1926–27 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
1926–27 season
Chairman England Charles Hore
Manager South Africa Percy Mackrill
Southern League
Western Section
1st
Promoted to
Third Division South
Western League
Professional Section
2nd
FA Cup First Round
Devon Professional
Trophy
Semi Final
Top goalscorer League:
Lew Griffiths (15)

All:
Lew Griffiths &
Len Marlow (25)
Home colours

The 1926–27 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's sixth season in competitive football and their fifth season in the Southern League. The season ran from 1 July 1926 to 30 June 1927.

Overview[edit]

For the second season in succession, Torquay United found themselves competing in both the Southern League and the Western League. With the Professional Section of the Western League now expanded to include twelve teams, United had to play a total of 48 games spread across the two leagues. The Magpies certainly rose to the challenge in both competitions. In the Southern League, Percy Mackrill's men were particularly impressive at Plainmoor where only a shock Boxing Day defeat to Bath City prevented the team from achieving a 100% home record. United also suffered just one home defeat in their Western League campaign, a 2–0 loss to eventual champions Bristol City Reserves. However, in the Southern League, it was the Magpies who prevailed over City's Reserves and Torquay United were crowned winners of the Western Section in April.[1] As Western champions, Torquay met the winners of the Eastern Section, Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves, in the Southern League play-off final. However, United lost the game 4-0 making Brighton's Reserves the overall Southern League champions.[2]

Following an impressive display against Third Division South side Reading in the previous season's FA Cup, Torquay were this season given a bye to the First Round proper. United again gave a good account of themselves against Football League opposition when, after holding Bristol Rovers to a 1–1 draw at Plainmoor, they were unfortunate to be beaten 1–0 in the replay at the Eastville Stadium in a game in which Torquay missed a penalty.[1]

Having enjoyed such a successful season, Torquay United now made a second attempt to gain membership of the Football League. Although they hadn't received a single vote in their previous attempt to enter the Third Division South in 1922, United's bid was now far more credible and was reflected in the votes cast this time around. At the Football League's meeting in London's Connaught Rooms on 30 May, one of the two current League clubs up for re-election, Watford, won a respectable 44 votes, while the other, Aberdare Athletic, found themselves tied with Torquay in second place on 21 votes each. Despite claims by Aberdare's secretary of a biased scrutineer, a second vote went in the Magpies favour with a 26–19 split meaning that Torquay United would now be taking the Welsh team's place in the 1927–28 season of the Third Division South.[2]

After nearly thirty years of organised football and various team mergers and name changes, the town of Torquay finally had a Football League club of its own.

League statistics[edit]

Southern League Western Section[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Torquay United (C) (P) 26 17 4 5 63 30 2.10 38 Promotion to the Third Division South
2 Bristol City Reserves 26 14 10 2 77 37 2.08 38
3 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 26 15 4 7 56 38 1.47 34
4 Ebbw Vale 26 14 2 10 67 45 1.48 30
5 Bristol Rovers Reserves 26 12 4 10 51 43 1.18 28
6 Swindon Town Reserves 26 11 5 10 60 57 1.05 27
7 Barry 26 11 4 11 65 50 1.30 26
8 Exeter City Reserves 26 10 6 10 62 49 1.26 26
9 Weymouth 26 12 2 12 48 65 0.73 26
10 Newport County Reserves 26 9 6 11 57 53 1.07 24
11 Bath City 26 7 9 10 44 52 0.84 23
12 Yeovil & Petters United 26 9 5 12 49 66 0.74 23
13 Taunton United 26 4 4 18 36 83 0.43 12
14 Mid Rhondda United 26 2 5 19 22 89 0.24 9

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

Western League Professional Section[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Bristol City Reserves (C) 22 16 2 4 59 32 1.84 34
2 Torquay United 22 14 4 4 47 27 1.74 32
3 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 22 13 1 8 63 37 1.70 27
4 Lovells Athletic 22 11 5 6 47 36 1.31 27
5 Bristol Rovers Reserves 22 12 3 7 49 41 1.19 27
6 Exeter City Reserves 22 10 3 9 61 53 1.51 23
7 Yeovil & Petters United 22 10 1 11 49 44 1.11 21
8 Swindon Town Reserves 22 9 2 11 41 47 0.87 20
9 Bath City 22 8 3 11 35 50 0.70 19
10 Poole 22 6 2 14 40 69 0.58 14
11 Taunton United 22 4 3 15 28 55 0.51 11
12 Weymouth 22 3 3 16 30 57 0.53 9

Source:[1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted.

Results[edit]

Southern League Western Section[edit]

Southern League play-off final[edit]

Western League Professional Section[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1926–27 FA Cup

Devon Professional Trophy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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 Holgate, Mike (1999). Torquay United Football Club 1899-1999. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-1814-9

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