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There'll be 1,750 seats on Bristow's Bench

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 10, 2011

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PLAINMOOR'S new Grandstand will be called 'Bristow's Bench' in memory of former Torquay United vice-chairman Paul Bristow.

Torquay United have now received confirmation from the Football Foundation that their application for a £750,000 grant towards the cost of the stand has been approved.

Lottery winner Bristow died suddenly last summer, but he was one of the driving forces behind the club's revival following relegation from the Football League in 2007.

His widow Thea took his place on the United board within months of his death, and she is playing a major financial role in the redevelopment of the old stand.

Mrs. Bristow is understood to have suggested the new stand's name. She said: "Paul would love to know that he had been benched!

"We mulled over all the possibilities for naming the grandstand and decided against the formal option of the Paul Bristow Memorial Stand.

"I know Bristow's Bench will be shortened over time and I hope the Yellow Army are cheering on the Gulls from the Bench or Bristow's for many years to come."

It will seat 1,750 fans and incorporates new dressing rooms as well as an IT teaching suite for adjoining Westlands School.

The education authority is also providing some of the funding towards the project's total cost, which has risen from first estimates to £2 million.

The stand will be built during the first half of next season, with a target completion date in February.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and Football Foundation, said: "I am delighted that Football Stadia Improvement Fund funding has been able to make this happen.

"The grandstand's name is a fitting tribute to Paul Bristow and the impact he had on the club and everyone involved with it."

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  • Uberwozza  |  June 10 2011, 11:59AM

    should be named the Tony Jordan stand after the man who made it happen

  • Uberwozza  |  June 10 2011, 11:59AM

    Should be named the Tony Jordan stand after the man who really made it happen