1. 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 because 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 go!
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
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 ground?
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 surprisingly 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 the game:
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