Friday, 22 May 2009

Players cheered from the bus tops

As followers of top-class football will already know, Torquay United recently won promotion back into the Football League and last night marked the occasion with an open-top bus parade through the streets of the town, finishing with a civic reception at town hall.
As reported in the Herald Express newspaper, 'Thousands of Gulls fans lined Torquay's seafront and town centre pavements to hail their heroes, who were marking the historic Wembley victory over Blue Square Premier League rivals Cambridge United.
Last Sunday's 2-0 playoff win elevated Torquay United into the League, two years after they were relegated.
The players' bus, filled by everyone associated with the running of Torquay United, left Plainmoor at 6pm.
Fans cheered the bus and sang celebratory songs as it drove sedately off to Westhill Road before heading to Hele Road.

Paul Buckle, United's manager, said: "It's fabulous to see the people turn out in such numbers. Right up to the end of the season and beyond they never let us down.
"We're now building for our first season back in the league. This is where we start work."
The bus then turned into Newton Road, went on to Torre Station and then turned right into Avenue Road.

The noise from fans was incredible, with children running alongside the bus, waving their blue-and-yellow flags, while drivers honked their car horns.'
Truly it was a night to remember, let's just hope the coming season brings as much joy and happiness. And at least we won't have to play at Barrow again for a while...

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