1927–28 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
1927–28 season
Chairman England Charles Hore
Manager South Africa Percy Mackrill
Third Division South 22nd
FA Cup Did not enter
Top goalscorer Bert Turner (11)
Highest home attendance 10,749 v Exeter City, 27 August 1927
Lowest home attendance 2,156 v Brighton & Hove Albion, 1 October 1927
Average home league attendance 4,175
Home colours

The 1927–28 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's first season in the Football League and their first season in Third Division South. The season runs from 1 July 1927 to 30 June 1928.

Overview[edit]

Under the guidance of player-manager Percy Mackrill, Torquay United won the Western section of the Southern League in 1927 in only their sixth season as a professional football club. This achievement (along with an impressive three-leg resistance against high-flying Reading in the 1925–26 FA Cup) earned Torquay election to the Football League in time for the 1927–28 Third Division South season, at the expense of Aberdare Athletic.[1]

After an encouraging Football League debut - a 1–1 draw against Exeter City in front of over 10,000 supporters at their Plainmoor home ground - Torquay then suffered a humiliating 9–1 defeat away to eventual champions Millwall two days later. Although United did manage to restore some dignity in their next game with a 3–1 win away to fellow strugglers Merthyr Town, the season would prove to be a challenge for the debutants. Among the few highlights of a tough campaign were Bert Turner's hat-trick during the 4–2 win over Norwich City in January and the home and away victories over Brentford and Queens Park Rangers. Incidentally, Torquay were excused from this season's FA Cup as the additional qualifying rounds which had already been allocated to them before their election would have caused a significant disruption to their League fixtures.[1]

Notable players during Torquay's first League season included the aforementioned Turner (top scorer with 11 goals), outside right Jim Mackey who played in all but two games and goalkeeper Archie Bayes who, despite missing out on the debut match against Exeter City, played a total of 37 games during the season. Significant contributions were also made by centre forwards Bob Ringland (9 goals in 14 appearances) and Lew Griffiths (8 goals in 12 appearances). However, of these players, only Mackey would still be lining up for Torquay during the following season.[2]

With only 8 wins from 42 games, Torquay United ended their first season in the Third Division South in last place and had to seek re-election in order to remain in the Football League for the 1928–29 season.[1]

League statistics[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Millwall (C) (P) 42 30 5 7 127 50 2.540 65 Promotion to the Second Division
2 Northampton Town 42 23 9 10 102 64 1.594 55
3 Plymouth Argyle 42 23 7 12 85 54 1.574 53
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 19 10 13 81 69 1.174 48
5 Crystal Palace 42 18 12 12 79 72 1.097 48
6 Swindon Town 42 19 9 14 90 69 1.304 47
7 Southend United 42 20 6 16 80 64 1.250 46
8 Exeter City 42 17 12 13 70 60 1.167 46
9 Newport County 42 18 9 15 81 84 0.964 45
10 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 9 16 72 71 1.014 43
11 Charlton Athletic 42 15 13 14 60 70 0.857 43
12 Brentford 42 16 8 18 76 74 1.027 40
13 Luton Town 42 16 7 19 94 87 1.080 39
14 Bournemouth & Boscombe 42 13 12 17 72 79 0.911 38
15 Watford 42 14 10 18 68 78 0.872 38
16 Gillingham 42 13 11 18 62 81 0.765 37
17 Norwich City 42 10 16 16 66 70 0.943 36
18 Walsall 42 12 9 21 75 101 0.743 33
19 Bristol Rovers 42 14 4 24 67 93 0.720 32
20 Coventry City 42 11 9 22 67 96 0.698 31
21 Merthyr Town 42 9 13 20 53 91 0.582 31 Re-elected to the Third Division South
22 Torquay United 42 8 14 20 53 103 0.515 30

Source: "Football Club History Database". 
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts W D L GF GA GAv W D L GF GA GAv
42 8 14 20 53 103 0.515 30 4 10 7 27 36 0.75 4 4 13 26 67 0.388

Source: [1]

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GAv = Goal average; Pts = Points

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H H A H H A H A H A H A H A A H A A H A A H H A H A A H
Result D L W L L L L D D W L L L W W D L D L L D L W D D L D W L D L L D W L L L D W L D D
Position 11 17 13 18 21 22 22 21 22 18 20 20 21 21 17 17 19 17 21 22 21 21 21 21 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22

Source: [2]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match of the season[edit]

TORQUAY UNITED 1–1 EXETER CITY
Third Division South
Plainmoor, 27 August 1927

TORQUAY UNITED
EXETER CITY
TORQUAY UNITED:
GK 1 England Laurie Millsom
RB 2 England George Cook
LB 3 England George Smith
RH 4 England Maurice Wellock
CH 5 England Frank Wragge
LH 6 Scotland Jack Connor
OR 7 England Jim Mackey
IR 8 England Bert Turner Goal
CF 9 Wales Jimmy Jones
IL 10 Scotland Tom McGovern
OL 11 Scotland Dan Thomson

Torquay United's very first match in the Football League was a Devon derby with nearest rivals Exeter City. Percy Mackrill fielded a side which would have been largely unfamiliar to supporters who had watched the Magpies in the Southern League. Fourteen new players were signed by Torquay before their first League campaign began and ten of those made their debuts in the first match of the season.[3] Only Laurie Millsom had previously played for the Magpies before and he was only selected due to an injury to first choice keeper Archie Bayes (a Torquay veteran himself).[1]

Player-manager Mackrill declined to select himself at left back, instead choosing George Smith to partner George Cook in defence. Centre half Frank Wragge anchored the midfield with captain Jack Connor on his left and (despite being an experienced forward) Maurice Wellock playing as a right wing half. Meanwhile, Welsh centre forward Jimmy Jones was flanked by inside forwards Tom McGovern and Bert Turner while Dan Thomson and Jim Mackey adopted the outside forward positions.[2]

Torquay's debut Football League game ended in a 1–1 draw, with Bert Turner scoring the home side's goal from the penalty spot and Exeter's Billy Vaughan scoring a late equaliser for the visitors.[1]

Results[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

First team appearances[edit]

Nat Pos Player Third Division South
Apps Goals
England GK Archie Bayes 37 0
England GK Laurie Millsom 5 0
England DF George Cook 29 0
England DF Jack Price 26 0
South Africa DF Percy Mackrill 6 0
England DF George Smith 6 0
England MF Claude Gough 28 0
England MF Frank Wragge 27 0
Scotland MF Jack Connor 24 0
England MF Charlie Davis 18 0
Scotland MF Hugh Good 16 0
Wales MF David Daniel 15 2
England MF Wally Clark 6 0
England FW Jim Mackey 40 3
England FW Bert Turner 38 11
England FW Maurice Wellock 27 3
England FW Jack Pattison 26 5
Wales FW Jimmy Jones 20 6
Scotland FW Tom McGovern 18 1
England FW Bob Ringland 14 9
Wales FW Lew Griffiths 12 8
Scotland FW Dan Thomson 11 2
England FW Herbert Budd 7 2
Wales FW Alwyn Thomas 5 0
England FW George Orrick 3 0
England FW Len Knapman 1 0

Source:[2]

Top Scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Name Third Division South
1 FW England Bert Turner 11
2 FW England Bob Ringland 9
3 FW Wales Lew Griffiths 8
4 FW Wales Jimmy Jones 6
5 FW England Jack Pattison 5
6 FW England Jim Mackey 3
= FW England Maurice Wellock 3
8 FW England Herbert Budd 2
= MF Wales David Daniel 2
= FW Scotland Dan Thomson 2
11 FW Scotland Tom McGovern 1
Own goals 1
TOTAL 53

Source:[2]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

First appearance Nat. Pos. Name From
27 August 1927 Scotland MF Jack Connor Newport County
27 August 1927 England DF George Cook Preston North End
27 August 1927 Wales FW Jimmy Jones Aberdare Athletic
27 August 1927 England FW Jim Mackey West Stanley
27 August 1927 Scotland FW Tom McGovern Queen of the South
27 August 1927 England DF George Smith Walsall
27 August 1927 Scotland FW Dan Thomson Bournemouth & Boscombe
27 August 1927 England FW Bert Turner Brierley Hill Alliance
27 August 1927 England FW Maurice Wellock Oldham Athletic
27 August 1927 England MF Frank Wragge Stafford Rangers
3 September 1927 England MF Charlie Davis Bath City
3 September 1927 England DF Jack Price Brentford
17 September 1927 England MF Claude Gough Queens Park Rangers
3 December 1927 England FW George Orrick Unattached
17 December 1927 England FW Herbert Budd Exeter City
27 December 1927 England FW Bob Ringland Unattached
14 January 1928 England FW Len Knapman Unattached
18 February 1928 Scotland MF Hugh Good Bristol City
31 March 1928 England MF Wally Clark Barrow

Out[edit]

Last appearance Nat. Pos. Name To
17 September 1927 England DF George Smith Exmouth Town
17 December 1927 England FW George Orrick Bristol City
27 December 1927 Wales MF David Daniel Released
31 December 1927 Scotland FW Dan Thomson Walsall
14 January 1928 Wales FW Jimmy Jones Worcester City
14 January 1928 England FW Len Knapman Dartmouth United
7 April 1928 England MF Wally Clark Connah's Quay & Shotton
7 April 1928 England FW Maurice Wellock Peterborough & Fletton United
9 April 1928 England MF Claude Gough Clapton Orient
9 April 1928 England FW Bob Ringland Broadway United
28 April 1928 Scotland FW Tom McGovern Sheppey United
5 May 1928 Scotland MF Jack Connor Released
5 May 1928 England DF George Cook Carlisle United
5 May 1928 Scotland MF Hugh Good Raith Rovers
5 May 1928 Wales FW Lew Griffiths Crystal Palace
5 May 1928 England FW Jack Pattison Taunton United
5 May 1928 England FW Bert Turner Bristol Rovers
5 May 1928 England MF Frank Wragge Walsall

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Edwards, Leigh; Gibbes, Jon; Lovis, John (1999). Torquay United, The Official Centenary History, 1899-1999. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-38-0
  2. ^ a b c d e Edwards, Leigh (1997). The Definitive Torquay United F.C.. The Association of Football Statisticians. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.
  3. ^ Holgate, Mike (1999). Torquay United Football Club 1899-1999. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-1814-9

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