crowd of 4186 for the visit of Northampton (1974)

25th February

Tony Collins scores against Norwich at Plainmoor, making the most of the absence of namesake Sammy, who plays

in all of the other 45 games and scores a Club Record 40 league goals (1956)
After losing reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw to ‘Pie-gate’ days before, Sutton visit Plainmoor and goalkeeper
Ross Worner is injured after 16 minutes, forcing an outfield player to take over in goal (2017)

26th February

A 1-0 win against Swindon at Plainmoor is the final victory of the season, with 12 games still to play (1938)

27th February

Ex-Gull Matt Elliott scores twice for Leicester as they win the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Tranmere in the Final at Wembley (2000)

28th February

A 4-1 win against Stockport at Plainmoor is the biggest victory of the season (1976)

29th February

Torquay were scheduled to play away at Crystal Palace, but the game was cancelled at late notice. In an attempt to nullify gambling

on the Pools, the Football League Committee used to announce fixtures at late notice and regularly re-schedule games without prior warning. Crystal Palace ended up playing Coventry instead, with a match day programme that had Torquay’s name on the cover crossed out and Coventry City stamped just above (1936)

1st March

Vince O’Keefe makes his debut after a then Club Record £30 000 move from Exeter (1980)
Lowest ever league attendance of 850 vs Crewe Alexandra (1986)

2nd March

Chris Robertson signs on non-contract terms (2007)

3rd March

A Club Record 8th consecutive league win is achieved with a 1-0 victory at Plainmoor against Cardiff (1998)

4th March

Garry Nelson scores the final goal of his year long spell at the club, which he chronicles in the book ‘Left Foot in the Grave’ (1997)

5th March

A crowd of 989 is the first ever three figure attendance at Plainmoor for a league fixture (1985)
Rodney Jack scores a hat-trick for St Vincent against US Virgin Islands (2000)

6th March

Eunan O’Kane scores his first goal for the club, in a 3-1 win at Darlington (2010)

7th March

Phil Lloyd makes his final appearance, at home to Wigan (1992)
Mike Bateson returns for a second spell as Chairman (2007)

8th March

17 year old Ralph Birkett makes his debut, whilst still an amateur, in a 7-0 win over Bournemouth (1930)
Club Record 9-0 win vs Swindon Town in the Third Division South (1952)

9th March

A 2-1 win at Darlington is the only victory in the final 20 league games, and a record low 5th of the entire season (1996)

10th March

A 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers at Plainmoor is the only goalless match in the inaugural Football League season (1928)

11th March

A 2-1 win at Wrexham is the first win of the calendar year (1972)

12th March

Paul Trollope scores in a 3-1 defeat at Preston, one of only 9 league defeats in 42 games, a Club Record low (1994)
A 0-0 home draw with Gillingham is one of the Club Record games in which United do not score (1996)

13th March

Ben Morton scores a hat-trick in a 5-1 win at home to Aldershot (1937)

14th March

Keith Bowker scores a hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Bury at Plainmoor (1981)

15th March

A 2-1 win against Hereford at Plainmoor is a second successive win, despite coming in a season

when a new Club Record is set, with 27 defeats in 46 league games (1986)
Torquay United v KB Copenhagen (1988)

16th March

Featured for the first time on BBC's Match of the Day, witnessing a 3-0 win over Bury at Plainmoor (1968)

17th March

Robin Stubbs scores a hat-trick at Aldershot, having scored 4 in the home match earlier in the season (1965)
Torquay vs Shrewsbury is called off after 63 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch, the first league match

ever to be abandoned at Plainmoor (1971)
Kenny Allen makes his debut, after signing from IFK Göteborg (1984)
Dan Sparkes scores a hat-trick at Plainmoor, for Braintree in a 5-1 defeat (2015)

18th March

Tommy Northcott scores his first goal for the club in a 3-1 home win against Bournemouth (1950)
Mal Lucas makes his debut, against Bristol Rovers at Plainmoor (1970)

19th March

Don Mills makes his debut in a 1-1 home draw with Brighton (1949)
Goals from Spratt and Stubbs give United win 2-0 at Hartlepools, who are managed by Brian Clough (1966)
Colin Anderson plays his final game, before a £25 000 move to West Brom (1985)

20th March

Aston Villa visit Plainmoor for a league fixture, having dropped into the third tier for the first time in their history,

and draw 1-1 in front of a crowd of 6963 (1971)
Wes Saunders makes his final appearance for the club, away at Rochdale, as a knee ligament injury ends his career (1993)

21st March

Paul Dobson scores four goals in a 4-2 win at Halifax (1987)
Matt Elliott plays his last match for the club prior to a £50 000 move to Scunthorpe (1992)
Club Legend David Graham re-joins on loan from Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season,

in a last-ditch attempt to avoid relegation out of the league (2007)

22nd March

Tim Sills and Roscoe D’Sane score as Stafford Rangers are beaten 2-0, one of a Club Record 26 league wins in a season (2008)

23rd March

Wayne Thomas makes his first start after progressing through the youth team (1996)

24th March

Darren Moore makes his debut aged 17, at home to Birmingham (1992)

25th March

Eunan O’Kane makes his Republic of Ireland debut, coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Switzerland (2016)

Jake Gosling starts as Gibraltar beat Latvia 1-0, becoming the 6th player to be capped whilst contracted to Torquay United (2018)

26th March

Luke Young makes his return from a cruciate knee injury, but Durrell Berry has his leg broken

in a tackle during a 5-0 defeat at Dover (2016)

27th March

Eifion Williams scores hat-trick on debut vs Hartlepool (1999)

28th March

Torquay 8-1 Bristol Rovers (1932)
Paul Trollope makes his debut at home to Stoke (1992)
Colin Lee replaces Wes Saunders as manager (2001)

29th March

Albert Shelley scores a hat-trick as Crystal Palace are beaten 4-2 in the semi-final of the Division 3 South Cup.

Unfortunately the final is never played due to the outbreak of war (1939)
Eunan O’Kane makes his first start for the Republic of Ireland, at home to Slovakia (2016)

30th March

A 1-0 win away at QPR is one of a Club Record 26 wins from 46 league matches (1957)

31st March

Matt Elliott appears for the first time at Plainmoor, having signed from Charlton for £10 000 (1989)

1st April

A crowd of 11 165 witness Torquay beat Plymouth 2-1 at Plainmoor, the last time a

5 figure attendance was achieved at Plainmoor (1972)

2nd April

Dave Smith resigns as manager (1991)

3rd April

With the club safe in mid-table, an 18 year old Ian Twitchin is given his debut in a match at Tranmere, the first of

exactly 400 league appearances over 11 years at the club (1970)

4th April

A 0-0 draw at Hereford helps secure a Club Record low of 41 conceded in 46 league games (1988)

5th April

Tommy Northcott scores a hat-trick in a 6-1 home win over Aldershot, three of the 6 goals he scores in 34 games (1952)

6th April

John Impey is appointed manager (1991)
Tom Kelly makes his final appearance for the club, as a substitute during a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe (1996)

7th April

A 0-0 draw is one of only 5 points achieved on the road all season, all coming from draws (1992)

8th April

Torquay beat Aldershot 5-0 at Plainmoor, one of 10 matches played in April (1991)

9th April

A 4-2 win at Barry in the Southern League is a 10th straight league win (1927)

A 5-2 win against Crewe at Plainmoor secures 2 of the Club Record 60 points achieved with this scoring system. With the modern system 86 points would have been awarded, equalling the Club Record set in 2007/08, although 2 tiers higher (1960)
Lee Sharpe scores his first goal for the club, at home to Cardiff (1988)

10th April

Torquay United 4-7 Watford (1937)
A 17 175 Good Friday crowd are inside Home Park to witness a 2-1 victory for Torquay, completing a first ever league double (1971)

11th April

Jimmy Trotter scores twice in a 5-0 win over Swindon at Plainmoor, having become

the first player to score 20 goals in a league season (1931)

12th April

David Tearse scores the winning goal as Aston Villa are beaten 2-1 at Plainmoor in Division 3 in front of a crowd of 9928 (1972)

13th April

Ian Atkins is brought in as manager with 6 games of the season remaining and the club 5 points adrift at the bottom of the table (2006)

14th April

Sailors from the visiting German battleship Schlesien played a match against a Torquay United XI

at Plainmoor and gave a Nazi salute during the national anthem (1937)
The 1000th home Football League game is played at Plainmoor (1979)
Derek Dawkins has to play with a broken wrist during a match away at Burnley because of a player shortage.

Mark Loram scores a brace in a 2-2 draw, including one wonder goal after picking up the ball in his own half (1987)
Relegation from the Football League is confirmed after a 1-1 draw at home to Peterborough (2007)

15th April

Alex Ferguson is in the crowd at Plainmoor to watch a 16 year old Lee Sharpe play 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Colchester.

A bid is made the same evening (1988)

16th April

Don Mills scores his first goals in a Torquay shirt, grabbing a hat-trick in a 7-1 win against Leyton Orient (1949)
The Great Escape is completed with a 2-0 win away at Bromley (2016)

17th April

Fixture congestion in the final fortnight sees Torquay travel to Rushden & Diamonds on a Thursday evening, going down

2-1 and unable to add to a record high 86 points achieved during a season (2008)

18th April

Ralph Birkett makes his final appearance in a Torquay shirt, before a £1588 move to Arsenal (1933)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Torquay United at Molineux in the Sherpa Van Trophy South Final Second Leg

completes a 3-2 aggregate win and earns a first ever Wembley appearance (1989)

19th April

Dennis Lewis appears in the final game of his 221 game streak of consecutive appearances.

1245 days, or 178 weeks, or more than 107 million seconds, after the first (1957)

20th April

A 1-1 draw with Exeter at Plainmoor is one of a record high 18 in a league season (1987)
A 1-1 draw with Chester at Plainmoor secures the 29th and final point of the season, a Club Record low,

and even worse than the lowest total with 2 points for a win in 1927/28 and 1937/38 (1996)

21st April

A 1-0 loss at Aldershot is a Club Record 8th consecutive league defeat (1948)

Relegation from the National League into regional football is confirmed following a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool (2018)

22nd April

Gregory Goodridge makes his final appearance before a £100 000 summer move to QPR (1995)

23rd April

Jean-Pierre Simb scores his only TUFC goal, at home to Rotherham (1999)
Roy McFarland’s time as manager comes to an end (2002)

24th April

Jack Casley makes the only league appearance of his career in a crucial 3-2 win against Walsall at Plainmoor. Despite being a half-back, the appearance was as goalkeeper, due to injuries to both recognised goalkeepers in the squad (1948)

On loan striker Rhys Healey scores a hat-trick in a 4-3 defeat to already relegated and ten-man Guiseley (2018)

25th April

Jimmy Dunne headed two late goals to secure a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe at a fog enveloped Plainmoor (1968)
Lee Thorpe scores an overhead kick as Stockport are beaten 4-0 at Plainmoor (2006)

26th April

Sammy Collins makes his 379th and final appearance for the club, having scored a Club Record 219 goals (1958)
The club is relegated out of the Football League for a second time, despite winning 3-1 away at Mansfield (2014)

27th April

Torquay complete a season at home undefeated by beating QPR 3-0 to finish with a record of P23 W19 D4 (1957)
A 3-3 draw with Bristol Rovers at Plainmoor secures Football League survival (2013)

28th April

Ernie Pym makes his final appearance for the club (1965)
Maurice Cox scores on his debut, playing on a non-contract basis whilst studying at Cambridge University (1980)
One day after Alan Knill secured survival on the final day of the season, Martin Ling is relieved

of his duties as manager "based purely on footballing grounds” (2013) 

29th April

The Carlisle promotion party is no match for the Torquay Great Escape,

as Kevin Hill and Jo Kuffour secure a vital 2-1 victory in Cumbria (2006)

30th April

A 1-1 draw at home to St Austell is the final competitive match played by Torquay Town

before the merger with Babbacombe to form Torquay United (1921)
Tommy Northcott makes his first Torquay appearance in a 3-0 home win over Northampton (1949)

1st May

Meeting at Torre Abbey Hotel, at which former members of the Torquay Public College Association Football Club
agreed to form Torquay United Association Football Club for the upcoming year (1899)
A 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on the final day means Torquay miss out on promotion to Division Two on goal average,

finishing second in Division Three (South) behind Alf Ramsey's Ipswich Town (1957)

2nd May

Torquay finish the season with a record 26 wins, enough for a first ever promotion, to the third tier (1960)
United are relegated after a 4-2 defeat on the final day of the season at Barnsley, who stayed up instead.

A draw would have been enough to remain in the third tier (1962)

3rd May

A 1-1 draw at Bath means Torquay finish 6th in the Southern League and apply for election to the Football League,
but fail to receive a single vote (1923)
Frank Womack appears vs Exeter, aged a Club Record 41 years and 210 days (1930)
Eric Webber is sacked after a record 14 years in charge (1965)

4th May

A 5-0 defeat at Lincoln brings the season to a close. Torquay finish bottom of the league on 29 points, having scored 30 goals and conceded 84, and only Stevenage’s ground failing the minimum requirements keeps the club in the Football League (1996)

5th May

The first season in the football league finishes with Torquay rock bottom and having to apply for re-election (1928)
The final day relegation decider at Underhill ends in triumph as goals from Jason Rees, Kevin Hill and David Graham

are enough for a 3-2 victory over Barnet and league survival (2001)

6th May

Albert Hutchinson makes his last of his 317 league appearances for the club, aged 29,
in a career sadly finished by World War Two  (1939)
Kevin Nicholson signs a new 3 year deal as Player-Manager after pulling off a Great Escape from relegation (2016)

7th May

Torquay beat Yeovil and Petters United 1-0 at Plainmoor in the final game of the Western League,
which is also the final game before election to the Football League (1927)
A hat-trick by Albert Shelley cannot prevent a 6-3 defeat at QPR, and the Club Record low of 30 points achieved in

a season is equalled, although Walsall and Gillingham finishing on 29 and 26 respectively saves the club from re-election (1938)
A 2-1 defeat at Colchester means relegation from League One on the final day of the season (2005)

8th May

Everton travel to Plainmoor for Mike Hickman’s Testimonial (1978)
Automatic promotion is secured away at Southend, with a 2-1 victory and Huddersfield only drawing at Cheltenham (2004)

9th May

Bryn the police dog bites Jim McNichol and in the resulting injury time Paul Dobson scores the goal
that secures league survival in the greatest of Great Escapes (1987)
Leroy Rosenior appointed as manager (2002)

10th May

1-0 defeat to Ebbsfleet in the FA Trophy Final. Ex-Gull Chris McPhee with the winning goal (2008)
Kevin Hill makes his Club Record 474th appearance (2008)

11th May

Devon Bowl Winners, with a 2-0 win over Exeter at St James Park in the Final (2007)

12th May

Steve Cooper makes his final appearance, with an ankle injury eventually ending his career (1984)
Rodney Jack scores a hat-trick for St Vincent against Puerto Rico in World Cup qualifying (1996)

13th May

Rodney Jack scores an early brace as Scarborough are defeated 4-1 on the night and 7-2 on aggregate
in the Division 4 Play-Off Semi-Final (1998)

14th May

Torquay have to apply for re-election for the first time since 1928 after finishing bottom of Division 4 (1985)

15th May

Preston North End are beaten 2-0 at Plainmoor in the first leg of the Play-Off Semi-Final (1994)

16th May

A fire destroys part of the wooden grandstand (1985)

17th May

Leroy Rosenior is appointed as manager, but after the club is sold, is out of a job within ten minutes (2007)
Conference Play-Off Final delight, with a 2-0 victory against Cambridge to secure a return to the Football League.

Chris Hargreaves and Tim Sills are on target (2009)

18th May

Les Lawrence makes his final appearance for the club (1982)

19th May

Torquay beat Burnley 2-0 at Plainmoor in the Play-Off Semi-Final, progressing to the final to face Blackpool (1991)

20th May

Kevin Nicholson captains the England C side in a 1-0 win over Gibraltar (2008)

21st May

A 0-0 draw at Darlington secures the 58th and final point of the season, enough for promotion (1966)

22nd May

Defeat at Wembley in the Division 4 Play-Off Final, as Colchester win 1-0 courtesy of a disputed penalty kick (1998)

23rd May

24th May

Alex Rowe becomes the 6th Chairman of the season after a new consortium takes over control of the club from Mike Bateson (2007)

25th May

Newport beat Luton 3-1, which means the Hatters can no longer catch Torquay, who are promoted (1966)

26th May

27th May

28th May

Our first appearance at Wembley in the Sherpa Van Trophy Final vs Bolton Wanderers,
in front of a Club Record highest neutral attendance of 46 513 (1989)
A John Mousinho goal is enough to win promotion for Stevenage in the League Two Play-Off Final at Old Trafford (2011)

29th May

30th May

The ballot for League membership sees Torquay defeat Aberdare by 26 votes to 19 and gain entry into the Football League (1927)

31st May

Promotion is secured via a penalty shootout, following a 2-2 draw against Blackpool in the Division 4 Play-Off Final at Wembley (1991)

1st June

2nd June

Neil Warnock chooses not to stay on as manager and leaves the Club (1993)
The new owners of the club appoint Paul Buckle as Manager (2007)

3rd June

4th June

5th June

6th June

7th June

8th June

9th June

10th June

A 17 year old Lee Sharpe joins Manchester United for £185 000 (1988)

11th June

12th June

13th June

Martin Ling appointed as manager (2011)

14th June

Chris Hargreaves placed on gardening leave, along with assistant Lee Hodges (2015)

15th June

16th June

David Graham joins Wigan for a fee of £215 000, having scored 23 goals and winning the Player of the Year
award during the promotion season (2004)

17th June

Paul Cox appointed manager (2015)

18th June

Kevin Hill leaves the club, signing for Conference South side Dorchester Town (2008)
Bobby Olejnik sold to Peterborough for £300 000 (2012)

19th June

20th June

Chris Hargreaves signs on a two-year deal after leaving Oxford (2007)

21st June

Kevin Nicholson signs from Forest Green Rovers (2007)

22nd June

Cyril Knowles is appointed as manager (1987)

23rd June

24th June

25th June

26th June

27th June

28th June

Tim Sills joins from Hereford United on a two-year contract (2007)

29th June

30th June

Chris Zebroski hands in a transfer request to force through a move to Bristol Rovers and
follow recently departed manager Paul Buckle (2011)

1st July

Brian Saah and Bobby Olejnik sign (2011)

2nd July

Wes Saunders appointed manager (1998)

3rd July

Adebayo Akinfenwa signs up to spearhead the coming League One campaign (2004)

4th July

5th July

6th July

Jamie Ward signs on a three-year contract after his release from Aston Villa (2006)

7th July

8th July

9th July

10th July

11th July

12th July

13th July

14th July

Kevin Hill has a testimonial match against Plymouth Argyle at Plainmoor (2007)

15th July

16th July

Tony Bedeau’s testimonial match at Plainmoor, against Plymouth Argyle (2005)

17th July

Rodney Jack sold to Crewe for a Club Record £650 000 (1998)

18th July

19th July

20th July

Middlesbrough travel to Plainmoor for a pre-season friendly (1994)
Roy McFarland appointed as manager (2001)

21st July

Torquay United v Red Star Belgrade (1990)
Rodney Jack scores against French Guiana (1995)

22nd July

Chairman Clarke Osborne announces that Truro City will be groundsharing at Plainmoor for the upcoming season
whilst their new stadium is under construction (2018)

23rd July

The official England band makes an appearance at Plainmoor for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday in a pre-season friendly.

A Mark Pembridge goal is enough for a 1-0 victory (1997)

24th July

Alex Ferguson brings his Aberdeen side to Plainmoor for a pre-season friendly (1986)

25th July

26th July

Torquay United formed, following merger of Torquay Town and Babbacombe (1921)
Eunan O’Kane sold to Bournemouth for £175 000 (2012)

27th July

Rodney Jack scores against Cuba (1995)
Former New Zealand International Rory Fallon signs on non-contract terms after spending time with the club on trial (2017)

28th July

Sunderland visit Plainmoor in pre-season (2001)

29th July

Bobby Charlton captains Manchester United in a pre-season friendly at Plainmoor (1972)

30th July

31st July

1st August
Newcastle visit Plainmoor for pre-season (1979)
Ruud Gullit is amongst the Chelsea players to appear at Plainmoor in a pre-season friendly (1995)
Torquay beat a full strength West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Plainmoor (2016)
2nd August
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Torquay United, during the club’s first ever continental tour (1967)
3rd August
4th August
5th August
Jamie Ward makes his debut, coming on as a substitute at Barnet (2006)
6th August
Bristow’s Bench is formally opened by Tony Pulis and Helen Chamberlain before a pre-season friendly against Stoke (2012)
7th August
A 1-1 draw at Bristol City kicks off the newly named League One season (2004)
8th August
Robbie Herrera makes his first appearance after re-joining his hometown club from Fulham for £35 000 (1998)
9th August
Kevin Hill comes off the bench away at Macclesfield to make his debut (1997)
Northampton 0-1 Torquay on the opening day of the season, in possibly the hottest conditions ever known (2003)
10th August
Micky Cave makes his debut in a 3-0 win over Southport at Plainmoor (1968)
11th August
Torquay United vs FC Pumas at Plainmoor (1990)
The first editorial of the inaugural edition of the Highway to Hele fanzine is written (2014)
12th August
4012 people watch Torquay play their first ever game in the Conference, a 0-0 draw at home to Grays Athletic (2007)
13th August
United lose in the first round of the League Cup, going down 2-1 to Swindon, who go on to win the competition,
beating Arsenal in the final (1968)
Paul Buckle’s first home match in charge of new club Bristol Rovers is very enjoyable for the away following at the Memorial Stadium. Goals from Taiwo Atieno and Rene Howe secure a 2-1 win (2011)
14th August
David Byng becomes the Club’s youngest ever player and youngest ever goalscorer with two goals against Walsall,
aged 16 years and 36 days (1993)
Jamie Vardy scores his first ever goal for Leicester during a 4-0 win at Plainmoor in the first round of the League Cup. Also in
the starting line-up are future Premier League winners Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater and Kasper Schmichael (2012)
15th August
Phil Lloyd makes his debut and Paul Dobson scores a hat-trick in a 6-1 win against Wrexham at Plainmoor (1987)
Torquay United v Manchester United at Plainmoor in pre-season (1989)
16th August
Terry Lee makes his debut in goal, having previously been understudy to Pat Jennings at Tottenham (1975)
17th August
Willie Brown scores his 7th League Cup goal for Torquay, a Club Record (1977)
Kevin Nicholson is sacked, becoming the first manager in England to depart from his position, just four games into the season (2017)

18th August
Teddy Adlington makes his debut away at Exeter, as Ernie Pym scores a hat-trick in a 3-0 win (1962)
19th August
Former England winger Gordon Astall makes his debut after signing from Birmingham (1961)
A 19 year old Roy McFarland is in the Tranmere side beaten by Torquay on the opening day of the season. 6 days later he
signs for Brian Clough at Derby and goes on to play for England before becoming Torquay manager in 2001 (1967)
John Turner makes his debut against Northampton at Plainmoor (1978)
20th August
Wendy Toms makes history at Plainmoor, becoming the first woman to officiate at a Football League match, running the line (1994)
21st August
Torquay play their first match in gold and blue, an idea from manager Eric Webber, to reflect the seaside tourism trade
of the bay. Black and white stripes and the ‘Magpie’ nickname are abandoned (1954)
John Sims replaces David Webb as manager (1985)
22nd August
Reg Jenkins becomes the first player to score for all three of Devon’s professional clubs,
scoring twice as Torquay beat Grimsby 3-2 (1961)
John Benson makes his debut in a 2-2 draw with Bradford at Plainmoor (1964)
Mike Mahoney makes his debut, against Preston (1970)
23rd August
Dennis Lewis makes his debut, at home against Aldershot (1947)
United’s first ever match in a national division, away at Chester City, on the opening day of the newly created Division 4 (1958)
24th August
Robin Stubbs makes his debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Tranmere (1963)
25th August
Wes Saunders makes his debut after a then Club Record £60 000 transfer from Dundee (1990)
Record League Cup win, 5-0 vs Hereford United, including a hat-trick from Wes Saunders (1992)
26th August
A 1-0 home defeat to Boscombe is the first match the club plays in the Southern League (1922)
10 276 people witness Torquay blow a 3-0 lead at home to Newport County, conceding four goals 
in the final 23 minutes to somehow lose 4-3 (1950)
The first Torquay goal of Robin Stubbs, in a 4-1 win away at Hartlepool (1963)
Future Wigan & Belgium manager Roberto Martinez scores a 90th minute equaliser for Chester to earn a 2-2 draw at Plainmoor (2006)
Solihull Moors goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan scores the winning goal, a drop-kicked clearance from inside his own box
that bounced over opposite number Dan Lavercombe, in a 2-1 victory at Plainmoor (2017)
27th August
First Football League Match, Torquay United 1-1 Exeter City in Third Division South in front of a crowd of 10 749 (1927)
Kevin Lane scores twice on his debut as Swansea are beaten 5-3 at Plainmoor in the League Cup (1975)
League newcomers Wimbledon draw 1-1 at Plainmoor (1977)
28th August
3-2 victory against Blackpool at Plainmoor, with two goals in injury time added on after the appearance of a streaker (2000)
Concede in the first half away at Port Vale, ending the Club Record for longest run without conceding a goal at 998 minutes (2010)
29th August
First away game in the Football League, and first defeat, losing 9-1 at Millwall (1927)
United lose 7-0 at Crystal Palace on the opening day (1931)
Brian McGlinchey makes his final appearance for the club, in a career cut short by injury (2005)
30th August
Watford travel to Devon for Plainmoor’s first ever league match in a fully national division, the newly created Division 4 (1958)
31st August

League football returns after World War Two, as Torquay draw 1-1 at Exeter (1946)
Cyril Knowles passes away (1991)
1st September
A 0-0 draw with Stockpot at Plainmoor secures the first point of a miserable season, in which United finish bottom of Division 4
and have to apply for re-election to the Football League for the first time since 1928 (1984)
Jamie Robba appears for Gibraltar against newly crowned European Champions Portugal, becoming the fifth player
to make an international appearance whilst at Torquay United, and the first European (2016)
2nd September
Joint heaviest ever defeat, 2-10 vs Luton Town in Third Division South (1933)
3rd September
First ever win in the Football League, 3-1 away at Merthyr Town in Division Three South (1927)
Legendary striker Dixie Dean, now aged 31, scores a hat-trick for Notts County in a 5-1 win (1938)
4th September
Mark Loram makes his final appearance for the club, coming on as a substitute at home to Colchester (1993)
A 1-0 defeat to Aldershot at Plainmoor ends a Club Record equalling run of 14 games unbeaten in all competitions (1976)
5th September
Watford come to Plainmoor and win 6-3 (1931)
6th September
United return home from Crewe with three points after the introduction of the new point awarding system (1981)
7th September
Joint heaviest ever defeat, 2-10 vs Fulham in Third Division South (1931)
8th September
Southend 6-3 Torquay (1930)
A 3-3 draw with Cardiff is the highest scoring of the record equalling 18 draws in a league season (1990)
9th September
Tony Bedeau makes his debut away at Cardiff, coming on as a substitute whilst still 16 years old (1995)
10th September
Torquay 8-1 Southend at Plainmoor, with hat-tricks for Stabb and Hutchinson (1932)
Future England goalkeeper Joe Hart visits Plainmoor, but is beaten twice as his Shresbury side are defeated 2-1 (2005)
11th September
Doncaster 5-3 Torquay (1979)
12th September
A 2-0 win away at Gateshead is the furthest the players have to travel to secure one
of the Club Record 26 league wins in a season (1959)
Gary Owers is sacked, less than a year into the role, after overseeing relegation from the National League
and a bottom-half position in the National League South (2018)
13th September
Ledley King and Les Ferdinand score as the Gulls lose 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the second round of the League Cup (2001)
Gary Owers is appointed as Head Coach, with Martin Kuhl as his assistant (2017)
Gary Johnson is appointed as manager (2018)
14th September
Ken Sandercock makes his debut, away at Rotherham (1968)
15th September
Torquay lose 6-0 at Brighton, one of a pair of defeats by this scoreline during the season, at the end of which
promotion is missed via goal average (1956)
16th September
The Club’s first ever match, Torquay United 5-0 Upton Cricket Club in a friendly (1899)
17th September
Bill Kitchener makes his debut, a 5-2 victory against Walsall at Plainmoor (1966)
18th September
Histon 4-5 Torquay United in a match that sees a hat-trick, two penalties, two red cards and an injury time winner by Chris Todd (2007)
Paul Cox resigns as manager (2015)
19th September
Torquay 3-7 Bromley (2015)
20th September
Torquay lose 1-0 away to Plymouth Argyle Reserves in the Plymouth & District League, the first competitive game
after the end of World War One (1919)
Mike Trebilcock scores a hat-trick at home to Workington and wins a barrel of beer (1972)
21st September
Jim McNichol makes his final appearance for the club, away at Hull (1991)
22nd September
Tommy Northcott scores a hat-trick in a 5-2 home win against Tranmere (1960)
Torquay travel to Lymington Town and secure a Record FA Cup Win of 7–0, in a match broadcast
live on the BBC Red Button and website (2018)
Saikou Janneh becomes the first player born in the 21st Century to represent Torquay United,
coming on as a substitute away at Lymington Town (2018)
23rd September
Torquay United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur, with Derek ‘The Dude’ Dawkins slamming
home the winner and securing his Cult Hero status (1987)
Tim Sills plays in goal for 75 minutes after an early Michael Poke injury, but a last minute winner
from Matt Green secures a 2-1 victory against Forest Green (2008)
24th September
Heaviest ever League Cup defeat, 1-7 vs Oldham Athletic (1991)
Chris Waddle signs, aged 37 (1998)
25th September
A Club Record 31st successive home game without defeat (1957)
26th September
Torquay United 0-4 Manchester City in the League Cup (1990)
27th September
A 2-0 defeat to 5th Dun Old Boys is the first competitive match at Plainmoor after the end of World War One (1919)
28th September
Kevin Nicholson is appointed manager (2015)
29th September
Steve Cooper scores a hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Darlington at Plainmoor (1979)
30th September
Cyril Knowles leaves his position as manager after his relationship with chairman Lew Pope deteriorates to an untenable level (1989)
1st October
First FA Cup Match, Green Waves 0-2 Torquay Town in the First Qualifying Round (1910)
2nd October
Sammy Collins makes his Torquay debut in a 4-0 defeat at Reading (1948)
Geoff Cox makes history as Torquay’s first ever substitute, coming on at Doncaster after Robin Stubbs picks up an injury (1965)
Hartlepool lose 3-2 at Plainmoor, finishing the match with 8 players after two were sent off for fighting each other (1982)
The Gulls recover from 3-0 down to beat Aldershot 4-3 at Plainmoor (2012)
3rd October
Lee Sharpe makes his debut aged 16, coming on as a substitute during a win at Exeter (1987)
4th October
Harry Waller scores a hat-trick away at Northampton (1930)
A 3-0 win against Shrewsbury at Plainmoor is a Club Record 14th game without defeat in all competitions (1967)
5th October
Torquay 5-2 Brighton (1929)
6th October
Torquay are the only side still unbeaten in the whole of the football league (1967)
7th October
Highest ever home league attendance of 16 454, vs Plymouth Argyle (1950)
8th October
After their train to London breaks down, the players change in the compartments
on-board before racing to Loftus Road for a 3-3 draw with QPR (1960)
Colin Lee scores a brace in a 2-1 win against Brentford at Plainmoor. These are his final goals for the club,
as just two weeks later he is scoring 4 times on his debut for Tottenham after a £60 000 move (1977)
John Impey is sacked as manager (1991)
The Torquay subs bench reads: Nicholson, Palfrey, Ambalu. Perhaps best described as 115.33 appearances for the club per man (2016)
9th October
Sammy Collins scores the first of his 219 goals in a Torquay shirt during a 2-0 win at Bristol City (1948)
Allan Brown declares “this team will get me the sack” after losing a two goal lead to go down 3-2 to Wrexham (1971)
10th October
Rodney Jack signs from Lambada FC (1995)
11th October
Jack Edwards replaces Allan Brown as manager (1971)
12th October
Ernie Pym makes his debut, scoring in a 3-2 home defeat against Millwall (1957)
Mike Bateson sells his controlling interest in Torquay United to Chris Roberts, ending his 16 year reign as Chairman (2006)
13th October
A 3-1 away win is the first Football League victory over Exeter, in the season when Torquay also finish
above them for the first time (1928)
14th October
Rodney Jack makes his debut, in a home defeat against Preston (1995)
15th October
First ever home win in the Football League, 2-1 vs Brentford (1927)
Matt Gregg sold to Crystal Palace for £400 000 (1998)
16th October
John Benson plays his final game for the club before he is sold to John Bond’s Bournemouth (1970)
17th October
Former West Brom and England striker Tony Brown makes his debut at Plainmoor having returned
to England from Jacksonville Teamen (1981)
18th October
Torquay 6-2 QPR (1930)
19th October
Ralph Birkett becomes the first Torquay-produced player to represent England, in a 3-1 win against Ireland (1935)
Robin Stubbs scores a Club Record five goals in a match, against Newport County in an 8-3 win (1963)
20th October
500th League Win, 3-0 vs Barnsley at Plainmoor (1965)
Future Arsenal and England defender Steve Bould makes his debut, on loan from Stoke (1982)
Rene Howe equals the Club Record, scoring in seven consecutive games (2012)
Saikou Janneh becomes the first player born in the 21st Century to score for the club, netting in a 4-1 win over
Winchester City at Plainmoor, helping to secure a place in the FA Cup 1st Round proper (2018)

21st October
Torquay United’s first ever defeat, losing 2-0 to HMS Britannia (1899)
Jamie Ndah scores twice in a 4-3 defeat at Plymouth, the only double of the
season in which a Club Record low 30 league goals are scored (1995)
22nd October
Ray Clemence comes to Plainmoor with his Scunthorpe side, and is beaten by John Bond in a 1-1 draw (1966)
23rd October
Sammy Collins scores in a Club Record 7th successive game, since equalled by Carl Airey and Rene Howe (1954)
24th October
A Club Record 44th successive away game without keeping a clean sheet (1936)
Groundsman Freddie King retires, having served in the role since 1951 (1987)
Gary Owers declares "we're not rubbish any more" after a 1-0 win away at Ebbsfleet. Unfortunately
this proves to be premature, and relegation into regional football follows at the end of the season (2017)
25th October
Eric Webber is appointed as player-manager. He will stay in the job for 14 seasons
and become the Club’s longest serving manager (1951)
Bobby Moore is amongst the West Ham squad that plays in Bob Glozier’s testimonial match at Plainmoor (1972)
The Gulls play Manchester City away at Maine Road, in the Milk Cup (1983)
A defeat at Aldershot in the 4th qualifying round means Torquay do not appear in the FA Cup proper
for the first time since joining the Football League in 1927 (2014)
26th October
Jordan Chapell scores after 17 seconds at home to Portsmouth in a 1-1 draw,
making history with the fastest recorded goal for Torquay United (2013)
27th October
Eric Webber makes his debut as player-manager, starting against Leyton Orient at Plainmoor (1951)
Torquay have to qualify for the FA Cup for the first time since the 1920s, winning 2-0 at Bath to do so (2007)
28th October
Don Mills has his testimonial match at Plainmoor against a combined Plymouth and Swindon XI (1963)
Torquay United 1-8 Scunthorpe (1995)
29th October
Paul Compton & Kevin Hodges take over as caretaker managers following
Don O'Riordan’s sacking after the 8-1 defeat against Scunthorpe (1995)
30th October
Robin Stubbs scores his 10th goal of the calendar month in a 1-0 win against Gillingham at Plainmoor (1963)
31st October
Match of the Day cameras witness Torquay beat Fulham 3-1 at Plainmoor (1970)
Steve Cooper scores twice in a 2-0 win against Bradford at Plainmoor. It is the only occasion in all 53 matches played
that season of a player scoring more than once in a match (1981)
1st November
Thames AFC travel to Plainmoor in their first season as a football league side and are beaten 5-1 (1930)
2nd November
Torquay’s first ever League Cup Match, a 1-1 draw with Plymouth, is played at Home Park after the tie was moved away
from Plainmoor because of waterlogging. The replay is also played at Home Park (1960)
Torquay beat Northampton 2-0 at Plainmoor, the 14th league match of the season and the first time
that either side failed to score (1993)
3rd November
A 0-0 draw away at York City equals the Club Record 15th league game without defeat (1990) 
Chris Waddle leaves the club after 7 appearances, having lasted only 40 days (1998)
4th November
Garry Monk makes his debut aged 16 (1995)
5th November
Centre back Burt Head bursts the ball whilst making a clearance (1949)
Remember, remember, the 5th November. Torquay secured their 750th League Win, 4-0 vs Port Vale at Plainmoor (1980)
Keith Curle scores on his debut, playing on the right wing in a 2-0 win over Bury at Plainmoor (1983)
6th November
A 1-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth equals the Club Record of 8 successive league defeats, set in 1948.
Brothers Ken and Phil Sandercock appear together for the first time in the same match (1971)
Dave Caldwell makes his debut, away at Stockport (1987)
7th November
Micky Cave scores the only goal as Torquay go to Villa Park and win, in front of a crowd of 28 009 in Division 3 (1970)
T. Witter makes his TUFC debut, at home to Cardiff. Unfortunately for the headline writers he was a player truly ahead of his time (1998)
8th November
Bruce Rioch scores his first goal for Torquay in a draw at Mansfield, his second appearance, having signed on loan
from Seattle Sounders for the duration of the American close season (1980)
9th November
An own goal is needed to beat Leyton Orient 1-0 at Plainmoor, one of thirteen home wins, but away form ultimately
leads to relegation straight back to the fourth tier (1991)
10th November
Northampton 6-1 Torquay (1928)
11th November
Carl Airey equals a record set by Sammy Collins by scoring in a 7th successive game (1989)
In a match televised live on the BBC, Yeovil are destroyed 4-1 in the first round of the FA Cup,
with Chris Todd and Danny Stevens each scoring a brace (2007)
12th November
A 2-1 win at Watford is an all too rare victory during the first Football League season, as only 30 points are achieved.
A total which stood as a Club Record until 1996 (1927)
Karl Hawley scores a hat-trick at Plainmoor, unfortunately for Carlisle (2005)
13th November
Club Record 47th successive home game without failing to score (1954)
Terry Adlington suffers a finger injury in a match at Shrewsbury that sadly ends his English league career (1965)
David Tearse scores his first goal after a then Club Record £15 000 move from Leicester (1971)
14th November
Ernie Pym and Graham Bond both score hat-tricks in a record FA Cup win of 7-1 vs Northampton Town
at Plainmoor in the First Round (1959)
15th November
Rodney Marsh inspires QPR to a 2-1 win at Loftus Road (1966)
Goalkeeper Andy Marriott scores the winning penalty against Harrogate Town in the FA Cup First Round Replay (2005)
16th November
Torquay beat Barnet 6-2 in the FA Cup 1st Round at Plainmoor, most notable for the fact that, in the days before substitutes, goalkeeper Terry Adlington moved outfield after picking up an injury and scored the sixth goal (1963)
17th November
Torquay play Newport at Plainmoor in the FA Cup 1st Round, the first competitive match after the end of World War Two (1945)
Eddie May appointed as manager (1995)
18th November
Alan Welsh makes his debut, away at Mansfield (1967)
A 2-0 home defeat against Lincoln equals the Club Record of 8 successive league defeats, also recorded in 1948 and 1971 (1995)
19th November
Eunan O’Kane scores a brilliant brace in a 3-1 defeat of Plymouth at Plainmoor (2011)
20th November
Brian Hill comes on as a substitute for the injured Brian Hall (1971)
Hillingdon Borough win 2-1 at Plainmoor in the first round of the FA Cup, the club’s first home defeat to a non-league side (1976)
21st November
Chris Roberts unveils his anti-diving initiative, whereby Torquay players will be cautioned or fined for diving and if a third offence
occurs will be transfer-listed or sacked. T-shirts are released proclaiming “My club doesn’t cheat. Does yours?” (2006)
22nd November
Dennis Lewis makes the first of what will become a Club Record of 221 consecutive appearances (1952)
The first ever floodlights at Plainmoor are christened with a 3-2 win in a friendly against Birmingham (1954)
Malcolm Musgrove is dismissed as manager, the final straw having been the 2-1 defeat to Hillingdon Borough in the FA Cup (1976)
 On loan Torbay born Kieffer Moore scores a hat-trick against Solihull Moors, the first treble of the decade (2016)

23rd November
Justin Fashanu signs on a free transfer, having failed to win a contract at Newcastle following a trial (1991)
A 3-3 draw at Macclesfield is the highest scoring of the record equalling 18 draws in a league season (2002)
24th November
The planned East Devon League match at 111th Battery RFA has to be played as a friendly as Torquay are 3 players short
and have to borrow from their hosts, although win 3-1 (1906)
25th November
Alex Watson makes his debut following a £50 000 from Bournemouth (1995)
26th November
Derek Dawkins makes his final appearance, away at Scunthorpe (1988)
27th November
Ian Atkins replaced as manager by Luboš Kubík (2006)
28th November
First FA Cup Match (proper), Torquay United 1-1 Reading in the First Round (1925)
29th November
Phil Sandercock makes his debut against Brighton, aged 16 years and 162 days. This was a Club Record that stood until 1993 (1969)
A 2-0 win against Oxford in the FA Cup sets a Club Record 17 matches without defeat in all competitions (2008)
30th November
Stubbs (x2), Pym, Jenkins and Northcott all score as Chester are beaten 5-0 at Plainmoor
1st December
Jason Fowler makes his debut, having signed from Cardiff (2001)
2nd December
Torquay United 2-2 Mr Tomney’s XI (1899)
3rd December
After winning through four qualifying rounds, Torquay Town lose in a 5th qualifying round,
a first ever FA Cup defeat, away at Accrington (1910)
4th December
The ‘Prime Minister of Plainmoor’ Tommy Mitchinson makes his final appearance for the club, away at Mansfield,
before leaving to join Bournemouth (1971)
5th December
Dave Caldwell scores in a 1-0 win away at Bristol City (1987)
6th December
The Gulls hold Graham Taylor’s Watford to a 1-1 draw at Plainmoor in the FA Cup (1997)
7th December
Torquay United 4-2 Manchester United. Ray Wilkins and Lou Macari goals are mere consolations, although unfortunately
this was Tony Brown’s testimonial and not a competitive game (1981)
8th December
Torquay’s first ever league victory against Plymouth is achieved with a 3-2 win (1951)
9th December
Leon Constantine signs from Peterborough for a Club Record £75 000 (2004)
10th December
A 4-2 home win against Reading sets a new Club Record for 15 league games without defeat (1960) 
Paul Trollope plays his final game before a £100 000 move to Derby (1994)
11th December
Neville Southall signs, aged 40 (1998)
Neville Southall produces a goalkeeping masterclass, presumably aged 41, away at QPR in a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup (1999)
12th December
Walsall 8-4 Torquay United (1995)
13th December
An 8th consecutive league draw, 2-2 at home to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, sets a new Club Record (1969)
Enfield become the 4th non-league club in 4 seasons to knock Torquay out of the FA Cup (1994)
14th December
A 2-0 win at Gillingham is the only away victory of the season (1929)
Geoff Cox makes his debut in a 1-1 draw away at QPR (1957)
A 2-1 defeat to Crewe is the final match in charge for Frank O’Farrell before he takes charge at Leicester City (1968)
John Uzzell is on the receiving end of a fractured cheekbone and eye socket after a ‘collision’ with Brentford striker Gary Blissett.
He never plays again and the case was taken to court (1991)
15th December
Percy Varco scores a hat-trick against Bristol Rovers Reserves in the Southern League,
his last goals before a £200 move to Aston Villa (1923)
Elliot Benyon scores a hat-trick against Stockport in the FA Cup (2009)
16th December
Manchester United lose 5-0 at Crystal Place, a result which sees Frank O’Farrell sacked, along with
his assistant Malcolm Musgrove, who is the new Torquay manager within a month (1972)
17th December
Dean Sturridge makes his debut after signing on loan from Derby, scoring the second goal
in a 2-1 win against Lincoln at Plainmoor (1994)
Morike Sako scores the winner in a 1-0 win away at Bristol Rovers (2005)
18th December
Leyton Orient win 7-2 at Plainmoor during a run of 6 straight league defeats (1954)
19th December
A 3-1 win at Doncaster gets Torquay back on track, on the way to a first ever promotion (1959)
20th December
Don Mills scores in his first appearance of his second spell, following a Club Record transfer from Leeds,
netting in a 4-2 home win against Southend (1952)
Julie Goodyear appears at Plainmoor in support of Justin Fashanu (1992)
Future England manager 'Big Sam' Allardyce leads his Notts County side to a 2-0 win at Plainmoor,
en route to the Division Three title (1997)
21st December
Robin Stubbs scores twice in a 3-2 win against Halifax at Plainmoor, netting 24 league goals in his first season at the club (1963)
22nd December
Phil Lloyd breaks his leg during a game at Maidstone (1990)
23rd December
New £9 000 four-pylon floodlights are officially switched on by pantomime stars Derek Roy and Ruby Murray
before a home match with Watford (1960)
24th December
Sammy Collins scores a hat-trick away at Walsall in a 4-1 win (1955)
25th December
Exeter City visit Plainmoor for the final match to be played on Christmas Day (1957)
26th December
Club Record 28th successive home game without a clean sheet (1929)
Leslie Lievesley becomes the first Torquay player to be shown a red card, away at Swindon (1933)
Dennis Lewis makes his 442nd and final league appearance, a figure which remains a Club Record (1958)
Ron Atkinson and Robin Stubbs are both shown red cards after fighting (1963)
27th December
Newport County are beaten 3-0 at Plainmoor, the third match played in three days over the Christmas period (1931)
28th December
Bournemouth 2-1 Torquay United in League Two. An 18 year old Adam Smith, on loan from Tottenham at the time, played
against the club he would later represent in the Premiership (2009)
29th December
Phil Lloyd misses the home game with Burnley with a broken leg, the first game he missed in any competition since
making his debut in August 1987, a run of 204 consecutive games (1990)
30th December
Town crier and bell-ringer John Bartlett is ejected from the stadium during a home game against Maidstone (1989)
31st December
Sammy Collins scores a hat-trick as Exeter are beaten 3-1 at Plainmoor (1955)
Tommy Northcott scores a hat-trick against Walsall in a 3-0 win at Plainmoor, his second treble of the season (1960)