Welcome to Part Two of my 2026/2027 round up, my last update finished with us in the relegation zone of our first season in the Championship struggling to get a winning run going heading in to the new year on the back of three consecutive defeats.
EFL CHAMPIONSHIP 2026/2027
We kicked the New Year off by welcoming 34 year old Forward Callum Wilson to the club but it was too early for him to make an appearance against Liverpool at Plainmoor in the FA Cup 3rd round which we lost 3-1 after a brave display with Chucks Aneke getting our goal.
A six pointer came next against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and after going a goal down in the opening minutes fought our way back in to the game to take all 3 points thanks to a Steve Butcher brace.
We were then put to the sword at Nottingham Forest crashing to a 4-0 defeat at the City Ground before being battered at Plainmoor 6-1 by Cardiff City with the only positive coming out of the game was a goal for Callum Wilson on his debut.
A much improved performance in our next fixture was not enough to avoid a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough at Plainmoor in front of another sell out.
We rounded the worst month in my time at the club with a 3-0 defeat against Birmingham City amidst chants of “your getting the sack in the morning”
Thankfully the board have been loyal to me and not reacted to the chants of the Birmingham supporters and the media speculation. A team meeting seems to do the trick when goals from Callum Wilson and Steve Butcher give us a 2-0 win over visitors Swansea City.
We follow the good result against Swansea with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace before falling to a 3-0 scoreline against Stoke City. We looked totally out of our depth and we are certainly staring relegation in the face.
Steve Butcher the loanee from Liverpool scored a stunning solo goal that reminds me of the famous Ronaldo goal for Barcelona under Sir Bobby Robson to give us a last gasp victory funnily enough over one of Sir Bobbys clubs Ipswich Town at Portman Road to pinch the three points with a 1-0 win.
We end the month with a 3-0 defeat in the derby against Plymouth Argyle who are having a fantastic season chasing promotion to the Premier League.
We find ourselves in serious trouble when March starts with three consecutive defeats with the first being a the 2-1 defeat to Millwall followed by 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in front of our own fans at Plainmoor. Callum Wilson was on target against Millwall.
Our third defeat on the bounce came at Kenilworth Road when hosts Luton Town beat us 2-1 with just a Tyler Magloire goal to take back down the M5.
We bounce back with an hard fought win against Derby County when Callum Wilson and Tashan Oakley-Boothe are on target in a 2-1 win that gives us a small hope of survival.
We end the month with a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield thanks to a Virgil Gomis goal to earn us a valuable point in our fight for survival.
We kick the month off with a 1-1 draw against Hull City with a late goal from Callum Wilson earning us the point.
We follow up with a crucial game at bottom club Shrewsbury and end up on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat which is a major set back and ends up having ramifications come the end of the season.
An own goal earns us a point against Preston North End in the first of our final two home games of the season with the second being another draw 1-1 this time against Reading in the penultimate game of the season. Loanee Dennis Hestehave getting the goal.
So we come down to the Final day of the season knowing that a win could potentially keep us in the Championship next season. Our opponents would be Aston Villa who themselves are fighting for a play off place.
Dennis Hestehave and Kehinde Taiwo both got on the scoresheet however Villa looked strong and went on too win the game 4-2 leaving us to face being relegated back to League 1 after just one season in the Championship.
Another season comes to an end and this time it’s a disappointing one but I have enjoyed it as much as any other and in the end we were just one win away from survival or three draws however you look at it but that did not happen and over the season we was just not good enough in the final third.
We had our moments along the season none less so than wins against Leeds United, Aston Villa, Derby County and Swansea but without stringing a run of results together we were always chasing results to keep us in touch with the pack above the bottom three.
We have to face up to the fact that we were not good enough and I shoulder the blame for the relegation. The board have given me their backing so I would be back at the helm again for season 9 but unfortunately FM20 has run its course so this will be the last post of my Torquay United adventure and although its finished on a relegation the journey to get the club to the Championship has been really enjoyable.