Home of Torquay United FC

Opened 1921

Capacity 6,500

Rating: 4.3

(566) Google Reviews

10/2/24 Torquay United 3-4 Slough Town in the Vanarama National League South. Adult entry £20 if bought in advance (£22 on the day!), Programme £3, Pin Badge £4. This was my first ever visit to Torquay. Parking was easy as there is no dedicated car parks, so it’s just a matter of finding a spot on one of the streets that surround the ground. The stewards were very friendly and welcoming, have no complaints. As an away fan we were in Block A of the main stand. I would have liked to have stood on the terrace behind one of the goals. So the main stand is all seated and covered. Behind the goal to my right is a covered terrace and at the opposite end is the family stand which is all seated. The stand opposite us was one long terrace. I’ve taken a star off as the away section was pretty basic. The toilets were okay, there was hot food and drinks available, but no alcoholic drinks which upset some of our supporters. Another reason for docking a star is because of the ticket prices. Absolutely shocking for tier 6 of English football. Even a concession ticket was £18 in advance, £20 on the day. Daylight robbery. With a crowd under 1800, it clearly shows people are staying away as I thought Torquay got more than that at home. The supporters weren’t happy as results have been poor. All the supporters I spoke to were as good as gold. There was a demo outside the ground after the game which I walked past to get to the Club bar. It is a nice ground, I did enjoy my visit, and would recommend going to anyone who hasn’t been. I might wait and see if the owner and manager get ousted first and they might then do something about their ridiculous admission prices.
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2 months ago
Torquay born and bred love my yellow Army. Great family day out. Staff all great, boots and laces nice for a drink
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a month ago
Great friendly atmosphere. Went for a day out as argyle were away that day. Stood in popside and realised what a great club this is. Fans sang loud and proud. Going back for more in two weeks! Very welcoming. 😀
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a week ago
Babacombe is a lovely place to visit, highly recommend the Babacombe Inn for a spot of lunch and pint before a game. Glovers didn't get the result expected and out of the FA Trophy, good luck Torquay, we may or may not have to visit Plainmoor depending on who gets promoted with the Green Army.
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4 months ago
Been going since 1963,great memories as well as tough times.This is now a great time to be positive to move forward again, we can rise from here and get back our dignity,so get behind our team,it really needs fresh optimism and effort to really be united.....Torquay United,our team, a real football team dignified and revered by our supporters and visiting teams.Be proud of our club again and get behind the Gulls ,no splits or negativity just be totally united.
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a month ago

History (from Wikipedia)

At the time of Torquay United's formation in 1899, Plainmoor was the home of Torquay Athletic Rugby Football Club. In 1904, the rugby club secured the lease of the Recreation Ground, where United had been playing, and United's Torquay and District League rivals Ellacombe moved into the vacated site at Plainmoor, leaving United homeless.

In 1910 United merged with Ellacombe to become Torquay Town. Ellacombe’s Plainmoor ground became the home of the new club, and the shared home of local rivals Babbacombe.

Torquay Town and Babbacombe finally merged and became Torquay United (again) in 1921. In 1927 United were elected into 
Division Three South of the Football League.

A new wooden grandstand costing £150 (around £8,958.33 today
[2]) was erected for United’s inaugural season in the Football League; it had previously stood at Buckfastleigh Racecourse, where its twin can still be seen today. The roof of the stand was blown off during a gale in 1930.

Very little changed for the next fifty years as the ground saw generations of supporters move through its turnstiles. During the 1954/55 season over 21,000 fans watched Torquay’s 0-1 defeat at the hands of 
Huddersfield Town. The same season also saw United become one of the first lower division clubs to introduce floodlights to their ground.

David Webb came to Plainmoor in 1984 and prompted a few cosmetic changes to the terracing. Then on 16 May 1985,[3] just six days after the Bradford City stadium fire, a third of the old grandstand was destroyed during an early morning blaze.[4] Nobody was hurt, but as a result, the ground’s capacity fell to below 5,000. In the few years after the fire the ground saw little change. At one point the manager’s office and changing rooms were situated in a couple of portable cabins behind the old Mini Stand.

During the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Plainmoor has finally seen some major changes. The old Mini Stand made way for the all-seating Family Stand, which also houses offices, the boardroom and the club shop, as well as the pub and restaurant Boots and Laces, and the 200 Club bar.

The Cowshed, made out of corrugated iron and wood, was replaced at the Ellacombe end of the ground by the old mini-stand, while a TV gantry sits on top of the popular side stand. Also, in time for the beginning of the 2000/01 season, the new Sparkworld Stand was opened to accommodate away fans.

The main stand that was originally from Buckfastleigh Racecourse was demolished in the autumn of 2011 and accordingly the ground capacity was reduced. A new stand filling the complete length of the pitch, unlike the previous stand, was erected during the 2011-2012 season and opened in August 2012, in time for the start of the following season. It was named Bristow's Bench after the late former director, Paul Bristow who so generously supported the club after a lottery win. In December 2012 a big screen was installed between the popular side and the away end.
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On 15 September 2014, Torquay United announced a four-year deal with local company Launa Windows to rename Plainmoor to 'The Launa Windows Stadium', presumably in an effort to increase revenue.
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Future[edit]

The land is still owned by the local council, talks about the club purchasing the ground have taken place on several occasions in the past.

In the not too distant past there was some talk of re-location, Mike Bateson believed that would only happen if:
  • Torquay saw a multimillion-pound sale or two.
  • The authorities pay the club to make way for further development of Westlands school.
  • The club become League One regulars (at present in the National League).

After ownership of Torquay United was transferred to Gaming International under the company name Riviera Stadium Limited, talks with Torbay Council have re-opened about the purchase of Plainmoor and developing the ground into housing. 
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Things to do in Torquay.

Living Coasts.

25 Reviews
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Very small costal animal sanctuary type aquarium/zoo with very little to see. Love that they do support and care for the penguins seals otters and birds... Read More

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The exhibits were clean with a good variety of animals and fish, seals, penguins, etc. Would definitely recommend it for several hours of education about... Read More

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Brilliant can get up close to the penguins who relax on a made beach, see puffins swimming and climbing rocks, see many other birds, see seals and even make... Read More

Cary Arms.

3 Reviews
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The Cary Arms is a great hotel and restaurant. We stayed in Beach Suite 8, which has a terrace right on the bay with fully opening three panel glass doors... Read More

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Stayed at the Cary Arms in August, and I could not recommend it enough, if you are looking for by the coast, relaxing, a special get away stay, and oh money... Read More

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Love The Cary Arms. Food is great, staff v friendly and location is amazing. I'm not a fish eater and although there is much fish on the menu (as one... Read More