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Torquay United FC
Plainmoor

Capacity: 6,500 (Seats 2,950)
Address:
Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3PS
Main Telephone No: 01803 328 666
Fax No: 01803 323 976
Team Nickname: The Gulls
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Official Web Site:
www.torquayunited.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
Barnstaple Gulls
TorquayUnited.net

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Contents
What's Plainmoor Like?
Bristow's Bench (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Yelverton Properties Family Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Thatchers Popular Cider Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Marsh Toyota Away Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzine
Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Plainmoor Location Map


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What's Plainmoor Like?
On one side is a new stand which was opened in July 2012. This covered all seated stand has a capacity of 1,750 and cost in the region of 2m to build. Called Bristow's Bench after a former Director of the Club, the stand also includes new dressing rooms, disabled facilities and a new press box. It is a fairly simple looking affair, although it has windshields to either side situated below an elevated roof. The stand is raised above pitch level meaning that spectators have to climb a small staircase to enter it. Opposite is a newish, small covered terrace, called the Thatchers Popular Cider Terrace. It looks slightly odd, having a large television gantry perched on its roof.

At one end is the Yelverton Properties Family Stand, which is a neat, attractive, covered all seater stand that has a capacity of 1,200. Differing from other clubs, the Directors Box is situated in this stand, rather than being on one side of the pitch. The other end is a small covered terrace, built in 2000 to replace a former open terrace and is normally used to house away fans. To one side of this stand is Police Control Box. Outside the ground behind the home end and next to the Club shop is a programme shop which is worth a look. In one corner of the ground in-between the away terrace and Popular side, is a large video screen. The ground is completed by a set of four traditional looking floodlight pylons.

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Bristow's Bench

Bristow's Bench,
                    Plainmoor, Torquay United

Thanks to Torquay United FC for providing the photo above.

What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Around 1,100 away supporters can be accommodated in the Marsh Toyota Away Terrace, at one end of the ground. In addition up to 500 seats can also be made in the new Bristow's Bench Stand on one side of the stadium. Both these areas are covered. The acoustics in the away terrace are particularly good, meaning that relatively few away supporters can still really make some noise from this area. Although the facilities are fairly basic in this area, this was compensated by some good banter between the away fans and the stewards, plus the catering outlet was doing a roaring trade in selling hot Steak Pasties (3). Other food on offer includes; Locally produced Steak & Ale and Steak & Kidney Pies (3), Sausage Rolls (2), Double Cheeseburgers (4.50), Double Burgers (4), Cheeseburgers (3.50), Beefburgers (3), Hot Dogs (3), Bacon Burgers (4), Veggieburgers (3) and Chips (2.50). All in all a good day out.

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Yelverton Properties Family Stand

Yelverton Properties
                    Family Stand

Thanks to Adam Hodson for supplying the above photo.

Where To Drink?
The supporters club 'Boots & Laces' behind the main stand allows away supporters in and I found it quite pleasant and friendly. Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter supporter adds; 'The George Inn on Babbacombe Road, was extremely welcoming, both before and after the game. The pub is around a ten minute walk away from the ground'. Located handily around the corner in Princes Street is the Hanburys Fish & Chip shop which has on occasion won national awards. Further on at the bottom of Princes Street you will find the Buccaneer Inn. Not only a good pub serving St Austell Ales, but outside the front of the pub you can also enjoy some great views along the coast. (There is also plenty of street parking available in this area). Also on Babbacombe Road is the Dog & Duck which welcomes away fans and also shows matches broadcast on SKY television.

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Thatchers Popular Cider Stand

 
Popular Side, Plainmoor, Torquay United

Thanks to Adam Hodson for supplying the above photo.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

At the end of the M5 follow the A38 and then turn left onto the A380. On reaching Kingskerwell, take the first exit at the large roundabout (where is a McDonalds & Sainsburys on one side) onto the A3022 towards Torquay. After one mile turn left towards Babbacombe (signposted Babbacombe (A379)). After 1 mile turn left into Westhill Road for Warbro Road. Torquay United is signposted on nearing the ground. Street parking.

Map showing the location of the Plainmoor Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: TQ1 3PS

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By Train
The ground is over two miles away from the main Torquay railway station and so a taxi (around 5) may well be in order. Neil Le Milliere adds; 'Torre station (one stop before Torquay station but not all trains stop there) is closest to the ground. Walk up the hill opposite the station and its around a 20-25 minute walk.

If you have time on your hands then you can walk to the ground
from Torquay station in around 40 minutes: On leaving the station turn left into Rathmore Road. Follow the road down crossing into Falkland Road. Proceed by way of Lucius Street and Tor Hill Road into Union Street. Take the St. Marychurch Road and climb the Hill towards Babbacombe then take the third turning on the right into Bronshill  Road. The floodlights of Plainmoor will be visible after a few minutes on the left. Thanks to Myles Munsey for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Warbro Road End (Marsh Toyota Away Stand)


 Warbro Road End

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Admission Prices
The prices quoted below are for most league games this season, but the Club sometimes do elect to put up the prices slightly (usually 1 per ticket) for local derbies and big cup games.

Home Fans:

Bristow's Bench:
Adults 21, Over 65's/Students  17, Under 19's 10, Under 16's 6, Under 12's 5*
Yelverton Properties Family Stand (Seating):
Adults 19, Over 65's/Students 15,
Under 19's 10, Under 16's 6, Under 12's 5*
Thatchers Popular Cider Terrace: Adults 17, Over 65's/Students 13,
Under 19's 10, Under 16's 6,
Under 12's 5*,
Under 7's Free*

Away Fans:

Bristow's Bench (Seating):
Adults 21, Over 65's/Students  17, Under 19's 10, Under 16's 6, Under 12's 5*
Marsh Toyota Away Stand (Terrace) Adults 17, Over 65's/Students 13, Under 19's 10, Under 16's 6, Under 12's 5*, Under 7's Free*

* Must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: 3
Capital Gulls Fanzine 1.

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Local Rivals
Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Torquay United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Ground Layout


Plainmoor Torquay Ground Layout

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Record & Average Attendance
21.908 v Huddersfield Town,
FA Cup 4th Round, January 29th, 1955.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 2,642 (League Two)
2012-2013: 2,709 (League Two)
2011-2012: 2,869 (League Two)

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Fans Reviews Of Plainmoor
Chris Hayter (Oxford United) 9/3/13
Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 17/11/12
Chris Connolly (Neutral) 9/9/12
Jacob Owen (Shrewsbury Town) 11/2/12

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Torquay Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of the Plainmoor football ground, railway station and listed pubs



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Last Updated:  1 August 2014