Two minute guide: Torquay Utd

Two minute guide: Torquay Utd

Port Vale fans take part in one of their favourite weekend trips when the Valiants travel to Torquay.

We take a look ahead to the action with our lightening-quick online guide to Vale’s next opponents.

How’s their form?

Decent. Torquay have won four of the last six games.

Man in charge?

Martin Ling took over from Paul Buckle in June 2011. The 45 year-old has been in charge for 42 games, winning 21, drawing 9 and losing twelve.

Last time we met?

The two sides played out a goalless draw at Vale Park in November.

Overall record?

Vale have won 17 times, Torquay have won 15 times and there have been 17 draws.

Played for both?

Leon Constantine (right) still provokes intense debate amongst Vale fans to this day. To some, he was a lazy goal hanger, only too keen to abandon the club as soon as a better offer came along. To others, he was a misunderstood prolific goal scorer. Constantine’s Vale stats certainly stack up – after signing for £20,000 from Torquay, he scored an impressive 38 goals in 85 games. He left the club in 2007 after turning down a new contract and after brief spells with Leeds, Oldham, Northampton, Cheltenham and Hereford, he is currently with non-league Lewes in the Isthmian League.

He played 42 games for Torquay from 2004 to 2005, scoring 10 times.

Connections?

Vale defender Gareth Owen spent a loan spell at Torquay in 2004, but he has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Clinton Boulton, Daryl McMahon, Arjan van Heusden, Neville Southall, Cliff Birks and Les Lawrence have all played for both sides.

Team news?

Vale will be boosted by the returns of Anthony Griffith (right) and Clayton McDonald from suspension. But McDonald faces a battle to regain his starting spot after rookie Joe Davis was made the MOTM on his full debut on Tuesday.

 

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