2007–08 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
2007–08 season
Chairman England Alex Rowe
Manager England Paul Buckle
Conference National 3rd
FA Cup Second Round
FA Trophy Runners-up
Conference League Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League:
Tim Sills (19)
All:
Tim Sills (23)
Highest home attendance 6,015 v Exeter City, 1 May 2008
(Conference National play-off)
Lowest home attendance 1,277 v Bashley, 15 Dec 2007
(FA Trophy)
Average home league attendance 3,864
Home colours
Away colours

The 2007–08 season was Torquay United's first season in the Conference National after being relegated from League Two. The season runs from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008.

Overview[edit]

Having been a Football League team for 80 years, Torquay United were finally relegated at the end of the 2006–07 season. After the most chaotic and disastrous season in Torquay's history, chairman Mike Bateson eventually sold the club to an eight-man consortium with Alex Rowe appointed as the new chairman and former-Gull Colin Lee returning as chief executive.[1][2] Although Leroy Rosenior had previously been announced as the new manager, the consortium decided to go in a different direction and install ex-Torquay midfielder and current Exeter City assistant manager Paul Buckle as the new boss.[3][4] With only a handful of players still on the club's books, Buckle had to work fast to build a new team in time for Torquay's first season in the Conference.

Despite a slightly nervous 0–0 draw with Grays Athletic in their first ever Conference match, the Gulls soon established themselves within the division and quickly became the team to beat. Buckle had managed to create a particularly potent strike force with new signings Tim Sills, Chris Zebroski and Lee Phillips combining to score nearly 50 league goals between them and Torquay were never out of the play-off spots all season. United were also enjoying more TV coverage than ever before with Setanta Sports now televising live Conference games and the BBC even coming to Plainmoor to broadcast the 4–1 FA Cup First Round victory over League One side Yeovil Town. Yeovil had themselves previously inflicted a cup 'upset' over Torquay in 1992 when they were a non-League side, so it was sweet revenge for the Gulls now that the two team's fortunes had been reversed.

After eventually finishing 3rd in the Conference, Torquay met their local rivals Exeter City in the play-off semi-final. Despite coming away from St James Park with a 2–1 lead in the first leg and going 1–0 up in the return match at Plainmoor, Exeter managed to score four goals in the final 18 minutes of the match to condemn Torquay to a 5–3 aggregate defeat and another season in the Conference. There was the possibility of a consolation for Torquay just a few days later as they had reached the final of the FA Trophy which entailed a trip to the new Wembley Stadium. However, a 1–0 defeat by Ebbsfleet United resulted in another disappointing day for the Gulls. Maybe the only highlight of the day was a late substitute appearance from Kevin Hill who made his 474th and final appearance for Torquay United, breaking the all-time appearance record which had been set by Dennis Lewis back in 1958.[5]

Although Torquay United were perhaps a club who were fortunate to even still be in existence after the débâcle of the previous season, this was a campaign which had promised to deliver so much but had ultimately ended in disappointment. Having failed to return to the Football League at the first attempt, Torquay would now have to make sure they achieved it at the second time of asking.

League statistics[edit]

Conference National[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Aldershot Town (C) (P) 46 31 8 7 82 48 +34 101 Promotion to League Two
2 Cambridge United 46 25 11 10 68 41 +27 86 Qualification to Conference National playoffs
3 Torquay United 46 26 8 12 83 57 +26 86
4 Exeter City (P) 46 22 17 7 83 58 +25 83
5 Burton Albion 46 23 12 11 79 56 +23 81
6 Stevenage Borough 46 24 7 15 82 55 +27 79
7 Histon 46 20 12 14 76 67 +9 72
8 Forest Green Rovers 46 19 14 13 76 59 +17 71
9 Oxford United 46 20 11 15 56 48 +8 71
10 Grays Athletic 46 19 13 14 58 47 +11 70
11 Ebbsfleet United 46 19 12 15 65 61 +4 69
12 Salisbury City 46 18 14 14 70 60 +10 68
13 Kidderminster Harriers 46 19 10 17 74 57 +17 67
14 York City 46 17 11 18 71 74 −3 62
15 Crawley Town 46 19 9 18 73 67 +6 060*
16 Rushden & Diamonds 46 15 14 17 55 55 0 59
17 Woking 46 12 17 17 53 61 −8 53
18 Weymouth 46 11 13 22 53 73 −20 46
19 Northwich Victoria 46 11 11 24 52 78 −26 44
20 Halifax Town (R) 46 12 16 18 61 70 −9 042
21 Altrincham 46 9 14 23 56 82 −26 41
22 Farsley Celtic (R) 46 10 9 27 48 86 −38 39 Relegation to Conference North/Conference South
23 Stafford Rangers (R) 46 5 10 31 42 99 −57 25
24 Droylsden (R) 46 5 9 32 46 103 −57 24

Source: English Football
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
* Crawley Town deducted 6 points for financial irregularities.[6]
Halifax Town deducted 10 points for entering administration. Club relegated instead of Altrincham after going into liquidation.[7][8]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 26 8 12 83 57 +26 86 15 3 5 39 21 +18 11 5 7 44 36 +8

Source: Torquay United

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 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H A H H A H A A H H A A H A H A H A A A H H A H H A H H A H A A H A A H H A H A H A H
Result D W W W D W W L W W W W W L D W W L W W W L W W L D W W D W D L L L W W D W L W W W L D L L
Position 13 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3

Source: Torquay United
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Season diary[edit]

Match results[edit]

All friendly matches and first team games in Conference National, FA Cup, FA Trophy and Conference League Cup are listed below. Reserve matches and regional cup competitions are not included.

Conference National[edit]

For information on this season's Conference National, see Conference National 2007-08
Date Opponent Venue Result Position Attendance Scorers
12 August 2007 Grays Athletic Home Drew 0-0 13 4,012
15 August 2007 Aldershot Town Away Won 3-0 2 3,139 Sills, Stevens, Zebroski
18 August 2007 Northwich Victoria Away Won 3-1 1 1,117 Sills, Phillips (2)
25 August 2007 Rushden & Diamonds Home Won 3-2 1 3,107 Sills, Phillips, Zebroski
27 August 2007 Forest Green Rovers Away Drew 2-2 1 2,382 Hargreaves, Robertson
1 September 2007 Stafford Rangers Home Won 2-0 1 2,980 Todd, Benyon
4 September 2007 Salisbury City Home Won 4-0 1 3,215 Todd, Phillips, Sills (2)
10 September 2007 Burton Albion Away Lost 3-1 3 2,086 Benyon
14 September 2007 Halifax Town Home Won 3-1 1 2,727 Robertson, Sills, Hockley
18 September 2007 Histon Town Away Won 5-4 1 763 Sills, Mullings, Zebroski (2), Todd
22 September 2007 Kidderminster Harriers Away Won 5-2 1 2,027 Hinshelwood, Sills, Zebroski (2), Phillips
25 September 2007 Weymouth Home Won 3-2 1 3,548 Zebroski, Phillips, Hill
29 September 2007 Droylsden Home Won 2-1 1 3,321 Sills, Phillips
6 October 2007 Ebbsfleet United Away Lost 2-1 1 1,386 Ellis
11 October 2007 Oxford United Away Drew 3-3 2 4,633 Welsh, Zebroski, Sills
14 October 2007 Stevenage Borough Home Won 4-2 1 3,744 Zebroski (2), Julian (og), Phillips
21 October 2007 York City Away Won 1-0 1 2,483 Todd
3 November 2007 Cambridge United Home Lost 2-1 2 3,368 Benyon
17 November 2007 Crawley Town Away Won 3-2 2 1,848 Mansell, Ellis, Sills
24 November 2007 Woking Home Won 2-0 2 3,275 Benyon, Hargreaves
12 December 2007 Farsley Celtic Away Won 2-1 2 717 Zebroski, Stevens
26 December 2007 Exeter City Away Lost 4-3 2 7,839 Todd, Phillips, Nicholson
29 December 2007 Woking Away Won 1-0 2 2,181 Sills
1 January 2008 Exeter City Home Won 1-0 2 6,021 Sills
7 January 2008 Burton Albion Home Lost 2-1 2 2,359 Zebroski
19 January 2008 Salisbury City Away Drew 0-0 3 2,633
28 January 2008 Histon Home Won 1-0 2 2,482 Sills
9 February 2008 Kidderminster Harriers Home Won 1-0 2 3,012 Ellis
12 February 2008 Weymouth Away Drew 0-0 2 1,970
16 February 2008 Ebbsfleet United Home Won 3-1 2 2,704 Mohamed (2), Zebroski
26 February 2008 Altrincham Home Drew 1-1 2 2,310 Zebroski
1 March 2008 Grays Athletic Away Lost 2-0 2 1,018
3 March 2008 Aldershot Town Home Lost 2-1 2 4,510 Phillips
11 March 2008 Halifax Town Away Lost 3-2 3 894 Phillips (2)
22 March 2008 Stafford Rangers Away Won 2-0 4 905 Sills, Dsane
24 March 2008 Forest Green Rovers Home Won 1-0 2 3,071 Dsane
29 March 2008 Altrincham Away Drew 1-1 2 1,163 Hill
1 April 2008 Droylsden Away Won 2-1 2 476 Sills, Dsane
5 April 2008 Farsley Celtic Home Lost 1-0 2 2,406
8 April 2008 Oxford United Home Won 3-2 2 2,241 Zebroski (2), Sills
12 April 2008 Stevenage Borough Away Won 3-1 2 2,673 Hargreaves, Zebroski, Sills
15 April 2008 Northwich Victoria Home Won 1-0 2 2,270 Zebroski
17 April 2008 Rushden & Diamonds Away Lost 2-1 2 1,276 Benyon
19 April 2008 York City Home Drew 0-0 2 2,165
22 April 2008 Cambridge United Away Lost 2-0 2 4,100
26 April 2008 Crawley Town Home Lost 2-1 3 3,121 Sills

Conference National Play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
Semi-Final(first leg) 1 May 2008 Exeter City Away Won 2-1 8,276 Sills, Zebroski
Semi-Final(second leg) 5 May 2008 Exeter City Home Lost 4-1 6,015 Hill
Exeter City won 5-3 on aggregate

FA Cup[edit]

For information on this season's FA Cup, see FA Cup 2007-08
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
4th Qualifying Round 27 October 2007 Bath City Away Won 2-0 2,149 Phillips, Stevens
1st Round 11 November 2007 Yeovil Town Home Won 4-1 3,718 Todd (2), Stevens (2)
2nd Round 1 December 2007 Brighton & Hove Albion Home Lost 2-0 4,010

FA Trophy[edit]

For information on this season's FA Trophy, see FA Trophy 2007-08
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1st Round 15 December 2007 Bashley Home Won 1-0 1,277 Sills
2nd Round 12 January 2008 Newport County Away Won 2-1 1,510 Hargreaves (2)
3rd Round 4 February 2008 AFC Wimbledon Away Won 2-0 4,085 D'Sane, Phillips
4th Round 23 February 2008 Crawley Town Home Won 4-1 2,301 D'Sane, Mohamed (2), Phillips
Semi-final (first leg) 7 March 2008 York City Home Won 2-0 2,286 Sills, Phillips
Semi-final (second leg) 15 March 2008 York City Away Lost 1-0 3,625
Torquay United won 2-1 on aggregate
Final 10 May 2008 Ebbsfleet United Wembley Lost 1-0 40,186

Conference League Cup[edit]

For information on this season's Conference League Cup, see Conference League Cup 2007-08
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance
4th Round 22 December 2007 St Albans City Away Lost 1-0 454

Player statistics[edit]

As of final game of the season on 10 May 2008.[43]
No. Player League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals YC Yellow card.svg RC Red card.svg
24 England Adams, SteveSteve Adams 12 0 7 0 19 0 1 0
36 Denmark Andersen, MikkelMikkel Andersen 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
12 England Banim, JodyJody Banim 8 0 0 0 8 0 1 0
15 Grenada Bedeau, TonyTony Bedeau 23 0 4 0 27 0 4 0
9 England Benyon, ElliotElliot Benyon 22 5 8 0 30 5 1 0
20 England D'Sane, RoscoeRoscoe D'Sane 19 3 6 2 25 5 3 0
25 England Ellis, MarkMark Ellis 22 3 7 0 29 3 3 0
14 England Hargreaves, ChrisChris Hargreaves 38 3 14 2 52 5 8 0
11 England Hill, KevinKevin Hill 13 2 7 1 20 3 0 0
2 England Hinshelwood, PaulPaul Hinshelwood 7 1 1 0 8 1 1 0
16 England Hockley, MatthewMatthew Hockley 29 1 4 0 33 1 5 0
20 England Laird, ScottScott Laird 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10 England Phillips, LeeLee Phillips 41 12 13 5 54 17 6 0
7 England Mansell, LeeLee Mansell 34 1 14 0 48 1 7 1
23 Wales Mohamed, KaidKaid Mohamed 10 2 4 2 14 4 0 0
17 England Mullings, DarrenDarren Mullings 6 1 1 0 7 1 1 1
3 England Nicholson, KevinKevin Nicholson 46 1 16 0 62 1 0 0
27 England Poke, MichaelMichael Poke 4 0 2 0 6 0 0 0
1 Canada Rayner, SimonSimon Rayner 30 0 3 0 33 0 0 0
21 England Rice, MartinMartin Rice 9 0 11 0 20 0 1 0
5 Scotland Robertson, ChrisChris Robertson 23 2 8 0 31 2 3 0
8 England Sills, TimTim Sills 44 19 15 4 59 23 5 0
19 England Stevens, DannyDanny Stevens 29 2 10 3 39 5 2 0
24 England Thompson, LeslieLeslie Thompson 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
6 Wales Todd, ChrisChris Todd 42 5 15 2 57 7 8 0
18 England Welsh, IshmaelIshmael Welsh 18 1 4 0 22 4 0 0
4 England Woods, SteveSteve Woods 21 0 8 0 29 0 5 0
12 England Wring, DannyDanny Wring 6 0 1 0 7 0 0 0
26 England Zebroski, ChrisChris Zebroski 46 18 15 1 61 19 7 0

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  43. ^ Cup games include the FA Cup (including the FA Cup 4th round qualifying match not reported by Soccerbase), the FA Trophy and the Conference League Cup but not any other competition. Conference play-off appearances are included within Cup Apps