30 July 2011

An interesting selection of Torquay Utd forum posts

Below are an selection of forum postings from the TorquayFans site prior to the game starting today:

From Stefano

It is a critical time for Truro City at the crossroads of either pushing for the Football League or slipping away like Tiverton and Weymouth or worst of all over extending trying to succeed and slipping into oblivion like Newton Abbot and Dawlish Town. Heaney's involvement with the purchase of Plymouth Argyle is curious and it does make you wonder if he has a genuine interest in football or merely looks on it as a business opportunity. The plans for a new Stadium for Cornwall at Threemilestone will also be crucial as to which direction the club go, bearing in mind it was plans for a new Home Park and a World Cup bid that Argyle were over relying on and which pushed them to the brink.

I have played at Truro several times when they were leading members of the South Western League and it was a lovely ground to play at and a good atmosphere. Way back then in the late 60's and early 70's they regularly attracted crowds of over a 1000 (as indeed did Falmouth Town, Penzance, and St Blazey in the same league).

Mind you football was better supported then generally on the back of the feel good factor of winning the World Cup in 1966 and putting in a very creditable performance in the 1970 tournament. The Torbay Herald Cup final each Good Friday at Newton Abbot Recreation Ground used to attract crowds of over 3000 for the likes of Torquay United A v Kingsteignton Athletic, whilst at Plainmoor we averaged over 8000 for the first team in the old Division 3 (now League 1) and over 1000 for the reserves in the Western League.

Some notable Plainmoor attendance figures from that period to get Trojan filling up with nostalgia were 15660 v Argyle, 11707 v Bristol Rovers, 13072 v Swindon Town, 10693 v Bury, 11877 v Southport, 11427 v Luton Town, and 1137 reserves v Glastonbury.

Those were the days although I am looking forward to this season as much as I have ever looked forward to a season. I have liked what I have seen so far from our new manager and I feel that on balance we are stronger than last season and will again be in around the promotion places. Hopefully success will be reflected in the crowds who can be assured that unlike at the Memorial Stadium even in mid-winter they won't be getting wet.

FROM Royalgull

i saw a few of their games last season, in fact I'm sat wearing a Truro City polo shirt kindly donated.

A lot of ex league players, Lee Hodges has done very well and i expect them to be strong again. Heaney is a complete rogue and I do worry for the long term future of Truro. Lets just say you hear things about that club at times.

The Argyle involvement is just the land as I understand it, he's part of a consortium that has bought the stadium and surrounding area but sold the club off for a £1 so he is still in charge at Truro. You wonder what the motives are in it all.

Will be a tough game Saturday though, players in their ranks : Steve Adams (plays CB for them), Marcus Martin, Danny Clay, Andy Taylor, Les Afful, Barry Hayles, plus a few local lads that have done very well for them. They should do well in BSS next season but like I say I think this could be another Rushden/Gretna short term rise rather than anything really long term.

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