HERALD EXPRESS - FANS' ZONE 06/05/2020
Nick Brodrick, TUST board member and Supporter Liaison Officer, has been given the opportunity to write a weekly column for the Herald Express under the heading "Fans' Zone". Here is this week's edition.
We had our fingers crossed - but thanks for the goals, Jamie.
When Gulls’ fans heard the retained list was imminent there will have been many with ﬁngers crossed hoping top goalscorer Jamie Reid would be staying but it’s not to be. However, grateful thanks from the Yellow Army for his fantastic goal scoring contributions at his home town club.
Sorry, too to lose Kalvin Lumbombo-Kalala , on his day a game changer. Nevertheless the club is to be thanked for backing Johnson’s proactive work in tying down the majority of the current squad as Clarke Osborne continues to bankroll not only these players’ contracts but also giving the manager the green light to bring in probably four marquee signings and four loans.
With the club’s oﬃcial website currently running regular instalments of the club’s history it had me reminiscing about the ﬁrst ever Torquay match I watched; no doubt readers of this column will be able to recall theirs. January 9 1965 and FA Cup fever had hit Torbay. It was, of course, the classic Third Round tie with the Gulls up against a star studded Tottenham Hotspur. There I was, a schoolboy, standing with my father, in a packed Plainmoor and watching open mouthed a certain player who was to become my all-time favourite, Robin Stubbs, with those two memorable goals in the ﬁnal ﬁve minutes to level the match at 3-3 and a replay. I was hooked!
And now in my seat in the Family Stand, who is it who sits right behind me in the Directors’ Box? Yes, you’ve guessed it, Robin Stubbs.
With the Government reviewing the current lockdown restrictions , football authorities are predictably latching onto this and making plans for re-starting matches. But what to make of the behind closed doors squabbling that appears to be going on with the Premiership?
Finishing the season come what may is the message but all down to money; matches at neutral venues but Brighton saying no way; players required to park their cars three lengths apart - and then close up and personal on the pitch. Reminds me of trying to referee a break time playground dispute.
Currently the National League is unable to decide upon promotion or relegation or whether to hold the play-oﬀs which they’ve asked clubs to comment upon but sources close to the League suggest that, at their board meeting due to be held yesterday, they’ll be cancelled. The National League, though, await EFL decisions who, in turn, wait for the Premiership.
Looking ahead at football in general the FA will have to write into their rules what happens when the next curtailment of a season is repeated, so every club knows where they stand. But so far the only rule change would seem to be that players spitting will be punished with a yellow card.
To end here’s a competition to enter. There are no prizes, it’s just for fun!
‘Three Word Fun’ - can you sum up in three words how you feel about missing football?
Send your three words and your name to:firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll print the best answers next week.
To all fellow Yellow Army fans - stay safe!
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