YELLOW OPEN DAY
IT didn’t rain.
Once that hurdle had been overcome, the Yellow Army enjoyed a pleasant Sunday morning in the sporadic sunshine at our Torquay United Open Day.
As you can see from the picture above, manager Alan Knill’s plea for a predatory forward was slightly misinterpreted but once he’d got over the shock, a terrific day was enjoyed by all.
The players, after berating the press officer for not stating they would need boots, strolled out for a team photo with squad 99 winner Steve Pike, plus shots with our main sponsors from WTS and Lazy Jacks.
We then moved on to individual pictures with player sponsors and while the lads signed autographs, our commercial team conducted the draw for our 2013-14 short sponsors.
A huge congratulations to Bailey’s Bus, who were picked out of the hat by Alan Knill and will now adorn our shorts for the season ahead. Also, congratulations to Dean Edwards for a terrific initiative that we will hopefully repeat in the future.
Just when the players felt they had completed their photographic duties, that same said press officer conjured up a penalty contest that had all those competitive juices flowing in Yellow veins.
The first round saw just a couple of failures, most notably the gaffer, probably still reeling from his eagle encounter, or that was his excuse for hitting the post...we should remind you that Alan was a centre-back in his playing days.
The spot was moved back a few yards for the next round but there were still some super strikes. Nathan Craig’s demon left-foot was unstoppable and dead-eye Ashley Yeoman looked promising.
For fear of the contest extending into Monday, the third round saw the lads switch to their weaker foot, and Nathan’s right is not quite the same as his left. Ben Harding, however, pinged a beautiful right-footer in the top corner.
Suddenly, we were down to three, and where Harding and young Jake Hutchings crumbled under the pressure, Yeoman retained his composure to stroke home the winning strike.
As the Yellow Army trundled happily home for a Sunday lunch, a few remained for an intriguing fans’ forum with the manager, vice-chairman Bill Phillips and chief executive Andrew Candy.
There was too much discussed to mention in one story but a quick summary was Alan’s hope that Krystian Pearce will fill the centre-back position and youngster Jack Deaman has impressed on trial. The gaffer also acknowledged his quest for a centre-forward continues in earnest.
One of the pertinent points was the obvious desire to work even closer with the youth-team in our development of young talent here at Plainmoor.
Please visit our dedicated photo sales websites for images of the Open Day, which includes a gallery of our brand new Torquay United Ladies Team. More pics are added all the time and we will have our youth squad photographed tomorrow, as well as the full first-team squad photo, so keep checking.