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Gulls take action as January's transfer window closes shut

By This is Devon  |  Posted: February 01, 2011

  • DEADLINE DAY saw Torquay United working on deals to bring in Morecambe's Craig Stanley (inset) and to sell midfielder Nicky Wroe PINNACLE

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AS THE JANUARY transfer deadline approached last night, Torquay United were hoping to complete a one-in-one-out move in midfield ahead of tonight's 'Let's Get Over The Cup' game against Hereford United at Plainmoor (7.45pm).

Former Gulls captain Nicky Wroe headed for talks over a permanent transfer to League Two rivals Shrewsbury Town.

At the same time Morecambe's Craig Stanley was making an even longer journey from the North-West to South Devon.

Both of them are former captains of the England C team.

Stanley, 27, has been at Morecambe for nearly five years, following spells with Walsall and Hereford, and he was in the Shrimps team which beat United 2-1 at the Globe Arena recently.

Stanley is expected to move on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

Wroe, who has been a regular with United for the last three years and started Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Crawley, started 124 games for Torquay and scored 23 goals.

United have agreed an undisclosed fee for the 25-year-old former Barnsley and York player.

Loan winger Ashley Hemmings has also returned to Wolves after spending three months with the Gulls.

"Ashley wasn't starting for us, which was the idea when he joined, and all three parties have agreed on him going back to Wolves," said Buckle.

But the one player whom everyone expected to move, United's leading scorer Elliot Benyon, still appeared to be staying at Plainmoor.

Swindon Town's interest in Benyon was being widely reported, but United manager Paul Buckle said at tea-time that he had still not received a firm bid for Benyon.

And, with the one-match suspension of Chris Zebroski and one or two injuries likely to tighten selection options, there seemed a good chance that 14-goal Benyon might face Hereford tonight alongside fellow striker Billy Kee.

It doesn't take a genius to work out that United must pick themselves up quickly from the huge disappointment of the Crawley defeat – and the Fifth Round draw which sent the Sussex club to Manchester United.

The Gulls (13th) now face three key games against League Two's bottom three clubs – Hereford tonight and Stockport on Saturday at home and Barnet away on February 12.

Hereford, who have improved markedly of late, could pose the biggest threat.

Buckle stressed: "We've got to do our best to have no hangover after last Saturday.

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    fred disley, tiverton  |  February 02 2011, 11:28AM

    Thanks for the post Rick, and I never said I had all the answers, wish I had, after watching torquay for 45 years I think I have the right to state that things are not going the way it should, although the comment about buckle going out on loan was a little tongue in cheek, the principle is sound, where does he get experience from without using us as a test tube, and with all experiments you have to do a lot before you get the result you wont. last night we had a defence that couldnt defend although allegedly we have clubs chasing ellis against hereford he looked hopeless, they know how to defend so the only thing to change is what they are being told to do by the manager, we lose Benyon and bring in another midget at centre forward, hereford,s defence must have had the easiest night of the season with all the high balls we were lobbing into the area, we played some fast, crisp attacking football across the park without ever having a killer ball, if you have the opportunity to watch a re run of last nights game you will see that like most games 75 % of the action was played down the left side, with O,Kane twiddling his fingers waiting for someone to pass down the right, can that be right, I made a comment last night on the way to the match with my son that torquay will finish in the bottom five, after last nights match I think I may be over optimistic.

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    Rick, Torquay  |  February 01 2011, 5:00PM

    Nice one James, I'll tell you what, anybody with anything positive to say please post it. Lets see if we can outnumber the DOOM MONGERS like Tony from Richmond, OH its so easy ain't it tone, just sack the manager and all will be well, dream on

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    Rick, Torquay  |  February 01 2011, 4:55PM

    Spot on MK, some really good points made, good to see a few others that understand the ups and downs of football. In a perfect world we would all draw every game and all be joint top, or joint bottom come to that. Get real some of you ( and I mean that most respectively), this is football and nothing is predictable. I dare say Paul Buckle has spent all weekend trying to work out what went wrong, the same as Alex Ferguson probably did when Man who failed to beat that lot from up the road or Roy Hogson when Liverpool went out to Northampton in the league cup (AT HOME) earlier this season. Sometimes for whatever reason it just does'nt happen the same as in most walks of life. But some of the absolute negative rubbish that has been spouted, is totally unwarranted and I can only presume these people critisise everything else they see or read. Come on Torquay, lets get three points tonight and get back up the league. OH, Fred, as you think you have all the answers, where exactly do you think we should send Paul Buckle out on loan to, and who would manage the team while he is gone. To the best of my knowledge more than 30 clubs have changed there manager this season, but less than half of those have improved results. And if I'm correct, there are 12 clubs in our division that also need to send their managers on loan as they have less points.

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    Tony, Richmond  |  February 01 2011, 4:42PM

    Well said Fred. So Benyon goes and Buckle stays. Wrong way round I feel .

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    James, Sheffield  |  February 01 2011, 4:40PM

    Agree wholeheartedly with all the comments,Especially MK & Rick's, Lets get behind the lads and prove all the doubters wrong, and when we get in the play-offs they'll all be able to come back to Plainmoor for the second time this season and find something else to moan about!! Come on You Yellows!!

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    fred disley, tiverton  |  February 01 2011, 3:46PM

    In reply from MK of London, what he says makes a lot of sense, but we disagree on one major issue, losing on the day can happen to any team against any opposition, what gets me and makes me wonder Torquay has any ambition is the manner of the loss, yes they were physical, but look at some of the conference teams we played several seasons ago, they were more like boxing matches and we coped,yes they had players with talent but so do we, probably as many as we have ever had, what we do not have is a manager capable of taking this team forward, If I was the chairman I would send Buckle out on loan for the rest of the season to a club that has an experienced manager with guile, cunning and a greater grasp of league tactics where he could learn something. We will not get promoted this season and pigs will fly before we even make the play offs,the directors have talked about nothing else of late concerning the need for a new stand, I have not one word to indicate there is money available for quality players.

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    Duncan, Kingswear  |  February 01 2011, 2:23PM

    Well said MK. Onward and upwards. Good luck to Elliot and Nicky.

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    MK, london  |  February 01 2011, 1:13PM

    'm as bitterly disappointed as everyone else about Saturday, but get some perspective those who think we had a right to beat a high-spending team from a lower division and Torquay "don't deserve to be supported". Derby and Swindon couldn't beat them, so they don't deserve support, and if the whingers' theory dictated football we should have been playing Derby. Then everyone would have accepted a 1-0 defeat, saying oh well they were Championship - even if it still meant missing Man Utd. In fact, if every team lived up to their league position Carlisle and Walsall are a disgrace for allowing Torquay to get past round 2. And if our football on Saturday wasn't flowing passing that's because it happens when you get little time against a lower team giving 120% on their biggest day - that's why Crawley made Derby look so poor and it's also why Torquay made Coventry and Blackpool look poor in the cup in the past. Ironically Derby giving 80% might have been easier than Crawley giving 120. You just have to battle as hard and hope you get the greak in a scrappy wholehearted match. And if the next round had produced Orient, Brighton, Reading or Burnley away no-one would have cared much as they'd have expected us to go out and there would not have been such a financial loss. Stockport get gates of 5,000 - look at them. If the whingers had responded to our pre-Xmas success they might get the team they say they want. Promotion would bring Southampton, Charlton, Argyle (maybe), derbies, money.

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    Rick, Torquay  |  February 01 2011, 12:43PM

    Good luck Elliot, I have enjoyed watching you progress as a player and you deserve this move. I have seldom seen a player play with such enthusiasm (Bar Lee Mansell) and you have been a credit to Torquay United. We must now all move on from Saturday, get right behind the team again and hopefully start moving back up the table. I'm not sure about most supporters, but my glass is still half full. COYY

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    Mark Lovis, Epsom  |  February 01 2011, 12:08PM

    Saturday was, indeed, heartbreaking. We did well to get to the fourth round at least but weren't quite up to beating the millionaire's from Sussex. Very sad but not worth throwing your toys out of the pram over. I remember Craig Stanley being quite a tough, combative and clever player when I saw him last season against us... indeed he popped one in the onion bag. A good replacement for Nicky who's been a little out of sorts although the transfer-listing appeared to give him a kick up the rear for a while. Sad to see Benyon go but after defeat on Saturday it was inevitable. Good luck to him, he's been a real success story for Bucks... let's hope Ellis et al can follow him up the ladder in years to come. Chin up Torquay.

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