Why you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
It was the first day of half term and I hadn't
seen the town for a while, with our game at
Hereford a 1pm kick off and another derby with
Vale the following week called off beacuse of poor
weather, I was needing my football fix and so had
no hesitations about getting on the supporters'
bus at an unholy 7.20am in the morning to make my
pilgrimage to the Riviera. I've just started out
on my quest for the 92 and Torquay was to be my
6th so good to keep it up. There's a long way to
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
After a kip on the bus, which was really quite
quick (about 4.5 hours including pit stops is very
respectable indeed) we arrived at 12ish to the sun
beaming and went promptly to the pub. Had no
parking issues obviously as a small ground but we
were on the bus so no more than expected.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
As Man United were playing Liverpool in a
hotly-anticipated first meeting after the reunion
of Evra and Suarez (the latter NOT shaking the
former's hand) we trooped off to Buccaneer Inn, a
very pleasant sea-viewing Pub with friendly locals
and a good atmosphere. Obviously the landlord was
pleased too see us and sank a pint or two while
playing pool. I hadn't had any breakfast so the
Ciabatta cheeseburger and chips with relish tasted
incredible, as did the crumble afterwards, top
stuff. Home fans were welcoming and there were no
problems with a small friendly seaside place as
you'd expect. Afterwards we made a shortish walk
through town to the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
It's a pretty basic ground, although I prefer
terracing for the away fans which we had it looked
strange with the left Main Stand having been
demolished. The matchday programme was okay
although didn't meet my expectations having been
crowned best in League Two.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Atmosphere was poor, a bunch of Torquay ultras no
older than 12 did their utmost but Shrewsbury fans
were no better, a decent following of 250
suprisingly muted, probably because of the poor
quality of the game. James Collins hit the bar for
Town about 10 minutes in and that was about as
good as it got. Torquay got a winner on 60 minutes
when Chris Neal came flapping off his line
comically for a corner and Kenya International
Taiwo Atieno scored. The atmosphere noteable
improved then. Still pretty dreary although
Torquay played some good stuff, and on 90 minutes
no-one from the away end seemed overly fussed. A
shame. Plus the portaloos at half time were
rancid, but needs must.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Had no problems as away coach parked just outside
the entrance. Very easily accessible.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very nice place, a very basic ground that you
would have to be a hyper-traditionalist fan to
enjoy in all honesty. However, that's football.