1925–26 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
1925–26 season
Chairman England Charles Hore
Manager South Africa Percy Mackrill
Southern League
Western Section
6th
Western League
Professional Section
3rd
FA Cup First Round
Devon Professional Cup Semi Final
Top goalscorer League:
George Appleyard (15)

All:
George Appleyard (29)
Home colours

The 1925–26 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's fifth season in competitive football and their fourth season in the Southern League. The season runs from 1 July 1925 to 30 June 1926.

Overview[edit]

Torquay United's fourth season in the Southern League saw them face a much depleted fixture list with the Western Section reduced to only fourteen teams due to the departure of six of the Welsh sides, as a result, the remaining English teams joined together to form the Professional Section of the Western League to provide themselves with additional fixtures. This gave the Magpies an extra eighteen games to play on top of their Southern League commitments.[1]

Under new player-manager Percy Mackrill, Torquay made a hesitant start to their Southern League campaign and were without a win in their first six matches. However, the Plainmoor faithful were rewarded for their patience in December when the Magpies scored a total of twelve goals in their Christmas and Boxing Day fixtures against Taunton United and Bath City. Torquay eventually finished 6th in the Southern League which, even with just fourteen teams competing, was certainly an improvement on the previous season. Torquay also made a good showing in the Western League, finishing in 3rd place.

Much of the Torquay's success during the season was due to the goalscoring of new forward George Appleyard, signed from local rivals Exeter City. Effortlessly filling the boots of the recently departed Billy Kellock, Appleyard scored an impressive 29 goals in all competitions, he made a particular impression in the FA Cup, scoring in all five Qualifying rounds and getting Torquay to the First Round Proper for the very first time. Their reward was a visit from high-flying Third Division South side Reading. 6,000 supporters at Plainmoor witnessed Torquay take a first half lead over their League opponents before Reading equalised through a penalty which forced a replay at Elm Park. A late equalising goal from George Appleyard in that match saw the fixture taken to a second replay, to be held at Bristol City's Ashton Gate ground. However, it was to be third time unlucky for the Magpies as the League side eventually emerged with a 2–0 victory.[1]

It was an outstanding performance by Torquay over the eventual Third Division South champions and certainly strengthened their case for election to the Football League.[2] However, for the time being at least, the Magpies made no attempt to enter the Third Division South at the end of the season and instead looked forward to another Southern League campaign.

League statistics[edit]

Southern League Western Section[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Plymouth Argyle Reserves (C) 26 20 1 5 67 31 2.16 41
2 Bristol City Reserves 26 16 4 6 48 28 1.71 36
3 Bristol Rovers Reserves 26 13 4 9 51 35 1.45 30
4 Swindon Town Reserves 26 13 4 9 57 40 1.42 30
5 Ebbw Vale 26 13 3 10 60 46 1.30 29
6 Torquay United 26 12 5 9 59 46 1.28 29
7 Yeovil & Petters United 26 9 8 9 43 48 0.89 26
8 Mid Rhondda United 26 12 1 13 47 49 0.95 25
9 Weymouth 26 10 3 13 64 60 1.06 23
10 Exeter City Reserves 26 8 5 13 40 49 0.81 21
11 Barry 26 8 4 14 47 55 0.85 20
12 Taunton United 26 9 2 15 44 60 0.73 20
13 Pontypridd 26 7 5 14 44 77 0.57 19 Left Southern League at end of season
14 Bath City 26 7 1 18 38 86 0.44 15

Source: "RSSSF". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted.

Western League Professional Section[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Bristol City Reserves (C) 18 10 7 1 58 19 3.05 27
2 Bristol Rovers Reserves 18 11 2 5 53 36 1.47 24
3 Torquay United 18 9 4 5 28 22 1.27 22
4 Yeovil & Petters United 18 7 7 4 33 27 1.22 21
5 Swindon Town Reserves 18 6 8 4 32 33 0.97 20
6 Weymouth 18 7 4 7 37 45 0.82 18
7 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 18 6 5 7 31 25 1.24 17
8 Exeter City Reserves 18 6 4 8 33 41 0.80 16
9 Taunton United 18 3 3 12 18 45 0.40 9
10 Bath City 18 1 4 13 20 50 0.40 6

Source:[1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted.

Results[edit]

Southern League Western Section[edit]

Western League Professional Section[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Devon Professional Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edwards, Leigh; Gibbes, Jon; Lovis, John (1999). Torquay United, The Official Centenary History, 1899-1999. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-38-0
  2. ^ Holgate, Mike (1999). Torquay United Football Club 1899-1999. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-1814-9

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