Although the town of Torquay has hosted football since 1899, it would take a formation between the original Torquay Town, Ellacombe and Babbacombe FC would lead to the birth of Torquay United in 1921. They were quickly elected to the Southern Football League upon creation.
Just two years later, with a promotion on their honors list, the club successfully joined the Football League. Their first game at that level was a 1-1 draw against local rivals, Exeter City.
The club, nicknamed ‘the Gulls’ have played as high as the third in English football as recently as 2006. That period, though, would begin a brief decline which saw them relegated from the Football League for the first time in 80 years in 2007.
The club would return to England’s fourth tier in 2009 before being relegated again in 2014.
The 2016-17 campaign will be remembered as a season of struggle for Torquay United.
A number of financial difficulties off the field and a battle against relegation on it would make it a worrying time for those associated with the club.
Three wins from their final three games, including a 2-0 home win against North Ferriby United, would ensure they remained a National League club for the 2017-18 season.
Their top scorer was Brett Williams, who netted 10 times in all competitions.
How to get there
Car: Head down the M6 and M5 and then take the A38 in to Torquay. From there follow sign posts to the ground. Time spent in the car: 4hr, 15 minutes.
Train: Macclesfield – Stoke-On-Trent – Exeter St David’s – Torquay. Time spent on the train: 4hr, 58 minutes.