Post by Jon on Feb 29, 2020 13:08:52 GMT
Our first ever February 29th game saw us soundly thrashed by Ellacombe. At least we did not have a long journey home after!
This was the season when United's world fell apart somewhat as we had to pull out of the East Devon League due to problems finding eleven men who could get away early enough to catch the train in time for league games in Exeter.
The senior team now had to mix with the juniors and it soon became clear we were now the third best team in Torquay.
Not surprising to see a hat trick for Evans, but this was not Crad.
Crad actually played in goal (not sure if he was nursing an injury or just giving us a chance!).
It was Frank who ripped us to shreds. Papers of the day sometimes claimed Crad and Frank (who went on to play together for Torquay Town) were brothers, but never believe what you read! Crad was a North Walian whereas Frank was a man of St Marychurch through and through. He went on to run The Union pub in Plainmoor for many years and has been mentioned in these two threads:
I think I have read that Frank was the grandfather of John Evans - famous for both football and Bowls, but please do not take that as fact as I cannot remember if it came from a reliable source. If anyone bumps into John, please ask him!
United went 5-0 down but pulled back to 5-2. The Saunders own goal was a cracker apparently - I wonder if Crad did a Kenny Allen at him. Our second goal came from the Reverend Gedye - who was working his way back to fitness after suffering from malaria.