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Torquay United aim for best ever start and to make history

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 28, 2010

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TORQUAY UNITED have the chance to make history on two fronts when they take on fellow unbeaten side Port Vale in the Potteries this afternoon.

History Part One — Paul Buckle's Gulls will try to become only the fourth team in Football League history to go ELEVEN games without conceding a goal.

History Part Two — United will try to complete a FOUR-MATCH winning league start to the season for the first time ever.

Another 'clean sheet' at Vale Park will see United join Millwall, Reading and York City as the only clubs to go eleven matches without a goal-against.

If they do it, only another 52 minutes at Southend a week today — Reading went 1,103 minutes without conceding in 1979 — will stand between United and the all-time record.

So far Torquay, top of League Two after three games, have gone 16 hours one minute (961mins) since goalkeeper Scott Bevan's own-goal in the 2-1 win over Shrewsbury last April 3.

But the club has NEVER won its first four league matches on the trot.

There have previously been only two three-game winning starts — in 1949 and 1981.

The 1949 run ended painfully, in a 7-1 defeat at Walsall!

In 1981 in Frank O'Farrell's third spell as manager, United enjoyed wins over Hull (2-1) and Scunthorpe (1-0) at home and Crewe (1-0) away, before losing 3-0 to Colchester at Layer Road.

But they did bounce back to win their next three games after that.

O'Farrell had former Scottish international midfielder Bruce Rioch as his player-coach.

Rioch, who now lives in Cornwall after a top-flight managerial career, went on to become United's boss in his own right the following summer (1982).

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    Duncan, Kingswear  |  August 29 2010, 9:50PM

    Negative comments on these pages are nearly non existant since our upturn in results. long may it continue.

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    Pluto, Mars  |  August 29 2010, 11:27AM

    Spot on Tony, The mighty Gulls go marching on and on and on. Could this be our season, Who knows, but I bet all the faithful Torquay supporters are just enjoying this great spell in the history of our remarkable little club. Well done to Bucks and the lads, you are doing our club proud, long may it continue. Onwards and Upwards

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    Tony, Richmond  |  August 28 2010, 7:46PM

    Wrong Jid. Port Vale 1 : Torquay 2 Negativity will get you nowhere. .

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    A Man called Jid, Montpelier School, Paignton  |  August 28 2010, 10:57AM

    Sounds like a recipe for disaster.