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Fan Zone 05/07/2023




Pre-season training started for Torquay’s players last Thursday when several, as yet unnamed, trialists, specially invited according to manager Gary Johnson, took part. And this coincided with the club releasing photos and details of the new home and away kits to, being polite, a mixed reaction on social media. Majority opinion feels the home version is straying too far from the club’s traditional yellow and blue but in contrast the away shirt is a winner.

As several fans have voiced, if the team is promoted it won’t matter what kit the team wears.

By contrast Exeter City revealed their new home and away shirts on Sunday and by early evening 949 had already been sold. These shirts come from Newton Abbot company Pro:Direct, as do Torquay’s.

Interesting too, to see that the no sponsorship on the front, as has been the case in recent seasons, having 1899 instead, has been changed. The home shirt now has South Devon College and the away shirt with Torbay Story as sponsors.


Those hoping to see Frank Nouble in a yellow, blue and white shirt had their hopes dashed when he signed for Yeovil.

By the time you are reading this the fixtures for the new National South season will be out. So, it’s an opening day (August 5) away trip to Dover and United will play Truro on Boxing Day (Home) and away on New Year’s Day.

For those thinking United’s second spell in regional football will be an easy ride like last time should think again, for the league is considerably more competitive this time round. For a start there are more full time outfits and many of the clubs have made astute summer signings. Add in the number of 4G pitches United will have to play on and it’s easy to see that this is going to be a challenging season.


A few short months ago Yeovil Town were in disarray on and off the pitch as the waiting-in-the- wings new owners, the Uggla family, mother and son, fronting 394 Sports Ltd, were having a public slanging match, via Twitter, with the manager Mark Cooper.

That association with Yeovil ended almost as swiftly as it had begun with the Ugglas withdrawing. But lo and behold, their desire to own a football club with the letter Y was realised last week when they took control of York City, subject to FA approval. They have acquired a 51% stake in the club.

Matthew Uggla had this to say, “We can really take this club as far as we want to take it. I think the sky is really the limit. It’s just a case of putting the right structures and plans in place to really go for it.”

Let’s wait and see what happens.


The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) is currently urging the Government to implement the Fan-Led Review as set out in the White Paper. Supporters really need to be treated by club owners and directors with greater respect as we are supporters not customers. Communication and transparency are key so hats off to Aldershot Town who recently held a Fans’ Forum.

The evening was divided into three parts, opening with the club chairman providing supporters with an update.

Next came information about the ground redevelopment taking place with representatives of the company carrying out the work answering questions.

And finally manager Tommy Widdrington and his assistant answered supporters’ questions.

For fans who couldn’t make the forum, the club have added a portal on their website for any questions.


It’s back, Crowd Watch! Pre-season crowd watch: Welling Utd v Charlton 2,765, Felixstowe v Ipswich 2,350, Melksham Town v Bristol Rovers 2,014.


The positions most fans would like to see filled to bolster Johnson’s squad are a left back, centre back and a striker although it’s a little concerning when Johnson admitted that he’s already over budget.

Can you help? Many United fans who read this will be sorry to learn that defender Paul Holmes who played over 200 times for Torquay has recently undergone the removal of a tumour in Torbay Hospital. He’s also awaiting tests on his liver and a lymph node.

United fan Helen Chamberlain alerted the Yellow Army on social media asking for donations. The initial target was £1800 but by Sunday evening this had gone past £2000. You can donate by going to:

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