The last game of the 26/7 season was a Western League reserve game in which the usual very large format folded sheet was produced...
This was a first team game.
From 1925-26 on, the English clubs in the Southern League Western Section played in the Western League as well to fill out the fixture list.
We won this 1-0 with a goal from Griffiths, but Bristol City won 3-1 at Swindon to take the title and deny us the league & league double.
Yeovil's centre-forward Scott was a Newton Abbot man who had scored 8 in 13 Southern League games for TUFC in 1923-24 - solving what had been a problem position for us after Percy Varco had been sold to Aston Villa. Scott found employment in Yeovil in the summer of 1924 and signed for Yeovil.
Ad for the Imperial managed by Charles Hore and another one for Mr Chipman's laundry.
I don’t really trust them not to build more houses and then not deliver the stadium and just sod off
With Charles Hore guiding us towards the Football League, I wonder if he did special deals for football clubs staying at the Imperial? Possibly not; you wouldn't want to scare off the wealthy clientele or frighten the horses. Unless it was a particularly quiet weekend in February. Even then, I bet they didn't let the Merthyr boys near the ballroom.
I imagine many clubs needed at least one night's hotel stay when visiting Plainmoor. This would have been on account of the slowness of many train journeys on anything but the Paddington route. In this way the arrival of the "luxury motor coach" possibly led to the cutting of travel costs. But, having said that, by-passes and motorways were still a long way off. What of the history of the overnight stay in football?
And, if they weren't staying at the Imperial, where were Division 3(S) teams staying in Torquay during the cash-strapped 1930s? Banged up in cheap boarding houses with theatricals and commercial travellers?
What to make of the Plainmoor Toilet Saloons as somewhere to visit before the match? I gather it was somewhere a gentleman could go for a shave and a haircut. Well, I think so anyway.
And who was Billy Hugo who held court at Scholesy's baccy shop on the St Marychurch Road? An old football writer apparently. The pre-match ritual is forming in my mind: a shave at the toilet saloons followed by a couple of tabs with Billy. Ideal. Jowitt's Library might even be open after the match for the purchase of a salacious novel or two. Unless, of course, such things were kept under the counter by Scholsey or the old rascal Packe. It does sound very much a "gentleman's" world. I'm trying to imagine a few people from this site nipping into such places on their way to the game.