List of Torquay United F.C. records and statistics

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Torquay United Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Torquay, Devon. This list details the major honours and achievements won by Torquay United as well as records set by the club, the players and the managers.[1]

Torquay United fans at the 2009 Conference National play-off Final

Honours and achievements[edit]

Torquay United won their first honour in 1909 as champions of the Torquay & District League before winning the Plymouth & District League (when they were known as Torquay Town) in 1912. After merging with Babbacombe and reverting to the name of Torquay United, the club won the Southern League Western Section in 1927 as well as finishing runners-up in the Western League during the same season.

Since being elected into the Football League in 1927, Torquay United have yet to progress any further than the third tier of English football. United's highest ever League finish was when they were runners-up to Alf Ramsey's Ipswich Town in the Third Division South in 1957. After the Football League was expanded into four nationwide divisions in 1958, Torquay have spent most of their existence in the bottom section. However, United have won automatic promotion to the third division on three occasions (1960, 1966 and 2004) and promoted via the play-offs just once (in 1991). The 1991 Division Four play-off Final was the second time Torquay United had played at Wembley Stadium having been runners-up to Bolton Wanderers in the 1989 Sherpa Van Trophy Final. Torquay would make a third appearance at Wembley in 1998 but were beaten again by Colchester United in the Division Three play-off Final. Despite being relegated to the Football Conference in 2007, Torquay found themselves at the new Wembley Stadium the following year for the 2008 FA Trophy Final. Unfortunately, Torquay were destined to be the losing side again, being beaten this time by Ebbsfleet United. However, the club's fifth appearance at Wembley for the 2009 Conference National play-off Final resulted in a victory against Cambridge United and ensured the club's return to the Football League after a two-year absence.

Torquay United have reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on seven occasions and the Third Round of the League Cup on four occasions. The club also progressed to the final of the short-lived Third Division South Cup in 1934 before losing to local rivals Exeter City. Unfortunately, despite also reaching the final again in 1939, the match was never played due to the outbreak of World War II. On a local level, Torquay have won the Devon Senior Cup twice (once under the name of Torquay Town) and the Devon Professional Bowl (and its successor the Devon St Luke's Bowl) on fifteen separate occasions.

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

The player with the most appearances for Torquay United is Kevin Hill who made his 474th appearance for the club during the 2008 FA Trophy Final. He beat the previous record of 473 which had been held by Dennis Lewis since 1958.[2] Only three other players, Ron Shaw, Tommy Northcott and Ian Twitchin, have made more than 400 appearances for United.

Most appearances[edit]

All competitive first team matches are included. Appearances as substitute are in brackets.

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
1 England Hill, KevinKevin Hill 1997–2008 417 (58) 26 (4) 15 (1) 16 (4) 474 (67)
2 Wales Lewis, DennisDennis Lewis 1947–1958 443 (0) 30 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 473 (0)
3 England Northcott, TommyTommy Northcott 1949–1952
1957–1966
410 (0) 25 (0) 8 (0) 0 (0) 443 (0)
4 England Twitchin, IanIan Twitchin 1970–1981 400 (26) 15 (0) 20 (5) 0 (0) 435 (31)
5 England Shaw, RonRon Shaw 1947–1958 384 (0) 28 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 412 (0)
6 England Mansell, LeeLee Mansell 2006–2014 339 (9) 21 (0) 5 (0) 16 (1) 389 (10)
7 England Collins, SammySammy Collins 1948–1958 356 (0) 23 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 379 (0)
8 Grenada Bedeau, TonyTony Bedeau 1995–2006
2007–2008
327 (81) 20 (4) 9 (0) 17 (11) 373 (96)
9 England Mills, DonDon Mills 1949
1952–1962
342 (0) 23 (0) 2 (0) 0 (0) 367 (0)
10 England Bettany, ColinColin Bettany 1957–1965 335 (0) 16 (0) 10 (0) 0 (0) 361 (0)

Goalscorers[edit]

Sammy Collins has held the club's goalscoring record since 1958 with 219 in all competitions. Ron Shaw, Tommy Northcott and Robin Stubbs are the only other players to have scored more than 100 goals for Torquay.

Top goalscorers[edit]

All competitive first team matches are included. Appearances, including those as substitute, are in brackets.

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
1 England Collins, SammySammy Collins 1948–1958 204 (356) 15 (23) 0 (0) 0 (0) 219 (379)
2 England Northcott, TommyTommy Northcott 1949–1952
1957–1966
136 (410) 13 (25) 1 (8) 0 (0) 150 (443)
3 England Stubbs, RobinRobin Stubbs 1963–1969
1971–1973
121 (238) 8 (12) 4 (13) 0 (0) 133 (263)
4 England Shaw, RonRon Shaw 1947–1958 99 (384) 7 (28) 0 (0) 0 (0) 106 (412)
5 England Pym, ErnieErnie Pym 1957–1965 83 (284) 10 (15) 1 (8) 0 (0) 94 (307)
6 England CooperSteve Cooper 1977–1984 76 (234) 7 (17) 4 (15) 3 (5) 90 (271)
7 England Hutchinson, AlbertAlbert Hutchinson 1930–1939 80 (317) 2 (15) 0 (0) 2 (6) 84 (338)
8 England Mills, DonDon Mills 1949
1952–1962
81 (342) 2 (23) 1 (2) 0 (0) 84 (367)
9 England Conley, JackJack Conley 1939–1951 72 (156) 2 (12) 0 (0) 0 (0) 74 (168)
10 England Cox, GeoffGeoff Cox 1957–1967 62 (261) 4 (17) 2 (8) 0 (0) 68 (286)

International caps[edit]

Taiwo Atieno is the most recent player to receive an international cap while playing for Torquay United.

Only four players, Tony Bedeau, Rodney Jack, Gregory Goodridge and, most recently, Taiwo Atieno, have been capped while playing for Torquay United. However, a number of players have gone on to represent their countries after leaving Torquay. The earliest of these was Dartmouth born Ralph Birkett who played for United for three years before leaving for Arsenal in 1933 and eventually being capped by England in 1935. Future Liverpool manager Don Welsh also developed his career at Plainmoor before receiving the first of his three England caps in 1938.

In the 1980s, a young Lee Sharpe broke into the Torquay first team before being signed by Manchester United and subsequently appearing for England, while Keith Curle was also capped after playing for United. Matt Elliott, Paul Hall, Darren Moore and Paul Trollope have all represented their countries after leaving Plainmoor in the 1990s while, more recently, Jamie Ward was selected for Northern Ireland in 2011. In addition, several players have had loan spells at Torquay before being capped at international level, notably Steve Bould, Ívar Ingimarsson, Alan McLoughlin and Jason Roberts.[3]

Players capped while at Torquay United[edit]

Barbados Barbados

Grenada Grenada

Kenya Kenya

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Players capped after leaving Torquay United[edit]

Transfer fees[edit]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

# Name Fee Paid to Date Notes
1 England Constantine, LeonLeon Constantine £75,000 Peterborough United 10 December 2004 [4]
2 Wales Williams, EifionEifion Williams £70,000 Barry Town 25 March 1999
3 England Saunders, WesWes Saunders £60,000 Dundee July 1990

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Name Fee Received from Date Notes
1 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Jack, RodneyRodney Jack £600,000 Crewe Alexandra 17 July 1998
2 England Gregg, MattMatt Gregg £400,000 Crystal Palace 15 October 1998
3 Austria Olejnik, BobbyBobby Olejnik £300,000 Peterborough United 18 June 2012 [5]

Managerial records[edit]

  • First manager: Crad Evans, appointed player-manager in 1921.
  • Longest serving manager: Eric Webber, managed the club from 1951 until 1965.

Club records[edit]

Firsts[edit]

  • First match: Torquay United 5–0 Upton Cricket Club, 16 September 1899, Friendly.
  • First FA Cup match: Green Waves 0–2 Torquay Town, 1 October 1910, First Round Qualifying.
  • First FA Cup match (proper): Torquay United 1–1 Reading, 28 November 1925, First Round.
  • First Football League match: Torquay United 1–1 Exeter City, 27 August 1927, Third Division South.
  • First League Cup match: Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Torquay United, 2 November 1960, Second Round.

Wins[edit]

Defeats[edit]

Draws[edit]

Goals[edit]

Points[edit]

  • Most points in a season:
Two points for a win: 60 in 46 matches (1959–60 Division Four).
Three points for a win: 86 in 46 matches (2007–08 Conference National).[6]
  • Fewest points in a season:
Two points for a win: 30 in 42 matches (1927–28 Third Division South and 1937–38 Third Division South).
Three points for a win: 29 in 46 matches (1995–96 Division Three).

Sequences[edit]

  • Most consecutive League wins: 8 matches (24 January–3 March 1998, Division Three).
  • Most consecutive League defeats: 8 matches (26 March–21 April 1948, Third Division South; 29 September–6 November 1971, Division Three and 30 September–18 November 1995, Division Three).
  • Most consecutive League draws: 8 matches (25 October–13 December 1969, Division Three).
  • Most consecutive games without defeat in all competitions: 17 matches (7 September–29 November 2008).[9]
  • Most consecutive League games without defeat: 15 matches (14 September–10 December 1960, Division Three and 5 May–3 November 1990, Division Four).
  • Most consecutive League games without a win: 19 matches (23 September 2006–20 January 2007, League Two).
  • Most consecutive League clean sheets: 10 matches (5 April–21 August 2010, League Two).[10]
  • Longest run without conceding a goal: 998 minutes (3 April–28 August 2010, League Two).[11]

Attendances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unless stated otherwise, all records and statistics taken from Edwards, Leigh; Jon Gibbes; John Lovis (1999). Torquay United, The Official Centenary History, 1899–1999. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-38-0. 
  2. ^ "Hill's bitter sweet Wembley day". BBC Sport. 12 May 2008. 
  3. ^ National Football Teams
  4. ^ "Constantine seals return to Gulls". BBC Sport. 10 December 2004. 
  5. ^ "Peterborough United sign Torquay keeper Bobby Olejnik". BBC Sport. 18 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b statto.com » Torquay United 2007-2008 : English Conference Premier Table Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ statto.com » Torquay United 2002-2003 : English Division Three Table Archived 1 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Krasimirov, A. "Levski Sofia defender in tears after own goal record." in Reuters.com, 5 November 2010. (retrieved 18 April 2015)
  9. ^ "Late winner ends Torquay record". BBC Sport. 3 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Record-seeking Gulls deserve all their plaudits". thisissouthdevon.com. 
  11. ^ "We Were Worthy Winners". Torquayunited.com. Archived from the original on 1 September 2010.