Troubling Times at Torquay United

Written by James Bennett

Down in the Vanarama National League, Torquay United finished the season in 17th posistion, only securing their National League status on the final day with a well-deserved 2-0 victory over the already relegated North Ferriby United. It was the second season in a row that Torquay had finished in similar fashion, the year before they secured their Conference spot with a 0-2 victory over Bromley.

Since the clubs relegation from Sky Bet League 2 in 2014, the famous football club have been strapped for cash. When first relegated, it was first estimated that the Gulls would lose around £300,000. After that Thea Bristow sold her shares of the club for £1 to a group of local businessmen and they sold the club to Clarke Osbourne and his company, Gaming International. At one time it was even reported that many players were earning below minimum wage, and for a full time professional football club, this was viewed as unacceptable.

However apart from the recent doom and gloom, many Torquay fans are hopeful of the future under Gull’s legend Kevin Nicholson. The 36 year old player-manager has currently played 333 games for the gulls. Nicholson made 4 appearances last season, and left many fans impressed after they won an impressive 4 out of their last 6 games. Fans now hope that Osbourne will issue Nicholson a substantial budget so he can successfully implement his own style in the squad and potentially push for promotion, and get back to where Torquay fans feel they should be.

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