Torquay United groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe kept busy as Gulls go into lockdown

Torquay United groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe Picture: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Torquay United groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe Picture: Phil Mingo/PPAUK - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Even when a football club is in 'lockdown', one thing definitely keeps growing - the grass.

Torquay United groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe Picture: Sean Hernon/PPAUK

Torquay United groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe Picture: Sean Hernon/PPAUK - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

While the rest of Torquay United's non-football staff are currently on 'furlough', and the players are training on their own, Plainmoor groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe is still very much at work.

As well as the first-team pitch, Gouldthorpe also has the club's Seale Hayne training complex near Newton Abbot to look after, and he says: 'People may see me at work and ask 'What's he doing?'. But Plainmoor needs cutting twice a week, and so does Seale Hayne, so I'm going to both places but strictly on my own, of course.

'I'm already watering at Plainmoor, believe it or not, which just shows how well the drainage was working through all that rain we had. The pitch is looking pretty good and it's a case of keeping it ticking over now. Nobody has come across this situation before, but we are all in it together and we're just looking forward to having football back again. I know I am.'