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Lowdown on Torquay

Posted on 12 September 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

<IMG src="/new_images/fawlty.jpg" align=right border=1 <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Torquay would certainly never claim to be situated in the epicentre of the footballing world, far more likely to describe the region as the English Riviera…<BR>In fact, to fans of a certain age &mdash&#59; and below if their parents possess the video collection &mdash&#59; Torquay is to many, above all, the location of television comedy Fawlty Towers.<BR><BR>Perhaps surprisingly, while Basil occasionally gave Sybil the slip to head down the bookmakers, a trip to Plainmoor never seemed to crop up. After the hit series, doubtless any Latin recruits made by the Gulls would be likened to hapless waiter Manuel by visiting sages.<BR><BR>The football club of Torquay was, however, the subject of one best-selling book in the late nineties. Former Charlton striker Garry Nelson wrote the entertaining read, revealing the trials and tribulations of his time as assistant manager at the club.<BR><BR>The book was entitled &lsquo&#59;Left foot in the grave&rsquo&#59;, which followed his opening effort &lsquo&#59;Left foot forward &mdash&#59; Diary of a journeyman footballer&rsquo&#59;. His Torquay tome began when he recalled encountering the Charlton chairman&rsquo&#59;s wife as he was nearing the end of his contract at the Valley. Nelson admitted that he quite fancied a holiday enjoying the forbidden footballers sport of skiing.<BR><BR>"Well you&rsquo&#59;ll have plenty of time for that now," quipped Mrs Chairman, giving Nelson a mighty hint that his time at the Valley was up.<BR><BR>Nelson headed to Plainmoor and began his second warts and all novel, telling it exactly how it is scraping an existence on the bottom rung of the ladder. Clearing away doggy doos ahead of training sessions on a local park was, amazingly, one of the less stressful experiences Nelson encountered.<BR><BR>He is now in the sanctuary of the PFA and Torquay soldier on, battling with a handful of others to avoid the Conference.<BR><BR><IMG src="/new_images/mcfarland.jpg" align=left border=1 manager.<BR as McFarland Roy defender England former appointed Bateson Mike chairman Three, Division of bottom from fourth finished team the which after Lee, Colin leadership under spell three-month a After season. close in appointment major made Gulls The end, that To><BR>McFarland&rsquo&#59;s reign has, so far, been a slow burning affair &mdash&#59; one win and a draw in the League and a 2-0 Worthington Cup win over Bournemouth. The prize for that win being a trip to the Lane.<BR><BR>McFarland is the 34<SUP>th</SUP> Torquay manager since 1927, other notable names to have taken on the post include Bruce Rioch, Ivan Golac and one Cyril Knowles. The most successful incumbent of recent times was Wes Saunders, who spent nearly three years in the hotseat and steered the club to a ninth place finish in the 1999-2000 season.<BR><BR>There are a couple of familiar faces in the Torquay line-up, former Chelsea starlet Kevin Nicholls is among the ranks along with former Spurs trainee goalkeeper Kevin Dearden.<BR><BR>Even with a dash of top-flight experience, McFarland feels that all the pressure is on Spurs. Speaking after his side&rsquo&#59;s defeat to Plymouth on Saturday, he pondered that his players can now enjoy a big game with no pressure on them to win.<BR><BR>"We can now turn our attentions to the Spurs game on Thursday and this is the chance for the players to really relax and enjoy themselves with some good football,&rdquo&#59; he said.<BR><BR>"The pressure is all on the other side &mdash&#59;I doubt that any gambler will give us a cat in hell&rsquo&#59;s chance BUT this is football and one sure bet is that Spurs are not relishing the encounter.&rdquo&#59;</SPAN> <P>