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1st July 2016

Robbie Herrera Appointed New First Team Manager Of Torquay


Conference Premier side Torquay United have announced that manager Kevin Nicholson has stepped down as manager and is it be replaced at Plainmoor by his assistant manager Robbie Herrara.

The move to replace highly-rated Nicholson has been seen a shock by many, especially after he signed a three-year deal only last season. Nicholson managed to keep the club in the Conference last season, despite a number of off-field issues with Torquay finishing in 18th position. It is still unsure why Nicholson decided to step down as manager. His assistant Robbie Herrera, 46, has signed a one-year deal at the club to replace Nicholson.

Herrera worked with the Torquay youth team between the years of 2010 and 2015. He spent a short spell at neighbours Plymouth Argyle as a coach before Nicholson persuaded Herrera to join him as his assistant at the start of last season. This role will be Herrera's first opportunity in the managerial hot-seat. Neither Nicholson or Herrera were available to make a comment however Torquay United chairman David Phillips released a short statement. Phillips said "It is with regret that Kevin Nicholson has stepped down from his position as first team manager of Torquay United football club. Robbie Herrera is the man to replace him and has agreed a 1-year contract. We wish Kevin all the best and I am looking forward to a great future with Robbie."
3rd July 2016

Kevin Hill Returns To Torquay As Herrera's Assistant


Torquay United legend Kevin Hill has returned to the club as assistant manager to former teammate Robbie Herrera. The club has moved quickly to appoint Hill after Kevin Nicholson stepped down as manager a few days ago.

Kevin Hill is seen by many as one of Torquay's greatest ever players and played for the club between the years of 1997-2007. Hill, 40, spent last season playing for Tiverton however has now retired as a footballer to fully concentrate on his role as Robbie Herrera's new right hand man.Hill could not hide his excitement at returning to the club: "I'm absolutely delighted to be re-joining the club that has played a massive part of my life. As a player, I had ten great years here and never really wanted to leave. I was shocked to here that Nicho (Kevin Nicholson) stepped down but I was over the moon when Robbie gave me the call... I was never going to say no. I can't wait to meet the lads and get started."

With Torquay expected to be in a relegation battle this season in a tough Conference Premier, the move to appoint the inexperienced Herrera and Hill is seen by many as a big risk. It will be interesting to see how the pair fair this season, with their first match coming away at Macclesfield in just under a month's time.
I had a good run with Torquay in FM 2016 taking them to PL a figth i the top flight So looking forward to a story about them
Good luck with Torquay mate. Not a club I know much about to be honest but I had a few good holidays down there when I was young so I'll be rooting for you.
Always love your careers @Fola so I'll be following as per usual.
Good luck @Fola!
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5th July 2016

Backroom Changes At Torquay


Former Wrexham director Barry Horne has been appointed Director Of Football at Torquay United. The club has seen a whole host of changes to the backroom staff with a number of new recruits being drafted in to support new manager Robbie Herrera.

In terms of scouting, former Leeds United defender Paul Butler has been appointed Chief Scout. Patrik Anderson, who was last in work at Manchester United has also joined the scouting team along with James Smith, previously a scout at Nottingham Forest. Former Scunthorpe defender Cliff Byrne has joined the club as a coach whilst Sean Reed and Mark Ellis also join the coaching team after leaving Fulham and Bradford respectively. Richard Allen has joined the club as Head Of Youth Development, a role he previously held at Tottenham Hotspur and QPR. Finally, in terms of the medical team, Mel Singleton has taken up the role as Head Physio and will be supporting by Richard Collinge, formerly of Cardiff.

Torquay manager Robbie Herrera stated that the move to bring in an experienced backroom would help him in this first job in management: "I'm really happy that the board have decided to bring in a number of staff members to support me. I am really excited about this season and I am looking forward to working with this coaching team."
10th July 2016

Scott Kashket Signs On Loan


Striker Scott Kashket has joined Conference side Torquay on a six-month loan from League One side Wycombe Wanderers. The striker recently joined the club after his release from Leyton Orient.

Kashket, 20, has signed a 6 month loan deal and it is believed that the deal will be extended if he impresses. The highly rated youngster is new manager Robbie Herrera's first signing since taking over from Kevin Nicholson. Kashket stated that he was happy to be joining Torquay and getting some games under his belt: "I'm really happy to be here and can't wait to get started. It was a slight shock as I obviously have just joined Wycombe from Leyton Orient but I am happy to have joined Torquay and hopefully get amongst the goals". Torquay have also sent winger Will Hancox out on loan to Northern Premier side Ilkeston until the end of the season.
20th July 2016

Two New Signings For Torquay


Torquay United have announced the loan signing of Tranmere midfielder Jay Harris and also the permanent signing of defender Richard Eckersley. Harris has joined until the end of the season while Eckersley has signed a two-year deal at the club.

Centre midfielder Jay Harris, 29, is an experienced player in the Conference, having previously had spells at Wrexham before joining Tranmere. The Liverpool born player featured forty-three times last season for Tranmere but has been let go by manager Micky Mellon. Richard Eckersley was most previously at League One side Oldham after a spell in America with New York Red Bulls. The defender can either play at right or left back and has signed a deal until the end of next season.
5th August 2016

Torquay United: Squad Numbers Announced


Torquay United have announced their squad numbers for the upcoming season. The season gets underway tomorrow away to Macclesfield in what will be Robbie Herrera's first game as manager of The Gulls.

1- Brendan Moore [GK]
2- Richard Eckersley
3- Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
4- Sean McGinty
5- Giancario Gallifuoco
6- Courtney Richards
7- Sam Chaney
8- Luke Young
9- Nathan Blissett
10- Scott Kashsket
11- Brett Williams
12- Aman Verma
13- Jame Robba [GK]
14- Jamie Reid
15- Ben Gerring
16- Daman Lathrope [C]
17- Charlie Duke
18- Daniel Sparkes
19- Joel Ambalu
20- Jamie Chamberlain
21- Jay Harris
22- Joe Ward
6th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 1

Herrera Denied First Win As Torquay Boss



Torquay let a two goal lead slip as Macclesfield came from behind to draw in an entertaining encounter at the Moss Rose.

New loan signing Scott Kashket had put the visitors ahead before strike partner Nathan Blissett doubled the away side's lead with a fine header. Torquay looked to be heading for the win before Macclesfield winger Danny Rowe grabbed a goal back late on. Brandon Thomas-Asante then grabbed the equaliser with only minutes left on the clock to secure the draw for John Askey's side. Torquay face Bromley next at home.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner; Richards, Young*, Harris**; Blissett***, Kashket, Williams.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney*, Lathrope**, Chamberlain***, Ambalu.
9th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 2

Late Penalty Gives Torquay The Win



Torquay won their first match of the season thanks to a late penalty from midfielder Luke Young.

Torquay played the majority of the second half with ten men when midfielder Jay Harris was sent off two yellow cards. The hosts went ahead after Nathan Blissett was brought down in the box before Young cooly slotted the penalty home. Torquay host Barrow in their next match.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner; Richards, Young*, Harris; Blissett, Kashket**, Williams***.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney*, Lathrope**, Chamberlain, Ambalu***.
13th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 3

Barrow Victorious Against Torquay



Barrow grabbed a good win in a tight match against Barrow. Midfielder Andy Parry grabbed the only goal of the game midway through the first half.

Barrow were on top for majority of the game and Torquay had goalkeeper Brendan Moore to thank after a number a great saves throughout the match. Substitute Jamie Reid went the closest for the hosts but his header late on was just wide of the left hand post. Torquay travel to Sutton in their next match.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner; Richards, Young*, Ward; Blissett, Kashket, Williams*.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney, Lathrope, Reid*, Ambalu.
16th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 4

Dickson Double Earns Sutton A Point



Torquay let a two goal lead slip for the second time this season as Sutton fought back late on to grab a draw.

Striker Nathan Blissett put the away side ahead in the first half when he headed in from a corner. The former Kidderminster striker Blissett also played a large role in the second goal when his effort was turned into his own net by Sutton defender George McLennan. Former Charlton striker Chris Dickson however struck twice in the last moments of the game to gain a draw for Sutton. Torquay travel to newly promoted North Ferriby United next.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner*; Richards, Young**, Ward; Blissett, Kashket***, Williams.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney*, Harris, Sparkes**, Reid***..
18th August 2016

Ngoo Signs For Torquay


Torquay United have announced the signing of former Liverpool and Kilmarnock striker Michael Ngoo. Ngoo has signed a two year contract with the Conference side.

Ngoo, 23, was without a club for the whole of last season after being ruled out for a year with an ankle injury. Manager Robbie Herrera is adamant that giving Ngoo a two-year contract is not a risk: "Yes, he's had his injuries in the past but we are sure that he's over the worst of that now. He got through a tough medical and I can't wait to see him play. It's a great move for the club, he's a top class player at this level".
20th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 5

North Ferriby Scrape Past Torquay



North Ferriby United won against Torquay by three goals to two in an thoroughly entertaining match the nuetral.

David Carson put the hosts ahead after a good knock down from former Macclesfield striker Vinny Mukendi. However, the lead didn't last long as debutant Micheal Ngoo scored his first goal for Torquay. Soonafter Vinny Mukendi nodded in for NFU before Scott Kashket drew Torquay level with a fine strike from distance. Early on in the second half, Ryan Kendall headed in the winner for North Ferriby. Torquay host Dover in their next match.

Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner*; Richards, Young, Ward**; Blissett***, Kashket, Williams.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney, Harris*, Sparkes**, Ngoo***.
21st August 2016

Blissett Ruled Out For Torquay


Torquay United striker Nathan Blissett has been ruled out for two weeks after suffering concussion in yesterday's defeat against North Ferriby.

Blissett, 26, has scored twice this season for Robbie Herrera's side but was forced to come off against North Ferriby. Manager Robbie Herrera said: "With head injuries, you need to make sure that you are extra careful.Nathan has had a great start to the season and we will miss him but it's now up to the other lads to stake their claim". Blissett's replacement in yesterday's match. Michael Ngoo found the net with his first touch of the game.
27th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 6

Ngoo Doubles Inspires Torquay Win



Torquay United grabbed a deserved win against Dover thanks a goal from loanee Scott Kashket and a double from new signing Micheal Ngoo.

Ngoo was making his first start for the club and was involved after only thirty seconds, nodding the ball down to strike partner Scott Kashket who fired home. Ngoo then grabbed his first goal of the game with a fine header before he poked home his second soonafter. Ricky Miller grabbed a consolation for Dover but Torquay did enough to seal the win. Torquay travel to Braintree next in two days time.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner*; Richards, Young, Verma**; Ngoo, Kashket***, Williams.
Subs: Gerring*, Chaney**, Harris, Sparkes***, Reid.
29th August 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 7

Goodship Stars As Braintree Beat Torquay



Braintree convincingly beat ten man Torquay thanks to a hat-trick from striker Bradley Goodship.

After a timid start from both sides, the game came into life when Torquay striker Micheal Ngoo was shown a straight red card for a reckless two-footed lunge. Goodship grabbed his first goal of the match before Scott Kashket grabbed a goal back for Torquay. Goodship grabbed two more goals for Braintree courtesy of two headers while Lee Barnard also found the score sheet. Torquay striker Brett Williams grabbed a late consolation with a fine effort from distance. Torquay face Lincoln at home in their first match.


Starting XI: Moore [C]; Eckersley, McGinty, Gerring, Rowe-Turner*; Richards, Young, Ward; Ngoo, Kashket, Williams.
Subs: Duke, Chaney, Harris, Sparkes*, Reid.
30th August 2016

Kashket Called Up For National Duty


Torquay United on-loan striker Scott Kashket has been called up for Israel under 21 side. Despite being born in England, the young striker is eligible to play for Israel.

Scott Kashket will miss Torquay's next match due to the international call up where Israel will play Northern Ireland and Kazakhstan. The attacker has been in good form since joining the club in the summer from Wycombe and has scored four goals so far this season.
3rd September 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 8

Lincoln Fight Back To Beat Torquay



Lincoln came from a goal behind to beat Robbie Herrera's Torquay side by three goals to one.

Torquay had got off to the perfect start when striker Brett Williams headed the hosts ahead with his second goal of the season. Lincoln striker Adam Marriot under an equaliser for the away side after half time with a fine long range strike. The game looked to be headed for a draw however Alex Simmons and Alan Power struck late on to win the game for Lincoln. Torquay host York in their next match.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner*; Richards, Young, Ward; Blissett, Reid, Williams.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney, Harris, Sparkes*, Chamberlain.
10th September 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 9

Late Felix Goals Grabs Draw For York



York winger Kaine Felix scored a fine late strike to ensure York came away from Torquay with a point.

Scott Kashket scored on his debut for Israel under 21's in midweek and found the scoresheet for Torquay just before the hour mark. Strike partner Nathan Blissett nodded down to the on-loan striker who curled the ball into the far right hand corner. Torquay looked to be heading for the win before Kaine Felix's superb strike from just outside the area grabbed a draw for York. Torquay travel to Woking next.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Rowe-Turner; Richards, Young*, Ward**; Blissett, Kashket, Williams.
Subs: Gerring, Chaney*, Harris**, Verma, Chamberlain.
13th September 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 10

Kashket Hat Trick Helps Torquay Destroy Woking



Torquay produced a fantastic away performance as they beat Woking by six goals to nil.

Scott Kashket was the best player on the pitch and scored a fantastic hat trick to help Torquay grab the win. Torquay were five goals up within thirty minutes after two Kashket goals, first goals for the club from Joe Ward and Richard Eckersley and a fine header from Scott McGinty. Kashket then scored his hat trick goal in the second half with a fantastic volley from the edge of the area. Torquay travel to Boreham Wood in their next match.


Starting XI: Moore [C]; Eckersley, McGinty*, Gerring, Sparkes; Richards, Young**, Ward; Blissett, Kashket, Williams.
Subs: Rowe-Turner*, Chaney**, Harris, Verma, Chamberlain.
13th September 2016

Vanarama Conference Table: 10 Games Gone


14th September 2016

Verma Heads Out On Loan


Torquay United have sent midfielder Aman Verma out on loan to Conference South side Ebbsfleet. The former Kidderminster man had only made one appearance this season for Robbie Herrera's side.

Verma joined the club on a permanent deal in the summer after an impressive loan spell last season. However, Verma, who can play at right back or centre midfielder has yet to start a game for Robbie Herrera this season. The twenty nine year old has dropped a division to join Ebbsfleet until the end of the season. However, Torquay do have the option to recall Verma at any timet through the loan spell. Verma stated that he was happy to be a joining a side challenging for the league: "It's not really worked out for me at Torquay this season so I am happy to be joining Ebbsfleet. We are looking to get promoted and I can't wait to get going."
17th September 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 11

Boreham Wood and Torquay In Eventful Draw



Torquay let a two goal lead slip as Boreham Wood came back to gain a draw thanks to two late goals.

Torquay had gone ahead when Giancario Gallifuoco headed in his first goal for the club. Nathan Blissett then doubled Torquay's lead with a header of this own in the second half. Torquay looked as though they were going to grab an important win but late goals from the highly rated Morgan Ferrier and Conor Clifford ensured that Boreham Wood came away with a point. Torquay face relegation threatened Maidstone in their next match.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Sparkes*; Richards, Young**, Ward; Blissett, Kashket, Williams***.
Subs: Rowe-Turner*, Chaney**, Harris, Ngoo***, Chamberlain.
24th September 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 12

Torquay and Maidstone Play Out Bore Draw



Torquay were unable to break down relegation threatened Maidstone despite the away side playing with ten men for the majority of the game.

Maidstone were reduced to ten men after only five minutes after Christopher Paul was sent off for a terrible two footed lunge. Torquay threatened to break down Maidstone but found the away side in fantastic defensive form. Scott Kashket and Nathan Blissett went close but it just wasn't to be. Torquay play Gateshead next.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Sparkes; Richards, Young, Ward; Blissett*, Kashket, Williams.
Subs: Rowe-Turner, Chaney, Harris, Ngoo*, Chamberlain.
1st October 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 13

Last Minute Heartbreak For Torquay



Gatshead midfielder Mitch Brundle scored with the last kick of the game as Gateshead came away with a win against Robbie Herrera's Torquay.

Gateshead went two up in the first half thanks to goals from Tristan Plummer and in-form striker Danny Johnson. Torquay's on loan striker Scott Kashket grabbed a goal back for the visitors before Brett William's third goal of the season looked to have gained a point for the visitors. However, it wasn't meant to be as Mitch Brundle rose highest from corner to give Gateshead an important win. Torquay face Dagenham next.


Starting XI: Moore; Eckersley, McGinty, Gallifuoco [C], Sparkes; Richards, Young*, Ward**; Blissett***, Kashket, Ngoo.
Subs: Rowe-Turner, Chaney*, Harris**, Williams***, Chamberlain.
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