FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (14) 25-26


Welcome to the second part of the 2025/2026 season review our 7th season in to the save. The first part of the season review ended with us sat in 2nd place in the table six points behind Luton Town with two games in hand. 

EFL League One 2025/2026 

January 2026 

The new year started off with a defeat in the FA Cup 3rd round against Tottenham who in front of a capacity crowd at Plainmoor beat us 2-0 with no complaints. Another capacity crowd watched us battle to a 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient who were pushing for a playoff spot themselves. 

Despite two blank games we were looking all round a decent side and I was not surprised when we came away from a struggling Oxford United with a 3-0 win under our belts after Virgil Gomis (2) and Aris Cuculli were both on target in a dominant performance. 

We followed the win at Oxford with a 1-0 win against Wigan with a late winner coming by the way of Chucks Aneke just when we thought we had dropped two points. 

A 2-0 defeat against high flying Walsall brought us and especially myself back down to earth but another three points to end the month with a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe with a Chucks Aneke double. 

February 2026 

A busy month kicked off with a 1-0 win against Coventry that was earnt via a Joe Grayson penalty after a tough game. A resounding 3-0 win against struggling Peterborough came next thanks to goals from Kalvin Kalala and a double from top scorer Chucks Aneke kept us in contention at the top of the table. 

We then locked horns again with our old adversary Notts County who we have had some great battles against in my time at the club and all though this game finished 0-0 it was still a ding dong battle with both sides having their chances to win it.

You know when you get one of those bad performances well our next game against Bolton was just that with us losing 3-0 and the less said about the game the better. We did bounce back with a 3-1 win against MK Dons with Chucks Aneke and Jake Andrews on target either side of an own goal from the visitors. 

Another poor performance this time away at Portsmouth saw us on the wrong end of another 3-0 defeat our second in three matches. The result made me think long and hard about our defensive line and the personnel  at my disposal. Maybe it was time to shake things up a bit.

We ended the month with a 3-1 win against mid table Blackpool that saw Chucks Aneke grab another brace and winger Kalvin Kalala get on the scoresheet. 

March 2026

An opening game of the month against a struggling Mansfield saw us get the better of our visitors from the East Midlands in a 7 goal thriller that we pinched in the 86th minute when Virgil Gomis got his second goal of the game to get us off to a good start to the month, both Chucks Aneke and Aris Cuculli also found the back of the net. 

Both Chucks Aneke and Virgil Gomis were on target in the 2-2 draw at promotion chasing Colchester before a 3-1 win at Gillingham when again Aneke and Gomis found the back of the net after Jake Andrews had given us an early lead. 

A short month of games ended with us topping the table with a 2-0 win against Rochdale with second half goals coming from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Jake Andrews. Results elsewhere had gone our way meaning that we had hit top spot but more importantly we were just 1 point away from securing automatic promotion. 

April 2026 

The opening game of the month against Wycombe Wanderers was the clubs biggest game in recent years with us just 1 point away from promotion to the Championship, the second tier of English Football. After the disappointing end to last season we were on the verge of achieving our goal with games in hand and we did just that with a last gasp winner in a 2-1 win in the 94th minute with a Jake Andrews goal after defender Aris Cuculli had brought us level in the first half. Torquay United are promoted to the Championship and it was fitting that winger Jake Andrews got the goal that made it mathematically sure. It was a great day for the Gulls supporters.

With promotion wrapped up it was time now to focus on going up as Champions with our next game being a 0-0 draw at Barnsley that put us potentially 1 or 2 games away from being crowned Champions.  

A capacity crowd at Plainmoor watched us beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 with a brace from Chucks Aneke his 25th and 26th goals of the season that put one hand on the title with 3 games to play. 

We went on to secure the title with a 0-0 draw at Luton Town before ending the season with wins at Shrewsbury and Rotherham extending our unbeaten run to 11 matches that saw us win the title by 9 points from Luton in 2nd place.


Squad Statistics 


New Stadium 

The board are on the lookout for suitable sites and investors to build a new stadium in the future. It’s likely to be a long process but with the demand for tickets at Plainmoor it is something that the club needs. 

Final Words 

A great season in the clubs history winning promotion to the Championship  (2nd tier) after 7 seasons under my guidance. I am pleased for the club and already planning for a tough season in the Championship. For a club our size we will have to work hard in order for us to battle against relegation. In an honest assessment I am not sure that the players at the club are good enough to avoid the drop however I am willing to give them a chance because the core of players at the club have performed well season on season to get us in to this position. Looking back at this last season I was not surprised that Joe Grayson picked up the fans player of the season award ahead of multiple times winner Kalvin Kalala. Chucks Aneke finished the season has the clubs leading scorer with 26 ahead of Virgil Gomis on 14. Winger Jake Andrews was our leading assist man with 14. 

Thanks for reading and hope you return for my next update has we take on the challenge of avoiding relegation. 


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