Your guide to Saturday's match against Torquay United
Stadium: Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3PS
Telephone: 01803 328 666
Club Colours: Yellow and Blue
Nickname: The Gulls
Official Club Website: www.torquayunited.com
Brief Directions by Road:
M4 and M5 (or from the A30 - see below- join the M5 at its junction 29 and follow signs for Exmouth, Teignmouth and Torquay). At the end of the M5 follow the A38 for Newton Abbott and then turn left onto the A380. Turn onto the A3022 which is signposted Torquay. Follow signs for Torquay United FC/Plainmoor through 3 roundabouts (don't fear the delays here folks I assure you from many past experiences the traffic does move!). At the top of the hill traffic lights go straight on into Warbro Road. The ground is on the right hand side.
Another option of course is the picturesque A303 which passes the stunning and ultimate site of English heritage, Stone Henge. You can pick up the M5 eventually from this road and then follow the above directions. Plainmoor is probably the best advertised ground in the country and the signs almost plead you interest. These details are courtesy of TUFC. Street parking is plentiful and fairly unrestricted unless you park literally next to the ground.
Directions by Train:
A train from Paddington will take approx. three and a half hours and will involve a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot. Torquay is served by two stations these are Torre and Torquay. Torre is the nearest but still a good half-hour walk to the ground. Torquay station is near the seafront and a taxi (around £5) from here is really your only option.
The coach will leave the Pavilion at 08.30am and the ticket price is £25 with concessions available. The Pavilion will be open from 7.00am for pre-journey refreshments. Discounts on travel are available for season ticket holders and club members. Bookings can be purchased online or by calling 0208 449 6325.
Eating and Drinking Locally:
Most of the pubs around the Quayside, and there is a few to chose from, are nice and friendly and most serve food. The Beacon Quay is a great bet for value for money, decent beers and sea view. For a drink close to the ground look no further than the social club at Plainmoor – details below.However - Steve and Lesley, the proprietors of the The Castle, 142-144 Union Street, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5BY, which is literally five minutes walk from the stadium have contacted me again and will be very welcoming to visiting fans offering inexpensive draft beers and excellent meal deals. If you have enough time before making your way to the ground I insist that you try and get to Oggies’ homemade Pastie Shop in the pedestrian shopping area near the Marina, it is an absolute must. (Had a pastie there last year and Lord Reckless doesn’t tell porkies. Ed.)
The Social Club:
The Torquay social club is the famous Boots and Laces and can be found under the Herald Express Stand and all are made welcome. It also serves food too!
Overnight Stay Factor:
Here I go....The English Rivera is a regular weekend away for hoards of Bees fans. Mrs Reckless and I are staying in Brixham this time around at the recommendation of a certain Mr and Mrs S. Percy and Mr Heeeeeenry Strevens. In all innocence we chose a rather neat little B&B overlooking the Harbour and it turns out that the aforementioned persons are also staying there! I am not revealing its name because I know what can happen to me if certain people get to know! Juicy stories from Barnet trips to Torquay are legendary but they need digesting over a few pints – maybe in the Pavilion? I am normally there before games you know.