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2008–09 Torquay United F.C. season

Torquay United
2008–09 season
Chairman England Alex Rowe
Manager England Paul Buckle
Conference National 4th
Promoted via Play-offs
FA Cup Fourth Round
FA Trophy Third Round
Conference League Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League:
Tim Sills (13)
All:
Tim Sills (17)
Highest home attendance 6,018 v Coventry City, 24 January 2009
(FA Cup)
Lowest home attendance 1,176 v Bath City, 13 December 2008
(FA Trophy)
Average home league attendance 3,278
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008–09 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's second consecutive season in the Conference National. The season runs from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Overview

Despite gaining just five points from their first seven games, which saw the Gulls languishing in 18th place in the Conference, manager Paul Buckle soon set Torquay on a run of form which saw the team achieve a club record of seventeen games unbeaten.

Torquay also enjoyed their most successful FA Cup run since 1990. After easing through a qualifying round against Chipstead, the Gulls then had to see off Evesham and Oxford to set up a Third Round clash with Championship side Blackpool. In one of the major upsets of the Third Round, the Gulls won the match 1-0 against a side placed three leagues above them. However, they were to narrowly lose their Fourth Round tie to Coventry, also of the Championship, thanks to an 87th minute header from Elliott Ward.

The 2008-09 season was also notable for the departure of two of Torquay's longest serving players. After a brief appearance in the 2008 FA Trophy Final defeat, Torquay's all time leading appearance maker Kevin Hill made his official departure in July. Later in the season the Gulls also said farewell to another stalwart as defender Steve Woods left the club in April after an eight-year spell encompassing 281 appearances.

The season ultimately finished in thrilling style when, after beating Conference Champions Burton Albion on the final day of the season, Torquay qualified for the Play-off Semi-finals in which they beat Histon 2-1 on aggregate over two legs. The result meant the Gulls would make their second visit to Wembley in two seasons. However, unlike the previous season, the Torquay fans were treated to a 2-0 victory over Cambridge United thanks to goals from Chris Hargreaves and leading scorer Tim Sills. The win secured Torquay United's return to the Football League after a two-year absence.

League statistics

Conference National

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Burton Albion (C) (P) 46 27 7 12 81 52 +29 88 Promotion to League Two
2 Cambridge United 46 24 14 8 65 39 +26 86 Qualification to Conference National playoffs
3 Histon 46 23 14 9 78 48 +30 83
4 Torquay United (P) 46 23 14 9 72 47 +25 83
5 Stevenage Borough 46 23 12 11 73 54 +19 81
6 Kidderminster Harriers 46 23 10 13 69 48 +21 79
7 Oxford United 46 24 10 12 72 51 +21 077*
8 Kettering Town 46 21 13 12 50 37 +13 76
9 Crawley Town 46 19 14 13 77 55 +22 070**
10 Wrexham 46 18 12 16 64 48 +16 66
11 Rushden & Diamonds 46 16 15 15 61 49 +12 63
12 Mansfield Town 46 19 9 18 57 55 +2 062
13 Eastbourne Borough 46 18 6 22 58 70 −12 60
14 Ebbsfleet United 46 16 10 20 52 60 −8 58
15 Altrincham 46 15 11 20 49 66 −17 56
16 Salisbury City 46 14 13 19 54 64 −10 55
17 York City 46 11 19 16 47 51 −4 52
18 Forest Green Rovers 46 12 16 18 70 76 −6 52
19 Grays Athletic 46 14 10 22 44 64 −20 52
20 Barrow 46 12 15 19 51 65 −14 51
21 Woking (R) 46 10 14 22 37 60 −23 44 Relegation to Conference North/Conference South
22 Northwich Victoria (R) 46 11 10 25 56 75 −19 43
23 Weymouth (R) 46 11 10 25 45 86 −41 43
24 Lewes (R) 46 6 6 34 28 89 −61 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; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

* Mansfield Town deducted 4 points for fielding an ineligible player.[1] ** Oxford United deducted 5 points for fielding an unregistered player.[2] Crawley Town deducted 1 point for fielding an unregistered player.[3]

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 23 14 9 72 47 +25 83 11 7 5 38 23 +15 12 7 4 34 24 +10

Source: Torquay United

Results by round

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 A H H A H H A H A H A A H H A A H A H A H A H A H H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A A H
Result
Position

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

Season diary

  • 13 August: Martin Rice joins Truro City on loan until the end of the season[7]
  • 19 November: Torquay defender Chris Todd announces that he has been diagnosed with leukaemia[10]
  • 19 November: Torquay set a new club record number of games without defeat[11]
  • 2 April: Defender Steve Woods leaves Torquay United after eight years and 281 appearances[26]
  • 9 April: Michael Brough returns after his loan deal with Salisbury City ends[27]
  • 26 April: In a tense final game of the season, Torquay beat Burton Albion 2-1 to finish fourth and secure a place in the Conference National play-offs. Despite Burton losing, the result is enough to crown them the Conference champions[28]
  • 27 April: Striker Roscoe Dsane leaves the club[29]
  • 1 Jun: Striker Iyseden Christie is released by the club.[34]
  • 2 Jun: Goalkeeper Martin Rice signs a new one-year contract after having spent the majority of the season on loan to Truro City.[35]
  • 16 Jun: Skipper Chris Hargreaves agrees a new one-year deal in a role involving both playing and coaching.[36]
  • 23 Jun: Striker Matt Green agrees a season long loan to Oxford Utd.[37]

Match of the season

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0–2 TORQUAY UNITED
Conference National Play-off Final
Wembley Stadium, 17 May 2009

Torquay United's second trip to Wembley in two seasons was only made possible by the slenderest of margins. After having sneaked into the play-offs by beating Conference champions Burton Albion on the final day of the season, the Gulls only just managed to beat third placed Histon 2-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals. They now faced the final hurdle preventing them from returning to the Football League after a two-year absence: a play-off final with the team who had finished second in the Conference, Cambridge United.

Cambridge had been defeated in the previous year's play-off final by Torquay's arch-rivals Exeter City (who had also knocked the Gulls out in the same year's semi final). As such, they were eager to make it second time lucky, although, having experienced defeat themselves in the previous year's FA Trophy Final at Wembley, the Gulls were also keen not to repeat the disappointment of the previous season. Although Cambridge began the brighter of the two sides, it was Torquay (wearing their white and blue away strip) who took the lead through captain Chris Hargreaves after 35 minutes. Cambridge had more chances in the second half, but their cause was hindered when defender Phil Bolland was sent off after a second yellow card for a tackle on Elliot Benyon in the 70th minute. Striker Tim Sills effectively sealed the victory five minutes later after he headed home a pin-point cross from winger Wayne Carlisle.

The score remained 2-0 until the final whistle, and Torquay United could finally celebrate their return to the Football League after two years in the Conference.

Results

Conference National

Conference National play-offs

FA Cup

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup

FA Trophy

Main article: 2008–09 FA Trophy

Conference League Cup

Friendlies

South West Challenge Cup

Devon St Luke's Bowl

Club statistics

First team appearances

No. Pos. Name Conference National Conference National play-offs FA Cup FA Trophy Conference League Cup Total [4] Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Michael Poke 12 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 (1) 0 0 0
2 DF England Michael Brough 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 (1) 0 2 1
3 DF England Kevin Nicholson 38 (2) 3 3 0 5 0 3 0 2 0 48 (2) 3 0 0
4 DF England Steve Woods 27 1 0 0 5 0 3 0 1 0 34 1 2 0
5 DF Scotland Chris Robertson 27 (3) 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 30 (3) 3 2 0
6 DF Wales Chris Todd 16 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 1 0 0
7 MF England Lee Mansell 41 (1) 0 3 0 5 0 3 1 2 0 51 (1) 1 4 1
8 FW England Tim Sills 43 (2) 13 3 2 5 4 2 0 1 2 52 (2) 17 8 0
9 FW England Elliot Benyon 17 (17) 10 1 (1) 0 0 (5) 2 0 (2) 0 1 (1) 1 18 (24) 12 3 0
10 FW England Roscoe D'Sane 22 (5) 9 0 0 5 0 3 1 1 0 29 (5) 10 2 2
11 MF England Nicky Wroe 40 6 3 1 5 0 3 0 1 (1) 0 50 7 6 0
12 MF England Tyrone Thompson 17 (6) 1 0 (1) 0 3 (1) 2 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 20 (9) 1 4 0
14 MF England Chris Hargreaves 44 4 3 1 5 0 3 1 1 0 54 6 10 0
15 MF Northern Ireland Wayne Carlisle 34 (3) 8 3 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 44 (3) 8 2 0
16 DF England Lee Hodges 31 (4) 0 0 (2) 0 5 0 3 0 1 0 38 (6) 0 1 0
17 FW England Matt Green 15 (14) 4 0 0 2 (1) 1 2 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 20 (17) 5 2 1
18 MF The Gambia Mustapha Carayol 14 (16) 0 0 (1) 0 3 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 2 0 16 (19) 0 1 0
19 MF England Danny Stevens 15 (14) 5 3 0 0 (2) 0 0 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 18 (18) 5 1 0
20 GK England Scott Bevan 34 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 1 0 41 0 0 0
21 FW England Iyseden Christie 2 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (4) 1 0 0
22 FW England Ashley Yeoman 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
23 GK England Martin Rice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF England Steve Adams 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 (2) 0 0 0
25 DF England Mark Ellis 8 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 (1) 1 2 0
28 FW England Jordan Charran 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
32 FW England Tristan Plummer 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 FW Scotland Blair Sturrock 6 (1) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 (1) 2 1 0

Source: soccerbase
Substitute appearances in brackets.
4 Total excludes FA Cup Qualifying Round and Conference League Cup.

Transfers

In

Date Pos. Name From Fee
14 July 2008 MF Mustapha Carayol Milton Keynes Dons Undisclosed
1 January 2009 GK Scott Bevan Shrewsbury Town Free
2 February 2009 FW Iyseden Christie Stevenage Borough Free

Out

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 July 2009 MF Kevin Hill Dorchester Town Free
4 March 2009 FW Jordan Charran Released Free
2 April 2009 DF Steve Woods Stalybridge Celtic Free
27 April 2009 FW Roscoe D'Sane Released Free
1 June 2009 FW Iyseden Christie Tamworth Free

Loans In

Date Pos. Name From Expiry date
18 July 2008 GK Michael Poke Southampton May 2009
25 September 2008 GK Scott Bevan Shrewsbury Town 1 January 2009
2 January 2009 FW Tristan Plummer Bristol City 31 January 2009
27 March 2009 FW Blair Sturrock Swindon Town May 2009

Loans out

Date Pos. Name To Expiry date
13 August 2008 GK Martin Rice Truro City May 2009
2 February 2009 DF Chris Todd Salisbury City 20 March 2009
2 February 2009 DF Michael Brough Salisbury City 9 April 2009
23 June 2009 FW Matt Green Oxford United May 2010

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