The coaching team at PlainmoorMANAGER
BORN in Lincolnshire, Chris Hargreaves began his football life as a trainee at Everton before returning to his hometown club of Grimsby, where he turned professional in 1989.
A brief loan spell with Scarborough preceded a switch to Hull and Chris would remain a Tiger until West Bromwich Albion signed the energetic midfielder in 1995. However, opportunities at the Hawthorns would be limited and a loan move to Hereford soon turned permanent.
His next stop was down the road at Plymouth Argyle and he would spend two years with the Pilgrims before moving to Northampton, where he earned the reputation as a club legend in four years with the Cobblers.
At the age of 32, a fabulous career still had a long way to run, as Chris notched up a season at Brentford and two years with Oxford, but the next move, in 2007, would be the start of his Yellow love affair.
When Chris signed for the Gulls, we were a club in the doldrums. Relegated to the Conference and with just four players under contract, a new consortium took charge and appointed Paul Buckle as the manager to guide us back to the Football League.
Bucks quickly acquired Hargreaves as his midfield linchpin and it proved to be an inspired move. Chris would become a massive figure at Plainmoor, steering us back to League 2 with his dominant performances in the engine room.
He was, of course, one of the heroes of our play-off win over Cambridge in 2009, scoring the opening goal on that memorable day at Wembley. A proud playing career came to an end with a brief stint back at Oxford, where he also won promotion.
Since then, Chris has had a book published, opened a sports shop, worked extensively in the media, collected various coaching badges and, most recently, he has been first-team coach at AFC Bournemouth.
He was named United manager in January 2014, taking over from Alan Knill with the Gulls languishing at the bottom of League 2. Despite a valiant effort, relegation was unavoidable but hopes are high again after a summer of rebuilding ahead of the Conference campaign.
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THE Lee Hodges story is an impressive journey across the spectrum of English football. A Londoner by birth, Hodgey came through the youth ranks at Tottenham and graduated as a pro in 1992.
His time at White Hart Lane was interrupted by loan spells with Plymouth and Wycombe before he made a permanent switch to Barnet in 1994. Three years at Underhill was followed by a move to Reading, and then back to Plymouth in 2001, where he would remain for seven years
Blessed with incredibly versatility, Hodges could operate at left-back, in midfield and as a forward. He even spent 20 minutes in goal for Plymouth, when Luke McCormick was sent off in a game at Scunthorpe.
Hodgey’s Pilgrim adventure came to an end in 2008, when he skipped up the A38 to sign for United, and he would be another hugely influential figure in our resurgence under Paul Buckle.
A wonderful playing career concluded at Truro City and he soon became manager with the Cornish club, guiding them to the Conference South for the first time in their history, despite huge financial problems.
Hodgey moved back to Plainmoor as assistant manager to Chris Hargreaves in January 2014.
KENNY Veysey started life as an apprentice goalkeeper at Arsenal but moved down to Devon after failing to make the grade with the Gunners.
A brief spell with Dawlish Town alerted United to his talents and Kenny soon established himself as the Plainmoor number one.
After three years as a Gull, the Londoner signed for Oxford, later joining Reading, Exeter and Dorchester Town before returning to United in 1997, seven years after his departure.
His playing career ended with short stints at Plymouth and Taunton Town. Ken first joined as goalkeeping coach in 2000 and his current spell as a member of the backroom team began in 2007.
HEAD OF YOUTH
GEOFF Harrop enjoyed a playing career with Colchester United and in Cyprus and Australia before moving back into the coaching sphere at Colchester.
He then moved on to Rushden & Diamonds and Northampton, from whom he signed for United in the summer of 2010.
TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT COACH
ROBBIE Herrera began his impressive playing career with QPR, joining the Gulls on a loan deal in 1992 before signing a permanent deal with Fulham.
Five happy years at the Cottage came to an end when the talented left-back signed for United in 1998 and would make well over 100 appearances in the famous Yellow shirt.
Robbie ended his professional playing days at Leyton Orient and spent many years in the non-League game before joining the United youth department.