Torquay United

FL125 VOTE

 

  Who is Torquay United's best ever captain?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Chris Hargreaves 45%
2 Lee Mansell 26%
3 Dennis Lewis 12%
3 Wes Saunders 12%
4 Alex Watson 5%
     

The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.

The nominees were:

Dennis Lewis - An inspirational leader throughout the 1950s and a vital member of the successful team built by manager Eric Webber.

Wes Saunders - Although his time as a player at Plainmoor was relatively short, Wes will always be famous for leading the Gulls to promotion in that famous play-off win over Blackpool at Wembley.

Alex Watson - Mr Dependable at the back, a great organiser - be it a back four or wing-backs - and an imperious centre-back at his peak.

Chris Hargreaves - An absolute warrior, made it a personal quest to lead TUFC back into The Football League and dragged us almost single-handedly into the Play-Offs with his goals and all-action displays.

Lee Mansell - The current skipper and the epitome of a player who leads by example. Covers every blade of grass in every game, always encouraging his colleagues to strive for more.

 

  Who is Torquay United's greatest ever player?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Robin Stubbs 39%
2 Rodney Jack 26%
3 Mark Loram 14%
4 Don Mills 13%
5 Sammy Collins 8%
     

The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Don Mills - A forward with exceptional talent and generally regarded as a player who could have graced a far higher level in the game. Mills played at inside forward, making well over 300 appearances in his decade at Plainmoor.

Sammy Collins - Torquay United's record goalscorer, Collins hit the United net on more than 200 occasions and was a pivotal player in the glory years under manager Eric Webber.

Robin Stubbs- An outstanding hero to a whole generation of United fans, Stubbs will always be remembered for scoring two late goals in the epic FA Cup draw with Tottenham Hotspur - a proper striker.

Rodney Jack - For sheer excitement, there was nobody like Rodney Jack. Blessed with extraordinary pace, this talented forward blitzed lower league defences for three seasons and became Torquay's highest transfer sale when Crewe paid £650,000 for his services.

Mark Loram - He could be a controversial figure but ask anybody who played alongside him or watched him in action, and they will say that Mark Loram had the natural ability to play at the very highest level. A wondrous left-foot and tremendous talent.

 

  When was Torquay United's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 2003/04 41%
2 2008/09 25%
3 1956/57 23%
4 1990/91 6%
5 1987/88 5%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1956/57 - This was the year legendary manager Eric Webber took Torquay to the brink of what is now known as the Championship, a feat United have still yet to achieve. Webber's team missed out on goal difference in a time when only one side was promoted from Division Three (South).

1987/88 - The first year in charge for Cyril Knowles saw the Gulls progress in all three Cup competitions and also reach the Play-Off Final, where the Gulls lost 5-4 on aggregate to Swansea. A thrilling campaign that also saw the emergence of a young Lee Sharpe.

1990/91 - A storming start to the season had United written down as promotion certainties but the wheels came off so dramatically that the manager was changed. The team was suddenly revitalised and Torquay sneaked into the Play-Offs, where a place in the third tier was secured in a gripping penalty shoot-out win over Blackpool at Wembley.

2003/04 - The season that will always be remembered as Leroy's year. Manager Rosenior steered the Gulls into League 1 by playing expansive, exciting football. This is a nomination for style.

2008/09 - So many people in the town of Torquay said that if the club was ever relegated to the Conference, we would never return. Paul Buckle's team disproved the doubters with a memorable 2-0 win over Cambridge in the Play-Off Final at Wembley - Tim Sills, Chris Hargreaves and all that.

 

  Who is Torquay United's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Frank O'Farrell 44%
2 Paul Buckle 30%
3 Leroy Rosenior 12%
4 Cyril Knowles 8%
5 Eric Webber 6%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were:

Eric Webber - In charge of the club for 14 years and took Torquay up to the third tier for the first time in 1960. Signed a number of players who went on to great things in the game and a real Torquay stalwart.

Frank O'Farrell - Managed Torquay on three separate occasions and took the club to the brink of what is now the Championship. Still attends games at Plainmoor and also worked as general manager behind the scenes.

Cyril Knowles - Although only in charge for a couple of years, Knowles took the club from the verge of relegation out of the Football League to Play-Off contenders and Football League Trophy finalists. Also responsible for discovering Lee Sharpe.

Leroy Rosenior - Took the club into League 1 by playing some wonderfully attractive football. A real style-merchant and hugely popular guy, who played the game in the right way.

Paul Buckle - Took over after relegation to the Conference and with very few players, but transformed the club. Returned to The Football League after two seasons and then reached the League 2 Play-Off Final. Also enjoyed some fabulous runs in the FA Cup.