History: Southport - TORQUAY UNITED

Torquay United Football Club was formed following a meeting at the Torre Abbey Hotel in Belgrave Road on 1 May 1899.
Players at the town's college decided they needed a team to play in after they left the college, so they established Torquay United.
The first ground was in Teignmouth Road, and in United's very first game, in September 1899, they beat Upton Cricket Club 5-0.
United then moved to the Recreation Ground, but their stay was short-lived because Torquay Athletic Rugby Club took over the ground in 1904, forcing United to yet another new home - in Barton Road.
The ground wasn't up the required standards so they had to withdraw for the 1904-5 season.
Torquay found a new pitch near the Barton Road ground - but at this stage, the team wasn't as strong as two other clubs in the town - Ellacombe and Babbacombe.
United and Ellacombe joined together to form Torquay Town in 1910, as the two sides wanted to respond to Exeter City's decision to turn professional.
In 1910, Torquay Town moved into a new base at Plainmoor - a ground they shared with Babbacombe. Both sides were playing in the same league - the Plymouth and District League, which Torquay Town won in 1911-12.
The two Torquay clubs didn't get on at all, until matters finally came to a head in 1921. Torquay Town FC was desperate to join Exeter and Plymouth as a professional club.
Babbacombe at last agreed to a merger in 1921, enabling the new club to become professional - and so Torquay United was born.
In those days, United wore black and white stripe shirts and were known as The Magpies - just like Newcastle United.
United played in Division Three South, and their first match on 27 August 1927 was against Exeter City at Plainmoor. A crowd of 11,625 watched a 1-1 draw.

Torquay changed their strip to gold and blue in 1954, to reflect the resort's sun, sand and sea image.
The rejig in the leagues in 1958-59 meant United played that year in Division Four where they were to meet Southport for the first time.
In more recent history the Gulls lost controversially in the play off semi-finals against Preston North End in 1995 and then in the final at Wembley against Colchester in 1998.
One of United's best players that season was a certain Rodney Jack who subsequently moved to Crewe for a club record 500,000.
Down and Out
On 5 May 2007 United were relegated . The Gulls finished bottom of League Two by 11 points, bringing an end to 80 years in the Football League.
United made it into the play-offs in their first year in the Blue Square Premier League, but lost out to Exeter City in the two-legged semi-final.
They did reach a Wembley final that season though - the FA Trophy final in May 2008. Going down 1-0 to Ebbsfleet United. We know the feeling!

Players known to have played for both teams

Jimmy Aggrey, Steve Arnold, Tommy Bell, Tony Bond, Gary Brabin, Chris Brass, James Caton, Maldwin Ellis, Ian Gore, Mark Halstead, Samuel Hunt, Rodney Jack, Johnny Martin, Brian McGorry, Mick O'Brien, Neil Prince, Alan Wilson
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
1966/1967 Jim Fryatt SOUTHPORT TORQUAY UNITED 5000
1977/1978 Alan Wilson SOUTHPORT TORQUAY UNITED 2000
2002/2003 Neil Prince TORQUAY UNITED SOUTHPORT

Match Statistics

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Results include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,
Venue P W D L F A GD
Home 19 5 7 7 28 30 -2
Away 17 1 6 10 12 32 -20
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 36 6 13 17 40 62 -22

Date Comp Venue Score Att
06/02/2021 FA Trophy / 5 H 0 - 2
11/03/2017 League / D5 H 1 - 2 1159
29/10/2016 League / D5 A 2 - 1 1490
19/03/2016 League / D5 A 0 - 1 1783
10/10/2015 League / D5 H 0 - 1 1104
28/03/2015 League / D5 H 2 - 1 1021
16/08/2014 League / D5 A 0 - 0 1997
31/01/2009 FA Trophy / 3 H 3 - 0 980
07/01/1978 League / D4 H 0 - 0 1757
12/10/1977 League / D4 A 2 - 2 2101
23/03/1977 League / D4 A 0 - 0 2503
11/09/1976 League / D4 H 1 - 1 1109
31/03/1976 League / D4 A 1 - 2 2014
19/12/1975 League / D4 H 1 - 3 1013
22/03/1975 League / D4 A 2 - 3 2238
06/09/1974 League / D4 H 1 - 1 2001
24/03/1973 League / D4 A 0 - 2 3515
27/10/1972 League / D4 H 2 - 1 3280
28/02/1970 League / D3 H 4 - 2 2918
01/11/1969 League / D3 A 0 - 0 7350
06/05/1969 League / D3 H 2 - 2 2461
10/08/1968 League / D3 A 0 - 3 10387
27/04/1968 League / D3 A 2 - 2 11877
02/12/1967 League / D3 H 0 - 2 6978
25/04/1966 League / D4 H 3 - 3 3960
22/09/1965 League / D4 A 1 - 1 5541
27/02/1965 League / D4 A 0 - 2 3852
17/10/1964 League / D4 H 0 - 1 3107
14/10/1963 League / D4 A 1 - 3 4039
07/10/1963 League / D4 H 1 - 0 2962
16/02/1963 League / D4 A 1 - 5 3278
28/09/1962 League / D4 H 4 - 4 3555
15/09/1959 League / D4 H 1 - 2 3690
09/09/1959 League / D4 A 0 - 4 5756
31/01/1959 League / D4 H 2 - 2 4456
13/09/1958 League / D4 A 0 - 1 6428