FANS' ZONE 13/08/2021 Including Presentation of Ian Twitchin Trophy to Sam Sherring.
Updated: Aug 25
NEW ADDITIONS ADD COMPETITION TO UNITED’S SQUAD
‘Torquay: Naturally Inspiring’ is one of the signs drivers pass on their journey into Torbay but after three improving performances inside the past week - a 3-1 win at Tiverton, 3-0 on Saturday against Chippenham and a very one-sided affair against a young, inexperienced Bournemouth side - they should follow the brown signs with a football pointing them towards Plainmoor.
For slowly but surely United boss Gary Johnson is putting together a competitive squad with three further additions signed. Football fans like nothing more than a player taking on defenders and possessing a powerful shot - and ex- Cheltenham hotshot Dan Holman fits the bill and against Chippenham he might have had a hat-trick but for the thickness of the crossbar adding two more against Bournemouth’s youngsters.
Johnson is clearly no fan of the term ‘trialist’, preferring ‘player’ but whichever he may have struck gold, for on Saturday Player A - those who went to Tiverton in mid-week and saw Gabby Rogers score a wonder goal will know he’s the same player - scored a 30 yard screamer. Torquay born Rogers was part of the club’s youth academy before it was shut down; he moved across to Exeter City’s before joining Yeovil Town in 2016. He made his Yeovil debut as a sub in an EFL cup game against Aston Villa before a loan move to Salisbury. Back with Yeovil he scored the only goal in an FA Cup win against Bromley.
After leaving Yeovil Rogers has appeared in friendlies for Willand Rovers and more recently Tiverton. He’s certainly an exciting prospect.
Yellow Army exiles in the UK and abroad will have been dismayed when they learnt that non-league clubs will be unable to stream 3pm kick-offs for most of this season as clubs have been told that ‘blocked hours’ for streaming matches in the National League system - Steps 1-6 - will be reintroduced this season.
However, the ‘blocked hours’ have gaps and opportunities to live stream and the FA has issued a statement confirming that clubs can offer this extremely popular service outside the ‘blocked hours’.
To provide the coverage last season clubs would have committed a significant financial outlay and, with presumably the infrastructure still in place, cameras, programming, it would be easy enough to provide the service when allowed.
Assuming Tuesday evening matches avoid the ‘blocked hours’ the following home matches could be streamed: Woking, Dover, Yeovil Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Solihull Moors, Boreham Wood, Aldershot, Weymouth and Eastleigh. There could be more to watch as away fixtures if other clubs take advantage.
Think how much extra income could be generated.
Tokyo 2020 has concluded but we are left with memories of inspirational performances from our medal winners - guess we will each have our special moments and events to remember. BMX was a standout with spectacular 360 degree jumps and GB participants had a useful advantage. For when the plans were released earlier in the year of the Tokyo Ariaker Urban Sports Park a replica was built in four weeks in May and early June, at a cost of £500,000, in a secret warehouse in Telford.
However, how many have now taken up knitting? Not only did Tom Daley win a gold for diving but also he took pool side his wool and knitting needles with his routine: dive, knit, dive, knit, dive, knit, dive, knit, dive. Inspiring.
In National League news, newly installed Notts County skipper, Kyle Cameron, may just have spiced up United’s first away fixture as he’s quoted as saying he’s made a step up, adding, “ …it’s a bigger club, a bit of a bigger fan base.”
National League clubs have been voting on whether there should be seven substitutes this season and the result is expected this week.
Ex- Gull Billy Kee has a one year contract at Coalville Town while Nathaniel Rowe-Turner has joined Stourbridge.
Good news that the Premier League are funding the provision of defibrillators for more than 2,000 grassroots clubs, with the aim of helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.
Well done to Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust to become the latest supporter group to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the club.
What are your hopes for the season Three Word Fun continues for another week, can you better ‘Mid Table Security’, ‘Up for Promotion’ or ‘Fortress Plainmoor Please’? Send yours to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter: @FanszoneT
With the first league fixture coming on Saturday week to all the Yellow Army stay safe.
Presentation of the TUST sponsored Ian Twitchin Trophy to Sam Sherring for most appearances in the 2020/21 season. L-R: Rob Dickinson (TUST board member), John Turner (former Gulls keeper, team-mate of Twitchin and now match day bar manager) and Sam Sherring (now back at parent club, AFC Bournemouth).
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