Tribute booklet to ‘patriach’ of Capital Gulls

Paul Eva, 'patriach' of Capital Gulls

Paul Eva, 'patriach' of Capital Gulls - Credit: Archant

Exiled Torquay United supporters around London, many of them members of the old Capital Gulls club, were so saddened by the recent death of Paul Eva that they have produced a booklet in his memory.

Originally from Paignton, Paul became known as the 'Penge Puffer' because of his love for varied tobaccos.

He regarded every United game as a chance for adventure, and would never allow the result to affect his enjoyment of the day.

I once asked him how he had made it from Paignton to Penge. 'We haven't got long enough, mate,' family man Paul replied with a grin. Having gleaned just a few details from his many friends since, I now know he was doing me a favour.

Several of those mates have contributed anecdotes and tributes to the booklet, including several that refer to him as the CG's 'spiritual leader' or 'patriarch'.

Like fellow London-based fan Alan Pike, who also died last year, Paul will be much missed.