Inside Gulls: From the best to brink of extinction

Inside the Gulls

Inside the Gulls - Credit: Archant

Inside the Gulls this week explores one of the greatest players to wear the Torquay United Yellow and Blue, plus two legendary managers and a period that saw the club reach the brink of extinction.

We start on Thursday with the enigma that was Mark Loram, a local boy blessed with extraordinary talent, but not always the required dedication to fulfil his incredible potential.

The left foot of Loram was a natural gift, he could do anything he wanted with a football and turned games with one killer pass or a wonder-strike. He was, quite simply, the best player you never saw.

We then move on to the amazing impact made by the arrival of Frank O’Farrell as manager, starting a long love affair with United that saw him hold numerous roles at Plainmoor.

The weekend kicks off with the irrepressible Paul Buckle, a former United midfielder who arrived as manager when the club was at its lowest ebb.

Bucks transformed the club over four breathtaking seasons, securing one of the finest days in the history of the Gulls.

Our latest selection is completed by the story of local business people holding the fort between the ownership of Thea Bristow and current chairman Clarke Osborne. They had precious little funding, even less football experience, and yet, somehow, saved United from disappearing forever.

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Thanks to Pinnacle Photo Agency, Paul Levie and the late Colin Bratcher for providing the images for Inside the Gulls.

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