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Today, thousands of visitors still enjoy its sophisticated charm, which combined with modem attractions, and amenities that have produced a truly first class resort in Torquay. There is an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, restaurants and nightlife, good quality shops and a host of family attractions. Enjoy-the superb beaches and spectacular views from cliff top coastal paths or simply stroll along the elegant seafront promenades.

Torquay also boasts a number of heritage sites including Torre Abbey and Kents Cavern while literary associations include the world's greatest mystery writer, Dame Agatha Christie.

Follow the Agatha Christie Trail and discover the Torquay that inspired her ever-popular detective stories.

Today, Torquay is one of the most stylish resorts in Britain. Its elegant Victorian terraces, white villas and famous seven hills provide the backdrop to popular, modern facilities such as the Riviera Centre and a busy shopping centre.

Torquay's waterfront is the focus of life in the Town. Here you'll find the palm lined promenade, a lively harbour and an international marina.

Yet within minutes of the town centre there are beautiful beaches easily accessible on foot, by car or by bus.

Torquay has all the facilities of a modern resort with the style and elegance of a time gone by. No wonder its popularity has never waned.

A Brief History of Torquay United

The 1999/2000 season marked the Centenary year of Torquay United. Although Torquay United may be one of the smallest clubs in the Football League, it has a proud history. Through this brief history of the club, you can relive some of the most memorable matches and incidents, and recall some of the characters who have helped to shape the club's history. It is a reminder of the good, and bad, times for fans and followers who have enjoyed and endured the fluctuating fortunes of the League's most frustratingly entertaining team.

Mayday 1899 Torquay United formed following a meeting of former Torbay Public College students at the Tor Abbey Hotel in Belgrave Road. Home games played at Teignmouth Road.
16 September 1899 First game against Upton Cricket Club ends in a 5-0 victory.
1900 Enter the East Devon League. Play home games at the Recreation Ground.
1904 Play home games at Barton Road.
1910 Torquay United amalgamate with Ellacombe and become Torquay Town. Home games played at the current stadium, Plainmoor.
1921 Torquay Town amalgamate with Babbacombe, and revert to Torquay United. Torquay United join the Western League and turn professional.
1922 Torquay United join the Southern League, and finish sixth. Application to join the Football League results in no votes.
1925 Winter storms blow away the grandstand roof. Donations from the local public, and games against Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City provide the club with enough money to avoid bankruptcy.
1926/27 Torquay United became Champions of the Southern League, after declining entry into the FA Cup to concentrate all their efforts on winning League status.
30 May 1927 For the first time in League history, the ballot for League membership results in a tie, with Torquay and Aberdare tying with 21 votes each. A new ballot sees Torquay defeat Aberdare by 26 votes to 19 and gain entry into the Football League.
27 August 1927 First Football League game played at Plainmoor against Exeter City. A crowd of 10,749 sees the game end in a 1-1 draw.
1927/28 Torquay United's first season sees them concede 103 goals and finish bottom of the League. Fortunately they successfully apply for re-election.
1931/32 A bizarre season sees Torquay United lose 10-2 at Fulham; 7-0 at Crystal Palace; 6-3 at Watford; and 6-1 at Luton - yet beat Bristol Rovers 8-1 at Plainmoor.
1932/33 Torquay United repeat their record defeat losing 10-2 at Luton.
October 1935 Ralph Birkett (following his transfer to Arsenal and then Middlesborough) becomes the first Torquay-produced player to play for England.

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