Plainmoor is a ground that some
people might leave alone due to the distance, but luckily for me I live close
enough to reach it easily on the train. The 2 hour journey is as picturesque as
youíll come across with much of the later part of the journey spent travelling
along the seafront. Once in Torquay it takes a 10 minute walk past the seafront
to reach the town centre, where many good shops, pubs and eateries can be found.
I spent some time in the Hogís Head before exploring the town centre some more.
There were many Torquay fans in the Town centre before
a game, but I really had no problems at all in my Rovers top, some fans even
stopping for a chat along the way.
I took a taxi to the ground to avoid a fairly long walk, and the traffic was
fine as long as you go early enough. Once near the ground I got out to have a
quick look at the local pubs, all of which were packed the rafters. The pub
nearest the home end of the ground, next to the Somerfield supermarket, was
dangerously overcrowded and many fans were buying drink from the supermarket and
drinking outside. This may not be such a problem on a different day as Rovers
did have a massive away following, but I would recommend spending at least some
time in the town centre first if a pre-match drink is as important to you as it
is to me. I attempted to enter the Supporters bar and was told in no uncertain
terms to go away, and Police were also confiscating drink from supporters who
ventured too close to the ground. It seems Police, security officers and
stewards were very cautious of away supporters, although I was told that away
fans are allowed into the supporters bar if much smaller numbers are expected.
Inside the ground, the Burger bar serves good cheap food, the toilets are okay
and there was little in the way of queues for either. The stand offers a good
view of the action and has a fairly good atmosphere. Unfortunately the home fans
do not make as much of an effort and only really got behind their team when they
were winning, so it may take some of the more vocal travelling support to create
a good atmosphere.
The game itself was a cracker once Torquay opened the scoring. Rovers threatened
briefly before the home side grabbed their second goal early in the second half,
inspiring the home fans to start really getting behind their team. This only
spurred on the Rovers players and fans and Agogo pulled a goal back with fifteen
minutes to go. After more pressure from Rovers, the same player eventually
equalised in the 87th minute to send the 1,500 travelling army into raptures. As
home supporters began making their way home a deserved draw looked on the cards
until, deep into injury time, substitute Richard Walker curled in a Rovers
winner and a melee ensued. I myself, standing near the exit in anticipation of
the final whistle, was jumping high into the air over and over again shouting my
head off, much to the amusement of the home stewards! After the game, the
traffic was fairly light and there was no trouble getting to the station to
catch the train back at 5.17.