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Fan Zone 13/06/2024


TUST's Chair, Nick Brodrick's column in this week's Herald Express - updated for the latest news.




After years of being taken for granted under the previous ownership who appeared to ban communication with fans, media and broadcasters, the Bryn Consortium have been the exact opposite.

Last week was a revelation with daily videos from around the Bay which must have had the Tourist Board rubbing their hands as the new player arrivals highlighted the area’s top attractions.  If holiday bookings aren’t up as a result it will be a huge disappointment.

Which has been your favourite so far? Austen Booth and Jay Foulston? Finley Craske at Splashdown? Oldway Mansion featuring Oscar Threlkeld. Or maybe Catch of the Day At Brixham Fish Market James Hamon? How about Jadyn Crosbie enjoying the Paignton Fun Fair or a trip into Kents Cavern showcasing Sam Dreyer, following in his father’s footsteps as a Gull.


Co-Chairman Michael Westcott, although a busy person, finds time to post on social media and appear on Radio Devon with John Acres interviewing Westcott last week refering to him as a friend of the show. Acres and others in the local media are amazed at the openness and availability of the club’s new custodians.

There is a fascinating interview, available now, with a previous chairman, Alex Rowe, well worth a listen on TorquayTalk.

Last weekend Westcott and fellow co-Chairman Mark Bowes-Cavanagh were representing the club at the National League AGM taking with them TUST board member Sam Druiff underlining the relationship between the trust and the club.


Have you purchased your tickets for the Neil Warnock show on Friday June 28? If not hurry because tickets are flying out the door with a 1500 sell-out in prospect.

Michael Westcott posted on X (formerly Twitter) last week, “It’s going to be a night to remember I can promise you that…and there may even be a surprise or two that we think you’re gonna love…”

With all proceeds going to the football club it promises to be a memorable night.



With all this excitement and looking to the future it would be wrong to forget two stalwarts from the previous squad. First, it was sad news to hear that the ‘Duracell’, never stop running dynamo Tom Lapslie is going to be out of football for at least a year following injury. There aren’t many players who have an official Appreciation Society in their name but Tom did because his style of play endeared him to the Yellow Army.

The other player who was a great servant to the club was Asa Hall who led from the front. The team was poorer in quality when he was unable to play and it’s to his credit that in those key games when relegation was a real worry, Asa stepped up to shore up the defence playing effectively centre-half.

He issued a personal farewell on social media, “I have given my all to the club and badge and have lived and breathed Torquay United on and off the pitch during that time and I am beyond proud to have been captain for the past 6 seasons.”

“And to the Yellow Army, I have loved representing this football club and I thank you for all the noise, support, atmosphere you have all created week in week out. It’s been a pleasure playing for you.” Needless-to-say, all United fans wish both players best wishes for the future and thank them for their commitment. Not surprisingly, Hall has quickly been snapped up by Tiverton so he’ll play his football in the Southern League. 


The TUST led Paint Up Plainmoor gathered pace last Friday evening and Saturday afternoon with working parties inside the ground scraping off flaking paint and washing down the flights of steps in the stands. The Family Stand is completed and two thirds of Bristow’s. Once this stand is finished and the steps in the away end and on the Popside are done we can start on painting them.

This coming weekend, June 15 and 16, more working parties are needed to help take up the carpets in the hospitality boxes and Number 10 restaurant with re-decorating taking place too. If you can help contact David McNair : Work starts at 9am on both days with sandwiches and beer plus a number of the Bryn Consortium will be around to chat. You will actually be able to have contact with the owners!

Other dates for further working parties will be announced on social media.


National South fixtures will be released on Wednesday July 10 with the new season starting on August 10.

Interest in the Euros is building with England’s first match only days away against Serbia. Seems that nothing is ever straightforward when it comes to tournaments, a surprise defeat to Iceland (other supermarkets are available) and controversy over the omission of Jack Grealish but it wouldn’t be football without talking points.

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